ABOUT WE SAY WHAT'S OKAY
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 MP3 files and sheet music.
March 9, 2021
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.
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 second book in the We Say What's Okay series, We Check In with Each Other follows Harrison as he checks in with himself and with his classmates throughout the day to see if they're still having fun and feeling safe. Using the book as a read-aloud, educators and families can model the language Harrison's teachers use to support children as they learn to listen to their body signals and respect the personal boundaries of others.
Brynn Burger, The Mama on the Rocks
“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. As the parent of both a child with extra needs and a neurotypical child, this book is perfect for both levels of understanding. With kind and gentle authorship and beautifully inclusive illustrations, Lydia and Isabel help parents and children see themselves within these pages. Whether you are a parent, an educator, or someone who recognizes how desperately our kids deserve to understand their bodies, their feelings, and their mental well-being, you won't regret adding this beautiful book to your collection!”
Melissa Pintor Carnagey, LBSW, Sex Positive Families
“I absolutely love this beautifully inclusive, trauma-aware book that provides parents and caregivers with a great tool to support a child’s connection to their instincts, feelings, and the signals their body sends to help keep them safe. The characters and illustrations are thoughtfully crafted with representation of diverse identities, abilities, and families, making this a wonderful addition to every home. It’s a must-read if you want to raise a powerful, consent-conscious next generation!”
Publisher's Weekly, PW.com
"Centering the sensory experiences of preschooler Deja, a Black child with a floral headwrap and two pigtail puffs, this picture book imparts notable lessons about body awareness. When Deja feels “shivery” and pushes a classmate during a game of tag, her tan-skinned teacher Mr. B, who uses a wheelchair, comes over to discuss the impulse and how to address the feelings behind it. He also shares the importance of “listening to our bodies”—recognizing emotions and respective somatic responses—with the rest of the class. Muñoz’s bright digital illustrations feature a classroom populated mainly by teachers and children of color. Employing nuanced dialogue (“Your bodies are sending different messages... and that’s ok!”), the book offers a solid way to begin discussions on the topic."