CBI Recommends Body Image, Positivity and Diversity

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Ballerina Dreams

DePrince, Michaela (Author)
She has been dancing ever since, and after a spell as a principal dancer in New York, now dances for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Beautifully and gently illustrated by Ella Okstad, Ballerina Dreams is the younger-reader edition of Michaela DePrince's highly moving memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe.

Big Bones

Dockrill, Laura
The heartwarming new novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others. It's a food diary.

Body Brilliant: A Teenage Guide to a Positive Body Image

Morgan, Nicola
Written by teenage expert, Nicola Morgan, 'Body Brilliant' will help teenagers to develop or retain a positive body image.

Dew Angels

Schwapp, Melanie
From the day she was born Nola Chambers is rejected by those she should most trust. Born with dark skin into a family that prides themselves on their light complexion, Nola grows up abandoned and perceived as worthless


Murphy, Julie

Happy to Be Me

Dodd, Emma
A fun-filled, rhyming book celebrating bodies of all kinds, from Emma Dodd, the bestselling author-illustrator of Forever and Sometimes.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Silver, Skye
Develop healthy habits for growing bodies and minds with a fresh twist on a classic movement singalong. Follow a family through a day from home to school in their diverse community as they engage in healthy habits from good hygiene to reading. Includes educational endnotes about each health topic as well as audio and animation.

Holding Up the Universe

Niven, Jennifer

I Don't Want Curly Hair!

Anderson, Laura Ellen
NO! I do not want this BIG CURLY HAIR! A glorious new picture book for little people who always want what they can't have! From the brilliant Laura Ellen Anderson - illustrator of the bestselling Witch Wars series

I Don't Want to be Small

Anderson, Laura Ellen


Cotterill, Jo
A warm, feel-good story for 9+ about taking a leap of faith when life feels wobbly. When a talent show is announced at school, Lennon persuades Jelly sing her poem in the contest. But can Jelly find the courage to perform something so personal - especially when Lennon might not always be there to cheer her on?

Little Black Sheep of Connemara

Shaw, Elizabeth
This charming book tells the adventures of an outcast little black sheep: A story about being different, and being a hero.