Book Review: A book that explains sexuality and sex to kids in a way that makes perfect sense!
A Kid's First Book About Sex by Joani Blank is an older book that explains sexuality to young children and allows them to feel curious about their body.
This is a fantastic little book because it explains sex to children who have yet to go through puberty ie kids who are a little curious about sex but still see it as something strange that adults do. The author explains it beautifully and in a way that makes perfect sense.
Many topics are discussed in this book. The private parts of the body (the genitals ) are talked about as well as how different(but alike) our bodies can be.
Masturbation (or touching yourself to feel good) is discussed, in regards to the fact that it can feel good to touch your genitals, but that not all kids do this. The different ways you can touch yourself, as well as the fact that some people believe that masturbation is wrong, is briefly discussed. Orgasm is also explained in a way that makes perfect sense to a child.
Sexual intercourse is explained as a way to make babies but also as something that adults like to do for fun or because it can feel nice.
Dating or having a partner (someone who you might like in a different or special way) is also discussed, including same-sex relationships. Healthy relationships are talked about in regards to what 2 people might want to do together.
This is an older book that you can't buy new, but can still find secondhand. The author also allows you to download the book from her website (for free or for a donation). The author also has a workbook that goes with it, The Playbook For Kids About Sex.
A Kid's First Book About Sex by Joani Blank is ideal for children between the ages of 8 - 12 years of age.
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If you're looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, How to Talk to Kids About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural converasations with your child about their body.
You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.
If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that take the stress out of explaining!
If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands.
If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions that kids commonly ask parents, including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.
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