Have you heard of the Danish children’s show Ultra Strips Down (NYTimes)? Its goal is to show kids what normal bodies look like — and thus to promote body positivity. “90 percent of the bodies you see on social media are perfect, but that is not how 90 percent of the world looks,” the show’s host, Jannik Schow, told the New York Times. “We have extra fat, or hair, or pimples. We want to show children from an early age that this is fine.”
Over the past 10 years, I’ve plowed through dozens of humdrum alphabet books with the boys, so I was thrilled to see The Invisible Alphabet, a clever, mysterious take on teaching letters. Each letter stands for something unseen — a is for air, b is for bare, c is for clear…v is for vanish! The boys were transfixed by the words (written by my old friend Joshua David Stein) and the illustrations (by Ron Barrett of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs fame). Highly recommend.
This print by Lisa Congdon was just what I needed to see today, our first day of remote learning at school. All the zoom links, email addresses, lost passwords… we’re definitely learning as we go. Hope your day is going well, and if not, be gentle with yourself.