My Body Village

By: Fabianna Blanco

Justin and La-Anne Noble playing with kindergarten children

Justin and La-Anne Noble playing with kindergarten children

On Tuesday, March 24th, children’s author, Justin Noble, visited Hilltop Elementary and tackled difficult issues to understand, like health and nutrition, by personifying characters from the body’s internal organs. His wife, Le-Anne Noble, works by his side always taking care of the editing and production and also occasionally jumps in during his readings to play with the children.

The first book from the series they have is called “My Body Village.” The book reading on Tuesday taught Argyle kids about some of the main organs of the body and their functions. There was also a lesson about the importance of vitamins; how to get them from food and also supplements.

Librarian, Mary Ann Riley, and Justin Noble holding the book "Artie's Party".

Librarian, Mary Ann Riley, and Justin Noble holding the book “Artie’s Party”.

The book series is all about the human body. “All the characters are organs, and it’s designed to teach kids how the body works, how to have a healthy body, and what is going on inside your body when it’s not functioning properly.” Noble said.

The books have the unique perspective of the organs being characters to create a relationship between the child and their organs.

“You can say ‘don’t eat that! it’ll upset your stomach’ but if you say ‘don’t eat that! It’ll upset Steven’ then the child can make the connection” Noble said. My Body Village is written for children between two and seven years old.

Argyle Kindergarten kids drawing for Justin Noble

Argyle Kindergarten kids drawing for Justin and Le-Anne Noble

Noble had the idea to start this business in 2006. “I saw some vitamins in a store and to me it was like ‘what if these vitamins were to go into the body and they were characters and you saw the interaction of them with the organs?'” Noble said. This way the children are more involved in the process of learning, instead of being taught.

This year the Nobles decided to move forward with the real production. They decided to re-launch their series and to be published so the book is available to everybody. They also are going more mainstream by creating a website with interactive videos and songs for the kids to watch at home with their parents. On their website, they have a weekly challenge for the kids to practice with their family, like playing board games or eating fruits and vegetables.

For more information about Justin Noble and his series visit http://www.mybodyvillage.com/

For more information about Hilltop Elementary and Argyle ISD visit www.argyleisd.com

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