A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows many different types of bodies, stressing idea that all bodies are good bodies. Self-care and self-love are defined and explained.
Bodies are amazing. You are so much more than your body. Love yourself as you are. Ask for help; you are not alone. Your body is doing the best it can. Find your strengths and love them. You are always worthy of love and respect.
Positive Role Models
All characters model, for the most part, using their bodies to experience life as fully as possible and loving their bodies. The illustrations represent recurring female and nonbinary bodies of many shapes, sizes, and abilities, a diverse range of skin tones and hair styles/textures, a girl in a hijab, and a girl with vitiligo.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this U.S. edition of Love Your Body by Jessica Sanders and illustrated by Carol Rossetti (it was originally published in Australia) is an illustrated self-help book for tweens. Though not an educational book per se, terms like self-care and self-love are defined and explained in text and pictures. Much of the text comprises uplifting positive messages like "all bodies are good bodies," "love yourself as you are," and "you are always worthy of love and respect." There's no story to follow, though characters recur in each spread as they model feeling comfort in their various body shapes and sizes, participating in a variety of pursuits and passions, and engaging in practices of self-care and self-love. Female- and nonbinary-presenting bodies are portrayed in various skin tones, hair styles/textures, abilities, and conditions. Realistic tips and activities for improving body image are included. This book offers many jumping off points for families and other adults to talk with big kids about developing self-love and self-care.
Is It Any Good?
This charmingly illustrated, uplifting book uses engaging text and delightful art to help tweens embrace their changing, wonderful bodies. Though the text in Love Your Body loops around its major concepts in what could feel like a repetitive manner (for example: "Bodies come in all different forms and abilities. All these bodies are different ... what makes you different makes you, you."), this kind of rephrasing for young readers reinforces important ideas about loving your body and respecting other people's bodies. Rossetti's illustrations are warm and inclusive: Most readers who identify as a girl or as gender-fluid/nonbinary will see themselves in these pages.
The book features real bodies that we don't often see in media, let alone kid's books. And it includes unshaven armpits and legs, stretch marks, flat-chested girls, confident fat people in revealing clothes, and folks in wheelchairs engaging in sports. The tips, activities, and resource-rich end pages extend opportunities for growth. This is a welcome addition to any tween's or classroom's bookshelf.
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