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The best books about bodies (and body parts)

If you're looking for books about body parts, that also talks about the private parts, then you are in the right place.

There are lots of books out there that talk about the human body but most forget to talk about the reproductive system. So here  you will find the best books about the body parts for toddlers, preschoolers, early schoolers, middle schoolers and even teens. Some books focus just on the reproductive body parts and genitals. Whereas other books are more general and include the genitals and reproductive organs. 

Most preschoolers are curious about the differences between boys and girls.  So having a book that empowers your preschooler with this information means that they are less likely to go exploring with their peers (ie playing doctor and inspecting their friends genitals). 

Books can also help with answering some of the many questions that your child may have. Plus a book will provide your preschooler with lots of information that is age-appropriate and easy to understand. 

If you want a few tips, then this article on how to start talking about the private body parts with your child, may help. OR these printable cartoon images of the genitals, where you can decide how much detail you want your child to see. 

You’ll also find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.

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Other resources you can use

These girl and boy puzzles by Hape actually do have some very basic (non- threatening) genitals on the naked body.


Or if you want something that has a few more clothes and both male and female bodies, then the Melissa and Doug set is an option.

Or if you want some puzzles of people in work clothing (and genitals) then this set by T.S. Shure are another option.

There are dolls that are anatomically correct. You can find boy and girl dolls of different cultural backgrounds and of varying sizes. Here are some of them.

These are some of the many toys and books about body parts that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that you will find useful for starting to talk about the private body parts.

If you have looked at these books about the body parts, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my sex education book review site.


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 bodies.

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, and a big section that focuses on bodies.

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! And a list of childrens books about bodies and childrens books about private parts.

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 conversations 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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