Some Bodies

­Sleeping Bear. Jul. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534111417.
PreS-Gr 2–This book’s opening pages begin immediately with a positive and all-around warm message, with its beautifully drawn pictures that celebrate all of the unique bodies of different people around the world. Everyone is accepted in this picture book, which provides a great foundation for young children who notice and inquire about differences—specifically, physical differences—in those around them. The pictures appear to have been completed with whimsical, muted watercolors. Young and old, big and small, every body is honored in this book. Among the book’s many highlights is the inclusivity found in “some bodies have two feet” and “some bodies have one,” as well as people who choose to “cover their bodies with clothes” or let “a lot of skin show.” There is minimal writing on each page; a sentence or two drives each point home succinctly. Everyone is unique, some of us are similar to one another, and this is captured with ease. Kennen encourages loving one’s own body “because your body is you and what’s not to like?”—a fine message for children at every age. Included is a helpful letter for adults with tips for answering possible questions that may arise. This is the perfect introduction for body positivity and celebrating different skin colors, abilities, and appearances with poise and delicacy.
VERDICT An excellent choice as a read-aloud in an elementary setting or as an independent choice for children ready to tackle simple language on their own or with a family member.

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