Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
Twenty years old and still going strong, The Bare Naked Book remains a favorite family introduction to the human body.
There is nothing more ordinary and more special than the human body. After all, everybody has one, and for all the parts that are the same each comes in a different shape and size. The Bare Naked Book joyfully celebrates this wonderful ordinariness with a matter-of-fact introduction for toddlers to the parts of the body.
From hair (dripping, straight, curly, and tangled) to toes (stamping, ticklish, skinny, and squishy) and the private bits in between, Kathy Stinson’s playfully simple prose identifies the parts of the body at rest and in motion. Meanwhile, the friendly realism of Heather Collins’s illustrations offers a variety of body types in familiar environments, from the bathroom to the beach.
About the authors
Kathy Stinson is a familiar name in children’s literature. She wrote the award-winning Red is Best and Big or Little?—two of the first picture books for preschoolers in Canada. Both were a huge success and have since achieved international acclaim. Red is Best 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2006 a newly illustrated Big or Little? was published in 2009. Kathy’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Illustrated by Duan Petricic, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Kathy grew up in Toronto. “My love affair with books began as a child,” she says. “I remember regular visits to the library, getting stacks of books to read.” She still has a notebook of stories that she wrote when she was in grade four. She believes that reading a lot is the key to becoming a good writer. In the early 1970s Kathy attended university while teaching elementary school. In 1981, she took a course called “How to write and get published.” The titles she has published in the years since range from picture books to young adult novels, from historical fiction chapter books to short stories in the horror genre. 2008 sees the publication of her first brand-new picture book in sixteen years! Kathy enjoys visiting schools across Canada, and especially talking with fellow writers. In 1987 she traveled to England as part of an exchange of Canadian and British children’s authors. She has helped students across Canada pursue their own creative projects through the Writers in Electronic Residence program, and in many communities has conducted writing workshops for children and for adults. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kathy is a self-proclaimed jigsaw puzzle addict. Her children now grown, she lives with her partner, editor Peter Carver, in a hamlet not far from Guelph, Ontario.
Heather Collins brings Come Sit By Me alive with the colourful illustration style for which she has become known. Her popular children's picture book credits include Whoosh I Hear a Sound!, The Bare Naked and A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 for which She won both the Information Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award. When she's not illustrating in her attic studio in Toronto, Heather can be found spending time with her two children and her husband.
“Shows very clearly how each of us is essentially the same, even though we are each an individual. The positive feelings engendered about family will make this a firm favorite with another generation.”
Resource Links, 12/06
“A good one for older toddlers and preschoolers.”
School Library Journal
The Bare Naked Book: 20th Anniversary EditionOriginally published in 1986 by Annick Press (Our Choice 1987/1988).
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.
Other titles by Kathy Stinson
The Girl Who Loved Giraffes
And Became the World's First Giraffologist
Lady with the Books, The
A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman
The Dog Who Wanted to Fly
Red is Best
Munsch fall 2017 board book package 1
The Dance of the Violin
Harry and Walter
El Rojo es Mejor
Big or Little?
Other titles by Heather Collins
Kids Winter Handbook, The
The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors
Out Came the Sun
A Day in Nursery Rhymes
My Vacation Place: A Memory Book
True Stories of Heroines, Scoundrels, and Renegades
Kids Book of the Night Sky, The
Pioneer Christmas, A
Celebrating in the Backwoods in 1841
A Pioneer Christmas
Celebrating in the Backwoods in 1841