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To start, there's a French children's book called "Everybody Gets Naked" ("Tous à Poil") that was intended to help kids feel comfortable with their bodies. The authors say they wrote the book to show: "real bodies in natural situations from a child's everyday life to counter the numerous images of bodies, often undressed, altered by Photoshop or plastic surgery, that are shown in ads or on the covers of magazines."
In defense of the book, publishers and booksellers posed naked with books! So, I decided to join in with my own Bare Naked Bear (with books) photo! Click here to see their photo before you scroll down to see mine! (;3
I'll be honest, I don't know anything abou this book (and I'll probably never learn French and read it), but I thought I'd share some books on the theme of body comfort that I think are pretty great! (:3 (The quoted portions are from bookstore descriptions.)
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Mo has a way of making everything fun! "Funnyman and three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems exposes the naked truth about being yourself and wearing it well."
The Bare Naked Book by Kathy Stinson
This is a learning guide about the body for toddlers and preschoolers. "There is nothing more ordinary -- or more special -- than the human body. After all, everybody has one, and for all the parts that are the same each comes in a different shape and size. The Bare Naked Bookjoyfully celebrates this wonderful ordinariness with a matter-of-fact introduction for toddlers to the parts of the body."
What's Happening to Me? by Peter Mayle
This is a classic guide to body comfort and understanding. "Designed to ease the embarrassment of explaining puberty to children, this book presents the facts of life during puberty. It aims to present them with honesty, sympathy and a sense of humour."
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Then there's the famous In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, which is not on the theme of body comfort, but it does show a little boy floating naked (by casual happenstance) through his dreams.
I hope you enjoyed my "protest" photo and these recommendations to help kids with this sensitive issue. (:3
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