Body Image: Because All Bodies Are Great Bodies

Lorimer. (Deal with It). Aug. 2021. 32p. Tr $22.65. ISBN 9781459414532.
Gr 4-9–Brightly colored pages punctuate each section of this quick read about body image. The work starts with an introduction to the definition of body image and a quiz on how readers’ body image may be influenced by outside and internal forces. The book is separated into three sections: “Internalizer,” “Influencer,” and “Witness.” One page is devoted to the discussion of gender and body image. Teens are asked to imagine themselves in different situations, such as helping a friend who has had a recent weight gain and doesn’t want to leave their home, handling rude appearance-based social media comments, or reacting to rejections based on not having the “right fit.” Stylized, faceless figures are placed in multiple settings and circumstances through the scenarios in the book. Ethnic diversity is implied with varied hairstyles and textures. There is also a range of skin tones, from taupe and brown to shades of gray.
VERDICT A good choice for middle school libraries that would help support information literacy lessons and SEL activities.

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