4 years & up
Kathy Stinson & Melissa Cho
The Bare Naked Book was originally published in the 1980’s, and got a massive glow-up this year! The illustrations by Melissa Cho are terrifically diverse and beautiful. Seriously, there are rarely, if ever, characters in books that have stretch marks! The book’s premise is to teach not only some body part names, but also show the beautiful array of humans that are in our community. There are two more specific pages that are beautifully worked into the story that affirms and prepares children for talking about their genitals and chest (if the need ever arises).
I personally believe that we should use proper terminology for body parts, both for anatomical education and clarity if there is ever suspected abuse. The term “genitals” also leaves room for families to discuss gender identity, intersex people, and to go into detail at a developmentally appropriate level. But The Bare Naked Book isn’t just a book to discuss these topics, it celebrates the human body and all of the amazing things it does. Should shrug, fingers snap, arms hug. I love that there is representation of all kinds in body and presentation. Overall, this book is a brilliant remake of a book that is very much needed to help clarify all of our different body parts and terminology!
This book was kindly sent by Annick Press, but all opinions and decisions to review are my own.
Kathy Stinson is the author of over 25 books for young people, including the beloved Red is Best. She lives near Guelph, Ontario.
Melissa Specializes in visual development and character design.
Work experience also includes: 2D animation, prop design, background layout, and storyboards.
Graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation Program and a recipient of the Wacom Student Excellence Award.
Melissa has worked with multiple studios including Titmouse, Wildbrain, and Chuck Gammage Animation.