Body, Puberty and Sex Ed Books to Help Kids Through Every Stage of Development

Whether you want to read along with your child or gift it to a kid who's too shy to ask questions, books can be a great resource for teaching children about their changing bodies, relationships and emotions. From sexual education and child development experts, real parents and the help of real children, these are the best books about sexuality and the human body for children of all ages, from retailers like Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Celebrate Your Body (and It's Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls by Sonya Renee Taylor photo

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'Celebrate Your Body (and It's Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls'

Celebrate Your Body is an upbeat, positive book that helps girls navigating puberty get answers to pressing questions about breast development, periods, body hair, relationships and more. Sonya Renee Taylor's book is written with a body-positive and encouraging voice and illustrated with inclusive art that aims to not only teach girls about puberty, but to help them learn to love their bodies as they are and as they will be. ($12; amazon.com)

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Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys by Cara Natterson photo

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'Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys'

Pubescent boys can be a tough crowd. Cara Natterson's Guy Stuff offers a range of practical and helpful advice in a relaxed tone and easy format that feels casual and friendly for kids. This sex ed book for tween and teen boys outlines what to expect from puberty, when to expect it, how to navigate the awkwardness that comes with it, grooming tips, advice for handling emotions and so much more. ($12; amazon.com)

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What's the Big Secret? Talking About Sex with Boys and Girls by Laurie Krasny Brown photo

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'What's the Big Secret? Talking About Sex with Boys and Girls'

As most parents probably know, even kids who are years away from puberty can still have a ton of difficult questions about sex, bodies, relationships and everything else under the sun. Laurie Krasny Brown's short, illustrated book for little kids helps explain body parts, touching, pregnancy and other confusing topics in a way that's educational and age-appropriate. ($7; amazon.com)

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Amazing You: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Seltz photo

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'Amazing You: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts'

Amazing You is an informative and medically accurate — but kid-friendly — book that teaches children about their private parts, why they're private, why they're special and how they work. Gail Seltz's sex ed book for little ones takes a "knowledge is power" stance that covers every topic and includes accurate descriptions and illustrations of private parts. ($7; amazon.com)

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The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Book for Girls by Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras photo

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'The "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Girls'

This physiology and sex ed book for preteen and teen girls is written by Lynda Madaras with help from her daughter, Area Madaras. This book goes in-depth giving a helpful description and explanation of the body's changes during puberty, and also covers the basics of boys' development to help girls understand what's going on with the opposite sex. ($11; target.com)

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The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Book for Boys by Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras photo

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'The "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Boys'

Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras also wrote this body book for boys to help preteen and teen boys navigate the confusing and hormonal world of puberty. The book helps kids learn the signs of puberty and anticipate the coming changes to their body, relationships and emotions. It also explains the basics of female puberty to help boys understand the changes girls go through. ($18; target.com)

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It's Not The Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Families and Friends by Robie H. Harris photo

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'It's Not The Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Families and Friends'

This kid-friendly, straightforward book for little kids about sex dispels the myth of the stork once and for all. Robie H. Harris's It's Not The Stork! covers a variety of important topics like sex, pregnancy, bodies, growing up and explains sometimes unaddressed topics like IVF, circumcision, the clitoris and more with age-appropriate accuracy. ($11; amazon.com)

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I Said No! A Guide to Keeping Your Kids' Private Parts Private by Kimberly King photo

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'I Said No! A Guide to Keeping Your Kids' Private Parts Private'

Learning healthy boundaries and how to understand consent is an important lesson for kids to learn, especially little ones who don't always have the language to say how they're feeling. This book is written by Kimberly King from the point of view of her son, Zack, about a real-life experience he encountered at a slumber party. I Said No! is designed to help give children the tools they need to take ownership of their body by teaching them about the different kinds of touch, the different feelings we experience when being touched, and how to react to touching that makes us feel uncomfortable. ($11; amazon.com)

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Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Maude Spelman photo

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'Your Body Belongs to You'

Your Body Belongs to You is a great introductory book about consent for toddler and preschool children. This book by Cornelia Maude Spelman avoids going in depth about heavy topics, but teaches children that while all touch isn't bad, it's always okay to say no when you don't want to be touched. For an overview of appropriate and inappropriate touch and a discussion starter with your kids, this is a great pick. ($7; amazon.com)

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Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens On Sex and Relationships by Ruth Bell photo

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'Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens On Sex and Relationships'

As teenagers move past puberty, sex ed topics move from learning about the patterns of puberty to discussing the nuanced and often difficult topic of relationships and sexuality. This book for teenagers (from author Ruth Bell and the editors of the Our Bodies, Ourselves books for adults) candidly discusses issues around body development, emotions, relationships and sexuality for teenagers. This helpful sex ed book leaves no stone unturned for your curious teenagers and is full of safe and practical advice. ($30; walmart.com)

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S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna photo

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S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties

As we send our big kids out into the world to experience independence, it's natural to still worry about them and the information they're receiving. Heather Corinna's S.E.X. is a sex ed book for teenagers and young adults that tackles mature topics, encourages embracing and exploring sexuality safely, and answers questions that young adults can often still feel are too taboo to discuss with parents and trusted friends. ($13; amazon.com)

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