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Episode 23: Fat Acceptance in Middle Grade Lit

According to recent reports, the pandemic has stirred up body image concerns in teens, leading to a rise in eating disorders, so for this episode The Mamas turn to Middle Grade fiction to help kids, parents and teachers tackle the topic in a positive way. Catch the wave of change that’s coming and leave body shaming far behind with this list of fat acceptance novels: 
All of Me by Chris Baron
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Jelly by Jo Cotterill
Husky by Justin Sayre
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
Dumplin by Julie Murphy

Pick 6: Happy Mamas’ Day! 
Here are 6 (and a few more)  books for mamas of unique and wonderful kiddos with links to the podcast episodes where the mamas discuss them in great (really too much) detail.
For mamas with kids on the spectrum: 
Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
For mamas with savant or math genius kids:
Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
For mamas with bi-cultural kids: 
Marcus Bega Does Not Speak English by Pablo Cartaya
For mamas with kids who have gender or orientation questions:
Rick by Alex Gino
For divorced mamas: 
Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood & How to Make Friends with the Sea by Tanya Guerrero 
For mamas with budding activists: 
The Leak by Kate Reed Petty and Andrea Bell
For mamas with adopted kids: 
Greenglass House by Kate Milford 

Reference Links:
Lisa Damour article about teen eating disorders in the pandemic
Untangled by Lisa Damour
Angry Chef Blog 
Piers Anthony Xanth Series books