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The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About Their Bodies in Pictures and Words

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An award-winning photographer asked several children "What is the best part of you?", and presents their answers in this sometimes funny, sometimes moving, deeply personal book that includes striking black-and-white photographs taken by the author. Ideal for parents and teacher to use to discuss body image, self-esteem, and diversity with children. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Joyce Yattoni
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this photographic picture book. Kids selected one part of their body they liked best then wrote about it. Lots of lesson plans out there. Makes for a great get to know you writing activity. Easily differentiated. Ss can go beyond the obvious uses of the body part.
Katalina Townsley
"What is the best part of you?", and presents their answers in this sometimes funny, sometimes moving, deeply personal book that includes striking black-and-white photographs taken by the author. Ideal for parents and teacher to use to discuss body image, self-esteem, and diversity with children. ...more
Jane Baber
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is beyond cool. It's the coolEST (book that blends photography, pride in body-image, and narrative poetry, that is). I was first introduced to "The Best Part of Me" during my summer with the Oklahoma Writing Project when a teacher colleague modeled how she used the book with her 5th graders. I immediately incorporated the text into my syllabus for the fall semester, eagerly anticipating collaborating on this creative composition with my pre-service teaching students.

Wendy Ewald's book
This awesome picture book should be on every elementary classroom bookshelf because it speaks to all children and all children will be able to recognize themselves in it. This book was a collaboration between the author and teachers and students in Durham, North Carolina. Combining stunning black and white photography with student poetry describing the parts of their bodies they like best or explains the most about them, this could start some great conversations about body image, culture, and ap ...more
Kayley King
This was a really cute book. Each page has its own hand written letter to each child's favorite body part from the child. The letters on why they like those body parts and what they use them for. Every picture was in black and white which I thought was a very interesting touch because the title on the cover was in color. I also really liked that this book didn't have the kids edit their spelling and grammar because it added a really sweet touch that only handwritten letters by kids can have. I w ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words
by Wendy Ewald
I read this story to a third grade class. The kids liked this a connection to the story in relating to themselves. Watching one student relate the story to another student because they missed it was interesting. The poems related to children's opinions of their own body, and which part they like about themselves. The poems are very specific, and helped inspire the kids to find their own quality that they co
Taylor Brickley
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-20
This book is about children describing their favorite parts of their bodies and why they love it. This book has pictures of their bodies and then the children turned their stories into poetry. I really liked this book because the photographer captured some really great pictures and the message of this book was really good. I would use this in my classroom to show students that positive body images are and why its important to embrace imperfections.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classroom
This is such a fun book! It’s also a great way to begin a poetry unit for students. Out of 6 poems my students will write, this is their first. They write their poem about the best part of them. We walk around the school looking for nice places to take a photo and shoot their featured image. This photo and poem become the cover of their poetry portfolio. The students love doing this project and it’s so interesting to learn about the students in this way.
Lauren Munch
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun, silly, and powerful all in one! I loved how each poem was written by a different child and they were able to choose what “the best part of me” was to them and why!


