Season 2 Episode 2: “Where Are All The Fat People In Picture Books?”

Episode summary: 

  In the great push for diversifying kidlit, there’s a major category missing from the call for change, fat people.  Where are all the fat people in picture books?  Today we break down fat representation, or lack thereof in picture books and where we need to be.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

-Topic 1 #Librarianfightclub [0:54]

-Topic 2 Fat phobia in picture books  [2:37]

-Topic 3 BMI is Bullshit [5:36]

-Topic 4  Morality of fatness, and picture books [8:22]

-Topic 5 Fatness & Tokenism [12:24]

-Topic 6 Illustration style is key [18:08]

-Topic 7 New Releases [26:33]

-Topic 8  Middle Grade & YA fiction [28:00] 

-Topic 9 Food Books [31:30]

Books mentioned in this episode:

6:08 “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia” by Sabrina Strings

“Julián is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love

“Julian at the Wedding” by Jessica Love

“Thank You Omu” Oge Mora

“Freedom Soup” Tami Charles

“Fry Bread”  Kevin Noble Maillard

“What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street” Felicita Sala  

“A Girls Like You” by Frank Murphy, Carla Murphy and illustrated by Kayla Heron, 

“Laxmi’s Mooch” Shelly Anand & Nabi H. Ali

“Beautifully Me” Nabila Noor & Nabi H. Ali

 “My Hair” by Hannah Lee, and Alan Fatimaharen

Also Mentioned (not a book): 

28:08 Instagram account @storybookcook Karly-Lynne 

BMI is bull

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