Every Body: A First Conversation About Bodies

Listening Library. May 2023. 19p. $5. ISBN 9780593502778.
PreS-Gr 1–Jaunty music opens and closes this informative title, engagingly narrated by Corin, a nonbinary podcast host and storyteller who proves to be a splendid cipher for both the youngest and oldest ears. Only the first third of the recording is the actual “book,” which Corin transforms into a supportive, inspiring affirmation of all kinds of bodies, specifically directed at youthful audiences—because, indeed, “Everybody has a body.” The rest—“Continue the conversation” resources, as well as Madison and Ralli’s authors’ note (which appears prominently up front in print)—is meant for adult ears—caregivers, parents, teachers, anyone concerned about encouraging and enabling healthy relationships with every kind of body.
VERDICT Libraries should offer all formats to promote read-alongs: seeing images of diverse bodies (thanks to artist Tequitia Andrews’s inclusive, inviting illustrations) is undoubtedly an empowering experience for all ages.

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