cover of Everyone's Got a Bottom by Tess Rowley

Everyone’s Got a Bottom by Tess Rowley

Book Review:  A first book about body safety for kids.

Book Review

Everyone's Got a Bottom by Tess Rowley, was published by True - Relationships and Reproductive Health (Formerly Family Planning QLD), and is what I would call a first book for sex education in the early years.

By a first book, I mean that this book should be the first book that a family should think about buying on sex education and protective behaviours (keeping kids safe from sexual abuse). In the early years (ie before they go to school), there are a lot of similarities between sex education and protective behaviours.

Everyone's Got a Bottom covers a lot of  the age-appropriate topics that are recommended for younger children. You can find an age by age guide to what kids need to know about sex in this blogpost.

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In the early years, sex education for kids is about keeping kids safe from sexual abuse, slowly introducing boundaries around behaviour and places, introducing rules about what is safe and not safe, talking about how our bodies differ but are also the same, talking about diversity and other stuff.

This book covers a lot of really important foundations for sex education. By foundations, I mean the stuff that kids need to know about first, before they are ready to start learning about the more complicated stuff, like how babies are made!

This book talks about:

  • that the different parts of our bodies do different things
  • that kids can choose whether they want to hug or kiss people
  • that eventually kids can look after their own body eg brush own teeth, wash own face, etc
  • that nudity is ok but only in certain places
  • what the private parts are
  • the difference between boys and girls (boys have a penis and girls have a vulva)
  • that smaller kids may need help with washing their body  - private parts included
  • sometimes people like to be private and that is okay
  • families have rules that are there to keep kids safe
  • the touching rule means that nobody can touch a kids body (including our private parts) for a good reason
  • it is not okay for someone bigger or older to touch or see my private arts or to show me theirs - that is rude
  • If someone wants to do something that is rude, kids should tell a trusted grown up
  • we don't keep secrets about bodies or private parts - secrets are about surprises and presents
  • we can talk about everything with our parents

Reading Tips

Like most books that are about body parts and sexuality, you will want to make sure that you look inside Everyone's Got a Bottom first, before you start reading it to your child. That way, you won't find any unexpected surprises! And you will know what to expect.

You can find some tips in this article on how to read 'sex ed' books like Everyone's Got a Bottom.

As with most books for younger children, you don't have to read every page and you can also change the words, if you feel that it is too wordy for your child (most 3 year olds would not be able to sit still for all of this book). I didn't read this book word by word until my kids were about 4 or 5.

Everyone's Got a Bottom is one of the books that every child needs to have in their book collection. The language and the content is very age-appropriate and it raises the opportunity for parents to start teaching their kids what they need to know to keep safe from sexual abuse.

It is the book that I buy for friends and my own family when their kids turn 3!

Ideal ages

Everyone's Got a Bottom,is ideal for children between the ages of 3 - 5 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can buy  buy a copy of Everyone's Got a Bottomfrom Book Depository or from the Publisher. This book is difficult to obtain outside Australia, especially as international shipping is very expensive.

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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