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Birds and Bees by the Book by Patricia Weerakoon

Book Review:  Christian based books that balance healthy sexuality with the belief that masturbation, same-sex relationships, infidelity and sex before marriage shouldn't happen.

Book Review

Birds and Bees by the Book by Patricia Weerakoon is a  six-book series for parents who want to explain sex to their child from a Christian perspective.

The books are written by a well-known Australian sexologist and academic, who is an evangelical Christian.

These books arrive as a set of  6 books that are designed to be read in whichever order suits you and your child.

They include:

  • 'Me and My Family' explores how we become part of our families, and the different kinds of families we see around us. It also explains how families began through Adam and Eve. Children learn that God loves them, and read about what it means to be part of God’s family.
  • 'Me and My Body' explores how every child is a special creation of God, how Jesus’ love changes the way we see and treat our bodies, and how children can protect their bodies.
  • 'Me and My Brain' introduces children to the way their brain works, and shows them how they can make good choices about what they watch, say and do, which will lead to a strong and healthy brain as they grow.
  • 'Learning about Sex' introduces children to the different meanings of the word ‘sex’, God’s good purpose for sex, and what this means for their lives now and as they grow up.
  • 'Learning about Gender' helps children to work through what it means to be a boy or a girl, and how to understand issues of gender in the world around them.
  • 'Learning about Pornography' helps children to understand why pornography is harmful, what to do if they encounter it, and how to keep their brain healthy.

All of these topics are framed within the Bible’s message that children are unique creations of God, and that sex is a precious gift to be used carefully and wisely in the context of marriage.

BUT it does follow Christian beliefs that certain sexual behaviours are wrong, like same-sex relationships, masturbation, sex before marriage, and infidelity.

The author manages to impart these beliefs without blatantly labelling them as sinful. She explains why these things shouldn't happen but also talks about accpetance within the Christianity framework.

I think that the author has managed to balance these Christian values with a shame-free and non-judgemental approach to sexuality. 

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Ideal ages

Birds and Bees by the Book by Patricia Weerakoon is ideal for children between the ages of 7 - 10 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of Birds and Bees by the Book by Patricia Weerakoon from Christian bookstores or the book's website.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

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My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.

My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.

My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.

You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents! 

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.

About the Author Cath Hakanson

I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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