BOOKS THAT HELP – BODIES

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EVERYBODY HAS A BODY (Jon Burgerman)

Everybody Has a Body’ (Oxford University Press, 2020) is bright and colourful book from Jon Burgerman that shows us everyone’s bodies are different in some way – and that’s OK! The rhyming texts delivers the message that whether your body is big, small, short or tall, it is something to celebrate and be proud of. The vibrant illustrations feature a diverse mix of characters including some with glasses and others in wheelchairs.

With eye-popping illustrations full of humour and colour, and an inclusive message about being perfect as you are, this story is packed with positivity. It would be a great book to share with children with and without disabilities. After all, we are all different and special.


WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? (James Catchpole, Karen George)

What happened to you? Was it a shark? A burglar? A lion? Did it fall off?

A positive and ground-breaking picture book featuring Joe – an imaginative main character who loves to play and who has one leg. What Happened To You? (Faber and Faber, 2021) aims to inform and educate non-disabled children about disabilities by acknowledging the challenges Joe faces… and the questions. One question in particular – what happened to you?

James’ text balances humour and message brilliantly. Karen’s characterful illustrations evoke childhood and the joy of imaginary play. And at the end of the story, the children in the book decide they don’t need to know what happened to Joe’s leg to play with him, and everyone is happy with that.


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