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Book List

Books for Fostering Healthy Sexual Development

For parents to read with younger children:

Used in the Care for Kids Curriculum:

  • Uncle Willy's Tickles: A Child's Right to Say No by Marcie Aboff
  • I Loved You Before You Were Born by Anne Bowen
  • How Are You Peeling? By Saxton Freymann
  • All By Myself by Mercer Mayer
  • The Bare Naked Book by Kathy Stinson

Other Useful Books for Families:

  • Feelings by Aliki
  • Going to the Potty by Fred Rogers
  • Everywhere Babies by Susan Myers
  • See How You Grow by Dr. Patricia Pearse and Edwina Riddell
  • Once Upon A Potty by Alona Frankel
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess
  • People by Peter Spier
  • William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
  • Belly Buttons are Navels by Mark Schoen
  • Where Did I Come From? By Peter Mayle
  • Where Do Babies Come From? By Margaret, Bewley, & Shiela Sheffield
  • How Babies and Families Are Made by Patricia Schaffer
  • Did the Sun Shine When You Were Born? By Sol Gordon
  • More More More Said the Baby by Vera Williams
  • Amazing You: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Dr. Gail Saltz

For parents of younger children:

  • Sexual Development of Young Children by Virginia and Edwin Lively
  • Ourselves and Our Children: A Book By and For Parents by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

For parents to read with older children:

  • Sex Stuff for Kids 7-17: A Book of Practical Information and Ideas for Kids and Their Teachers and Parents by Carole Marsh
  • Puberty: An Illustrated Manual for Parents and Daughters by Angela Hynes, Gita Lloyd (Contributor)
  • Boy's Puberty: An Illustrated Manual for Parents and Sons by Alain Chirinian, Neal Yamamoto (Illustrator)
  • What’s Happening to Me? by Peter Mayle, et al
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: Expanded Third Edition: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships by Ruth Bell
  • It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley (Illustrator)
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

For parents of older children:

  • A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescents by Patricia Hersch
  • Living with Teens and Surviving by P. & M. Woods
  • Between Parent and Teenager by Haim Ginott
  • Teenagers: The Continuing Challenge by Shirley Gould
  • You and Your Adolescent by Steinberg & Levine
  • How to Parent Your Teenager by Fontenelle

For parents of children of all ages:

  • Raising A Child Responsibly in A Sexually Permissive World by Sol and Judith Gordon
  • Packaging Boyhood: Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes by Sharon Lamb and L. Mikel Brown
  • Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes by Sharon Lamb and L. Mikel Brown
  • Sex Therapy and Kids: Addressing their Concerns Through Talk and Play by Sharon Lamb
  • So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can do to Protect Their Kids by Diane E. Levin and Jean Kilbourne