cover of Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

Book Review:  A book for kids about sexuality (and not sex).

Book Review

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg is a book about sexuality ie all the other things that go with sex.

This book is for kids who know what sexual intercourse is and are ready to learn that 'having sex' is more than just doing things with our private parts. It talks about all the other things that go with sex (healthy relationships, consent, feelings, bodies). It's a big book and covers a lot of topics and is diversity friendly.

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Ideal ages

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg is ideal for children between the ages of 8 – 12 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

Video book review

Read the video transcription

Hello, my name is Cath Hak and today we’re looking at Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg. This is a fantastic book that covers information that eight to twelve-year-old’s want to know about.

Now, this book does not talk about sex. Apparently, the next one does, which I can’t wait to see, but this one if very child-friendly. Instead, it talks about the thing’s children want to know to understand sex. As it says here, it is ‘A book about bodies, feelings, and you.’

The book begins with four characters together and the phrase, ‘Sex is a funny word. Everyone has their own idea of what sex is and it has lots of different descriptions.’ As I go through it, I can see more than enough beautifully illustrated images for children to look at.

This book really does cover a lot. Some of the topics include what is sex, what is secret touching, and this beautiful section on gender. Basically, what a female is, what a male is, and why we use those labels.

Silverberg also talks about the differences and similarities between male and female genitalia. With the page I’m on, there’s a simple diagram of a penis and another of a vagina. These are all very easy to understand.

There’s also information on how people use the word sex. But, look, this book is hard to show you through. There’s a lot of pages, and in turn, lots of information to get through. It really does cover what I call the ‘Bigger Picture’ stuff.

As kids get older, we want them to understand what sex is. That sex isn’t just putting a penis in a vagina; it’s about relationships. It’s about understanding and communicating with your partner. Being able to tell them when you aren’t comfortable and understanding when they do the same. In the end, it’s mostly about being a friend.

Sex is a Funny Word really restores these ideas.

Kids need to understand that sex is a funny word because it has so many different meanings to different people. As parents, the word sex makes us squirm too. This book talks about all of that, which is why it is so important.

It is a very big book; I personally wish they had broken it up into smaller editions. As a parent, it looks a lot less daunting to my daughter if I pulled out a book one third of this size. Because of this, it is the sort of book you will have to bookmark. Start reading it with your child, put it down, talk about it, then pick it up the next night and so on.

Other than that, this book is great. I think everyone should have a copy, especially if they have a transgender or intersex child. Even if you just want to talk about how everyone is different to your child, this book is a great way to start.

Silverberg is very up to date with everything and writes about it beautifully. Especially when writing things for kids. That is probably the best thing about this book. Not only does it cover plenty of information that kids need to know, but it covers it in a way they can understand easily and well.

Okay, I hope this book review helps.



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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. 

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About the Author Cath Hakanson

I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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