Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Science-based, inclusive advice is an amazing resource.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Science-based information about physical and mental health. Extensive list of resources and suggestions.
Love and appreciate who you are, and make healthy choices that you can maintain for a long time. Everyone matures at a different pace, so don't compare yourself to others.
Positive Role Models
The personal stories are relatable and empathetic, and offer advice, hope, and camaraderie to readers.
Appreciation of all body types and backgrounds, including transgender body image.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Facts and illustrations show the biological changes that happen during puberty.
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Products & Purchases
Mentions specific companies with information on social media and how it can affect self-image.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys is a wonderful resource that uses straightforward, inclusive language to share science-based information about body image along with the reassurance that bodies, experiences, and needs are different for everyone. Authors Charlotte Markey, Daniel Hart, and Douglas N. Zacher cover a broad range of topics related to body image, such as perception, outside influence of peers and media, what it means to eat for enjoyment, physical movement, puberty, and more. Along with facts and insights, each chapter includes a Q&A with a child, advice from experts in the field, and references to the scientific research behind the topic. The child writing about their transgender experiences with body image offers great perspective for all readers. The chapters on healthy eating and exercise repeatedly emphasize a focus on health and making small, sustainable changes with the goal of feeling better mentally and physically, not to achieve a specific size or muscle mass. The last chapter emphasizes that feeling better will help young readers be a more active part of their community, and the benefits of that social connection. The end of the book has a huge list of resources, experts, and other places to learn more.
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What's the Story?
BEING YOU: THE BODY IMAGE BOOK FOR BOYS uses science, research, and personal stories to answer questions about body, growth, food, exercise, puberty, and more. The authors tackle myths about dieting, body shape, and mental health, including tips for understanding social media influence and impact. There are additional resources listed in each chapter and at the end of the book, all aiming to help young readers develop confidence and a healthy body image.
Is It Any Good?
This superb resource can help equip tweens and teens with the tools they need to thrive and survive the teen years, and emerge with a better understanding of themselves and their own worth. Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys is based on science and cites research with the advice it provides, and balances that with first-person stories from young people who are reflecting on their own experiences with body image. The letter from a transgender child about being body confident is wonderful, and the information about eating, diets, and muscle mass is especially relevant for kids in different stages of puberty and development. The language is straightforward, age appropriate, and inclusive; facts and feelings weave together on the page to help readers understand that they aren't alone in their worries, wonders, or fears. The focus is on taking small, sustainable steps to being healthy and happy in body and mind for their entire lives.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about which parts of Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys are the most relatable. Is that because of the chapter topic or because of the personal examples?
What was new information to you? What did you already know about? What are three main things you took away from reading this?
Did you see yourself or anyone you know in the letters from children in the book?
- Authors: Charlotte Markey, Daniel Hart, Douglas Zacher
- Genre: Advice
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Science and Nature
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication date: April 7, 2022
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 18
- Number of pages: 252
- Available on: Paperback, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: April 22, 2022
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