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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"


“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.


  • Commended, Best Bets Book List, OLA 2021
  • Joint winner, Rainbow Book List, American Library Association 2022


“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