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Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts. Gail Saltz & Lynne Avril Cravath, $8.50 (preschool age)

Amazing You presents clear, age-appropriate information about reproduction, birth and the differences between boys’ and girls’ bodies. The book promotes a healthy attitude about body image, while teaching children to respect themselves and others.


The Baby Tree. Sophie Blackall, $19.99 (ages 6-8)

Cleverly revealing the basics of reproduction in an age-appropriate way, award-winning Sophie Blackall has created a beautiful picture book full of playful details to amuse and engage readers. Join a curious little boy who asks everyone from his babysitter to the mailman, getting all sorts of funny answers along the way, before his parents gently set him straight.


Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body. Christiane Northrup, illustrated by Aurélie Blanz, $14.95

BEAUTIFUL GIRL presents this simple but important message: that to be born a girl is a very special thing and carries with it magical gifts and powers that must be recognized and nurtured. Through these empowering words and illustrations, little girls will learn how their bodies are perfect just the way they are, the importance of treating themselves with gentle care, and how changes are just a part of growing up. Dr. Christiane Northrup believes that reading and discussing this book with your girls will help them to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies and have positive benefits that will last throughout their lives.

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Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know about Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More. Jane Fonda, $20.00

This thorough, concise guide offers straight talk about:

  • The male and female body as it changes and matures
  • Teen relationships: what it takes to create happy, supportive, positive, and meaningful connections with family, friends, and others
  • Identity empowerment: how to be authentic and thrive in today’s world
  • Sex and sexuality for boys and girls: how teens should take care of their bodies, embrace their experiences, and strengthen self-esteem
  • Strategies for working through the toughest challenges, including bullying, sexual abuse, eating disorders, pregnancy, and more  

Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens – From Middle School to High School and Beyond. Debra Haffner, $21.00

Every parent needs help in guiding their teenagers through the difficult adolescent years, when they face peer pressure, dating, alcohol, drugs, harassment, and pressure to have sex, among many issues. In this revised and updated edition of her acclaimed book, parenting educator Debra Haffner offers invaluable practical advice, sample conversations, and checklists that parents can use to talk to their teens.


The Body Book for Boys. Jonathan Mar & Grace Norwich, $11.99

Everything you need to know about growing up.

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The Boy's Body Book, 3rd Edition: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU! Kelli Dunham, $14.95 (ages 9 and older)

Growing up isn’t as easy as it looks. With changing emotions, friends, expectations, and bodies, some days it can seem like life is one big roller coaster ride. The Boy’s Body Book is the #1 bestselling guide for boys, and it's here to help with expert advice, common sense tips, fast facts, and answers to all questions a boy might have.


Boys, Girls & Body Science: a First Book about Facts of Life. Meg Hickling, $18.95 (ages 6-10)

With humour and sensitivity, Boys, Girls & Body Science provides no-nonsense answers for children - and parents - with questions about sex. Specifically designed for young readers, Boys, Girls & Body Science walks children through the wonders of their bodies in a direct, easy-to-read manner.


Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. Ruth Bell et al, $28.95

CHANGING BODIES, CHANGING LIVES is full of honest, accurate, nonjudgmental information on everything teenagers need to know about today. This book has helped hundreds of thousands of teenagers make informed decisions about their lives, from questions about sex, love, friendship, and how your body works to dealing with problems at school and home and figuring out who you are. It's packed with illustrations, checklists, and resources for the answers you really need. Best of all, it's filled with the voices, poems, and cartoons from hundreds of other teenagers, who tell you what makes them feel worried, angry, confused, sexy, happy, and, yes, even excited and hopeful about their lives

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Changing You: a Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality. Gail Saltz & Lynne Avril Cravath, $8.50

Puberty can be an exciting — and confusing — time for children. Dr. Gail Saltz navigates curious youngsters through body changes for boys and girls, reproduction, and emerging sexuality with warmth and candor. Lynne Cravath’s lively illustrations provide just enough detail while underscoring the direct and honest tone of the text. This refreshingly accessible picture book also includes an author’s note to parents.


Cycle Savvy: the Smart Teen's Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body. Toni Weschler, $19.99

Cycle Savvy is the first book specifically designed to teach young women about the practical benefits of charting their cycles. Explore the fascinating world of ovulation, fertility, and why you even have periods at all! And learn all about the body signals, mood changes, and other signs that accompany your cycle. Cycle Savvy takes the mystery out of your amazing body.


Does This Happen to Everyone? A Budding Adult's Guide to Puberty. Jan von Holleben & Antje Helms, $34.50

Even before they experience puberty and young love themselves, girls and boys have many questions about sex and sexuality. Parents often don’t know the best way to answer them and it’s practically impossible to find the right time to start a conversation about the birds and the bees.

