9 Kids Books That Center & Celebrate Fat Characters

I am fat. How would you talk about my body with your child? Would you just ignore it? Your child won’t. Has your child ever asked you why someone is “so big” or something along those lines? Did you avoid the question? Stumble through it, perhaps? More than anyone else, you shape your child’s feelings about not just other people’s bodies but their own bodies as well. That means you should be ready to have conversations with your children about accepting and celebrating their bodies and other people’s bodies.

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There are still plenty of gaps in the market of books for young people when it comes to accurately portraying the fullness of fat life. We need more stories of different sized fat people, including superfat people, and certainly more stories with fat male and gender diverse leads. But the good news is that one of the ways we expand the market for these stories is by buying and sharing them. By reading and discussing these books — and others about fat characters — with kids and teens you can start not just a conversation with the readers but with publishing, too. Time to open it up and say the word “fat” in a positive way with a kid in your life. See where the conversation takes you next, and don’t be ashamed anymore.

This selection of books are independently selected by Romper’s editorial team. However, they may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through this link.

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