A list of sex education books for 3 year olds which means that… yes, you can actually start sex education this young (if not earlier).
Now, before you start to panic and think that your 3 year old is too young for the birds and bees or the facts of life, you can relax. Because none, yes I mean NONE, of these books actually talk about sexual intercourse!
Sex education in the early years isn’t about sex at all. It is about other things. If you want to know more about what sex education should look like, then watch the video in this blogpost about sex education in the home.
So you will find sex education books for 3 year olds in this list about naming the private parts of the body. Books that talk about diversity in families and in children, and that everyone is different and that’s okay. Books about body safety and the foundations for protecting children from sexual abuse. Books about pregnancy and age-appropriate information about where babies come from (inside mummy’s uterus).
Books about lots of relevant stuff that 3 year olds do need to know about.
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.
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.
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 3 year old?
If you can get a copy of it, then Everyone’s Got a Bottom covers nearly everything you need to talk about. (As soon as I find a book that is a good replacement, I’ll include it.)
Otherwise, the books by Robie H. Harris are a fantastic set to start with – Who we are, Who’s in my family, What’s in there and Who has what.
And if you want a book about where babies come from (that doesn’t get to the sex part), then the Usborne book, Where do babies come from, is perfect. (I wish this book had been around when my kids were younger)
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 3 year olds
Diversity & inclusion
Pregnancy & Birthing
Private body parts (or genitals)
These are some of the many sex education books for 3 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!
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.