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Written by Shelina Janmohamed

Illustrated by Chante Timothy

Key Stage 3 Non-Fiction

LoveReading View on BeYOUtiful

Radiate confidence, celebrate difference and express yourself

May 2022 Book of the Month

Here’s a book parents are going to want to share with their daughters, as it celebrates confidence, difference and everything that makes us feel happy in ourselves. Shelina Janmohamed was inspired to write it by a conversation with her own young daughter and the approach she takes is clear, fun and full of information that young people will find stimulating and useful. She’s open that how you feel about the way you look matters but shows that, as ideas of beauty are always changing, across cultures and time, beauty can be what you want it to be. She introduces us to lots of women, all regarded as beautiful, who challenged conventional ideas of beauty, confident in themselves and their bodies and encourages readers to be the same. She explores the role of social media, enabling readers to look critically at images they are shown and form their own opinions. The text is always engaging and supportive, and the photos and accompanying illustrations by Chanté Timothy amplify the message being delivered. Inclusive, intelligent and inspiring, this is an empowering examination of a topic that has been preoccupying girls for centuries.

Shelve it alongside Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be by Gemma Cairney, another invaluable illustrated guide to navigating growing up.

Andrea Reece

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BeYOUtiful Synopsis

This is NOT a book about what to wear, how to put on make-up or pose for a photo. This is a book about what it means to be beautiful. It will teach you how to decide FOR YOURSELF what beauty really is, and give you the superpower to say, 'I'm beautiful!' - and mean it!

Funny, inspirational and from the heart, BeYOUtiful is full of practical tips on how to feel positive about the way you look. It breaks down why images you might see around you aren't always what they seem and gives advice on how to navigate social media. You can also discover how ideas of beauty vary around the world from culture to culture and through history. Explore how people's opinions and ideas are shaped by others and read real-life stories of amazing women.

The energetic and joyful illustrations showcase a huge diversity of women and girls, talking about their own experiences. Everyone will find something or someone they can relate to. Are you ready to start a girl-powered beauty revolution?

BeYOUtiful Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

BeYOUtiful is a very interesting book that shows the history of what people thought a beautiful woman was supposed to look like. I really enjoyed reading it because it was full of self-confidence and good advice for anybody. Full review

Lara Russin (Age 10)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789562958
Publication date: 12th May 2022
Author: Shelina Janmohamed
Illustrator: Chante Timothy
Publisher: Welbeck Children's Books an imprint of Welbeck Publishing Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Body / Health, Non-Fiction, Racism / Multi-Culturalism, Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem

About Shelina Janmohamed

Shelina Janmohamed works in the advertising industry, helping some of the world's biggest and best known brands. She is also a newspaper columnist writing for outlets such as the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC. But while hiding under her superhero's headscarf, she became an accidental author writing about some of the most important topics facing girls and women today. Like who we are, our place in the world, and most importantly how to decide things for ourselves. A graduate of Oxford University, a bestselling non-fiction author and a global expert on women's representation, Shelina is a familiar voice on ...

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