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Sex Education Books for 8 year olds

This comprehensive list of sex education books for 8 year olds will help parents with starting tricky conversations with their 8 year old about the birds and bees or the facts of life

Eight is an age that many parents start to think about sex education for the first time.  Especially as they start to see the first signs of puberty in their child. Or they recall that awkward talk that their own parents gave them, when they were a child. 

Thankfully sex education has changed over the years, and we now know that one awkward conversation is not enough. Today we encourage many conversations that start when children are young. If you're unsure about what sex education can look like for your family, go and watch the video  in my blogpost about what sex education in the home can look like.

Many of the sex education books for 8 year olds that are inside this list, will help you with starting open and honest conversations with your 8 year old.  

You'll find a wide range of books inside this list. Some of the books are what I call an 'all in one' book ie books that include nearly everything that you need to talk about with your child. Whereas other books are more specific and are focused on just one topic, like puberty,  sexual intercourse 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 book for a different aged child, then you'll want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books

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.

Tell Me About Sex, Grandma! By Anastasia Higginbotham
Tell Me About Sex, Grandma! By Anastasia Higginbotham is a book that will help parents to start conversations about the[...]
Amazing You book by Gail Saltz
Amazing You book by Gail Saltz is a book for young children that talks about body parts and where babies[...]
Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect
Let's Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect by Jayneen Sanders will help parents to teach their young child about[...]
A Kid’s First Book About Sex by Joani Blank
A Kid's First Book About Sex by Joani Blank is an older book that explains sexuality to young children and[...]
The Fantastic Body by Howard Bennett
The Fantastic Body by Howard Bennett is a book about the human body that actually includes the reproductive system (most[...]
Love is Love by Michael Genhart
Love is Love by Michael Genhart is a book for young children who face discrimination because they have parents of the[...]
Giraffes Can’t Dance story by Giles Andreae
Giraffes Can't Dance story by Giles Andreae is a book for younger kids that you can use to talk about[...]
What’s So Yummy?: All About Eating Well and Feeling Good by Robie H. Harris
What's So Yummy?: All About Eating Well and Feeling Good by Robie H. Harris is a book for children that[...]
Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body by Jeane-Claude Druvert
Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body by Jeane-Claude Druvert is a beautiful book that looks at the human[...]
Someone should have told me. A book by Holly-ann Martin.
If you're looking for a book that will help you to empower and protect your child from the harmful effects[...]
Real Friends book by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham
Real Friends book by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham is a book for tweens that talks about how hard it[...]
The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland, Kate Depalma and David Dean
The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland, Kate Depalma and David Dean is a beautiful book that talks about[...]
King and King by Linda de Haan
King and King by Linda de Haan is a lovely story about same-sex relationships ie the fact that you may[...]
Positively Izzy By Terri Libenson
Positively Izzy By Terri Libenson is a book for tweens about the drama, angst and humour of middle-school life. This[...]
Everybody Masturbates (for girls) by Christian YoungMiller
Everybody Masturbates (for girls) by Christian YoungMiller is a book for girls that talks about masturbation. This chapter book provides[...]
Everybody Masturbates (for boys) by Christian YoungMiller
Everybody Masturbates (for boys) by Christian YoungMiller is a book for boys that talks about masturbation. This chapter book provides[...]
My Private Parts are Private by Robert D. Edelman
My Private Parts are Private by Robert D. Edelman is a children's book that will help parents to start talking[...]
Some Girls by Nelly Thomas
Some Girls by Nelly Thomas is a cute little book that talks about how girls can do anything. It's a[...]
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love is a beautifully illustrated and simple book about diversity. What I really like[...]
Gary just didn’t know the rules by Holly-ann Martin
Gary just didn't know the rules by Holly-ann Martin is a book that will help parents to talk to their[...]
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson is a graphic book for tweens that talks about the social aspects of growing up.[...]
So That’s What’s Happening by Gina Dawson
So That's What's Happening by Gina Dawson is a book for younger children that talks about puberty and growing up,[...]
What is Gender? How Does It Define Us? And Other Big Questions for Kids by Juno Dawson
What is Gender? How Does It Define Us? And Other Big Questions for Kids by Juno Dawson explains gender to[...]
Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees by Molly Potter
Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees: Starting conversations about the facts of life (From how babies are made[...]
So That’s Where I Came from by Gina Dawson
So That's Where I Came from by Gina Dawson is a modern day alternative to the old book we all[...]
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman & Ros Aquith
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman & Ros Aquith is a book about families and how they differ.[...]
Good Pictures Bad Pictures JR by Kristen Jenson
Good Pictures Bad Pictures JR by Kristen Jenson is a book for younger children that teaches them about pornography ie how[...]
I’m a Girl: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten
I'm a Girl: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten from Anatomy for Kids, is a book for girls that provides them[...]
I’m a Boy: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten
I'm a Boy: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten from Anatomy for Kids, is a book for boys that provides them[...]
What is Consent? Why is it Important? And Other Big Questions by Louise Spilbury & Yas Necati
What is Consent? Why is it Important? And Other Big Questions by Louise Spilbury & Yas Necati is a book[...]
Special Me: For IVF Families by Tara Mitchell
Special Me: For IVF Families by Tara Mitchell is a beautifully illustrated book that is a great resource for parents[...]
The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee is a book about gender for younger children. This is a[...]
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis is one of the first books that was written about the fact that sometimes[...]
There’s a House Inside my Mummy by Giles Andreae
There's a House Inside my Mummy by Giles Andreae is a book for younger children that focuses more on the[...]
Where Willy Went by Nicholas Allan
Where Willy Went by Nicholas Allan is a humorous take on how babies are made. It is about a sperm[...]
