Top 10 sex education books that kids will actually enjoy

These books are the ones that I read with my own kids, and are the ones that I recommend to family, friends, colleagues and parents!

They start from the very beginning ie books you could reading to kids aged between 3 to 16 years of age. And (because I couldn't help myself) there are an extra two books included! So I really should rename it to the top 12 sex education books!

If you are specifically after books on puberty, you can them here.

If you know of a book that you think I should include, please do let me know!

1

Everyone's Got a Bottom

(for kids aged 3-5 years)

This Australian book covers quite a lot of the topics that lay the foundations for ‘sexuality, relationships and keeping’ safe education. It is a great first book.

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2

Who has What? All about girls' bodies and boys' bodies

(for kids aged 3-5 years)

There are a few books that name body parts, but I like this one!

It talks about all the parts of the body (not just the genitals) as well as the similarities between girls and boys.

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3

Who has What? All about girls' bodies and boys' bodies

(for kids aged 3-5 years)

This book talks about pregnancy, and how a baby develops and is born.

There is no mention of how babies are made. At this age, most kids aren’t interested in the details of how they are made, the fact that it takes a male and a female is usually enough information.

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4

What Makes a Baby?

(for kids aged 4-7 years)

When your kids are starting to ask about where babies come from, this is a great place to start for one reason! There is no mention of sex (sexual intercourse).

It is written in such a way that you can elaborate on how your own child was made eg IVF, surrogacy, adoption.

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5

Mummy Laid an Egg

(for kids aged 5-8 years)

This book talks about how babies are made with humour! It also touches on the ‘embarrassment’ that parents can experience and the fact that there are many ‘made up’ stories about how babies are made. It does talk about sex ie 'penis in vagina' sex briefly.

This book is a family favourite in our house and is a book that I think every family should have on their bookshelf.

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6

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

(for kids aged 7-10 years)

This book isn't about sex but it is about families and the fact that they are all different ie we are not all the same.

This is a really important lesson for kids to learn and has an impact on the way that they will see themselves later on ie self esteem and body image.

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7

What's the Big Secret? Talking about sex with boys and girls

(for kids aged 6-9 years)

Another first book that talks about sex. This book is an oldie (1997) but a goodie, and has not dated at all! It provides a great starting point for talking about ‘sex with’ kids.

It covers the differences between boys and girls, feelings, our bodies and how we differ, curiosity about bodies, privacy, boundaries, masturbation, touching, starting a baby, conception, pregnancy, and birth! (It doesn't touch on puberty.)

You could read the whole book in one sitting or break it up into chapters.

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8

Sex is a Funny Word

(for kids aged 8-12 years)

This comic-style book is the sort of book that you read together with your child over many months, if not years!

It focuses on bodies, gender and sexuality whilst encouraging conversations between kids and their parents. It helps parents to share their values and beliefs while also providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.

This is a 'must have' book and will guide you through some pretty important conversations that you should have with your child.

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9

Hair in Funny Places

(for kids aged 7-9 years)

This is an explanation of puberty written with humour!

I love it as it introduces the concept of the physical, emotional and social changes of puberty in such a way, that you child will be wishing that puberty would arrive sooner!

I think that this is a great first book to use that recommends puberty.

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10

Robie H. Harris books

(for kids aged 4+)

Robie H. Harris writes fantastic books, and these 3 books, are what i would call an encyclopedia of what kids need to know at the different stages of sexual development.

These are the sort of books that your kids will take and disappear off to the bedroom with to read alone.

You can read them together with your child, and I would recommend breaking them down into chapters. There is a lot of information in these books and they are updated regularly.

It's not the Stork

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It's so Amazing

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It's Perfectly Normal

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11

The secret business of relationships, love and sex

The Secret Business of Relationships, Love and Sex

(for kids aged 12+)

This book covers everything that kids need to know about relationships, love and sex. It covers many topics, including conception, pregnancy & birth, sexual decision-making, contraception, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, consent, sex and the law. And all written very age-appropriately.

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12

S.E.X.: The all-you-need-to-know sexuality guide to get you through your teens and twenties

S.E.X.: THE ALL-YOU-NEED-TO-KNOW SEXUALITY GUIDE TO GET YOU THROUGH YOUR TEENS AND TWENTIES by Heather Corinna

(for kids aged 15+)

This book covers everything that teens need to know about love, relationships and sex.

It covers a range of topics that are relevant to the sex education of teens: gender, sexual orientation, masturbation, self esteem, sexual intercourse, sexually transmitted infections, contraception and so much more.

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