Monday, April 4, 2011

Children's Picture Book, MY BODY IS SPECIAL and Belongs to Me! Earns CLC Seal of Approval

The children's picture book, MY BODY IS SPECIAL and Belongs to Me! written by Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA & Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW and illustrated by Lilah Cohen, is a powerful literary tool to help children maintain safe boundaries.

The forward of this book, written with parents, teachers and caregivers in mind, explains the value of speaking with children about safe touch from an early age and includes a heartfelt testimony by Erin Merryn, a woman who personally endured sexual abuse as a child.  This book tactfully and skillfully equips adults with the knowledge, tools, and language to help make an uncomfortable subject far more comfortable than one might imagine could be possible. 

The body of the book is written for children in a lyrical style which makes the subject engaging and fun for children while teaching valuable lessons in helping a child understand what is and is not a safe touch.  Taking this subject one step further, the book addresses what to do if a child feels uncomfortable with a touch that doesn't seem quite right.  While some may be concerned that a book on this subject might expose children to too much information, this book covers all the bases quite naturally and comfortably while empowering children to confidently take ownership of their own bodies. 

MY BODY IS SPECIAL and Belongs to Me!  earns the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval, a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

Children’s Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in  children’s literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children's literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.   To learn more about Children's Literary Classics, you may visit their website at or


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