26 Children's Books That Foster A Healthy Body Image In Kids

These body-positive books promote self-love and confidence in young readers.

Developing a positive body image lays a strong foundation for success in kids.

While there are many things parents can do to promote self-esteem and body acceptance, one of the most powerful ways to enrich children’s minds and teach valuable lessons is through books.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up 26 children’s books that foster a healthy sense of body image in kids.

1
"Abigail the Whale"
The titular character learns to cope with bullying and body insecurity in this empowering story.

Buy it on Amazon for $12.99
2
"What I Like About Me!"
"What I Like About Me!" celebrates the beauty of being different.

Buy it on Amazon for $6.99
3
"I Am Enough"
As the title suggests, "I Am Enough" is about loving and accepting yourself as you are.

Buy it on Amazon for $12.45.
4
"Lovely"
This book introduces a variety of characters who look different and emphasizes that they're all "lovely."

Buy it on Amazon for $13.99
5
"A Kids Book About Body Image"
This installment in the "A Kids Book About" series tackles the way we see our bodies and how to love them.

Buy it on Amazon for $28.34
6
"Beautiful Girl"
A board-certified OB-GYN wrote this book to help little girls understand their changing bodies and the beauty in all of them.

Buy it on Amazon for $7.96.
7
"Her Body Can"
"Her Body Can" is full of poetic statements of self-love and body acceptance.\

Buy it on Amazon for $16
8
"Freckleface Strawberry"
The first installment in Julianne Moore's children's book series empowers kids to accept what makes them different.

Buy it on Amazon for $15
9
"¡Me gusta cómo soy! / I Like Myself!"
This bilingual book highlights the joy of loving yourself and the notion that character matters more than what's on the outside.

Buy it on Amazon for $5.99
10
"Shapesville"
"Shapesville" is about five friends who are different shapes and sizes and encourages readers to be proud of their bodies.

Buy it on Amazon for $17.99
11
"Rock What Ya Got"
"Rock What Ya Got" is about a little girl who pledges to do just that and inspires readers to follow that mantra.

Buy it on Amazon for $15.39
12
"I Love My Hair"
A young Black girl learns to embrace her hair and heritage in this uplifting book.

Buy it on Amazon for $6.97
13
"Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon"
The protagonist of "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" shows the power of self-confidence in the face of bullying.

Buy it on Amazon for $14.39
14
"Your Body Is Awesome"
"Your Body Is Awesome" encourages kids to appreciate their bodies for all their differences and benefits to our day-to-day lives.

Buy it on Amazon for $17.95
15
"Amanda's Big Dream"
After her skating coach makes a comment about her weight, the title character learns to deal to regain her confidence.

Buy it on Amazon for $9.99
16
"I Am Jazz"
Trans activist Jazz Jennings co-wrote this autobiographical picture book about embracing her true self.

Buy it on Amazon for $15.99
17
"Love Your Body"
This book highlights the fact that all bodies are different but can do so many amazing things.

Buy it on Amazon for $13.89
18
"Brontorina"
"Brontorina" is about a dinosaur who follows her dreams despite the obstacles her size poses and learns to love herself.

Buy it on Amazon for $6.28
19
"Stand Straight, Ella Kate"
Based on the true story of a woman once considered the world's tallest female, "Stand Straight, Ella Kate" shares a message of embracing differences.

Buy it on Amazon for $16.76
20
"I Like Me!"
A cheerful pig who displays a powerful sense of self-esteem in this encouraging book.

Buy it here for $7.99
21
"Celebrate Your Body (And Its Changes, Too)"
This puberty book for girls honors the changing body and all the amazing things it can do.

Buy it on Amazon for $11.69
22
"The Colors of Us"
"The Colors of Us" pays tribute to the beautiful differences that make people unique.

Buy it on Amazon for $7.99
23
"I'm Gonna Like Me"
Jamie Lee Curtis co-wrote this book about building confidence and embracing your unique self.

Buy it on Amazon for $14.69
24
"Hair Like Mine"
Hair love is at the forefront of this book about self-esteem.

Buy it on Amazon for $10.39
25
"Rot, the Cutest in the World!"
A "mutant potato" gains the confidence to believe he's great the way he is in this cute story.

Buy it on Amazon for $10.99
26
"The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem"
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"The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem" teaches kids about self-love.

Buy it on Amazon for $13.99