Krasny, Laurie (2000). What’s the big secret? Talking about sex with girls and boys. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. An excellent book for children about 4 years and up that can help parents start the conversations they want to have. With lots of questions that cover the basics, parents and children can read this book together.
Mayle, Peter (2000). Where did I come from? A guide for children and parents. Penguin Random House Publisher Services. Suitable for children 5 and up, this book is a standard in the field. With age-appropriate illustrations, there are great examples of ways to explain the facts of life.
Saltz, Gail (2008). Amazing you!: Getting smart about your private parts. Puffin Books. Appropriate for the preschool crowd with cartoons to help educate kids about parts of their body. It is straightforward without being as detailed as other books in this category.
Tweens and Teens
Cole, J. (2009). Asking About Sex and Growing Up: A Question-and-Answer Book for Kids. HarperCollins Publishers LLC. With a focus on tweens, information is presented in a question-and-answer format to provide straightforward information on a wide variety of subjects related to sex and puberty.
Harris, Robie (2014). It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health. Candlewick. Another standard in the field that has been recently updated. It is appropriate for mid- to older teens as the information is given in detail and there are cartoon illustrations that are realistic in their depictions.
Mayle, P. (2000). What’s Happening to Me? A Guide to Puberty. Lyle Stuart, Inc. Designed to ease the embarrassment of explaining puberty to children, this book presents the facts of life during puberty. It aims to present the facts with honesty, sympathy and a sense of humor.
Madaras, L. (2007) What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys. William Morrow Paperbacks. Updated and geared for tweens and teens. Madaras covers not only the physical changes associated with puberty, but includes important topics like emotions, romance, respect, and communication. Both books in the series contain a section on puberty for the opposite sex.
Madaras, L. (2007) What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls. William Morrow Paperbacks. Updated and geared for tweens and teens. As with her book for boys, she covers not only the physical changes associated with puberty, but includes important topics like emotions, romance, respect, and communication. Both books in the series contain a section on puberty for the opposite sex.
Schwartz, P & Cappello, D. (2000). Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Children About Sex and Character. Hyperion Books. Based on parenting workshops with proven success, the ‘ten talks’ approach can help give parents more specific ideas when they to talk with your children about sex, relationships, and character.
Joannides, P. & Gröss, D. (2015). Guide to Getting it On. 8th ed. Goofy Foot Press. I have used this book for undergraduate and graduate sex education and it is one of the best books around for any adult.