Especially today, when most young people have access to the internet and its explicit or dubious content, it is extremely important to address the topic of sex education with children proactively and give it the attention it needs and deserves. As daunting as it might be for parents to take the lead, ­leaving the internet or a classmate to “explain” sexuality is not an option. Thankfully, the book Does This Happen to Everyone? offers a welcome alternative with a contemporary look and feel that is both fitting for kids and appealing to adults.

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Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe and Satisfying Choices about Sex, 2nd Edition. Bronwen Pardes, $14.99

The more you know, the easier it is to make safe — and smart — decisions about sex. An experienced sex educator gets up front and personal in this updated reissue of an informative and candid guide aimed directly at teens.


Erin’s Period Book. Barb Zimmerman, $22.95

Erin’s Period Book uses factual language, photos and illustrations to explain menstruation. A simple tool for teaching girls with developmental delays how to take care of their menstrual needs at home, school or out in the community.


For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health. Al Vernacchio, $31.99

Sex education today generally falls into one of two categories: abstinence-only or abstinence-based education — both of which tend to withhold important, factual information and leave young adults ill-equipped to make safe decisions. Al Vernacchio, a high school sexuality educator who holds a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania, has created a new category: sex-positive education. In For Goodness Sex, he refutes the “disaster prevention” model of sex ed, offering a progressive and realistic approach: Sexuality is a natural part of life, and healthy sexuality can only develop from a sex-positive, affirming appreciation.

Curious yet fearful of being judged, young people turn to peers, the Internet, and the media, where they receive problematic messages about sex: boys are studs, girls are sluts; real sex should be like porn; hookups are better than relationships. Without a broader understanding to offset these damaging perceptions, teenagers are dangerously unprepared intellectually and emotionally to grow and develop as sexual beings. For Goodness Sex offers the tools and insights adults need to talk young people and help them develop healthy values and safe habits. With real-life examples from the classroom, exercises and quizzes, and a wealth of sample discussions and crucial information, Vernacchio offers a guide to sex education for the twenty-first century.

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From Diapers to Dating: a Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children from Infancy to Middle School. Debra Haffner, $21.00

A wealth of practical ideas to help you communicate your own values about sexuality to your children.


The Girl's Body Book, 4th Edition: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU! Kelli Dunham, $14.95 (ages 9 and older)

Growing up isn’t as easy as it looks. With changing emotions, friends, expectations, and bodies, some days it can seem like life is one big roller coaster ride. The Girl’s Body Book is here to help with expert advice, common sense tips, fast facts, and answers to all questions a girl might have. Topics covered include:

  • A head-to-toe guide to what’s happening with your changing body
  • Dealing with your friends, even when they don’t want to deal with you — and how to handle “Mean Girls," bullies, and cyber-bullies
  • The care and keeping of parents, teachers, brothers, and sisters
  • Finding out what you like (from sports to art to music), and learning to like who you are
  • And so much more!

This fourth edition of the top-selling book for pre-teen girls has been fully updated and expanded to include everything you need to know about your changing body, texting and social media, friendship and peer pressure, leadership, and so much more!


Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen: Getting Used to Life in Your Changing Body. Kate Gruenwald Pfieffer & Amy Middleman, $17.99

Filled with invaluable information and advice to get a young girl ready for the changes she will experience during puberty, Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen explains the health issues that are most concern to teenage girls and how to be safe, happy and healthy through these years.

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GLBTQ: the Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. Kelly Huegel, $22.99

First published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens (often referred to as LGBT or GLBTQ). This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of homosexuality and transgender people. Included are updates on efforts to promote equality regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, the current status of initiatives concerning safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, and transgender expression, and more. Resources point the way to books and websites with more information, and GLBTQ teens (and allies) who have been there share stories of personal experiences.


Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Sex: What Children Need to Know. Linda Goldman, $19.95

Sex is never an easy subject for discussion and adults often struggle to find the right words when talking about it with children. This book explores children's thoughts and feelings on the subject of sex and provides parents and other caring adults with guidance on how to respond to difficult questions. The author explores some of the most common questions children ask about sex and provides sensitive yet candid answers, phrased in a way that children will be able to understand and relate to.


Growing Into a Young Lady. Barb Zimmerman, $15.95

Using simple language, photos and illustrations this book shows girls with developmental delays what to expect and how to take care of their changing bodies.

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Growing Up for Boys. Usborne Books, $10.95

A frank and friendly book offering boys advice on what to expect from puberty and how to stay happy and confident as they go through physical, psychological and emotional changes. This reader-friendly guide covers all the topics that boys want to find out about, including moods and feelings, what happens to girls, diet, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, contraception, sexual health, self-confidence, drink and drugs, exam stress and cyberbullying. The book includes helpful tips and fact boxes, as well as quick quizzes and quirky illustrations throughout.


