Anya’s Favorite Childrens Books
Ages 2+: Using rhymes and neutral illustrations (gender neutral and racially neutral), this book teaches kids to tell an adult if anyone tries to touch their private parts.
Ages 2+: The rules of physical contact can be tricky to grasp and children with special needs are at a heightened risk of abuse. This friendly picture book explains in simple terms how to tell the difference between acceptable and inappropriate touch, thereby helping the child with special needs stay safe.
Ages 2+: This book emphasizes how much male and female bodies have in common. It names all the body parts and includes the internal reproductive organs.
Ages 3+: What’s the difference between a good secret and a bad secret? This book reviews all kinds of secrets and helps children use their feelings to decide if they need to tell a grown up about a bad secret.
Ages 3+: Using gentle, age-appropriate messages, children will learn to Turn, Run & Tell when they are accidentally exposed to inappropriate content.
Ages 3+: A sweet rhyming story about a little girl who is exposed to explicit content online and tells her parent. Illustrations are child-like drawings. Not for Kids! is simple and too the point, a great tool for parents to open conversations about what to do if they are exposed to explicit content, and for parents to learn how to best help their kids cope with what they’ve seen.
Ages 4+: A charming bird and bee provide humor and emotional validation as sex, IVF, multiples, different kinds of families, and good vs. bad touch are presented.
Ages 5+: This book discusses how boys and girls are different, while being sensitive to gender roles. It emphasizes respecting privacy and mentions masturbation as well as good and bad touch. It discusses (but does not illustrate) vaginal intercourse. Pregnancy and birth are also included.
Ages 5+: This book is amazingly gender neutral and the illustrations are racially neutral. There is no discussion of sexual intercourse, but topics such as conception, fetal development, birth and C-section are included. I recommend this book especially for non-traditional families that may have used IVF or surrogacy.
Ages 6+. For more than twenty years, Where Did I Come From? has helped parents explain the facts of life to their curious children. Millions of children have enjoyed the humor and honesty in this book, while learning how babies are really made.
Ages 7+: Our charming bird and bee provide humor and emotional validation as sex, menstruation, sexual orientation, premies, multiples, birth and C section, different kinds of families, adoption, good vs. bad touch, and an existing child’s feelings towards a new baby are presented.
Ages 7+: This book is sensitive to those with traditional families and those with non-traditional families, including stepparents and multiple homes, multigenerational families, and foster care and adoption. It includes male and female anatomy, sexual intercourse, and a discussion of donor sperm and IVF. Fetal development, multiples, miscarriage, different kinds of birth, preemies, and congenital disabilities are also discussed.
Ages 8+: A comic all about puberty and menstruation. While it references sperm and eggs, it does not explain penetration, sex, or birth.
Ages 8+: Luna races home to ask for advice from her mother, who suggests she do her project on an experience that Luna shares with other girls all around the world: menstruation. As she summons the courage to talk to other girls and women from various cultures about their first period, she embarks on an exciting journey that will change her life forever.
Ages 8+: This ground-breaking book teaches children the neuroscience of how porn affects our brains in a simple and engaging way. With space to take “notes” and a 5-step plan for what kids can do if they come across porn, this book is perfect for parents who want some help talking about this sensitive topic with their kids.
Ages 9+: More than one million children and young adults have enjoyed the humor and honesty in this book, while learning what really happens to their bodies as they mature.
Ages 9+: Ellie notices that her body is changing. Hair is growing in new places and there are other changes happening too. Ellie's mum helps her understand that she has started growing into a woman.
Ages 9+. Tom notices that his body is changing. Tom's voice is different and hair is growing in new places. There are other changes happening too. Tom learns that he has started growing into a man.
Ages 9+: Ellie likes lots of different things. She likes listening to music and making pizza. There are also things that Ellie enjoys doing in private.
Ages 9+: Tom likes lots of different things. He likes singing and watching TV in the family room. There are also things that Tom enjoys doing in private.
Ages 10+: Our charming bird and bee are back, providing humor and emotional validation as gender, sexual reproduction, sexual feelings and sexual orientation, puberty, masturbation, intimacy, different kinds of families, birth control and abortion, online safety, sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted infections are discussed in detail.
Ages 10+: This is the advanced version of What Makes A Baby, complete with sexual intercourse, sexual orientation, gender roles and gender identities, discussion of good and bad touch and masturbation. The illustrations are inclusive for all body types and all races. The characters ask open ended questions which will lead to deep discussions between you and your child.
Ages 11+: A great little book on consent, good for parents or teens. Very clear, very engaging, addressing all the myths as to why you wouldn’t just ask.
Ages 14+: This collection of first-time sexual experiences is detailed and real in a way that movies, TV shows, and romance novels are not. Every teen is curious about what it is like to lose one’s virginity, and this book gives a wide variety of real stories, including those of gay and transgender writers.
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