The Bare Naked Book. Words by Kathy Stinson. Pictures by Melissa Cho.The original publication of The Bare Naked Book in 1986 caused quite a stir. It was considered pretty daring at the time to show naked bodies and talk about them frankly in a children’s book! But we knew it was important for children to see different bodies being celebrated and to learn about their own. The book was fun, matter-of-fact, and often appeared on lists of recommended titles related to themes of body image and personal safety.

Over the years conversations around diversity and identity evolved significantly. We began to realize that too many children would not find themselves and important people in their lives within the book’s pages. Annick Press and I agreed it was time to update the book.

Showing a fuller range of human beings and their bodies required new illustrations, and happy was the day artist Melissa Cho came on board. We also made significant changes to the text.

You’ll find out more when the book is released in March. For now, I hope you love the new cover as much as I and all the folks at Annick Press do!

10 Comments

  1. mitchellcatherine on January 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Very cool, Kathy! 🙂

    Happy New Year to you.

    • Kathy on January 6, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      To you too, Catherine!

  2. Pam Mirehouse on January 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    One of my all time favourite books probably because it did push reality!
    👍🏻😎Pam

    • Kathy on January 6, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      Wonderful, Pam. I think you’ll really like the update!

  3. trudee on January 6, 2021 at 10:35 am

    What an important book to update! Fantastic!

    • Kathy on January 6, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Trudee! I’m really pleased. The original was popular enough to have stayed in print all these years, and now even more kids will find people like them in the book. 🙂

  4. Miriam on January 6, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Love it, Kathy! Melissa Cho captured so very eloquently the posture, expression and wonder of the child. Miriam Körner

    Writer | Photographer | Visual Artist | Wilderness Guide

    http://www.miriamkoerner.blogspot.ca

    • Kathy on January 6, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Miriam.
      Yes. Melissa has done a fantastic job.
      Just wait till you see the interiors! 🙂

  5. taborstomreg on January 6, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Sounds great. I will have to get one for Reid and Leo.

    • Kathy on January 6, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      It’s pretty fun. Hope you and they will like it!

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