Everybody has a body! Even at a young age, kids notice bodies (their abilities and differences) and start asking questions about how bodies work. Here are some picks for cultivating a sense of awareness of our amazing, fascinating, and sometimes bizarre bodies to share with toddlers and preschoolers.
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Under Our Clothes: Our First Talk About Our Bodies / by Jillian Roberts
In this illustrated nonfiction picture book, child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces young readers to the ideas of body safety and body image.
Who Has What? / by Robie Harris
Humorous illustrations, conversations between the siblings, and a clear text all reassure young kids that whether they have a girl’s body or a boy’s, their bodies are perfectly normal, healthy, and wonderful.
YOUR BODY IS AWESOME
Beautifully Me / by Nabela Noor
Zubi, a happy Bangladeshi girl, is excited about her first day of school, but at breakfast she is puzzled by her mother and older sister worrying about being “too big,” and even at school she hears other people criticizing each other’s bodies, and she starts to worry that maybe something is wrong with how she looks.
Eyes That Speak to the Stars / by Joanna Ho
A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers’ after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before.
I Love Me! / by LaRonda Gardner Middlemiss
Through illustrations and simple, rhyming text a group of children celebrates their own bodies, pointing out how their diverse arms bend and fold, their teeth shine, and more.
Your Body is Awesome: Body Respect for Children / by Sigrún Daníelsdóttir
Shows how our bodies come in different sizes, shapes, and colors and suggests all the things bodies can do and how to take good care of them.
CONSENT: YOUR CHOICE
A Girl’s Bill of Rights / by Amy Mucha
In a world where little girls must learn to stand tall, A Girl’s Bill of Rights boldly declares the rights of every woman and girl: power, confidence, freedom, and consent.
Rissy No Kissies / by Katey Howes
A love bird who doesn’t like kisses? Rissy’s friends and family wonder if she’s sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can she show everyone there’s not one right way to share affection?
More Than Fluff / by Madeline Valentine
Daisy the chick is cute, fluffy, soft, and tired of others hugging and petting her, so her mother suggests she tell them what she would prefer, such as a wing bump or a pinkie shake.