The Bare Naked Book

Illustrated by Melissa Cho
Published by Annick Press

The classic celebration of human bodies, with updated text and illustrations that capture better than ever their wonderful diversity.

Age Level

Pre-school to kindergarten

Curriculum Connections

Human body, body image, family


Talk about the ways people are different, and about how people are the same.


A joyous celebration of all bodies. Illustrations show a tremendously diverse array of bodies. Each page shows people smiling, and there are unique depictions of loving families and connections. The extremely simple text introducing basic body parts, combined with kid-friendly yet sophisticated illustrations, allows for all different kinds of children to see themselves and their communities reflected. A beautiful and important addition to any collection of body books.

STARRED Kirkus Review

When so many other books that claim to be diverse have at most one person with any given diversity marker (e.g., the one token kid in the wheelchair or with a hijab), seeing these multiple depictions feels wonderful and affirming. No matter what your body is like or what you wear on it, you’re not alone.

MombianTM, Sustenance for Lesbian Moms

The new edition… is current, engaging and offers a safe space for parents, caregivers, and educators to talk about human beings and their bodies. Highly Recommended.

CM Magazine

I was impressed by the diversity of physical traits and implied attributes of religion, culture, gender expression and relationships rarely seen in children's books but integral in our beautifully-varied world.

CanLit for Little Canadians

Cover of The Bare Naked Book. Words by Kathy Stinson. Pictures by Melissa Cho.

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Read why LGBTQ parents and more are excited about the Naked update.

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Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honourable Mention

Named to the Rainbow Book List, American Library Association (Picture Book Non-Fiction category)