A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This book shows young readers a wide variety of bodies. Whether it's size, height, gender, ability, hair (head and body), eyes, skin colors, scars or marks, kids will learn about body diversity.
All bodies are worthy of respect and dignity. Bodies are different and that's OK. All bodies are good bodies. Love your unique body.
Positive Role Models
There are no central characters in this book, but the illustrations are full of people joyously participating in diverse community settings. The book models accepting and appreciating yourown body and the bodies of others.
The pages are packed with diverse bodies. Different-size bodies, some using wheelchairs or mobility aids, wrinkly fingers, wobbly elbows, skin sporting scars from top or heart surgery or injury, stretch marks, and skin colors that reflect racial diversity within and across groups. Hair, eyes, noses, age, gender --nearly every way a body can be is captured in the illustrations and words.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bodies Are Cool, by author- illustrator Tyler Feder, is a celebration of body positivity and inclusive, diverse communities. People of all ages, sizes, abilities, skin colors, genders, hairstyles, and interests populate the pages with joy and authenticity. Vibrant illustrations show people gathered in a subway train, at a picnic, a pumpkin patch, a swimming pool, and ending at a fancy, rainbow dance party. All bodies are treated with dignity, including bodies that are not routinely portrayed positively like fat, trans, nonbinary, disabled, hairy bodies, etc. Some drawings show people in underwear or swimsuits, though they are not depicted in a sexy way. Kids will love the text's bouncy rhythm and exclaiming the repetitive "Bodies are cool!" as they read. A perfect book to introduce young (and older) readers to body respect and pride.
Is It Any Good?
This gorgeous, affirming book is destined to become a beloved, repeat read-aloud. The power of Bodies Are Cool lies in the portrayal of every kind of body engaging in everyday activities. Kid readers will be able to see themselves and people they love in these pages, no matter their gender, size, hairstyle, whether they have a prosthetic limb, eyes that don't see well or at all, skin that's dark and light swirled, or if they move around in a wheelchair or with crutches, and on and on. The cumulative effect on the reader is that body diversity just becomes normal. The underlying message, that all bodies are good and welcome part of our vibrant, human reality, comes through without being preachy or corny. This lovely book deserves a spot on every family and school bookshelf.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.