cover image Love Your Body

Love Your Body

Jessica Sanders, illus. by Carol Rossetti. Frances Lincoln, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7112-5242-4

Originally published in Australia with Kickstarter funding, this thoughtfully compiled guide to body positivity and self-love provides definitions, affirmations, and guidance for “girls and those who identify as a girl.” A note to the reader sets a distinct tone of openness and acceptance, explaining that the volume is meant to comfort, guide, and empower. Soft illustrations in warm hues by Rossetti give context and power to the resonant messages of self-acceptance and individuality, celebrating a multitude of experiences. On one spread, two women maneuver their wheelchairs while playing a sport; another depicts an inclusive group, including a young hijabi woman embracing a girl with stretch marks and armpit hair who is wearing a crop top. The definition of puberty and explanations of concepts such as “self-love” are coupled with accessible self-care tips and techniques, from stretching and crafting to helping others and reciting affirmations. A concluding “Now What?” section suggests body-positivity and self-care practices, followed by a list of mental health resources. Thoughtfully designed and executed, this book carries an important message for readers of all ages. Ages 8–12. [em](Mar.) [/em]