Here’s 10 of the best sex education books that kids will actually enjoy

Top 10 sex education books that kids will actually enjoy

There’s a lot of sex education books in the world. With even more being published each week! (Trust me, I know as I’ve reviewed 250+ of 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 definitely cut down on any overwhelm!

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Everyone’s got a bottom

cover of Everyone's Got a Bottom by Tess Rowley
You can buy a copy of Everyone’s Got a Bottom by Tessa Rowley from Book Depository.

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).

You can watch a video review here and buy a copy of Everyone’s Got a Bottom by Tessa Rowley from Book Depository.

Amazing You

cover of Amazing You book
You can buy a copy of Amazing You by Gail Saltz from Amazon or Book Depository.

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!

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of Amazing You by Gail Saltz from Amazon or Book Depository.

Robie H. Harris books for younger kids

covers of robie h harris books

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!

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodies at Amazon and Book Depository.

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of Who’s In My Family? All about our families at Amazon or Book Depository.

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of Who We Are! All about being the same and being different from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of What’s in There? All about before you were born at Amazon or Book Depository.

What makes a baby?

cover of What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg
You can buy a copy of What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg, from Amazon or Book Depository.

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.

You can watch a video review or buy a copy of What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg, from Amazon or Book Depository.

Mummy laid an egg

cover of Mummy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
You can buy a copy of Mummy Laid an Egg from Amazon and Book Depository.

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.

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of Mummy Laid an Egg by Babette Cole from Amazon and Book Depository.

Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees

cover of Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees by Molly Potter
You can buy a copy of Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees by Molly Potter from Amazon or Book Depository.

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.

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees by Molly Potter from Amazon or Book Depository.

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

cover of The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas
You can buy a copy of The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made  from Amazon or Book Depository.

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.

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made from Amazon or Book Depository.

Nonnie books

covers of nonnie books

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

Cover f the Robie H harris sex education 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.

You can find a video review and buy a copy of It’s Not The Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Families And Friends by Robie H. Harris from Amazon or  Book Depository.

You can find a video review and buy a copy of It’s so Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris  from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find a video review and buy a copy of It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris from Amazon or Book Depository.

The secret business of relationships, love and sex

cover of The secret business of relationships love and sex book
You can buy a copy of The Secret Business of Relationships, Love and Sex from  Book Depository.

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.

You can watch a video review and buy a copy of The Secret Business of Relationships, Love and Sex by Heather Anderson, Fay Angelo and Rose Stewart from  Book Depository.

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