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Annotated Bibliography of Books by Category

Body Image

Level identifier in parentheses at end of descriptions
PB – picture book,
I – intermediate (most can be read to primary),
M – middle school,
H – high school.

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Crickwing by Janell Cannon. Harcourt, 2000. Because Crickwing has a broken wing and can’t move very fast, he has to find other ways to protect himself. His artistic talents help him distract his attackers and make friends with the leaf-cutting ants. (PB)

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Jungle Drums by Graeme Base. Harry N. Abrams, 2004. Everyone knows warthogs get the least respect because they are not as cool as the other animals, until Ngiri, the smallest warthog in all of Africa, plays the magic drums. (PB)

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Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron, illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Dragonfly Books/Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. At a big family picnic, Uncle Mordecai lets Brenda know just how special her nappy hair is. (PB)

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Pinduli by Janell Cannon. Harcourt, 2004. Pinduli, a young striped hyena, suffers the attitudes of those animals who feel superior. (PB)

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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt. Holt, 1999. Billed as the fattest boy in the world, Zackary Beaver is a side show in a trailer, but when Toby Wilson and his friend pay their money to stare, Toby notices Zackary’s sadness. (I/M)

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Lizard by Dennis Covington. Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1991 Thirteen-year- old Lucius Sims looks more like a reptile than a boy, so he gets sent to the Leesville Louisiana State School for Retarded Boys, but he decides not to stay there. (M/H)

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Perfect by Natasha Friend. Milkweed Editions, 2004. Isabelle’s father died two years ago and after the service, someone suggested she might feel better if she ate something. She did, she ate everything on the buffet table and then threw up. Now two years later, her little sister finds her vomiting in the bathroom and calls their mom. Isabelle starts “group” and discovers the most perfect girl in the school, Ashley Barrnum, is there too. (M/H)

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Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003. Troy is six-foot-one and nearly 300 pounds, and he feels like the biggest slob in the world until he meets Curt, an emaciated, street punk who is a guitar genius and sees Troy’s potential. (H)

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Massive by Julia Bell. Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, 2002. Fourteen year old Carmen has a mom with a severe anorexia eating disorder which spills over onto Carmen as the chaos in their lives spreads. (H)

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