In this post: Kids need to understand that people come in all shapes and sizes – and all deserve respect, rights, and kindness. If you’re looking for resources to foster self-acceptance and respect for others – these are the books for you.
Body-Positive Early Picture Books
Radically Inclusive Books Destigmatizing Body Diversity
If you’ve had a chance to check out our collections on basic anatomy and body awareness, your kid has an idea of what parts their bodies have, and how to use them to interact with the world.
The next step is to learn body acceptance:
- Every body is acceptable and valuable exactly the way it is, no matter what it can do.
- We take care and pride in our own bodies.
- We respect and never shame the bodies of others.
- Bodies come in a wider range than what kids see on TV and in most books.
- All bodies – disabled, fat, intersex, trans, old, Black and Brown, etc. don’t need to be fixed or changed and deserve human rights and respect.
Later, we’ll learn how we are responsible for controlling our own bodies. But first – acceptance.
The following books celebrate and destigmatize bodies beyond white/thin/non-disabled/hetero-normative and young. These are ideal starter books before introducing discussions on disability, gender spectrum, and fat liberation, and sex education.
The only folks who would be offended by these books are unabashed bigots, so they’re safe to leave on the coffee table when guests stop by. Unless it’s your racist, fat-phobic, homophobic, eugenicist Aunt Patty.
Who the hell let her in here? Kick her out and read these books.
March 2021 Update:
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You might like: Body-Positive Stories Championing Fat Liberation
The Belly Book, Happy In Our Skin, Lovely, The Best Part of Me, I Like Me!, We’re Different, We’re the Same, Rock What Ya Got, They She He Me: Free to be!, The Bare Naked Body Book (2021 updated edition, I received a free review copy and I AM EXCITED ABOUT IT.)
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