Under Our Clothes: Our First Talk about Our Bodies
DescriptionThis illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the topics of bodies, body safety and body image through a conversation-based story that begins with an observation at the community pool. Modesty, privacy and boundaries are discussed, along with how self-image is formed and how some people are more sensitive than others--sometimes at different stages in their lives. Relevant themes around body shaming, body positivity and self-esteem building are explored, with a final call to action empowering children to build their own confidence and speak up when something doesn't feel right. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside the comfort of their homes, in a way that is straightforward and accessible. Sidebars offer further reading for older children who have bigger questions or care providers looking for more information. For younger children, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice and online awareness and environmental stewardship.
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About the Author
Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, professor and parent. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts has had her work published in the New York Times and the Toronto Sun, is a regular contributor to HuffPost and Global News. Her bestselling Just Enough series of children's books was released in 2015 to international acclaim. In early 2017 Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks to offer families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
"A cheery and bouyant introduction to timely and imperative topics for young readers; especially useful in a guidance setting."--School Library Journal
"Will come in handy as kids develop greater awareness of their bodies within the context of larger society...its information can help children better understand situations and feelings about their bodies."--Booklist
"Frankness and honesty are hallmarks of this series, and Under Our Clothes: Our First Talk About Our Bodies is a useful resource to facilitate important conversations. Highly Recommended."--CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A good addition for libraries and families with young children who are still learning that their bodies are their own."--Resource Links