Beautiful Girl Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christiane Northrup
Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christiane Northrup provides girls with a beautiful empowering approach to growing[...]
Matilda Learns a Valuable Lesson by Holly-ann Martin
Matilda Learns a Valuable Lesson by Holly-ann Martin is a book for children about what to do if they ever[...]
Mummy Never Told Me by Babette Cole
Mummy Never Told Me by Babette Cole is a fantastic book for talking about many of the little things that[...]
Someday by Alison McGhee
Someday by Alison McGhee is a lovely book for girls that talks about life being a cycle that we all[...]
Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg is a book about sexuality. that is all the other things that[...]
Secret Girls’ Business: Book Review
Secret Girls’ Business by Fay Angelo, Heather Anderson and Rose Stewart is a book for younger girls that provides them[...]
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson is a lovely book that addresses diversity and explains that[...]
It’s so Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris
It’s so Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris is a sex education[...]
I am Jazz book by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
I am Jazz book by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings is a book for young children about transgender. It tells[...]
Ready, Set, Grow! book by Lynda Madaras: Book Review
Ready, Set, Grow! book by Lynda Madaras is a puberty book that has been written with the younger girl in[...]
It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr is a fantastic book that talks about the fact that we are all[...]
How Did I Begin by Mick Manning
How Did I Begin by Mick Manning is a lovely book that talks about how babies are made. Being an older[...]
Cell Phoney by Julia Cook
Cell Phoney by Julia Cooke is a book for school aged children about using mobile/cell phones safely.  It teaches six rules[...]
What’s the big secret? by Laurie Krasny Brown
What's the Big Secret? Talking about sex with girls and boys by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown, is one[...]
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle: Should you buy it?
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle is the sex education book that most of us parents grew up[...]
Girl Stuff 8–12: Your real guide to the pre-teen years: Book Review
Girl Stuff 8-12: Your real guide to the pre-teen years, by Kaz Cooke, is the essential younger girl's guide to[...]
The Pregnant Body Book: The Complete Illustrated Guide from Conception to Birth
The Pregnant Body Book: The Complete Illustrated Guide from Conception to Birth by the publishers DK, is a highly detailed[...]
21st Century Guide to the Birds and Bees by Belinda Messer and Rosie Luik
21st Century Guide to the Birds and Bees by Belinda Messer and Rosie Luik provides a very simple overview of[...]
The Gender Fairy by Jo Hirst
The Gender Fairy by Jo Hirst is a lovely book for children that can be used to start a conversation[...]
The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton
The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton that addresses gender and diversity. It is the story of a boy[...]
Who We Are! All about being the same and being different by Robie H. Harris
Who We Are! All about being the same and being different by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a[...]
Cycling to Grandma’s House by Jac Torres-Gomez
Cycling to Grandma's House by Jac Torres-Gomez is a lovely story that shares the ways that different cultures celebrate a[...]
Where Did I Really Come From by Narelle Wickham
Where Did I Really Come From by Narelle Wickham  is a book that provides a very straightforward and non-judgemental approach to[...]
Hello Baby by Jenni Overend
Hello Baby by Jenni Overend is a lovely little book that talks about what happens during birth. It is written[...]
Hayden-Reece Learns What to do if Children See Private Pictures or Private Movies by Holly-ann Martin
Hayden-Reece Learns What to do if Children See Private Pictures or Private Movies by Holly-ann Martin is book that will[...]
Who’s in my family? All about our families by Robie H. Harris
Who's In My Family? All about our families is written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and is ideal[...]
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert is a book for younger children on transgenderism, that is about a boy who feels[...]
Some Secrets Should Never be Kept by Jayneen Sanders
Some Secrets Should Never be Kept by Jayneen Sanders is a book that will allow parents to have that important[...]
The Care and Keeping of You 1 (American Girl) by Cara Natterson
The Care and Keeping of You 1 by Cara Natterson is an American Girl book that tells younger girls about the changes[...]
William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow is a lovely story about gender stereotypes. This book is an old one (but a[...]
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles by American Girl
A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles by American Girl is a book that will help girls to be a[...]
Not For Kids! by Liz Walker
Not For Kids! by Liz Walker is a book that teaches children what to do if they find upsetting images[...]
The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas
The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made by Fiona Katauskas, is the book that replaces the book that many[...]
Baby on the Way by William & Martha Sears
Baby on the Way by William & Martha Sears is an oldie but a classic that talks about pregnancy and[...]
Hayden-Reece Learns a Valuable Lesson that Private Means ‘Just for You’ by Holly-ann Martin
Hayden-Reece Learns a Valuable Lesson that Private Means 'Just for You' by Holly-ann Martin is a children's book for teaching[...]
A Smart Girl’s Guide: Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself, and other (love) stuff by American Girl
A Smart Girl's Guide: Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself, and other (love) stuff by American Girl is a[...]
Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman is a fantastic little book that preaches that it is okay to[...]
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Drama, Rumors & Secrets by American Girl
A Smart Girl's Guide to Drama, Rumors & Secrets by American Girl is a book for tween girls that will[...]
Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain: Book Review
Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain, by Jayneen Sanders, allows parents to start having some important conversation with their kids. As the mother[...]
Being Born by Sheila Kitzinger and Lennart Nilsson
Being Born by Sheila Kitzinger and Lennart Nilsson is the perfect book for kids who are really curious about what[...]
Hair in Funny Places by Babette Cole
Hair in Funny Places, by Babette Cole, is an explanation of puberty written with humour! I love it as it introduces[...]
Our New Baby Inside by Mick Manning
Our New Baby Inside by Mick Manning is a lovely 'lift the flap' book for children that explains pregnancy. This[...]

These are some of the many sex education books for 8 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!

If you have looked at these sex education books for 8 year olds, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my sex education book review site.

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