Growing Up Inside and Out. Kira Vermond, $11.95 (ages 9-12)

Puberty is something humans have gone through, quite literally, forever. But that doesn't mean the experience has stayed the same or that there's nothing new to say about the topic. And though puberty can often look different for boys and girls (growing facial hair versus getting a period), kids may be surprised by what all their classmates have in common: crushes, acne, anxiety, getting mad at their parents. Not only does GROWING UP, INSIDE AND OUT break with the tradition of having separate books for separate sexes, it unites kids by showing them that there are things that everyone goes through.


How You Were Born, Revised Edition. Joanna Cole, $9.75 (ages 5-9)

It is natural for young children to be curious about where they come from. Using vivid full-color photographs and a clear, straightforward text, this comprehensive book answers the questions they have about how an egg cell grows to become a baby, how a baby lives inside its mother's uterus, and how a baby is born.

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It's Not the Stork! A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends. Robie Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, $16.00 (ages 4 and up)

It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families, Revised 2014. Robie Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, $17.00 (ages 7 and up)

It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health, Revised Editon 2014. Robie Harris & Michael Emberley, $17.00 (ages 10 and up)

This delightful series answers nearly every question children and young teens may have about birth, babies, bodies, families and healthy sexuality. With lively, comfortable language and sensitive, engaging artwork, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley address readers in a reassuring way, respectful of a child's healthy desire for straightforward information. The information is up-to-date, age-appropriate, and scientifically accurate, and always aimed at helping kids feel proud, knowledgeable, and comfortable about their own bodies.


LAID. Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture. Shannon Boodram, $23.50

LAID offers more than 40 personal narratives — from young women and men — about everything involving sex and being sexual. Need-to-know facts and Q&A’s accompany each chapter, providing food for thought on the many important and often maligned or misunderstood topics this book addresses.


Let's Talk about S-E-X: a Guide for Kids 9 to 12 and Their Parents. Sam Gitchel & Lorri Foster, $11.95

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The Little Black Book for Girlz: a Book on Healthy Sexuality. By Youth, for Youth (St. Stephen’s Community House), $9.95

The Little Black Book for Girlz is a book on healthy sexuality written by girls for girls. A diverse group of urban teens went looking for information about sexuality. They collected stories, poetry, interviews, art and more from other youth and health care workers. The result is an honest, factual look at the physical and emotional issues young women face — a powerful presentation of real-life examples and life-saving info.

The Little Black Book for Guys: Guys Talk about Sex. By Youth for Youth (St. Stephen’s Community House), $9.95

A survival guide to being a guy. Lots of guys talk the big talk, but what’s really going on with sex? That’s what a group of young men sat down to figure out for The Little Black Book for Guys. To get behind the hype, they talked to other teens and collected stories, poems, essays, and art about personal experiences. They also interviewed health professionals to get the facts they need to make healthy choices. The result is a revealing collection of personal thoughts and need-to-know information. Topics include:

• Puberty • Wet dreams • Masturbation • Penis size • Dating • Safer sex and birth control • Sexually Transmitted Infections / AIDS

Written, illustrated, and designed by youth, and carefully vetted by doctors, The Little Black Book for Guys is more than a book about sex. It’s a snapshot of being a guy at the beginning of the 21st century.

Contains frank descriptions of sexuality and coarse language.


Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything Else: a Video Guide for Girls. Coulter Video, $36.95 DVD (ages 10 and up)

This DVD for girls nearing or going through puberty builds their knowledge, confidence and self-esteem. The program covers physical, mental and social changes, including clear explanations of menstruation and conception using drawings of the female and male reproductive systems. While appropriate for any girl, it's especially helpful for young women diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or autism requiring support, or who are naturally shy. The video's content advisers include parents, psychologists, teachers, counselors, autism education experts, an OB-GYN doctor and, most importantly, girls. The program is divided into chapters, so parents and professionals can choose which subjects to share with girls based on their stages of development, and answer their questions afterward. Schools will find this a valuable addition to sex education programs.


My Changing Body, Boy’s Edition. Linda Picone, $12.95

My Changing Body, Girl’s Edition. Linda Picone, $12.95

Designed to be used either as a parent-child communication tool or as a book that boys and girls can read on their own, the My Changing Body books are practical, insightful and informative guides to the transitions youth face in the middle school years and beyond.

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The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls. Louise Greenspan & Julianna Deardorff, $18.50

What happens when a girl has the brain of an 8-year-old, and the body of a 13-year-old? The New Puberty is a reassuring, empowering guide for millions of parents — as well as teachers, coaches, pediatricians, and family members — by two notable experts in the field. Compiling original research and clinical experience, Drs. Greenspan and Deardorff offer practical strategies for supporting girls entering this complex stage of their lives.


