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Sex Education: Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 4 to 8

  • Mommy Laid an Egg! Or Where Do Babies Come From?; by Babette Cole; Chronicle Books, 1996
  • When You Were Inside Mommy; by Joanna Cole; HarperCollins, 2001
  • Why Boys and Girls Are Different: for Ages 3 to 5 and Parents; by Carol Greene; Concordia Publ, 1998

Ages 6 to 10

  • Asking About Sex and Growing Up; by Joanna Cole; Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • It's Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends; by Robie Harris; Candlewick, 2008
  • Where Do Babies Come From?: For Ages 6 to 8 and Parents; by Ruth S. Hummel; rev. ed.; Concordia Pub. House, 1998
  • Where Did I Come From?; by Peter Mayle; Lyle Stuart, 2000

Ages 9 to 12

  • American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen; by Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer; Jossey-Bass, 2006
  • American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen; by Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer; Jossey-Bass, 2006
  • Changing you: a guide to body changes & sexuality; by Gail Saltz; Dutton Juvenile, 2007
  • It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing up, Sex, and Sexual Health; by Robie Harris; Candlewick, 2004
  • No B.O.! The Head-to-Toe Book of Hygiene for Preteens; by Marguerite Crump; Free Spirit Publishing, 2005
  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! A ‘What’s happening to My Body’ Book for Younger Boys; by Lynda Madaras; Newmarket, 2008
  • Personal Hygiene? What's That Got To Do With Me?; by Pat Crissey and Noah Crissey; Jessica Kinsley Publishing, 2005
  • Ready, Set, Grow! A What's Happening To My Body Book For Younger Girls; by Lynda Madaras; Newmarket Press, 2003
  • Sex Explained: Honest Answers to your Questions About Guys and Girls, Your Changing Body, and What Really Happens During Sex; by Magali Clausener-Petit; Amulet Books, 2004

Young Adult

  • Boy's Body Guide: a Health and Hygiene Book; by Greta Laube; Boy’s Guide Books, 2009
  • Cycle Savvy: the Smart Teen’s Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body; by Toni Weschler; Collins, 2006
  • Every Girl's Life Guide; by Miriam Stoppard; DK Publishing, 1999
  • Right On Schedule: A Teen's Guide To Growth And Development; by Jean Ford; Mason Crest Publishing, 2005
  • The Secret Lives of Teen Girls: What Your Mother Wouldn’t Talk About, But Your Daughter Needs to Know; by Evelyn Resh; Hay House, 2009
  • The Teenage Body Book; by Kathy McCoy; Perigee Books, rev. ed 2008
  • Your Body, Yourself: A Guide To Your Changing Body; by Alison Bell; Lowell House, 1996

Books for Adults

  • My Teen Has Had Sex, Now What Do I Do? How to Help Teens Make Safe, Sensible, Self-Reliant Choices When They’ve Already Said “Yes”; by Maureen Lyon; Fair Winds Press, 2009
  • Questions Kids Ask About Sex: Honest Answers for Every Age; by Melissa Cox; Revell, 2005
  • Sexuality: You Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities; by Karin M. Schwier; Paul H. Brooks Co, 2000
  • The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It; by Meg Hickling; Northstone, 2005
  • The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You About Sex; by Sharon Maxwell; Avery Trade, 2008
  • Understanding Your Child's Sexual Behavior: What's Natural and Healthy; by Toni Johnson; New Harbinger, 1999
Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Pediatric Advisor 2012.2 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2010-06-04
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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