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The Bare Naked Book

The Bare Naked Book

By Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Melissa Cho
Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–k
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Reading Level: Lexile AD480L
Hardcover : 9781773214726, 36 pages, March 2021 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781773214733, 36 pages, March 2023 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773214740, 36 pages, March 2021


“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.


“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