I wrote last week about what you can do to support body positivity for girls, whether you’re a parent or not, and why it’s important to do so.
In case you’re looking for more resources to help out, here are a few things I ran across while writing that post.
Toys for Body Positivity for Girls
The Lottie Doll is an alternative to Barbie. Unlike her counterpart, Lottie is a girl, not a woman. She does not wear makeup, jewelry, high heels, or suggestive clothing. She’s an adventurous girl who can be a superhero, a pirate, a ballerina, a stargazer, a geek. She has great clothes and accessories without promoting harmful body messages.
Online Resources for Body Positivity for Girls
I’ve found a handful for online resources that promote body positivity for girls:
- Gurl – a site for teens and tweens with a body image section and a forum for body image and health topics.
- Rookie – an online magazine for teens and tweens that stays upbet and positive about body image.
- About Face – a website for helping women and girls resist harmful media messages
- A Mighty Girl – a brilliant online collection of books, toys, games, and movies for smart, confident girls.
I’d love to make this list longer! Share any other resources you know in the comments!
Books for Body Positivity for Girls
(Text taken from the Amazon page – click the image for the full page.)
“From the back cover: Has a bad day got you down? Is your self-esteem making you feel blue? In A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself–Even on the Bad Days, you’ll learn how having high self-esteem can turn a good day into a great day, while having low self-esteem can turn a bad day into a nightmare. You’ll learn tips for trusting yourself, ideas for boosting your self-esteem (or for keeping it up), and how to feel your best in all kinds of situations. You are perfect just as you are, and this book will help you believe that to be true!”
“Beautiful Girls presents this simple but important message: that to be born female is a very special thing and carries with it magical gifts and powers that must be recognized and nurtured. Dr. Northrup believes that helping girls learn at a young age to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies can have positive benefits that will last throughout their lives. By reading this lovely book, little girls will learn how their bodies are perfect just the way they are, the importance of treating themselves with gentle care, and how changes are just a part of growing up.”
“Brontorina has a dream. She wants to dance. But Brontorina is rather large — too large to fit in Madame Lucille’s dance studio. Brontorina does not have the right shoes, and everyone knows you can’t dance without the proper footwear. Still, Brontorina knows, deep in her heart, that she is meant to be a ballerina. James Howe introduces a lovable dinosaur whose size is outmatched only by her determination, and whose talent is outmatched only by her charm. Accompanied by Randy Cecil’s beguiling illustrations, here is an irresistible story that proves that no problem is too big when the heart and imagination know no bounds.”
“High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.
At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont’s joyous rhyming text and David Catrow’s wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful–and straight from the heart.”
“Lola has really really REALLY big hair, much bigger than the other kids at her school. Despite her hair blocking the view of anyone that dares sit behind her and causing her to lose at hide and seek, she sings the praises of her big hair throughout this rhyming picture book. Designed to boost self-esteem and build confidence, this beautifully illustrated book is perfect for any girl or boy who has ever felt a bit self-conscious about their hair and may need a reminder from time to time that it’s okay to look different from the other kids at their school.”
“Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. And don t even think of asking her to choose one or the other activity at recess—she ll just be a soccer playing pirate princess, thank you very much. To Marisol McDonald, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together. Unfortunately, they don t always make sense to everyone else. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol—can t she just be one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn t match. And that’s just fine with her.”
Additional Reading for You: 21 Things to Stop Saying Unless You Hate Fat People so you can support body positivity for girls (and everyone!) with the things you say.
“Sixteen-year-old Ann has dieted plenty of times before, but her aunt’s wedding—looming just eight weeks away—compels her to secretly shell out for the Secrets 2 Success weight-loss system, which delivers icky frozen dinners right to her home. Barson’s lighthearted debut mixes pratfalls with serious emotional issues. Mostly it focuses on Ann’s struggles to escape the unhealthy relationship to food she has learned from her mother, figure out who her real friends are, and curtail her self-sabotage and let loose with life. Hey, maybe she will even score a date with Dimple Guy.”
“August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.”
“Sassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream. When a famous director comes to visit her class, Sassy does her best to get his attention with her high jumps and bright leotard. Her first attempts are definitely not appreciated, but with Sassy’s persistence, she just might be able to win him over. Dancing in the Wings is loosely based on actress/choreographer Debbie Allen’s own experiences as a young dancer.”
“Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.”
“Twelve-year-old Micay walks around her fifteenth-century Incan village shielding the scarred side of her face that inspired the cruel name Millay, or “Ugly One.” She escapes to her huaca rock, avoiding the villagers who shun her. Her world shifts dramatically when a stranger gives her a sorry-looking baby macaw. The bird becomes her dear companion on a journey that ultimately leads her to a new role as shaman in Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sun City. Told in an engaging storyteller’s voice, this is a stirring tale of a girl who finds her own strength.”
“After a bad fall which knocks out her front teeth, Raina finds herself starting an odyssey of dental reconstruction: braces, headgear, surgery, and even a retainer with false teeth will be required to get her mouth back into shape. At the same time, her body is changing — and so is her perspective on how her friends treat her. It will take confidence and courage for Raina to stand up for herself, find friends who support her, and rediscover her smile. This funny and poignant graphic novel is sure to be a hit with middle schoolers. It’s also available in box set with Raina Telgemeier’s equally popular graphic novel Sisters.”
Please let me know of any other great resources you find to support body positivity for girls!