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The Bare Naked Book
By (author): Kathy Stinson Illustrated by: Melissa Cho
Kathy Stinson ,

Illustrated by :

Melissa Cho


Annick Press



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Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Mar 09, 2021
$21.95 CAD


9.2in x 9.2 x 0.4 in | 330 gr

Page Count:

36 pages
Annick Press
Best Bets Book List, OLA 2021, Commended Rainbow Book List, American Library Association 2022, Joint winner

"A joyous celebration of all bodies."—STARRED review, Kirkus Reviews

WINNER: 2022 ALA Rainbow Book List

Bodies, bodies! Big and small, short and tall, young and old—Every BODY is different!

The Bare Naked Book has been a beloved fixture in libraries, classrooms, and at-home story times since its original publication in 1986. Now, this revised edition is ready to meet a new generation of readers.

The text has been updated to reflect current understandings of gender and inclusion, which are also
showcased in the brand-new, vibrant illustrations by Melissa Cho.

Featuring a note from the author explaining the history of the book and the importance of this updated edition, readers will delight in this celebration of all kinds of bodies.

  • Lifetime sales over 17K
  • Nearly 30 years in print
  • Colorful, bold, DIVERSE new illustrations and text! Diversity and inclusion celebrated throughout this new edition to build early childhood acceptance of body types, sexualities, based on input from experts
  • Strong sales track for Kathy Stinson's previous picture books: The Dog Who Wanted to Fly, Harry and Walter, and her collaborations with violin-legend Joshua Bell The Man With the Violin and The Dance of the Violin in recent years, as well as the classic Red is Best, and more
  • Text and illustrations were reviewed and revised on the basis of equity, diversity, and inclusion by j wallace skelton. j wallace skelton is an equity consultant, educator, writer, activist, and parent. j has consulted for organizations such as The Girl Guides of Canada, The Ontario Human Rights Commission, The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and numerous schools and school boards. j’s commitment is to making more room and more possibilities for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, with a strong commitment to intersectionality, and a knowledge that we can only achieve justice together. j is a co-founder of Flamingo Rampant Press (feminist, racially diverse, LGBTQ+ picture books that are real stories). j is a PhD candidate at OISE at U of T, where j’s research is working with young children, using visual facilitation to imagine what queer and trans cultural education spaces could be like.

Kathy Stinson is the author of children's classics Red is Best, and Big or Little?, and recent multi-award winners like The Man with the Violin, and Harry and Walter. She lives in Rockwood, Ontario.

Melissa Cho is a designer and animator working in children’s media. She lives in Southern Ontario.

“A beautiful and important addition to any collection of body books.”

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 12/29/20

“Current, engaging and offers a safe space for parents, caregivers, and educators to talk about human beings and their bodies. Highly Recommended.”

- CM Reviews, 02/12/21

“A joyous and empowering book that should be welcomed by many seeking such volumes to teach their kids about bodies and their parts, but also about human diversity broadly speaking. It’s a must-have for any young child’s bookshelf.”

- Mombian, 03/10/21

“Melissa Cho makes our bodies a celebration of boldness, in colour and shape, and helps to ensure that every child will see themselves and those important to them.”

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 03/24/21

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