Who’s In My Family? All about our families is written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and is ideal for children aged between 3 – 6 years.
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’s In My Family? All about our families 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. This second book, Who’s In My Family? All about our families, looks at our families.
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Who’s In My Family? All about our families talks about:
So, as you can see, Who’s In My Family? All about our families provides an opportunity to start talking about your own family, as well as other families that are around you. The book explains that all families are different and that is okay.
This stuff is pretty important as kids become much more aware of how different their family may be once they start going to school. If all the other kids have a mummy and a daddy, and they have just a mummy, they will feel different. But if they understand that all families differ in some way, they will be much more accepting of this.
The main message is about kids understanding that it is okay to be different and that everyone is different – we can’t all be the same.
Make sure you have a look at Who’s In My Family? All about our families first (before you read it to your child)! That way you will know what to expect. You can find some tips in this article on how to read ‘sex ed’ books.
Who’s In My Family? All about our families 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 ‘start to end’ read of this book.
The illustrations are very descriptive, so if you do find this book too wordy, you can just talk about the different families that are portrayed on each page. That alone, will bring up the opportunity to talk about how different our families can be.
You can find a video book review of Who’s In My Family? All about our families below.
There are a lot more sex education books out there, that talk about a range of other 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!
And before you choose a sex education book, like Who’s In My Family? All about our families, 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!
Who’s In My Family? All about our families by Robie H. Harris is a book just about families that is ideal for younger children.
it provides many examples of the different types of families and how they differ, normalising the fact that it is normal for families to be different, and that there is no right or wrong.
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.