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Your Whole Body
From Your Head to Your Toes, and Everything in Between!
Your Whole Body is an inclusive book for children about the entire body, from head to toes, and everything in between! While many kids books about the body skip genitals, Your Whole Body explains and illustrates all of the major body parts, including the genitals.
Each body part has a two page spread, including a detailed picture of the body part with labels.
Your Whole Body is:
Complete: it explains, illustrates, and labels all the major body parts including genitals.
Diverse and inclusive: the text and illustrations describe and show different appearances and abilities. Additionally, the text does not use gender pronouns when describing genitals.
Accurate and age appropriate: experts including pediatricians, child safety experts, gender specialists, and preschool teachers, were consulted for this book.
Experts agree that teaching your child the proper names for genitals is important.
Teaching children the proper names for genitals:
promotes a positive body image
lays the foundation for future talks between parents and their children
helps protect children from sexual abuse
Even though a lot of parents have heard that they should use the proper names for genitals when talking to their children, many (myself included!) have a hard time saying words like vulva, penis, and nipple out loud, especially to our kids! It can feel uncomfortable or wrong.
Experts recommend using diaper changes, potty training, and bath time as opportunities to use the proper names, and advise parents to say things like "right now, I'm wiping your anus..."
If you have a hard time imagining yourself saying that, you're probably in the majority. For a lot of parents, following these recommendations is difficult.
This is where Your Whole Body comes in. Your Whole Body provides parents with a script and helps normalize saying these words out loud.
Your Whole Body ran a 30 day Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to fund the illustrations and the first run printing of the book. Our goal was to do high quality offset printing of 1,000 books.
I am amazed and pleased to say that we smashed our goal and raised $43,712! That's 437% of our goal!
A few other numbers from the campaign:
We had 1,415 backers
We sold 1,619 books
Through the community's support, we are donating 498 books to Child Advocacy Centers
As a result, we will be able to print at least 5,000 books, spread the word about the book, and make several business decisions that would otherwise have been out of scope.
Thank you to everyone who preordered Your Whole Body through the Kickstarter campaign! Your support made the first round of printing possible.
This book would not have been possible without the incredible support of all of the Kickstarter backers. I would like to particularly thank the following contributors:
Jim and Teri Carns
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Covina/Los Alamitos
Northern Shores Counseling
Jennifer de Vries
Sex Positive Families
Jan and Don DeYoung