It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Informative, updated, explicit sex ed book.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 6 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Kids are curious

Kids are curious. They think about sex a lot (not the younger kids but the older kids.) Most kids are curious about bodies and sex. If you know your kid is curious about sexual acts, but won't use this book for sexual acts then let them read this. your kid may be doing sexual acts already (Masturbation.) and kissing, if they have a boyfriend/girlfriend.

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Educational value
age 16+

Mixed - Misleading

This is not for a 9 - 15 year old. It's arguable to have it for a 16 year old due to a few bits of content. This is a very odd publication and the marketing flawed. You have this in a young reader cartoon style but the content is not for Children under 16 in it's entirety. Abortion, Anal sex, Masturbation.... put forth in cartoon style and marketed as 10-12 year old material is highly problematic. Promoting and proliferating sexual activity in this way, but sneaking it in as what a child should know and explore is troubling. This is not school curriculum material. Completely inappropriate to have on the shelves in the library. However, to have access to counselors to discuss with those individuals who need help in this arena due to unique situations (case by case basis) is very essential. There are children out there who need help, have abusive situations, and other unique experiences and require curated attention. This book has a bit of info that is age appropriate for 10-12 year old but then turns around and has added info that is completely inappropriate to be proliferated among our children under 16. This is not the way to introduce this content. Very poor execution of content and audience. Sexualizing children across the board like this is outrageous and there's really no getting around that fact. This is too much, and it's more dangerous than helpful. The entities behind pushing this material in this fashion are very troubling. Sex Ed is very important, and this all-in-one "dump" book onto 10-12 year olds is a fail. (I'm a teacher/parent and have never been a "pearl clutcher" ...just sayin'. I'll also say again, Sex Ed is very important. Age appropriateness when making anything "standardized" needs to be revisited and more programs available to help individuals on a case by case basis is essential. School funding has gone way down therefore the "standardizing" of information like this is only a cover for the real word here "lazy, flawed and irresponsible". )

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Book Details

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For kids who love puberty books and healthy body image stories

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