Shafia Zaloom's Picks: Sex Ed Books for Kids

Health educator, author, and mother of three Shafia Zaloom is a leading expert in talking to kids and teens about sex, consent, and healthy relationships. She teaches at the Urban School in San Francisco and consults with schools and districts on health education. Her work has also been featured in The New York Times and USA Today as well as on NPR and PBS. Her acclaimed book, Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between, has helped many parents start conversations with their teens about the societal messages (and literal messages) they're getting about sex and relationships.

 

But for many families, discussing sex education and puberty ranges from tricky to taboo. And news about sexual harassment and assault brought up the topic earlier than expected for some. "This reading list is for parents ready to engage in brave conversations with their children about healthy sexuality and relationships across the developmental stages," says Zaloom of the books included here. "There is decades of research that tells us when we engage in consistent, straightforward, honest, and positive dialogue with our children about the joys and responsibilities of healthy bodies and sexuality, they are more likely to grow up to embrace bodily and sexual autonomy, make decisions in the interest of their sexual health, and have enriching relationships that are grounded in mutual respect, safety, care, and dignity." To learn more about Shafia Zaloom's work or to find her book, visit her website.

Browse Shafia Zaloom's Picks: Sex Ed Books for Kids

What Makes a Baby Book Poster Image
Great book about babies for every kid and every family.
By Cory Silverberg
(2020)
(2013)
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It's Not the Stork! Book Poster Image
Curious kids will appreciate the honest facts-of-life book.
By Robie H. Harris
(2010)
(2006)
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It's So Amazing! Book Poster Image
Engaging, straightforward guide to sex ed basics for tweens.
By Robie H. Harris
(2010)
(2004)
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Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and YOU Book Poster Image
Inclusive, lively guide to bodies, touch for older kids.
By Cory Silverberg
(2020)
(2015)
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Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls Book Poster Image
Pitch-perfect, body-positive puberty guide for young tweens.
By Sonya Renee Taylor
(2020)
(2018)
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Growing Up Great!: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys Book Poster Image
Encouraging puberty guide covers emotional growth, too.
By Scott Todnem
(2020)
(2019)
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Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up Book Poster Image
Modern, nuanced sex-ed guide fantastic for tweens, teens.
By Heather Corinna, Isabella Rotman
(2020)
(2019)
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It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health Book Poster Image
Informative, updated, explicit sex ed book.
By Robie H. Harris
(2017)
(2014)
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S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties Book Poster Image
Fantastic inclusive, progressive sex guide for teens and up.
By Heather Corinna
(2020)
(2016)
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