There are many body acceptance books for kids. Some of the books focus on self-esteem, some focus on celebrating all shapes and sizes and some add messages of treating others with kindness. The more books kids are exposed to, the greater the chance they will start to accept and celebrate their body and the bodies of those around them.
Great Body Acceptance Books for Kids
For Ages 1-8
When choosing a book for a younger child, look for a book that tells its story using kid-friendly content and images. Look for colorful images, fun themes and stories they can relate to. The goal is to find a story line that is so engaging that the child will want to reread the book over and over.
Our GrandStyle editors recommend the following body acceptance books for kids under eight. They are fun, well-written and have proven to be very popular with younger readers and listeners:
- It’s Okay To Be Different Bright colors, witty characters & content and bright-colored silly images…just downright great fun! 4-7 years.
- Dancing in the Wings Written by choregrapher Debbie Allen. Sassy wants to be a ballerina but she is worried that her feet are too big and her legs are too long. A famous director comes to her class and Sassy does her best to get his attention and win him over. 4-8 years.
- Your Body is Awesome: Body Respect for Children This book is beautifully written, wonderfully illustrated, easy to read and delivers a very important message in an enchanting manner regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. 4-7 years.
- Shapesville is a picture book about five friends who are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, and each has an unique talent. The characters encourage the reader to be proud of their body. 3-8 years.
- I am Tooki: A book about Being You Tooki is a friendly owl who teaches children to love themselves unconditionally, recognize their own uniqueness, and treat others with kindness. 1-8 years.
For Ages 8-Preteen
Older children and preteens are more engaged with a book that tells a powerful story. Fun, colorful images are not as important as the book’s theme and content.
Here are some of the most popular body acceptance and self-esteem books for the older child and preteen:
- Smile This is the story of a sixth grade girl who falls and injures her two front teeth. Over the next years she suffers through surgery, false teeth, orthodontia and a maturing body. The story is well-told and takes the reader through all the challenges faced by a middle school girl. 8-12 years.
- 45 Pounds (More Or Less) Ann, a sixteen year old girl, is asked to be a bridesmaid by her aunt who is getting married in two months. Ann decides she needs to lose 45 pounds before the wedding. The book has a realistic storyline, believable characters and a story of courage and triumph.
Body acceptance books for kids make great presents for kids, for new families and they make great contributions for local schools, libraries and medical offices.