The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It. Meg Hickling, $24.95 DVD format

This 2-DVD set (4 hours total) is perfect for parents and grandparents who want easy access to Meg Hickling’s amazing, age-appropriate sexual health presentations, as their children grow and mature. Children, too, will enjoy watching Meg discuss babies and body science with their parents in the safety and privacy of their own home.  Each disk in the set contains two presentations:

Disk 1: Part 1/ Parents and Grandparents; Part 2/ Primaries (Grades 1–3)

Disk 2: Part 1/ Intermediates (Grades 4–7); Part 2/ Teens (Grades 7–12)


The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It. Meg Hickling, $19.95

Meg Hickling’s tone is warm, friendly, often humorous and straightforward. Her ability to discuss difficult or controversial subjects with sensitivity and honesty makes The New Speaking of Sex is a remarkable tool for families from birth through adolescence. This latest edition of her popular book is fully updated and has been expanded to include a new section on ‘Kids, Sex and the Internet.’

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100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents: Straight Answers to Teens' Questions About Sex, Sexuality, and Health. Elisabeth Henderson & Nancy Armstrong, $20.99

Teens have questions about sex; it's a matter of who they ask and how reliable the answers are. Collected directly from teens and presented in a simple and accessible Q&A format, 100 QUESTIONS YOU'D NEVER ASK YOUR PARENTS provides information about sex, drug, body, and mood in a way that's honest, nonjudgmental, and responsible.


101 Ways to Dance. Kathy Stinson, $9.95 (ages 13 and up)

In this risqué collection, award-winning author for young people Kathy Stinson offers characters and plotlines that reflect the many ways teens learn about lust and love. From the first stirrings of same-sex desire on a lakeside beach to troubling paternity questions around a teen pregnancy, Stinson's stories reflect both the sweetness and the scariness of teenage sexuality. Offers many opportunities for discussion, and also a great choice for reluctant readers. A must-have for all junior high and high school libraries.


Our Bodies, Ourselves. The Boston Women's Health Collective, $36.50

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES is the resource that women of all ages turn to for information about their bodies, sexuality, and reproductive health. Completely revised and updated, these pages provide women with the information and tools they need to make key health decisions — accurate, evidence-based information, input from leading experts, and personal stories from women who share their experiences. This new edition of OUR BODIES, OURSELVES includes the latest vital information on:

  • SAFER SEX — how to engage in pleasurable, satisfying sexual experiences while protecting your health and the health of your partner.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS — including minimizing exposure to everyday pollutants that endanger reproductive health.
  • BODY IMAGE — resisting negative media stereotypes and embracing healthier approaches to looking and feeling good.
  • LOCAL AND GLOBAL ACTIVISM — using social media and organizing tactics to build community and advocate for policies that improve women's lives.
  • As well as crucial information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, peri-menopause, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES is a one-stop resource for women of all generations.

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The Parent's Guide to Talking about Sex: a Complete Guide to Raising (Sexually) Safe, Smart, and Healthy Children. Janet Rosenzweig, $25.99

If your kids aren’t learning about sex from you, what are they learning about sex, and who is teaching them? Having “the talk” with your child does not have to be a terrifying and awkward event. Armed with Dr. Janet Rosenzweig’s groundbreaking book, you may find you never need to have “the talk.”

Dr. Rosenzweig illustrates how you can help protect your children from sexual abuse, trauma, and bullying through your everyday interactions with them. She walks you through the steps you can take to combine your own family’s values with age-appropriate information for children at all stages of development. And you’ll learn how to do so in a way that will improve the trust and communication between you and your child.

Dr. Rosenzweig applies her decades of experience in child abuse prevention, sexuality education, and family services to help you identify the real threats to your children’s safety and to protect them from becoming victims of sexual misinformation or exploitation. From choosing a child’s first daycare to meeting the multimedia challenges of adolescence, The Parent's Guide to Talking About Sex will coach you to raise sexually safe and healthy sons and daughters.


The Period Book: a Girl's Guide to Growing Up. Karen Gravell, illustrated by Debbie Palen, $18.99

This appealingly illustrated guidebook to puberty — now updated with new content relevant to today's kids — is the perfect companion for girls and parents preparing for this important milestone. Written in consultation with preteen girls, this guide offers a supportive, practical approach, providing clear and sensitive answers to common questions on periods, as well as advice dealing with pimples and mood swings. This revised edition features new sections on:

  • getting braces
  • bra sizing
  • shaving
  • relatable anecdotes from real girls
  • changing friendships
  • romantic feelings
  • dealing with sexual harassment both on social media and in real life

Complete with charming and informative interior illustrations, The Period Book is a trusty friend that can help girls feel confident about this new phase of their lives.


The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1. Coulter Video, $36.95 DVD (ages 10 and up)

This video is narrated by a young man with Asperger Syndrome and a neurotypical female co-host and features anatomical drawings and animation. It describes how male and female bodies change during puberty and how to deal with these changes (and urges) in appropriate ways that avoid social, ethical, and legal pitfalls. It includes information about intercourse, periods, pregnancy, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and more. The program emphasizes the value of young men waiting to engage in sex until they are mature enough to understand the consequences and make decisions they won't regret. The sections on dating and sexuality include demonstrations of socially expected interactions by age-appropriate male and female actors. This program can help young men deal confidently with a turbulent time in their lives by sharing candid information about what to expect and how to deal with it.

