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Sex Education Books for 12 year olds

There are a lot of sex education books for 12 year olds  in this booklist. Books that will help parents with talking to their child about the birds and bees or the facts of life

Twelve year olds are on the cusp of adolescence. Puberty has started and they are quickly growing up. Which means that some 12 year olds may be a little curious about sex, as they try to work out what it all means. 

Books can help to make starting a tricky conversation easier. In this list of sex education books for 12 year olds, you'll find books on a wide range of topics. Books that are very general and talk about everything. As well as books that are more specific and that fous on just the one topic, like gender, sex, or consent.

You won't find any puberty books in this list, you can find the best puberty books for 12 year olds here.

If it is a particular topic that you're interested in, then you'll find books by the topic in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.

And if you're looking for book for a different aged child, then you'll want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books

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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.

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A warning!

There are a lot of books in this list on a wide range of topics that are relevant to sex education. Which means you'll find books on a lot of different topics, like consent, body safety, diversity families and more. 

So you might feel overwhelmed and not quite sure where to start!

So if you can only buy 1 -5 books, what should you buy for a 12 year old?

You can find my thoughts about the best puberty books for 12 year olds here. A lot of the puberty books also talk about sex.

If you want a book that covers everything in the one book, then  It's perfectly normal by Robie H. Harris is good.

Books that only talk about sex that I really like is Let's Talk About S-E-X. It also talks about puberty. 

The Nonnie books are also really good as well, as they are interactive ie you can sit down and read it together with your child, and answer questions and talk about what you have just read.


Body image

Body safety



Diversity & Inclusion


Gender identity

Growing up

Internet safety

LGBTQI+ families



Media literacy