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Children's Nonfiction Body


illustrated by Nancy Vo

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Body, Anatomy & Physiology, Mammals
Recommended Age
3 to 6
Recommended Grade
p to 1
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price

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Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books
Finalist, CCBC Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
Nominee, Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award

A cheeky celebration of boobies!

“You have just opened a book about boobies.” Meet the Blue-footed Booby, who does not have any boobies at all, since only mammals have boobies. We learn that mammals have boobies to feed babies — even though milk can also come from plants. And did you know that boobies, or breasts, vary from person to person, that boobies change over time, and that different animals have different numbers of boobies? Witty and wide-ranging, this eye-opening picture book goes on to explore connections between boobies and mountains, boobies and ancient art and, of course, boobies and you!

Nancy Vo’s latest creation is fresh and funny, while serving up just the right amount of fact. Punchy prose is complemented by striking stencil art in a retro palette, making this the perfect gift for curious young children, older children getting to know their bodies, and anyone ready to boldly celebrate boobies!


Key Text Features









Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

About the author

NANCY VO was born on the prairies and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied fine arts and architecture, and now works as a facility planner and a picture-book maker. She is the author and illustrator of the first two books in the Crow Stories trilogy. The Outlaw was described by the New York Times as “Bewitching,” while The Ranger received a starred review from Kirkus and was praised as “visually arresting and enigmatic.” Nancy has also illustrated As Glenn as Can Be by Sarah Ellis.


Nancy Vo's profile page


  • Nominated, Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Bailie Picture Book Award
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books

Editorial Reviews

Fresh and funny.

Prairie Books NOW

Vo plays deliriously with words and expectations but also delivers a frank overview of mammary glands across (relevant) species.


Playful and silly, Boobies honours these beautiful body parts by highlighting their function and explaining some lesser known, yet interesting, scientific and historical tidbits. … This delightful read is appropriate for primary students, young ones with a good sense of humour, and families on a breastfeeding or chestfeeding journey.

Cloud Lake Literary

A groundbreaking picture book … Boobies is a big step forward in educating young children about the mammary gland's use. STARRED REVIEW

Shelf Awareness

Chock full of fascinating breast-related facts, this is part of the ever growing trend of helping kids (and, quite frankly, adults) be comfortable with all the different kinds of bodies out there.

School Library Journal

A truly delightful read. As informational as it is witty and bright, Boobies offers conversational narration that leads readers through a variety of facts and figures about mammalian and human breasts. STARRED REVIEW

Quill & Quire

Boobies mixes funny with just the right amount of facts.

Quebec Library Association

A unique and charming approach to the science behind breasts and will educate as well as engage.

CanLit for Little Canadians Blog

Boobies is a wonderful, non-judgmental, body-positive celebration that successfully manages to both educate and entertain.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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