2nd grade - 5th grade
This is a collection of poems written by different children about their favorite part of themselves. This story is perfect for upper elementary because it could lead into a project about them writing their own poetry about themselves using rhyming or bothered specific literary devices.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Looking forward to using this book as a mentor text for a special writing project for my students.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just wonderful. Black and white photos of each child's favorite part of their body - hands, feet, elbow etc.. accompanied by their explanation of why that part of their body is their favorite part. ...more
Lorie Barber
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun to read as an introduction to an end-of-year project for students.
Jillian Heise
I liked the concept of this book, but the writing was different than I expected.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-reads
I use this as a pre-cursor for my students opening writing activity. It is a powerful book that promotes self-love.
Stunning mentor text to serve as a springboard for writing and photography. Gorgeous photos and kid-written poems/free verse highlighting the best part of themselves.
Tracy Challis
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book to help kids explore through photography and poetry.
Kathy Iwanicki
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love this book. I have read it every year since I have heard about it. My students love doing the activity themselves!
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great educational book.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was requested by a teacher. I can see it will be the basis of a good writing lesson.
Tonya Nelson
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Summary: This book compiles a list of poems and pictures that illustrate the best parts of each child author within the book. The beautifully written poems depict what each child appreciates about the best part of his/her body. Some body parts mentioned were the neck, eyes, and back. Each student’s work is truly unique in the photographs, but more importantly in the reasons why they chose their specific body part. Ewald uncovers the beauty of diversity, positive self-image, and appreciation thes ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book inspired me to create a writing activity for my own students modeled after the book. The pictures and descriptions are simple, yet engaging. My students loved getting to write about their own "best part" and we got some really incredible photographs to go along with their stories. ...more
Ashtar Toma
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
"The Best Part of Me" is a collection of poetry that is paired with sensational black and white photography taken by the author. Children write poems about their favorite part of themselves, using their body parts as the theme in this book of poetry. The author uses children's hand-written poems in this book. "The Best Part of Me" looks at the unique parts of children and emphasizes their individual beauty.

This book is recommended for children grades 1-5 in a unit of poetry. It will allow the s
Jeffrey Hanson
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Best Parts of me is on my favorites because of its unique style and it use of photography. I enjoyed this book because its creation seemed mostly dictated by the kids in it. The kids got to choose where their picture was taken and they composed the poems themselves. Poems written by children have a certain beauty to them that just makes me smile.

This book is significant to me because so much of our culture is about identifying what we hate about ourselves and wanting what other people have.
The Styling Librarian
The Best Part of Me – Children talk about their bodies in pictures and words by Wendy Ewald – What a beautiful poetry book… and reflective 3rd-5th graders sharing about the best part of themselves… Really appreciate how creative children were with their selections of a body part and writing a poem about them. They mentioned family member connections to their selection in addition to their heritage and also what they appreciate about the part of the body, for example the back. Here’s a little por ...more
Cinthya Murguia
The Best Part of Me is a great book to use in your classroom when you are wanted to discuss in class about self love. At times, there are many people that don't like things about themselves (which is normal), but in class we like to promote positivity and we can talk about things we DO like about ourselves. After reading this book, you can definitely talk about what kids like about their bodies or perhaps talk about what their favorite thing about themselves. For example, someone can say their f ...more
The Reading Countess
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Stunning, up-close black and white photos help frame student writing about what they feel is the best part of, elbow, eyes, heart---you get the drift. I plan on using a few of the pages as springboards for my students to write about during the first few weeks of school. It should serve as a great autobiography tie-in to our genre study as well as introduce their iPads to them (we are 1-1).
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
After writing poems about their favourite body parts, Ewald took pictures to match and published them in this book.

My favourite is Collete Cosner who wrote about her hands because I also love to read and write. Some of the students give more 'scientific' answers choosing legs or back because those keep them upright and help them move, but then they also provide insight on why that is important to them.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: I love Wendy Ewald's work.
I first encountered Wendy Ewald's work at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. She is just amazing. I love the way she approaches photography as a tool to help children reflect on and make sense of their worlds. This book was a happy discovery a few years later. It is wonderful.

This is my first year teaching third grade and I was so excited to use this book as a prompt for my own students' writing. It was the best writing on the year.
Lin Lin
I would like to read this book to my own child as he is ready to develop a candid sense of himself. Wendy Ewald collaborated with students and teachers in public schools in Durham, North Carolina. The book is the result of one of the several projects and a part of "Literacy through Photography". The book features parts of children's body and the poem each child writes to explain why he or she is proud of this special body part. ...more
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Wendy Ewald (born in 1951) is an American photographer and educator.

Wendy Ewald was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Abbot Academy in 1969 and attended Antioch College between 1969–74, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied photography with Minor White. She embarked on a career teaching photography to children and young people internationally. In 1969 & 19

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