Body Diversity

This is a small, incomplete list of books that celebrate and tell the stories of people with differing abilities and body types. Children's and Young Adult age-appropriate books included.


Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness By Da'Shaun L. Harrison, Kiese Laymon (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623175979
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Published: North Atlantic Books - August 10th, 2021

**The 2022 Lammy Award Winner in Transgender Nonfiction**
Exploring the intersections of Blackness, gender, fatness, health, and the violence of policing.

Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives By Miguel M. Morales (Editor), Bruce Owens Grimm (Editor), Tiff Joshua Tj Ferentini (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781787755062
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - May 21st, 2021

AASECT Book Award for General Audience

'A joy to read' ESSIE DENNIS
'A beautifully written collection' JUNO ROCHE

We're here. We're queer. We're fat.

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Exploded Views) By Amanda Leduc Cover Image
ISBN: 9781552453957
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Published: Coach House Books - March 3rd, 2020


Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty?

Easy Beauty: A Memoir By Chloé Cooper Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982151997
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2022

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Memoir or Autobiography

A New York Times Notable Book of 2022 * Vulture’s #1 Memoir of 2022 * A Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, Time, BuzzFeed, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

From Chloé

The Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce By Angie Manfredi (Editor) Cover Image
By Angie Manfredi (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781419737503
Published: Amulet Books - September 24th, 2019

The definitive collection of art, poetry, and prose, celebrating fat acceptance
Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories.

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century By Alice Wong (Editor) Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
ISBN: 9781984899422
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

“Disability rights activist Alice Wong brings tough conversations to the forefront of society with this anthology. It sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities, as told by none other than authors with these life experiences. It's an eye-opening collection that readers will revisit time and time again.” —Chicago Tribune

Bodies Are Cool By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593112625
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 1st, 2021

This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.

Don't Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body By Savala Nolan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982137267
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 13th, 2021

A powerful and provocative collection of essays that offers poignant reflections on living between society’s most charged, politicized, and intractably polar spaces—between black and white, rich and poor, thin and fat.

Savala Nolan knows what it means to live in the in-between.

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780449817445
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - January 6th, 2015

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable.

Ableism in Academia: Theorising Experiences of Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses in Higher Education By Nicole Brown (Editor), Jennifer Leigh (Editor) Cover Image
By Nicole Brown (Editor), Jennifer Leigh (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781787354982
Published: UCL Press - October 13th, 2020

Rather than embracing difference, academic ecosystems seek to normalize and homogenize ways of working and of being a researcher. As a consequence, ableism is an endemic experience in academia, though to date no attempt has been made to theorize those experiences. Ableism in Academia provides an interdisciplinary outlook on ableism that is currently missing.

Roll with It By Jamie Sumner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534442566
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

“A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J.

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You By Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael López (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525514121
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Published: Philomel Books - September 3rd, 2019

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award!

Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability By Summer Michaud-Skog Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643260396
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Published: Timber Press - March 29th, 2022

“An invaluable guide…Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity.” —Booklist

From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of all body types, sizes, and backgrounds.