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QUEER: the Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens.  Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke, $20.99

Written especially for LGBT teens, QUEER takes you on an awesome and enlightening journey through the sometimes scary, sometimes silly, and always fabulous world that is queer life. QUEER includes advice on:

  • coming out to friends and family
  • navigating your social and dating life
  • dealing with queerphobia
  • standing up for your rights
  • learning about safe sex
  • and more!

QUEER also includes personal stories from the authors, as well as facts about landmark events in queer history. Sassy, engaging, and honest, QUEER is a must-have for all teens who think they might be queer — or know someone who is.


The Sex Education Dictionary for Teens and Preteens. Linda Picone, $12.95

This A to Z of the birds and bees helps preteens and teens learn the correct words for all topics pertaining to anatomy and sexual function. By focusing on the correct terminology the book helps youth develop healthy attitudes about their bodies and respectful attitudes toward others. Neutral in tone, it is a perfect supplement to both comprehensive and abstinence-based education, at home or at school.


SEX is a Funny Word: a Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU. Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth. $23.95

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Topics covered include:

  • What is sex?
  • Privacy, safety, and respect
  • Boundaries regarding nudity, talking about sex, and touch
  • Assigned sex, gender identity, and gender roles
  • Names and functions of body parts
  • Talking about the word “sexy”
  • Protecting yourself against unwanted sexual touch and abuse
  • Crushes, love, and sexy feelings 

Much more than the "facts of life" or “the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy. Sex Is a Funny Word is the first sex education book for this age group that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, and bisexual experience as well as gender creative and gender nonconforming children.

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SEX: an Uncensored Introduction. Nikol Hasler, $20.99

Thinking about having sex? Or just thinking about sex, period? Well, that’s certainly a good place to start — because there’s a lot to think about, and a lot to learn. And Nikol Hasler is here to help. This honest, funny, and uncensored guide covers everything from sexual orientation and masturbation to foreplay, first-time concerns, birth control, and protection against diseases. New sections in this revised edition also address online dating, sex-related bullying, important new sex-related legislation, and sexting — a topic of particular interest and concern today. No subject is off-limits and no question is taboo in this hilarious, in-depth, all-in-one guide.


SEXPECTATIONS GIRL / SEXPECTATIONS BOY Sex Stuff Straight Up. Leissa Pitts & Craig Murray, $28.95

Sex education that's upfront, matter-of-fact, and teenage-friendly for boys and girls in one easy to use volume. A guide through the complex issues of teenagers and sexual exploration, sexual desire and making the right decisions about sex. SEXPECTATIONS talks to girls and guys about when to have sex, how sex happens, why you might (or might not) have sex, what does sex feel like and other important things to know if and when a girl or guy has, or is about to have, sex.

SEXPECTATIONS explores the tricky areas of pleasure and desire with real life information shared in a straightforward way. It discusses what's happening with relationships and friends, family, sexual identity and cultural influences. Knowing about and making decisions about sex can be confusing at the best of times. This book will take you through knowing yourself and your body, keeping safe, protecting yourself, thinking through pregnancy, knowing about relationships and tapping into your personal power to make positive choices. With comments from other guys and girls facing the same experiences, SEXPECTATIONS talks honestly and respectfully about the hard questions and gives you some answers you might need.


Sexual Decisions: the Ultimate Teen Guide. L. Kris Gowen, $33.00

For teens too shy to talk to a parent about sex, Sexual Decisions offers sound advice on a personal level, filling in some of the blanks in their knowledge about sex and relationships. Designed to help teens ages 16 to 19 make their own decisions about sexuality Sexual Decisions explores the facts of sexual health and provides teens with thoughts to ponder regarding the feelings and emotions that surround sex.

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Straight Talk about Puberty for Boys (DVD). Marsh Media, $99.95 (18 minutes, for classroom use)

Straight Talk about Puberty for Girls (DVD). Marsh Media, $99.95 (21 minutes, for classroom use)

For a fresh modern take on this topic, teachers will find the STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT PUBERTY DVDs very useful for class discussions. Each DVD is designed to be shown in a single-sex group. Both DVDs include:

  • The male reproductive system
  • The female reproductive system
  • Hygiene and good grooming
  • The dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to growing bodies
  • Emotional and physical changes of puberty
  • Importance of exercise and good nutrition

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT PUBERTY  will help answer many of those important, but often not asked, questions that maturing boys and girls always have.


Straight Talk about Sex. James Bow, $11.95

This informative and candid book discusses sex and sexuality in an honest and nonjudgmental way. Topics include sexual orientation and gender identity, relationships, virginity, birth control, protection against diseases, and issues unique to boys and girls. This book presents real-life accounts from different perspectives and provides the information teens need to make educated and healthy decisions.


