Here’s 10 of the best sex education books that kids will actually enjoy
Top 10 sex education books that kids will actually enjoy
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choice and knowing which book to read to your child, can be a difficult decision to make!
So I’ve compiled a list of the books that parents tell me they love, as well as the books that I love (both personally and professionally).
Books are a valuable resource that many parents use for sex education. They help you to provide your child with child-friendly information about love, sex, relationships and growing up. Which means you can focus more on the conversation with your child instead of trying to remember what you were supposed to be saying!
If you are specifically after books on puberty, you can find them here.
And don’t forget to download the 11 tips for reading sex education books to your child, just below. It will definitely cut down on any overwhelm!
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Everyone’s got a bottom
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 as it covers a lot of topics in one book.
This book is difficult to purchase outside of Australia (unless you want to pay for the cost of shipping which will be expensive).
Amazing You by Gail Saltz is a great book for younger children about body parts and where babies come from (with no mention of sexual intercourse). It also talks about keeping the genitals private and masturbation. It is very uncommon for a book that targets younger children to mention masturbation!
Robie H. Harris books for younger kids
This series of popular books are fantastic for younger children (ages 4 and up), as they all focus on a different topic – body parts, families, diversity and pregnancy. I am always recommending as they cover some fo the key topics for sex education. Plus they provide the foundations for future talks about sexual intercourse.
My son is now 10 and he still likes me to read these books with him. I don’t know if it is the detailed illustrations, the story they tell, or the little speech bubbles from Nellie and Gus, but we are still reading these books!
What makes a baby?
This is a really popular book that explains where babies come from. It is perfect for younger children as there is no mention of sex (sexual intercourse).
What makes this book special is that it is very diverse ie it talks about people with a uterus instead of a man/ woman or male/female. Plus it takes into consideration the many different ways a baby is made, and the fact that all families are different.
Mummy laid an egg
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.
Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees
This would have to be my new favourite book. I love it because it is really the only sex education book that you need for preschoolers and early primary school-aged kids. It is simple but it literally covers everything you need to talk about with your child.
It covers gender differences, the private body parts, what private means, what touching is okay, puberty, how babies are made, sexual intercourse love and much more.
You could read the whole book in one sitting or break it up into chapters.
The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made
This book is like a modern-day adaptation of the sex ed book that many of us grew up with ourselves, Where Did I Come From by Peter Mayle.
It is a very direct straightforward look at how babies are made. Which means it gives a pretty good description of the many different ways that babies are made. Including some rather detailed images of sexual intercourse ie a penis going into a vagina.
The Nonnie books by Mary Jo Podgurski are a series of books that help parents to navigate tough topics with kids. Topics like pregnancy and birth, gender, consent, puberty, body safety, sex and trauma.
I am a huge fan of these books as they are the sort of book that you can sit down and read together with your child, and complete the activities at the end of each chapter. Plus they lead into the topic very gently in a non-confronting way. These books are all based around the story of 2 children and a grandmother (Nonnie)who helps them to understand tough topics.
You can find them all here:
Other Robie H. Harris books
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 to read alone. Parents love them as well!
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.
The secret business of relationships, love and sex
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.