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Centered around a class of preschoolers, the We Say What’s Okay series helps teach young children the social and emotional skills they need to understand the complexities of consent. Each book covers a consent theme, such as how to recognize the physical sensations that emotions create, look for body language cues, ask for and listen to choices, and know that our bodies have value. With believable, everyday situations and diverse characters, children can see themselves and others reflected in each story—and develop a vocabulary to communicate consent and feelings. Every book in the series is accompanied by a song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music.

We Listen To Our Bodies

Written by Lydia Bowers

illustrated by Isabel Muñoz

Free Spirit Publishing, March 2021

This book is part of the We Say What's Okay series.

ISBN: 978-1-63198-500-3

Body awareness is a key foundation of consent. We Listen to Our Bodies gives children a vocabulary to understand and communicate their feelings, develop personal boundaries, and build their social and emotional skills.

Through body awareness and recognizing how emotions physically manifest, young children can listen to their bodies for clues about how they’re feeling. Their bodies might feel shaky when worried or like one big sigh when calm and relaxed. By recognizing that physical sensations are trying to communicate something, children can understand when they feel unsafe, calm, or in need of healthy touch.

We Listen to Our Bodies follows Deja and her preschool classmates as they learn to build emotional self-awareness by listening to the physical cues of their bodies. Using the book as a read-aloud, educators and families can model the language Deja’s teachers use to support children as they learn body awareness. The author, who hosts workshops and trainings on teaching consent for families and early childhood educators around the country, offers additional activities in the back of the book.

Digital content includes a song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music.

Reviews

“We Listen to Our Bodies is the book parents have been begging for to help us articulate to our curious littles how to connect with their bodies and put words to what they are feeling.”

- Brynn Burger,

The Mama On The Rocks

“It’s a must-read if you want to raise a powerful, consent-conscious next generation!”

- Melissa Pintor Carnagey,

Sex Positive Families

“Centering the sensory experiences of preschooler Deja...this picture book imparts notable lessons about body awareness. Employing nuanced dialogue, the book offers a solid way to begin discussions on the topic.”

-Publisher’s Weekly

Upcoming Titles

We Check In With Each Other

Written by Lydia Bowers

illustrated by Isabel Muñoz

Free Spirit Publishing, September 2021

This book is part of the We Say What's Okay series.

We Ask Permission

Written by Lydia Bowers

Free Spirit Publishing, Spring 2022

This book is part of the We Say What's Okay series.

© 2021 Lydia M. Bowers | All Rights Reserved.

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