Talk To Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person about Sex. Deborah Roffman, $19.99

We live in a time when kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material wherever they turn; “sexting” and bullying are on the rise at an increasingly younger age, and teen moms are “celebrified.” What is a concerned, and embarrassed, parent to do? With wit, wisdom, and savvy, Deborah Roffman translates her experiences gleaned from decades of teaching kids and parents, and as a mom, into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain. TALK TO ME FIRST is for any parent who wants to become and remain the most credible and influential resource about sexuality in their children’s lives. 

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Talking SEX with Your Kids: Keeping Them Safe and You Sane by Knowing What They’re Really Thinking. Amber Madison, $17.99

Forget about feeling embarrassed about having “the talk” with your kids. Research shows you’re the one they want to hear from when it comes to sex ed!


The Teenage Body Book. Kathy McCoy & Charles Wibbelsman, $22.95

Some teen issues are timeless: self-consciousness and uncertainty over rapidly changing bodies, tumultuous feelings, and dramatically changing lives. Many parents remember vividly their own youthful struggles. But today’s teens face challenges and possibilities that their parents never imagined: cyber-bullying, pressure to sext, new attitudes about sexual orientation and gender, and medical advances that have changed teen lives. The Teenage Body Book provides a platform for teens (and their parents) to discuss dilemmas, doubts, and possibilities that face young people in the new century.

Completely revised and updated for the first generation of teens to be born in the 21st century, The Teenage Body Book teaches teens how to overcome body image worries and maintain a healthy weight as well as making wise choices about drinking, smoking and drugs. The book helps them deal with depression, anxiety and stress as well as learning how to avoid STDs, pregnancy and abusive relationships.

The Teenage Body Book is simply everything teenagers and parents need to know about teenage nutrition, health, fitness, emotions, and sexuality.


The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: for All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain and Illness. Miriam Kaufman, Cory Silverberg and Fran Odette. $27.95

For everyone, men and women of all ages and sexual identities, The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability shows you everything you need to know to create a sex life that works for you! Includes:

  • The "nuts and bolts" of sex — anatomy, orgasm, masturbation and more
  • Building a positive sexual self-image
  • How to deal with pain, fatigue and other physical problems during sex
  • Sexual positions to minimize stress and maximize pleasure
  • Finding partners and how to talk to partners about your disability
  • How to discuss sex with physicians and other health care providers
  • Safer sex solutions, including alternatives for people with latex and chemical sensitivities
  • Plus an extensive collection of sex and disability resources including books, websites and organizations

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The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality: an Essential Guide for Today’s Teens and Parents. Michael Basso, $21.95

The classic guide to teen sexuality updated and expanded with information on sexually-transmitted diseases; contraception; sexual abuse; healthy relationships; hotlines and resources; and much more.


The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex. Amber Keyser, $14.99

First time sex is a big unknown. Will it be candlelight and rose petals or quick and uncomfortable? Is it about love or about lust? Deciding to have sex for the first time is a choice that’s often fraught with anxiety and joy. But do you have anyone telling you what sex is really like? An honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this important life-decision and reflects diverse real-world experiences. Includes helpful resources for parents and teens.

In The V-Word seventeen writers pull back the sheets and tell all, covering everything from straight sex to queer sex, diving-in versus waiting, and even the exhilaration and disappointment that blankets it all. Some of their experiences happened too soon, some at just the right time, but all paint a broad picture of what first-time sex is really like. Funny, hot, meaningful, cringe-worthy, gross, forgettable, magnificent, empowering, and transformative, the stories in The V-Word are never preachy, but provide a map for teens to chart their own course through the steamy waters of sex. With The V-Word girls can finally take control, learn what’s on the horizon, and eliminate the fear and mystery surrounding this important milestone.


What Makes a Baby? A Book for Every Kind of Family and Every Kind of Kid. Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth, $16.95

This amazing, wonderful, delightful book tells the story of where babies come from. While it doesn’t include any information on sexual intercourse, donor insemination, fertility treatments, surrogacy or adoption, it does give the facts of how babies are made in the most open, accurate and inclusive manner imaginable. A book to be shared and cherished.

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What Your Child Needs to Know about Sex (and When): a Straight-Talking Guide for Parents. Fred Kaeser, $16.99

Children are growing up faster than ever these days. From sexting to cyberbullying, challenges and pressures abound, even for kids as young as four or five. But parents can help their children grow up with integrity in a hyper-sexualized world by starting honest, clear communication about sex early and often in a child's life. WHAT YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT SEX is a practical parents' guide that goes far beyond the birds and the bees to offer families the tools they need for navigating how and when to have positive dialogues about sexuality.


