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Reassuring, practical how-to-guide to body positivity
March 2020 Book of the Month
‘My body is strong. My body can do amazing things. My body is my own.’ That’s the message for young girls to take from this comforting, uplifting and much-needed self-help guide. Our bodies are unique and amazing, it says, all of them, and there’s no one size, shape or colour that’s perfect. The message is demonstrated via colour illustrations featuring a range of young women happy with the way they look and who they are. The accompanying text reinforces this and also provides self-help tips for those times when you’re feeling down or insecure. There’s a really useful ‘Now What?’ section too full of self-care practices, while the jacket doubles as a poster for your wall, a self-care list for everyday life. It’s been carefully thought out from beginning to end, while illustrator Carol Rossetti’s young women feel like a group of friends cheering you on.
“When girls are worried about how their bodies look, 8 out of 10 of them will opt out of important life lessons such as engaging with friends and loved ones. This is a feminist issue.” – Jessica Sanders
A message from the author, Jessica Sanders:
“This book is written for girls, and those who identify as girls. However, the language used is not gendered and the overarching message is universal. Negative body image can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. This book draws on my postgraduate studies in gender and social work as well as my own experiences as a girl and young woman struggling with society’s unrealistic expectations of ‘beauty’. The messages in this book have also been influenced by a body functionality approach, feminist theory and the body positive movement.
Love Your Body has been created to be understood by a range of readers. Even if a child is not able to understand all of the language, they should understand the visual messages. The illustrations send a strong, clear message and it is important that young girls be exposed to this message as early as possible.
This is the book I wish I’d had as a young girl. I desperately needed to hear that I was one of a kind, that I was allowed to take up space and that I was enough exactly as I was. Instead, what I heard from the early age of 6 was a constant stream of ‘Wow! You’re so tall!’. I grew to develop a negative body image and in high school I subjected my body to every restrictive diet that there is. Sadly, my story isn’t uncommon. It’s the story that has shaped every woman and many of the men that I know. When I made the decision to write Love Your Body I was fuelled by a sense of injustice and hope for the future. The next generation should not have to be subjected to a life time of despising the wonderful bodies that they were born in; it was time for this story to come to an end.”
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What if every young girl loved her body? Love Your Body encourages you to admire and celebrate your body for all the amazing things it can do (like laugh, cry, hug and feel) and to help you see that you are so much more than your body. Bodies come in all different forms and abilities. All these bodies are different and all these bodies are good bodies. There is no size, ability or colour that is perfect. What makes you different makes you, you - and you are amazing! Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience, while representing and celebrating diverse bodies, encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness. This book was written for every girl, regardless of how you view your body. All girls deserve to be equipped with the tools to navigate an image-obsessed world.
Featuring a special surprise poster on the jacket, this book will show you that freedom is loving your body with all its imperfections and being the perfectly imperfect you!
“In a world where women are still lauded for their beauty, where 7 out of 10 girls will stop themselves from eating when they don't like the way they look, where body-shaming is rife, this book is a must-have for all boys and girls.” – Kids Book Review
“This is the book we all wish we’d had growing up.” – Fiona Sutherland, Co-Director Body Positive Australia
“Love Your Body is for girls everywhere and will guide and empower them to know just how amazing their bodies are - which has nothing to do with how they look.” – Em Rusciano, Australian comedian, presenter and influencer
“Love Your Body is an empowering book that supports girls in their own positive body image journey. Encouraging girls to see their body as a strong and incredible instrument. One that allows them to do, to see and to feel. Jessica introduces the concept of self-love as an on-going journey. It includes practical self-care tips, with a focus on building resilience and emotional intelligence.” – Charmaine Chung, Somewhere Between
|Publication date:||3rd March 2020|
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Body / Health, Non-Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic|
Growing up, Jessica Sanders was always the tallest student in her class, and struggled to accept and love her body. When she was 12, her mother signed her up to play volleyball knowing her height would be celebrated and an advantage. Jessica soon learned that different bodies brought different skills to the team and all these bodies were valued. After leaving high-school, Jessica travelled solo to many countries and climbed some of the world's highest mountains, always carrying a heavy pack that made her grateful for her strong body. Over time, and through the ups and downs of life's tough lessons, ...More About Jessica Sanders