If you’re looking for books about bodies, 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’ll find the best books about the bodies 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 friend’s 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 will only find books in this list that are readily available at bookshops today.
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
And if you find this list a little overwhelming, you might want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books.
You’ll find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.
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Books about bodies
NOTE: Before passing any book to your child or reading the book with your child, you should read it yourself first. I might think it is a great book for a certain age child or that the information is valuable, but you may disagree. You need to choose books that reflect your values and the messages you want your child to receive.
Other resources you can use for talking about bodies
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 bodies.