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The best 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 focus on just the one topic, like gender, sex, or consent.

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 a book for a different aged child, then you’ll 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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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?

Puberty books are a great option for this age group, as many of them also talk about sex (and other things). You can find my thoughts about the best puberty books for 12 year olds here.

If you want a book that covers everything in the one book, then  It’s perfectly normal by Robie H. Harris is good. Help your kids with growing up is another comprehensive book that is quite detailed (and good). A popular inclusive book is The Every Body Book : The Lgbtq+ Inclusive Guide for Kids About Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families.

A new comic-style book that is very sex-positive & diversity friendly, is Wait, What? A comic guide to relationships, bodies and growing up by Scarleteen (they do a lot of work with teens).

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.

Sex education books for 12 year olds


These are some of the many sex education books for 12 year olds that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that kids can read to find reliable and accurate information about love, sex and relationships. Plus they will help prepare you too!

Happy reading!

Resources to help with talking about sex

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 blog posts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics – bodies, consent, diversity, porn, sexual intercourse and more.

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 are 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 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.

Or if you’re looking for an activity that you can sit down and complete with your child, then you may want to look at my anatomically-correct paperdolls. They are perfect for starting natural conversations whilst your hands are busy.

If you need some help with explaining sexual intercourse to your child, then How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you explain sex 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’re unsure about how to answer your child’s questions about sex, then I have the perfect book for you! 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. 

And if you get stuck, feel free to get in touch! You can contact me here.

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