The Talk: Sex Ed 2.0
After-school workshops for kids that provide age-appropriate info, meaningful practice with essential social-emotional skills, and an opportunity to connect with peers. Rachel Lotus’s progressive curriculum embraces a broader understanding of sexuality education, going far beyond the basics of traditional sex ed, and reflects the realities of today’s world. The Talk also offers support to parents on a range […]
Tell Me About Sex, Grandma by Anastasia Higginbotham (ages 8 and up)
Unusual and visually compelling picture book from an author who tackles other sensitive topics with similar aplomb and grace (she has books on death, divorce and race, too). Written in a voice that honors the kinds of real thoughts and questions kids actually have.
Consent: It’s as Simple as Tea (ages 11 and up)
This funny viral video uses various tea-based scenarios to illustrate the nuances of consent for tweens and teens. Somewhat reductive in its metaphor, it is nevertheless amusing and relatable to most adolescents. Great way to start a conversation about the more unsettling aspects of sexual consent.
Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
This best-selling book by award-winning journalist Peggy Orenstein sheds a somewhat disturbing light on female sexuality in the modern age. But that’s not all, she also makes the case for fearless comprehensive sex education. Though the author profiles older subjects, it’s worth a read, since the bulk of conditioning and attitude-shaping happens in the early […]
Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to our Kids about Sex, Relationships, and Equality by Bonnie J. Rough
American author and mother contrasts the way we approach sexuality related issues with our children here in the U.S. with the way things are done in the Netherlands. Engaging, eye-opening, and well-done.
“Why Sexuality Education is an Important Part of a Safety Plan”
All children are curious about sex. The more children know about their own sexuality, the less likely it is that others will take advantage of them because of their lack of knowledge.
Hello, Flo. The Guide, Period by Naama Bloom (ages 8 and up)
Well done, written in fun, accessible language, with enough graphics to break up text, it’s a favorite among young people.
The Period Book by Karen Gravelle (ages 8 and up)
This best-selling book has been around for a while. It’s practical, answers lots of questions, and has been recently updated to feel somewhat more current.
The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls by Dr. Cara Natterson (age 8 to 10)
Better than you’d expect from American Girl, this book focus on self-care, self-esteem, body changes and overall health.
The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Older Girls by Dr. Cara Natterson (age 10 to 12)
Follows up first book with more in-depth details about physical and emotional changes, questions about periods, growing bodies, peer pressure, personal care, and more