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Willies: A Users Guide (ZEP) by Helene Bruller

Book Review:  Willies: A User's Guide by ZEP Helene Bruller is a fantastic book about love and sex. It is funny, sensitive, factual and ideal for kids who avoid books.

Book Review

Willies: A User's Guide by ZEP Helene Bruller is a book for kids about puberty with a focus on understanding love and sex. Topic included are being in love, puberty, making love (sex), making babies, protecting yourself (contraception and STIs) and getting help.

Now, the title - Willies - is misleading, as it gives you the impression that it is just for penis-owners. But it isn't. It is perfect for kids  of all biological sexes and genders.

I love this book. It is sooo funny! And it would be perfect for reading with kids who aren't too keen to read a book about puberty. My 10 year old son (who rolls his eyes whenever I suggest we read a puberty book together) loved it. I let him read it by himself, and he actually came up and asked questions about the things he didn't understand. And I have even seen him reading this book again.

What I really like is how this book talks about love, sex and relationships. Puberty is an age where kids start to think about these things differently. And books, like this one,  can help them to gain a better understanding. 

It explains it very nicely, in a simple way. And the humour makes what can be an awkward topic, much easier.

This is a vintage book but the information is still very relevant.

You can learn more on this page, about how to talk to kids about puberty 

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Ideal ages

Willies: A User's Guide by ZEP Helene Bruller  is ideal for children between the ages of 9 - 13 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of Willies: A User's Guide by ZEP Helene Bruller  from Amazon or Book Depository.

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

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My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.

My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.

My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.

You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents! 

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. 

You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.

If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that  take the stress out of explaining!

If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the  The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands. 

If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions  that kids commonly ask parents,  including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.

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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