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An age-by-age guide to sex education books for kids

There are a lot of sex education books for kids out there that will make talking about sex with kids, a whole lot easier! Books on a whole range of topics from how babies are made, to sex to puberty to pornography! Books that will help parents and educators with talking to kids about sex and other things.

And a common question that parents ask me, is which sex education books for kids are appropriate for their age child.

So I have put together the best age-appropriate sex education books for kids, from 3 year olds up to 14 year olds – year by year! Puberty books are NOT included in these lists. I hope you find it useful!

And please, remember, that it is only a guide. When I work out these lists, I wear 2 hats.

The first hat is that of the cautious mother who doesn’t want to give her kids too much information too soon. The second hat is that of the sexologist who knows her theory and has the clinical experience to know what kids can  (and can’t) handle.

Anyway, have a look and I hope that you find some books that your child will enjoy! My own children have enjoyed most of these sex education books for kids, so I am sure that yours will too!

You’ll find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.

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Age-specific Sex Education Books for Kids

Select the age of your child and you’ll be taken to the appropriate book list

10 thoughts on “An age-by-age guide to sex education books for kids”

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      Hi Julia, sexology is a post graduate skill in Australia, unlike Canada. So my approach is holistic and based on my nursing with post graduate qualifications in sexology. The nitty gritty details are in my linkedin profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathhakanson

      But I am more than happy to chat further – there aren’t many of us in this field!

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    Belinda Seymour-Wright

    Do you have any particular resources/guidance for young people with severe intellectual delay (e.g. cognitive ability 3, chronological age 16).

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      Hi Belinda, disability and sexuality is not my area (sorry but it is a speciality within itself) but there are some fabulous resources in this free app https://app.secca.org.au/ .

      There isn’t much out there that i know of, that supports parents online. But, I have been attending some training lately to try to increase my knowledge, and from what I can gather, you just teach your child in the same way you normally do (repetition, high use of visuals).

      The challenge tho is that you are talking about sex which tends to make it trickier because we have all these fears. I can help you with the ‘getting more comfy with talking’ bit but with the actual how to do it with a child with a disability, i can’t (as i am pretty clueless and have never worked with clients with a disability ever).

      At the bottom of this list, are some ‘textbooks’ for educators, that give ideas about how to teach, and you will find some suggestions that are useful https://sexedrescue.com/puberty-books-disability/

      Sorry that I can’t help anymore. Other than maybe join my facebook parent group as there are quite a few mums with kids with a disability in that group, and they are very good at helping
      out!https://www.facebook.com/groups/thatparentgroup/

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