Through science, help prepare children for the big feelings that come with developing bodies.
From inspiring a sense of awe in the science of our bodies to understanding that bodies can be tricky, this book will help children learn how to be themselves and feel like they belong. Some children might feel like their body is different. But being different is completely natural . . . it’s just science!
By teaching the principles of DNA, anatomy, nature vs. nurture, environmental influence, and more—all in language that is accessible and inclusive—children will learn to celebrate all body types. Tips are included throughout to help them feel confident and empowered as they grow. Adults might even learn something, too!
Beth Cox is a children’s book author, editor and the co-founder of Inclusive Minds and Everybody In. Now living in Wiltshire, Beth works as a freelance consultant providing training to promote inclusion and diversity in publishing.
Samantha Meredith is a freelance illustrator from Leicester who lives and works in North London. After a degree in Illustration at Loughborough and five years as an in-house designer at Usborne Samantha has illustrated over 200 books!
"Complex ideas are explained simply and in a feel-good way in this colorful introduction to our bodies and how they fit into the world. “There is no one way a body should look” or one way a person should perceive themselves, Cox says—an idea explored in a journey from the micro (how DNA works) to the macro (how human migration over time has affected our bodies). Along the way, each spread explores, with pithy details accompanied by friendly cartoon children, how we are all unique but also similar, showing a range of abilities, genders, races, and interests among those featured. A welcome touch is that when a child is shown to illustrate, for example, how genetics can cause limb differences or conditions such as vitiligo, that child remains on board to explain other points so that their character becomes more rounded. Short sentences introduce each topic, and short text boxes and bubbles keep the material accessible and lively. Though it lacks notes or a bibliography, this is nonetheless a solid addition to science shelves." — Henrietta Verma, Booklist