Tyler Feder grew up and still lives in the Chicago area, where she received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and studied comedy writing at the Second City Training Center. She is the author/illustrator of the acclaimed young adult graphic memoir Dancing at the Pity Party. Bodies Are Cool is her picture book debut. Tyler has a round tummy, fuzzy eyebrows, and a mole on her left arm with a little hair growing out of it. Her body is cool, and so is yours! For more information about her, visit TYLERFEDER.COM.
A bustling celebration of body positivity that lovingly features
bodies, skin, and hair of all kinds . . . Feder chooses clear and
unapologetic language to describe body characteristics, challenging
the negative connotations that are often attached to those bodies .
. . Depicting societally marginalized human bodies in all their
joyful, normal glory, this book is cool. * Kirkus, starred review
This inclusive book shows and celebrates all types of bodies in the park, in the pool, at a party-everywhere. That's exactly where all our bodies are . . . . It's truly transformative not only to be seen by others but to see yourself. To see yourself just as you are. To see yourself included. To see your body as good, as cool . . . a great resource to start conversations about fatphobia and anti-fat bias and to help a kid struggling with their self-image. * Lisa Fipps, author of Starfish *
This joyous, uncompromising, vividly illustrated picture book
bodies. Each page is dedicated to one physical aspect: height, size, shape, skin color, arms,
tummies, scars, prosthetics-just about any feature that young kids might notice (and comment
on). Three lines of rhymed verse list various manifestations ("Leg hair, armpit hair, / fuzzy-lipand-
chin hair, / brows-meet-in-the-middle hair") followed by the repeated message: "Bodies are
cool!" The wonderfully detailed illustrations (drawn by a "left hand with a crooked index finger,"
according to author and illustrator Feder) spill from the pages, showing an array of multicultural,
multiabled, multishaped characters of all ages fully enjoying everyday activities: the beach, an
ice-cream store, a picnic, and so on. The spread that showcases eyes ("Hazel eyes, brown
eyes,/ monolids and round eyes, / Blind and wearing-glasses eyes") is set in a dark movie
theater, with the glowing whites of characters' eyes emphasizing the variations. This would make
a great read-aloud, especially as the "Bodies are cool!" refrain invites audience participation.
Intended for young audiences, this unabashed promotion of body positivity packs a punch and
reminds readers to respect and love every body-including their own. This is a timely message
with universal applications.