If your children left the house today dressed as skeletons, cats or Harry Potter, then you probably already know that today is World Book Day. An international celebration of all things literary.
Now in its 25th year, the aim of World Book Day is to promote a love of reading for all children.
At Sim & Skills, we thought we’d get involved too, by recommending our favourite books to inspire an interest in medicine, health and the human body.
These books are great for inspiring the next generation of doctors, nurses and healthcare practitioners.
Dr Dog by Babette Cole
Dr Dog is driven crazy by the Gumboyle family as he tries to stop their terrible habits, like picking their noses or eating too much bad food. Hilarious for young children, but with an important message about why we need to look after our bodies.
Our realistic Human Fat replicas show just what fat in our bodies looks like.
Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
A firm favourite for over 40 years, the tale of two skeletons and their dog, who live in the dark, dark street. Although not anatomically correct, children are fascinated by the various human and animal skeletons throughout this story. Altogether now, 'the foot bone's connected to the leg bone'
For an anatomically correct skeleton, check out Stan, our Human Skeleton Model.
Nurse Clementine by Simon James
Clementine loves her new nurses outfit she got for her birthday and practises her nursing skills on her family, which come in handy when her little brother really needs some medical help.
Our Nursing simulation training starter kits are what Clementine could go on to use.
Zog and The flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
A lovely rhyming story about Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout the Great, flying doctors who help people with their ailments and injuries. With Zog as their handy 'air ambulance' they save the day together.
I wonder if Pearl and Gadabout trained using one of our Anatomical charts and posters (we don't have any Unicorn anatomy posters!)
Blow Your Nose Big Bad Wolf by Steve Smallman
A different take on a traditional tale, the three little pigs learn about the importance good health hygiene and what can happen when we spread our germs. A humorous introduction to the importance of good hand hygiene and developing healthy habits.
What better way to practise good hand hygiene than with a Professional UV Hand Hygiene Trainer
Health Heroes by Emily Sharratt
This book for older children is a celebration of medical heroes from the past, right up to the present day. The collection of true stories, written in a child-friendly style, will inspire children to want to pursue a medical career. £1 from the sale of each book goes to NHS Charities Together.
Patient simulators are an important part of our Health Heroes' training.