A bevy of babies celebrate self-love.
In this gorgeously illustrated board book, diverse babies celebrate their bodies by using them to explore the world. Each page features one or two different body parts accompanied by images of smiling children using that body part in fun and, at times, silly ways. Whether smelling a flower, reading a book, chasing a pet, or doing a dance, the children on the pages of this lyrical book burst with radiant joy. On the final page, a child without a clear gender presentation hugs themself, squeezing their eyes closed and smiling, clearly delivering the message that all of our bodies are beautiful and worthy of love. Búzio’s bold and textured illustrations feature children with diverse skin colors, hair, and gender presentation. When coupled with these pictures, Grover’s rhyming text soars, and reading the words aloud almost feels like singing a song. Unfortunately, despite its racial and gender diversity, the book features only children without visible disabilities—with the possible exception of a child wearing glasses—all of whom have similar body types. Given that the text is about loving all kinds of bodies, the lack of children with disabilities and the uniformity in body types seems like a missed opportunity.
A vibrant and lyrical ode to bodies ideal for those learning to explore their own. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)