Bone by Bone

What animal would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? Or what if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones? This picture book will keep you guessing as you read about how human skeletons are like—and unlike—those of other animals.

What Others Are Saying...

"I've been longing for another kind of picture book: one that appeals to young children's wildest imagination in service of real evolutionary thinking....Bone by Bone, by veterinarian and professor Sara Levine, fills the niche to near perfection." 

- Slate

"[The author's] 'what if' questions are right on target for young learners, connecting them to the subject and extending their imaginations." 

- Kirkus Reviews

"The bright, stylized, color illustrations match each question, portraying cartoon children with distorted anatomy, such as a girl with a neck like a giraffe's, or a snake with a human head."

- School Library Journal


  • Beehive Book Award Winner
  • Cook Prize Finalist
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
  • Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle Selection
  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
  • ACL Distinguished Book