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I Love My Body Because

Illustrated by Erika Rodriguez Medina



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About The Book

All Are Welcome meets Bodies Are Cool in this picture book that shows us what makes every body special.

Everybody has a body and every body is good. Your body takes you where you want to go. Your body is your first home. And your body is different from everyone else’s body! I Love My Body Because is a gentle and poetic picture book for the youngest readers about celebrating your own body and all the different, wonderful bodies that make up our world.

About The Authors

Photograph by Jacqueline Yen

Shelly Anand is the author of the acclaimed picture book Laxmi’s Mooch, which was featured on the Today show, NBC News, and in Glamour magazine. Shelly is also an immigrant and labor rights attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. She lives in Georgia with her fabulous husband and two adorable but also naughty children.

Photograph by Lydia Hudgens

Nomi Ellenson is a photographer and body awareness artist in New York City. Her work focuses on celebrating the individuality and beauty of each woman she photographs. Nomi received her BA in psychology from Barnard College and is based on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her dog, Teddy. 

About The Illustrator

Erika Medina is a Mexican illustrator and art instructor living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is interested in storytelling, myths and legends, and scary stories.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 21, 2022)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534494954
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD520L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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