A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Children will see a variety of body shapes and sizes celebrated in both pictures and text.
Don't listen to the negative things some people say about their or others' bodies. Always remember that all bodies are good bodies. Your body is powerful and can do many things. Love your body for all it can do.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a young White girl with brown hair, a round belly and thick arms and legs who enjoys engaging in activities such as running in a race, shopping, playing with friends, eating delicious food, swimming, and teaching yoga. She clearly loves her body. Background characters represent a variety of skin colors and body shapes and sizes; one illustration features a girl in a headscarf.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Her Body Can, by Katie Crenshaw and Ady Meschke, is a body positive story about all the things a body can do. The main character, a White, brown-haired little girl with a belly and thick arms and legs, participates in all kinds of joyous movement and fun activities like playing with friends, dancing, skateboarding, and daydreaming. The rhyming text makes clear that she loves her body for all it is and can do, and she won't let others change her opinion about it. Illustrations echo the body-affirming text and feature young children fully clothed and in two-piece activewear and swimsuits, with bellies sometimes showing or bare.
Is It Any Good?
This charming book shows young readers the beauty, power, and wisdom of all bodies, especially young bodies that enjoy just about everything from running races to hamming it up for the camera. Her Body Can is a heartfelt ode to body- and self-love. With rhyming text and affirmation-like phrases, it's a pleasure to read aloud and will engage even the youngest readers. The illustrations in soft, soothing hues, reflect the text and also portray the girl's indominable confidence and zest for life.
Some adults may cringe at one unfortunate illustrated spread, where the little girl (who presents as white) is dreaming of traveling the world one day, including to Tokyo, where she imagines herself dressed up in a silk kimono and in full make-up like a Geisha. Aside from this moment, this book is a wonderful way to start early conversations with kids about how to respect, love, and honor one's body.
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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.