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!