I was recently this question about books on sex education, and it got me thinking about the different books that I have used! And trust me - I have looked at quite a few! Some people collect china plates, but I collect books on sex education.
I think books are the least stressful way to introduce (or answer questions) about what sex is ie sexual intercourse. And when it comes to talking about topics that make us squirm, using a book to provide the words/script/context is a great place to start. Plus they provide some great age-appropriate content or words to use. And there are some fantastic benefits to reading aloud with your child, books on sex education included.
So instead of writing a really long post, I have instead posted a 7 minute video! YIKES! Sorry, it is long but I did have 5 books on sex education to share! And you were lucky that it was only the 5 books! You can find the video here.
These are the books on sex education that I have talked about in the video! They are definitely books that every parent should have on their book shelf!
This book looks at pregnancy, how a baby develops and is born. So if you have a kid that is really interested in pregnant bellies and what's happening inside, then this is the book to grab. Also, it does not talk about sexual intercourse. It is ideal for younger children between the ages of 3 - 6 years of age.
This book looks at how babies are made, pregnancy, and birth. If your child wasn't conceived through 'penis in vagina' sexual intercourse, this book will allow you to talk about the way that your child was conceived - sperm and/or egg donation, IVF, adoption, surrogacy, etc. This book is ideal for younger children between the ages of 4 - 7.
This book is a fun read on how babies are made with a simple description of sexual intercourse. If this is your first time of talking about sex with your child, this is probably a nice simple book to start with - plus it is a fun read!
This book is ideal for younger children between the ages of 5 - 7.
This book covers a range of different topics but has a nice and simple age-appropriate description of how to start a baby. It would be a good book to start with if you want a book that covers more than one topic.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 6 - 9.
Technically, this book isn't about sex but about sexuality - body parts, gender, feelings, touch, privacy, consent, rights, families, and other topics related to reproduction. It is very inclusive and diverse in representing race, ability, gender and sexuality. It also includes a trans/non gender conforming character within the story.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 8 - 12.
This book provides all the details of how babies are made. It provides a pretty good description of sexual intercourse - not as descriptive as in "Where Did I Come From', but more descriptive than any other books that are available. This book was even shortlisted for a major literary award!
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 7 - 10.
There are a lot more books on sex education out there, that talk about sex.
You can find them listed in this FREE parent resource: Sex Education Books for Children: a Parent Guide.
Make sure you go and check it out. It includes a lot of books on sex education that will make talking about sex, a whole lot easier!
And before you choose some books on sex education, you want to make sure that it is the right book for you and your child!
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