Talking to children about bodies and bits and how they fit together isn’t always easy. The earlier you start and the more relaxed you are about it, the easier it will be (see Talking to children about sex, bodies and relationships). The hardest bit is getting started. Luckily, there are some great books for teaching children about sex, bodies and families, which can make launching into those conversations much easier. There’s no need to buy them – your local library will have lots of books for teaching children about sex (and that way you can check them out and find exactly the right one for your family).
To help you along, here’s my top ten list of the best books for teaching children about sex, puberty and relationships (and other things we don’t like talking about).
1. Where Willy Went (by Nicholas Allen)
2. Hair In Funny Places (by Babette Cole)
3. There’s A House Inside My Mummy (Orchard Picturebooks) (by Giles Andreae)
Gentle and simple, perfect for preparing young children for a new brother or sister. (Check out these other ideas for books for preparing a toddler for a new baby too!).
4. Let’s Talk: About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families & Friends (Lets Talk) (by Robie H. Harris)
The Let’s Talk series has a range of books for teaching children about sex, puberty, and families. They are factual and quite detailed and cover those topics that you might be a little scared of broaching. Ideal for starting conversations or for leaving in your child’s bedroom for him/her to pick up when interested.
5. Mummy Laid An Egg! (Red Fox Picture Books) (by Babette Cole)
6. King and King (by Linda De Haan)
7. The Family Book (by Todd Parr)
8. Ready, Set, Grow!: A What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Younger Girls (by Lynda Madaras)
All about girls’ bodies and puberty. Detailed, but written in a sympathetic way that tackles lots of common fears and worries. Perfect for preparing girls for puberty or for girls who have started puberty early. Versions for older girls (What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: Revised Edition)
and for boys (The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys)
9. Made with Love: How Babies are Made (by Kate Petty)
10. It’s Okay to be Different (by Todd Parr)
Have you tried any of these books with your children? Or have I missed out your favourite? What tips would you share about talking to children about bodies and bits? You might like to check out the NSPCC PANTS campaign and this resource list for more advice on talking to children about tricky issues!
This is not a sponsored post – these are all books that I personally recommend! It does however contain affiliate links, which means that if you click through from this post to Amazon and buy one of the books I will receive a small fee. See Disclosure Notice for more info.
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