What's the Big Secret? Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys. Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown, $10.50

From the creators of the "Dino Life Guides for Families" and the Arthur books comes a wonderful introductory book about bodies, sex, puberty and more. For ages 4-9.


What's Happening to Me? An Illustrated Guide to Puberty for Boys. Alex Frith, $14.95

Growing up is a whole lot easier if you have some idea what to expect. This book describes exactly what will happen to your body in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way, and it explains some of your feelings too - all you need to know for this important time in your life.

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The What's Happening to My Body Book for Boys, Revised 3rd Edition. Lynda Madaras, $18.50

The What's Happening to My Body Book for Girls, Revised 3rd Edition. Lynda Madaras, $18.50

Everything preteen and teen boys and girls need to know about their changing bodies and feelings. These bestselling guides are essential puberty education and health books for all kids ages 10 and up.


What's in There? All About Before You Were Born. Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $18.00 (ages 2-4)

Gus and Nellie have some exciting news: there’s going to be a baby in their family! Join them through the seasons as they watch their mother’s pregnancy with fascination and curiosity while awaiting the birth of their new baby sibling. Combining accessible, humorous, and accurate illustrations; conversations between the two siblings; and a factual text, here is the ideal book to help young children understand that the way a growing baby develops inside a woman’s body, and how a baby is born, are both perfectly normal and totally wonderful.


When You Were Inside Mommy. Joanna Cole, $9.99 (ages 2-4)

With clear inviting text and lively illustrations, WHEN YOU WERE INSIDE MOMMY introduces young children to the concepts of pregnancy and childbirth, from the time they begin as one tiny cell to the joyful moment when their parents welcome them into the world.


Where Did I Come From? The Facts of Life without Any Nonsense and with Illustrations. Peter Mayle, $13.95 (ages 6-10)

For more than twenty years, Where Did I Come From? has helped parents explain the facts of life to their curious children. Millions of children have enjoyed the humor and honesty in this book, while learning how babies are really made.

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Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk about Birth. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95 (ages 3-6)

Research shows that children are learning about sex at an increasingly young age and often from undesirable sources. The Q&A format, with questions posed in the child's voice and answers starting simply and becoming gradually more in-depth, allows the adult to guide the conversation to a natural and satisfying conclusion. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.


Who Has What? All about Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies. Robie Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $22.00 (ages 2-6)

Young children are curious about almost everything. Asking questions is one of many ways they learn about themselves and the world around them. WHO HAS WHAT is a simple story following Nellie and Gus on a family outing to the beach. Humorous illustrations, conversations between the siblings, and a clear text all reassure young kids that whether they have a girl's body or a boy's, their bodies are perfectly normal, healthy, and wonderful.


Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Real Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens about Body Changes, Sex and Other Growing-Up Stuff. Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman, $18.95

This flip book for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 has questions asked by girls in one half of the book; flip it over and questions asked by boys are on the other side. Contains honest, informative, and reassuring answers to questions pre-adolescents have about puberty, friends, feelings, sex, pimples, babies, body hair, menstruation, bras, and much more. 

Straightforward, age-appropriate answers to real questions from preteens are provided by an experienced nurse-and-physician team who have been giving popular seminars for more than twenty years. Each of the questions in the book has been asked--many of them frequently!--by kids during their seminars. Filled with fun, full-color illustrations throughout.

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Complete Booklist

Puberty, Sex Education & Sexual Health

Books for Kids

Amazing You! Getting Smart about Your Private Parts. Gail Saltz & Lynne Avril Cravath, $8.50 (ages 3-6)

The Baby Tree. Sophie Blackall, $19.99 (ages 6-8)

Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body. Christiane Northrup, illustrated by Aurélie Blanz, $14.95 (ages 5-9)

Boys, Girls & Body Science: a First Book about Facts of Life, Meg Hickling, $18.95 (ages 6-10)

How You Were Born, Revised Edition. Joanna Cole, $9.75 (ages 5-9)

It's Not the Stork! A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends. Robie Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, $16.00 (ages 4 and up)

It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families. Robie Harris, $17.00 (ages 7-9)

What Makes a Baby? A Book for Every Kind of Family and Every Kind of Kid. Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth, $16.95 (all ages)

What's the Big Secret? Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys. Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown, $10.50 (ages 4-9)

What's in There? All About Before You Were Born. Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $18.00 (ages 2-4)

When You Were Inside Mommy. Joanna Cole, $9.99 (ages 2-4)

Where Did I Come From? The Facts of Life without Any Nonsense and with Illustrations. Peter Mayle, $13.95 (ages 6-10)

Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk about Birth. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95 (ages 3-6)

Who Has What? All about Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies. Robie Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $22.00 (ages 2-6)

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Resources for Parents

Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens – From Middle School to High School and Beyond. Debra Haffner, $21.00

For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health. Al Vernacchio, $31.99

From Diapers to Dating:  a Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children from Infancy to Middle School.  Debra Haffner, $21.00

Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Sex: What Children Need to Know. Linda Goldman, $19.95

The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls. Louise Greenspan & Julianna Deardorff, $18.50

The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It. Meg Hickling, $19.95

The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It. Meg Hickling, $24.95 DVD format

The Parent's Guide to Talking about Sex: a Complete Guide to Raising (Sexually) Safe, Smart, and Healthy Children. Janet Rosenzweig, $25.99

Talk To Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person about Sex. Deborah Roffman, $19.99

Talking SEX with Your Kids: Keeping Them Safe and You Sane by Knowing What They're Really Thinking. Amber Madison, $17.99

What Your Child Needs to Know about Sex (and When): a Straight-Talking Guide for Parents. Fred Kaeser, $16.99

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Resources for Pre-Teens (ages 9-13)

The Body Book for Boys. Jonathan Mar & Grace Norwich, $11.99

The Boy's Body Book, 3rd Edition: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU! Kelli Dunham, $14.95 (ages 9 and older)

Changing You: a Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality. Gail Saltz & Lynne Avril Cravath, $8.50

Does This Happen to Everyone? A Budding Adult's Guide to Puberty. Jan von Holleben & Antje Helms, $34.50

Erin's Period Book. Barb Zimmerman, $22.95

The Girl's Body Book, 4th Edition: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU! Kelli Dunham, $14.95 (ages 9 and older)

Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen: Getting Used to Life in Your Changing Body. Kate Gruenwald Pfieffer & Amy Middleman, $17.99

Growing Into a Young Lady. Barb Zimmerman, $15.95

Growing Up for Boys. Usborne Books, $10.95

Growing Up Inside and Out. Kira Vermond, $11.95 (ages 9-12)

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health. Robie Harris & Michael Emberley, $17.00

Let's Talk about S-E-X: a Guide for Kids 9 to 12 and Their Parents. Sam Gitchel & Lorri Foster, $11.95

Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything Else: a Video Guide for Girls. Coulter Video, $36.95 DVD

My Changing Body, Boy’s Edition. Linda Picone, $12.95

My Changing Body, Girl’s Edition. Linda Picone, $12.95

The Period Book: a Girl's Guide to Growing Up. Karen Gravell, illustrated by Debbie Palen, $18.99

The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1. Coulter Video, $36.95 DVD (ages 10 and up)

The Sex Education Dictionary for Teens and Preteens. Linda Picone, $12.95

SEX is a Funny Word: a Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU. Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth. $23.95

Straight Talk about Puberty for Boys (DVD). Marsh Media, $99.95 (18 minutes, for classroom use)

Straight Talk about Puberty for Girls (DVD). Marsh Media, $99.95 (21 minutes, for classroom use)

What's Happening to Me? An Illustrated Guide to Puberty. Alex Frith, $14.95

The What's Happening to My Body Book for Boys, Revised 3rd Edition. Lynda Madaras, $18.50

The What's Happening to My Body Book for Girls, Revised 3rd Edition. Lynda Madaras, $18.50

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Real Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens about Body Changes, Sex and Other Growing-Up Stuff. Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman, $18.95

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Resources for Teens

Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know about Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More. Jane Fonda, $20.00

Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. Ruth Bell et al, $28.95

Cycle Savvy: the Smart Teen's Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body. Toni Weschler, $19.99

Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe and Satisfying Choices about Sex, 2nd Edition. Bronwen Pardes, $14.99

GLBTQ: the Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. Kelly Huegel, $22.99

LAID. Young People's Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture. Shannon Boodram, $23.00

The Little Black Book for Girlz: a Book on Healthy Sexuality. By Youth, for Youth (St. Stephen's Community House), $9.95

The Little Black Book for Guys: Guys Talk about Sex. By Youth for Youth (St. Stephen's Community House), $9.95

100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents: Straight Answers to Teens' Questions About Sex, Sexuality, and Health. Elisabeth Henderson & Nancy Armstrong, $20.99

101 Ways to Dance. Kathy Stinson, $10.95 (ages 13 and up)

Our Bodies, Ourselves. The Boston Women's Health Collective, $36.50

QUEER: the Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens.  Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke, $20.99

SEX: an Uncensored Introduction. Nikol Hasler, $20.99

SEXPECTATIONS GIRL / SEXPECTATIONS BOY Sex Stuff Straight Up. Leissa Pitts & Craig Murray, $28.95

Sexual Decisions: the Ultimate Teen Guide. L. Kris Gowen, $33.00

Straight Talk about Sex. James Bow, $11.95

The Teenage Body Book. Kathy McCoy & Charles Wibbelsman, $22.95

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: for All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain and Illness. Miriam Kaufman, Cory Silverberg and Fran Odette. $27.95

The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality: an Essential Guide for Today’s Teens and Parents. Michael Basso, $21.95

The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex. Amber Keyser, $14.99

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