Inside: Top 10 sex education books for kids that are age-appropriate and invaluable for the birds and bees talk. Plus your kids will enjoy reading them!
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 definately cut down on any overwhelm!
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). If you canget a copy of it
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!
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 educaiton. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 descripion of the many different ways that babeis are made. Including some rather detaled 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 who helps them to understand tough topics.
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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. 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.
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.
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 blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.
My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.
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's 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 converasations 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.
If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse 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 want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the 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.
If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions that kids commonly ask parents, including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.