Minnie & Max are OK

A Story to Help Children Develop a Positive Body Image
By Chris Calland and Nicky Hutchinson
Illustrated by Emmi Smid

Minnie has had a bad day at school. Some children made fun of her looks, and she wishes she was more like them.

24% of childcare professionals have seen body confidence issues in children aged 3-5 years old”
Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years PACEY – 2016

Max, Minnie’s dog, wishes he looked different too. And he doesn’t understand why Grandma doesn’t like his singing!

When Grandma sees that Minnie and Max aren’t OK, she takes them to the park. There, they see lots of children and dogs – all with different shapes, sizes, colours and special traits. If they all looked the same, would it be better or worse?

Body image is an increasingly important issue for young children. This beautifully illustrated, confidence-boosting book will help encourage children aged 3-7 to celebrate their strengths and embrace diversity. Included are questions that adults can ask to see how children relate to Minnie and Max’s thoughts and feelings. Colourful, funny and uplifting, this book will help you make sure your child is OK with their body image!

“This is a delightful book with beautiful illustrations. The story gently explores body image and diversity in an age appropriate way for 3-7 year olds. This will be a great book to use with young children as a tool to explore and enhance their wellbeing.”
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, early years and nurture outreach consultant