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鈥檙e sharing our fave children鈥檚 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鈥檚 bookshelf.


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


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


3. Giraffes Can鈥檛 Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees ($7): When you hear a discouraged 鈥淚 can鈥檛鈥 coming from your little one鈥檚 mouth, shove this book into her hands. After giggling at Giles the Giraffe鈥檚 amazing dance moves, she鈥檒l remember that she鈥檚 capable of anything.


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鈥檙e sporting hearing aids of their own.


5. Big Hair, Don鈥檛 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.


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鈥檚 bookshelf.


7. We鈥檙e Different, We鈥檙e the Same by Bobbi Kates ($5): Trust that the makers of the best children鈥檚 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.


8. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt ($17): Being body positive isn鈥檛 only about celebrating different physical appearances or even abilities, as Lynda Mullaly proves with her must-read children鈥檚 novel about a girl with dyslexia.


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.


10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings ($18): Whether you鈥檙e nabbing this book to help your kids understand trans issues or you鈥檝e got a child with gender questions of their own, you won鈥檛 be disappointed. Based on the story of Jazz Jennings, a young trans activist, this book is an essential addition to every library.


11. Marisol McDonald Doesn鈥檛 Match by Monica Brown ($18): Why fit in when sticking out is so much more fun? That鈥檚 the question tackled by Monica Brown鈥檚 book, which will have your kids taking pride in all the things that make them special.

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