Books Children and Adolescents on Sexual Health

Resources for Children and Adolescents and Sexual Health

Note: This is not a complete list of all the books and resources, but rather a good starting point. Please make sure, as a parent, that you read the book or visit the website first before introducing information to your children, regardless of their ages.


Here is a general guideline on age-appropriate sex education to children…but I do want to say that each child is different, so even the guidelines mentioned here might not be right for your child:

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For Parents:


Eyre, L & Eyre, RM. 1998. 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.  Golden Books Pub.


Haffner, Debra. 2004. From diapers to dating: A parent’s guide to raising sexually healthy children—from infancy to middle school. Newmarket Press.


Jones. S: & Jones, BB. 1993. How & When to tell your kid about sex: a lifelong approach to sexuality. Navpress.


Leight, Lynn. 1990. Raising your child to be sexually healthy. Avon.


Moglia, RF et al. 1997. All about sex: a family resource on sex and sexuality. Crown Pub.


Roffman, D. 2000. The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Talking Sense About Sex, Cambridge: Perseus.


Young Children:

Andry, AC, et al. 1984. How babies are made. Little Brown & Co.


Harris, Robie & Michael Emberly. 2008. It’s not the stork: A book about girls, boys, bodies, families and friends. Also in Spanish: No es la ciguena.  Candlewick press.


Harris, R, 1994. It’s perfectly normal: a book about changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health.  Candlewick Press.


Harris, R. 1999. It’s so amazing! A book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies, and families.  Candlewick Pr.


Pre and early teens:

Gravelle, Karen, with Nick and Chava Castro. 1998. What’s going on down there? Answers to questions boys find hard to ask. (ages 9-12). Walker and Co.


Madaras, Lynda. 2000. What’s happening to my body? Book for boys: A growing up guide for parents and sons. Newmarket Press.


Madaras, Lynda. 2003. Ready, set, grow!: A what’s happening to my body? Book for younger girls. Newmarket.


Madaras, Lynda. 2007. The “What’s happening to my body” Book for girls, revised 3rd ed. Newmarket.



Bass, Ellen. 1996. Free your mind: The book for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and their allies .NY:



Bell, R. 1998. Changing bodies, changing lives: a book for teens on sex and relationships. Times Books.


Brown, S. & Taverner, B. 2001. Streetwise to sex-wise: Sexuality education for high-risk youth—2nd Ed.  Morristown, NJ: Planned Parenthood of Northern New Jersey, Inc.

Chernin, J & Johnson, M. 2002. Affirmative psychotherapy and counseling for lesbians and gay men. Sage Press.


Columbia University Staff. 1998. The ‘Go ask Alice’ Book of Answers: A guide to good physical, sexual, and emotional health. Holt Press.


Corrinna, Heather. 2007. SEX: The all-you-need-to-know progressive sexuality guide to get you through high school and college. DeCapo Press.


Drill, E., 1999. Deal with it: A whole new approach to your body, brain, and life as a gURL. Pocket.


Farley-Gillespie, J & Gackenbach, J. 2007. Cyber rules: What you really need to know abut the internet.  WW Norton & Co.


Luadzers, Darcy. 2004. Virgin Sex: A girl’s no-regrets guide to happy, healthy sex…the first time and every time. Columbia, S.C.: Palmetto Press.


Luadzers, Darcy. 2006. Virgin sex for guys: A no-regrets guide to safe and healthy sex. NY: Hatherleigh Press.


Miron, Charles & Miron, Amy. 2001. How to talk to talk to teens about love, relationships, and S-E-X: A guide for parents. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Press.


Resh, Evelyn. 2009. The secret lives of teen girls: What your mother wouldn’t talk about but your daughter needs to know. Hay House.  Also has a website that is informative.


Weill, Sabina. 2005. The real truth about teens and sex. NY: Perigee.


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