The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Friendly, factual book helps girls appreciate their bodies.

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Educational Value

Practical tips and science-based information about self-esteem, nutrition, food, exercise, communication, and more. Definitions of terms throughout the book, and a long list of resources at the end.

Positive Messages

Your body is powerful, amazing, and unique. It's never too late to start taking care of yourself. Healthy eating is not dieting or about what you're missing, but rather what you're gaining by listening to your body. 

Positive Role Models

Lots of guidance and first-person anecdotes about body image journeys that focus on acceptance, growth, and love.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Body Image Book for Girls, by Dr. Charlotte Markey, is an approachable, fact-based conversation with girls age 9 to15 to help them learn about, care for, and accept their bodies through puberty and beyond. Several chapters focus on nutrition and the role of food in both their emotional health and social lives, with a focus on healthy eating and not dieting. Markey encourages readers to take care of their bodies not out of a desire to chase perfection but because eating well, exercising, enjoying their bodies, and being around people who build each other up feels good, and it's never too late to start taking care of yourself. Terms are defined throughout the book, and there's an extensive list of resources at the end.

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What's the story?

THE BODY IMAGE BOOK FOR GIRLS takes a fact-based, conversational approach to puberty to help girls age 9-15 understand physical and emotional changes and develop a healthy attitude about their bodies. With a focus on the idea that taking care of your body, accepting it, and protecting your health are all part of a positive body image, Dr. Charlotte Markey guides readers to understand and appreciate their bodies. Topics include self-care, healthy eating (not dieting), social media, exercise, and more, with lots of illustrations and anecdotes throughout. At the end of the book, there's a glossary and an extensive list of resources for more information about related topics.

Is it any good?

Inviting and packed with information, author Charlotte Markey connects with readers and helps them understand their bodies and their emotions in ways that teach love and self-care. The Body Image Book for Girls provides tons of information and guidance without being preachy, like a series of non-judgmental conversations with a trusted older friend. There's a big focus on how healthy eating is not dieting or about what you're missing, but rather what you're gaining by listening to your body. The anecdotes written by girls of all ages offer a first-person connection to what many readers have experienced and feel like small, personal chats. The huge volume of information and resources never seems overwhelming, and the idea that it's never too late to start taking care of yourself is valuable to readers of all ages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what can make it hard to follow the guidance in The Body Image Book for Girls. Why is it sometimes hard to stop spending time with people who don't make you feel good, or to take better care of yourself?

  • What do you like about your body?

  • What advice or chapters made an impact on you? Can you relate any of this to your own life?

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