Offbeat kids books about sex and bodies #I've got a parenting question!#big kids#books#sex#sex-ed June 22 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. Reader Kyle sent us this question: "What are good sex and body education books for young children? My parents were always very open about such things so we never used books but surely there must be some kick ass ones out there to teach kids the differences between boys and girls!" I think this is an AWESOME question, and was excited that Ariel inquired with Heather Corinna, publisher of Scarleteen and author of S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College. Heather shot us back an email with a few suggestions for books for kids 7-and-under. It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris If you want a kid-friendly book that will teach your children about sexuality and teach them well, look no further. The book begins with a bird and bee who have different feelings about learning about their bodies and sexuality. The book also uses nudity frequently, and illustrates ejaculation, menstruation, pregnancy and birth. As a bonus, the illustrations are all done in colored pencil, which gives it (at least, to me) a light, "your-body-isn't-a-shameful-thing" kind of feel. Plus, it's $4 used on Amazon. COME ON. Those are MY Private Parts by Diane Hansen I had never realized (mostly because I never had a reason to think about it, I guess) that there are children's books about sexual abuse until I read about this one. The author, Diane Hansen, heard a convicted child molester describe his tactics on an episode of Oprah (of all places), and the molester said the children that were harder to convince were the ones that realized the danger of the situation. Hansen's solution? Write a book teaching children that their bodies are THEIRS. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle This is a great book for parents who like the ideas behind It's Perfectly Normal, but not the illustrations and obvious for-children nature of it. Where Did I Come From? is very straight-forward, precise, and written for children in a way that (hopefully) prevents them from becoming embarrassed when talking about sex. As the author states, "We wrote (the book) because we thought you'd like to know exactly where you came from, and how it all happened." Related Post So, what do your kids call their genitals? o there I was...about to sit down for some lunch with my father, step-mother, Ranger and The Kids. Ranger and Big J were wrestling in... Read more A Kid's First Book About Sex by Joani Blank This is another book reviewed as "very clear and accurate." Unlike the others, you can't preview it on Amazon before you buy it, so I can't tell you exactly what's inside! I read that there are little to not mentions of pregnancy, but is more focused on being familiar with your body and what healthy forms of touching are. Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi. The newspaper and magazine reviews of Everyone Poops all seem hung up on one question–why do we need to KNOW everyone poops? My answer: Why not? Because you know what? Everyone does, and every single toddler I've ever met is riveted by the idea. Babies poop in diapers, toddlers use little toilets (we don't say the starts-with-p-rhymes-with-hottie word in my house), and adults use a big toilet. Animals poop, people poop, and, in short, there is a lot poop out there. The book is supposed to help children transition from diapers to toilets, and also supplies some pretty funny graphics (poop in midair, you guys) for the adults who are reading along. Mamas, what are your favorite sex education books? For little kids, big kids, or even adults? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS How to turn an old onesie into a baby doll NEXT It's hard rebelling against liberal, tolerant parents Show/Hide comments [ 50 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.