Talking to your kids about sex is an important and necessary part of parenting. Sure, it’s one that many of us dread. And yes, it can be weird and awkward. But it doesn’t have to be! Whether you’re looking for ways to practice sex-positive parenting, or just want some resources to help you explain the birds and bees to your kids, these sex education books can be a huge help.

Sex education books for young kids.

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It’s never too early to start talking about sex and sex education with your kids. As long as you use age-appropriate language and resources, you can make sure kids ages 3-8 have all the information they need.

  • What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg, ideal for ages 3-7. This quirky book goes into how babies get here, with an age-appropriate focus on genetics. It helps kids understand that not everyone has a baby the same way.
  • Amazing You: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz, ideal for ages 3-7. This bright picture book is a great way to introduce young kids to their reproductive physiology.
  • It’s Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie H. Harris, ideal for ages 4-8. A funny, interesting book about how babies really get here, complete with illustrations. There’s even a part at the end that explains why families look different, and good and bad touches.
  • The Bare Naked Book by Kathy Stinson, ideal for ages 2-5. This is the perfect book for introducing toddlers to the human body!
  • My Body! What I Say Goes! by Jayneen Sanders, ideal for ages 3 and up. Kids are never too long to learn about body autonomy, boundaries, and empowerment. This book covers it all!

Sex education books for tweens.

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Ah, this is when things start to get a little tricky! Puberty and hormones and emotions, oh my!

Sex education books for teens.

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Now we’re getting to the good stuff! And by good, I mean completely terrifying. I’m over five years away from having a teen, but I will be buying all of these and reading them very soon.

Bonus sex education books.

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  • Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, ideal for ages 3-8. This amazing book is all about teaching girls that they can be anything that they want. 

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  • I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, ideal for ages 4-8. Whether or not your own child identifies as trans, this book is a great resource for helping kids understand gender and gender identity.

Have you read any of these sex education books with your own children? Or do you have a favorite not mentioned here? I’d love to hear from you!

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