It's So Amazing!

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
It's So Amazing! Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 7+

Engaging, straightforward guide to sex ed basics for tweens.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 1 review

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

great book about human bodies and how they work

it may feel strange to introduce these topics to a kid that's 7 or 8. but by that time, they will likely start hearing about some mature topics from peers, at school or older kids at the playground. as a parent/family member you have an important choice: do you want your kid(s) to learn YOUR values around sex, or someone else's? if you don't start the conversation before they finish elementary school, you've chosen the latter. this book presents 100% scientifically-accurate information about human physiology, birth control, HIV, masturbation and sexual abuse in language appropriate for older elementary-school kids and tweens. it can be tricky to figure out how to start sex education conversations with your kid(s) in middle childhood. this book is a great place to start! I always recommend Robie Harris's books whenever I do a presentation to parents.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

Such better books out there

I am 100% in favor of being completely honest with kids about life science. Don't buy the hype about this book, however. There is "honest," and then there is "unnecessary." Kids age 7 and up absolutely should be told the truth about where babies come from. But do they need to learn about contraception? Have it reiterated to them that abortion is ending a pregnancy, and consequence-free? For a book supposedly about how "amazing" reproduction is, it glosses over birth, and focuses entirely too much on every detailed aspect of physical relations you can think of--again, for 7+. There are much better books out there.

This title has:

Too much sex

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love books about puberty and growing up

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate