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  • Writer's pictureOlga Shchedrinskaya

Children and sexuality: best books to explore

Research shows that children who receive relevant information about sexuality and their body development are less likely to experience early pregnancies, sex-transmitted diseases, and unhealthy relationships.

The list below includes some very helpful books that could provide your children with the necessary information in an age-appropriate form.

Have you read any of these books? Have you read any other books on this topic that you really like?

1. Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz 2. What’s Happening to Me? by Susan Meredith 3. Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees: Starting conversations about the facts of life (From how babies are made to puberty and healthy relationships) by Molly Potter 4. It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris 5. It's So Amazing! by Robie Harris 6. Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls by Sonya Renee Taylor 7. Let's Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect: Teach children about body ownership, respect, feelings, choices and recognizing bullying behaviours by Jayneen Sanders 8. The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families by Rachel E. Simon 9. The Boys' Guide to Growing Up by Phil Wilkinson 10. The Boys Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up! by Kelli Dunham 11. The Girls Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up! by Kelli Dunham 12. The Girls' Guide to Growing Up by Anita Naik 13. The Girls' Guide to Sex Education: Over 100 Honest Answers to Urgent Questions about Puberty, Relationships, and Growing by Michelle Hope 14. The Girls Guide to Growing up Great: Changing Bodies, 15. Periods, Relationships, Life online by Sophie Elkan 16. The Book About Periods: For All Young People by Olivia Brinkley-Green

It is vital that children learn about physical and emotional changes that happen during puberty. Children need reassurance that these changes are normal and expected.

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