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Sex Education: Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 4 to 8

  • A Kid's First Book About Sex; by Joani Blank and Marcia Quackenbush; Down There Press, 1993
  • El Maravilloso Mundo Del Amor Verdadero (The Wonderful World of True Love); by Graciela Ayad, Richard Panzer, Benny Andersson (illustrator); Center for Educational Media, 1997
  • Mommy, Daddy, Where Do Babies Come From?; by Grace Ayad and Richard Panzer, Benny Andersson (illustrator); Center for Educational Media, 1997
  • Mommy Laid an Egg! Or Where Do Babies Come From?; by Babette Cole; Chronicle Books, 1996

Ages 6 to 10

  • Asking About Sex and Growing Up; by Joanna Cole; Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • 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
  • Changes In You and Me: A Book About Puberty Mostly for Boys; by Paulette Bourgeois; Andrews and McMeel, 1994
  • Growing and Changing; by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman; Perigee Books, 2003
  • It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing up, Sex, and Sexual Health; by Robie Harris; Candlewick, 1996
  • It's So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families; by Robie Harris; Candlewick Press, 1999
  • It's My Life; by Pete Sanders and Steve Myers; Watts, 1997
  • Just for Girls: Understanding Your Body and the Changes You're Going Through; by Elizabeth Hoekstra; Crossway Books, 1999
  • My Body, My Self for Girls; by Lynda Madaras; New Market Press, 2000
  • No B.O.! The Head-to-Toe Book of Hygiene for Preteens; by Marguerite Crump; Free Spirit Publ, 2005
  • Personal Hygiene? What's That Got To Do With Me?; by Pat Crissey and Noah Crissey; Jessica Kinsley Publ, 2005
  • Puberty's Wild Ride; by Marta McCave; Family Planning Council, 2004
  • 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
  • Sex Stuff for Kids 7-17: A Book of Practical Information & Ideas for Kids, Parents & Teachers; by Carole Marsh; Gallopade Pub. Group, 1998
  • What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: the New Growing-Up Guide for Parents and Sons; 3rd ed.; by Lynda Madaras; Newmarket Press, 2001

Young Adult

  • Body Talk: A Girl's Guide to What's Happening to your Body; by Victoria Shaw; Rosen Pub. Group, 1999
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book For Teens on Sex and Relationships, expanded 3rd ed.; by Ruth Bell; Times Books, 1998
  • Every Girl's Life Guide; by Miriam Stoppard; DK Publishing, 1999
  • It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health; by Robie H. Harris; Candlewick Press, 1996
  • Like It Is: A Teen Sex Guide; by E. James Lieberman; McFarland, 1998
  • Right On Schedule: A Teen's Guide To Growth And Development; by Jean Ford; Mason Crest Publ, 2005
  • The Teenage Body Book; by Kathy McCoy; Perigee Books, rev. ed 1999
  • The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide; by Jeremy Daldry; Little, Brown & Company, 1999
  • The Teenage Human Body Operator's Manual; by Lee White; Northwest Media, 1998
  • The Underground Guide To Teenage Sexuality: An Essential Handbook for Today's Teens & Parents; by Michael Basso; Fairview Press, 1997
  • What's Going On Down There?: Answers To Questions Boys Find Hard To Ask; by Karen Gravelle; Walker and Co., 1998
  • Your Body, Yourself: A Guide To Your Changing Body; by Alison Bell; Lowell House, 1996

Books for Adults

  • All About Sex: A Family Resource on Sex and Sexuality; edited by Ronald Filiberti Moglia and Jon Knowles; Planned Parenthood & Crown Pub., 1997
  • Before She Gets Her Period: Talking to Your Daughter About Menstruation; by Jessica Gillooly; Perspective Publ, 1998
  • Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Fostering Your Child's Healthy Sexual Development; by Beverly Engel; Pocket Books, 1997
  • Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid They'd Ask: The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens; by Justin Richardson; Crown, 2003
  • From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children; by Debra Haffner; Newmarket Press, 2000
  • How To Talk To Your Child About Sex: It's Best to Start Early, But It's Never Too Late - A Step-by-Step Guide for Every Age; by Linda Eyre and Richard M. Eyre; Golden Books Pub. Co., 1998
  • 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
  • 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.
Published by McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 2006-10-13
Last reviewed: 2006-09-07
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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