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11 Body-Positive Books Every Kid Needs on Their Bookshelf

Raising a body-positive kid can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, especially with so many negative messages out there about the ways boys and girls should look and act. Today, we’re sharing our fave children’s books that celebrate differences and teach kids to love themselves and others, no matter what they look like. Scroll on for new reads to add to your tiny tot’s bookshelf.


1. Curlee Girlee by Atara Twersky ($15): If you’re familiar with the tangles and tears that stem from luscious curls, pick up this book stat. It’ll have your little one taking pride in her wavy tresses and proclaiming a pro-curly hair message to the world.

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2. You Are Special by Max Lucado ($17): This classic children’s book is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and its message about acceptance and self-love still rings true today. It’s a book your kiddo will come back to over and over again.

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3. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees ($7): When you hear a discouraged “I can’t” coming from your little one’s mouth, shove this book into her hands. After giggling at Giles the Giraffe’s amazing dance moves, she’ll remember that she’s capable of anything.

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4. El Deafo by Cece Bell ($11): This hilariously memorable graphic novel will change the way your child thinks about disabilities, whether or not they’re sporting hearing aids of their own.

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5. Big Hair, Don’t Care by Crystal Swain-Bates ($17): Adults have Hairspray for hair empowerment and good tunes, and now kids have this gorgeously illustrated and empowering book to keep them feeling proud of their locks.

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6. I Am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian A. Jones ($15): With glowing recommendations from Halle Berry and Heidi Klum and a heartwarming story that celebrates every skin tone, this charming and sweet book is a no-brainer pick for your kid’s bookshelf.

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7. We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates ($5): Trust that the makers of the best children’s television show ever, Sesame Street, know how to talk to your kids about the differences between us and how those differences make the world a better place.

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8. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt ($17): Being body positive isn’t only about celebrating different physical appearances or even abilities, as Lynda Mullaly proves with her must-read children’s novel about a girl with dyslexia.

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9. Brontorina by James Howe and Randy Cecil ($7): Yes, the brilliant and hilarious author of Bunnicula also tackles body issues in his laugh-out-loud book about a dino who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Get ready to root for Brontorina, the brontosaurus with big dreams.

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10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings ($18): Whether you’re nabbing this book to help your kids understand trans issues or you’ve got a child with gender questions of their own, you won’t be disappointed. Based on the story of Jazz Jennings, a young trans activist, this book is an essential addition to every library.

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11. Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown ($18): Why fit in when sticking out is so much more fun? That’s the question tackled by Monica Brown’s book, which will have your kids taking pride in all the things that make them special.

Angela Velez
Angela is an MFA Fiction candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. You can find her reading obsessively, wandering bookstores and watching melodramatic television.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*