Bodies come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and capacities. Would you like your child to learn to love their own body and accept others the way they are? Picture books are a wonderful tool to foster body positivity and tolerance, as well as to spark valuable conversations with your little one. (Plus, reading stories can actually lower levels of stress and pain and build emotional intelligence, setting children up to better navigate whatever life sends their way.)
Children begin to develop self-esteem as early as age five, and positive representation is tied to higher self-esteem. That’s why we’ve put together a list of empowering stories that feature kids who look or feel different. Check out these beautiful picture books that encourage self-love and acceptance.
Looking for more recommendations? Check out our Bookshop.org page for curated reading lists!