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Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies & boys’ bodies: Book Review

Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies & boys’ bodies is written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

It is a book all about bodies that has been written to help parents to answers kids  questions about their body parts. Books like Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies are a useful tool that parents can use when talking to their kids about their body parts.

Sex education for young children under 5 isn’t about sex at all. It is all about sexuality ie bodies, gender differences and roles, relationships, feelings, diversity, boundaries and reproduction. There are many reasons as to why parents should be reading books like Who has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies? to their children.

Robie H. Harris has a new series of age appropriate books out, in which she very simply and straightforwardly lays the foundations for sex education. The first book, Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodies,  looks at our bodies.

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What’s in Who Has What? 

Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodies talks about:

  • the fact that we all have bodies
  • that our bodies change as we grow older – baby to child to adult
  • boys and girls have lots of things that are the same – how they play, things they like to do, being silly, etc
  • that some parts in a boys and girls body differ
  • the different parts are what make you a man or a woman when you are grown up
  • boys and girls have many body parts that are the same
  • naming the  private parts and their functions (with drawings)
  • normalising the fact that even animals have private parts and functions to
  • naming and illustrating the internal reproductive organs
  • pregnancy can happen to women which means growing a baby that they will breast or bottle feed
  • that girls can become mums and boys can become dads on growing up
  • bodies are all different and unique and special
  • that boys and girls will keep on growing up until they are grown up and this takes a long time

So, as you can see, Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodies provides the opportunity to have a lot of discussions with your child about bodies. You can talk about how bodies are similar. And you can talk about how are bodies can be so different. The book talks about all of our differences and not just the obvious ones, like genitals!

Reading Tips

Make sure you have a look at the book, Who has What?,  first (before you read it to your child)! That way you will know what to expect. You won’t find anything too ‘scary’ in this book. The drawings of the genitals are quite simple, but still  get the point across about their differences.

You can find some tips in this article on how to read ‘sex ed’ books, like Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies.

Who has What? is a picture book but it is very wordy. You may have to  summarise the text on some pages, as it is very comprehensive. Most 3 year olds would not have the attention span to sit through a read of this book. So you may need to speed read it, or simplify the content so that they don’t get too bored!

If you’re struggling with saying the words – vulva, penis, scrotum – practice saying them in front of the mirror or even with your partner. It will help!

The more that you read sex education books like, Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies, the easier you will find it. The first time is the hardest and then it gets a little bit easier, the more you read. Eventually you reach the stage where you begin to feel a lot more comfortable with reading  sex education books.

Buy a copy

You can find a copy of this book, Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodies, at Amazon and Book Depository or Booktopia.

Video book review

You can also watch a video review of Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodieshere.



Other sex education books

There are a lot more sex education books out there, on a range of different topics.

You can find them listed in this new FREE parent resource: Sex Education Books for Children: a Parent Guide.

Make sure you go and check it out. It includes a lot of sex education books that will make talking about sex, a whole lot easier!

Before you read a sex education book, like Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodies, you want to make sure that it is the right book for you and your child! There are a lot of books out there and what is right for me may not necessarily be the right book for you! So do go and have a look!

In summary

Who Has What? All about girls’s bodies and boys’ bodies by Robie H. Harris, is a great first book on bodies. If you have a child who is very curious about bodies, this book will satisfy their curiosity. It provides a lot of detailed information.

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 to empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. You can join my online parent support group here and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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