So y’all know that I’m all about body positivity, hello, check out where you are. So I get the whole thing of seeing people who look like me.
But honestly I never thought that we have been creating all these outlets for adults but didn’t think about children. I’m sure you have gone to the library, bookstores or if you’re like me Amazon and browsed through the book section and seen children’s books but none, I mean none of them have featured anything about body positivity. They all have pictures of straight size white girls.
Yes, the children’s literature features far more diverse stories than they used to but there is still a movement that is yet to be given traction: body positivity.
“Just nine months ago, Atlanta-based bloggers Ady Meschke and Katie Crenshaw identified this gap and set out to do their part to fill it. Both women focus on body positivity online—plus, they’re both moms. The combination of social media savvy and real-world experience fueled the passion project, and their new children’s book, Her Body Can, comes out this week.
Now available on Amazon (and soon for sale on shelves in major retailers), the book is geared toward children ages eight and under. That was essential for Meschke and Crenshaw, who both know how important it is for girls to internalize positive messages about their body before the biases of mainstream culture seep in. And since reports show that, by the time girls are 13, 53% express dissatisfaction with their body, and up to 50% of girls in grades K through 8 are concerned about their weight, reaching them young seems essential.
So happy to see this on the market!