Babies have about 350 bones, but adults have just 206 bones! This is because as babies grow some of the smaller bones join together to make bigger ones. I found this information in The Book of How? on page 24. I enjoyed looking at this book because it has quite a few fun facts and it gives simple to understand answers to some of the “silly” questions that kids ask.
Remember the song we all used to sing? “The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone… the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone…” The children’s book Dem Bones by Bob Barner gives all the words to that song. It also features whimsical dancing skeletons and facts about the bones, such as showing how a knee, hip or shoulder socket works.
And once you learn about the bones, the book Musculoskeletal System and the Skin by Susan Dudley Gold is a wonderful educational book that shows how tissues and muscles attach to the skeleton. It very simply explains how these systems all work together.
Once you know all about your bones, you will need to learn how to take care of them! Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease, and it is highly preventable if precautions are taken and it is treated early. Learn all about it in 100 Questions & Answers about Osteoporosis and Osteopenia by Ivy M. Alexander.