sex education books

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 little kids. With the books for bigger kids at the end. 

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

Everyone's Got a Bottom by Tess Rowley

(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.

Video Review

Buy this book from Book Depository.

2

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

Who has what by Robie H Harris

(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.

Video Review

Buy this book from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

3

What's in There? All about before you were born

What's in there by Robie H Harris

(for kids aged 3-5 years)

This book talks about pregnancy, and how a baby develops and is born. Youc an find more books about pregnancy here. 

There is no mention of how babies are made (AKA sex) in this book. 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. 

Video Review

Buy this book from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

4

What Makes a Baby?

What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg

(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). You can find more books about how babies are made here. 

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

Video Review

You can buy it from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

5

Mummy Laid an Egg

Mummy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole

(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.

Video Review

You can buy it from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

6

Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees

Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees by Molly Potter

(for kids aged 5-11 years)

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.

Video Review

You can buy it from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

7

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas

(for kids aged 7-10 years)

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. 

Video Review

Buy this book from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

8

Sex is a Funny Word

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

(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 is a book abotu sexuality rather than sex. Which means it talks about all the other stuff that kids need to know about, in order to oneday have a happy healthy relationship with someone special.

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

Video Review

You can buy it from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

9

Robie H. Harris books

Cover f the Robie H harris sex education 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. 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.

It's not the Stork

Video Review

Buy this book from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

It's so Amazing

Video Review

Buy this book from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

It's Perfectly Normal

Video Review

Buy this book from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

10

The secret business of relationships, love and sex

The secret business of relationships love and sex book

(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.

Video Review

Buy this book from Book Depository or Booktopia.