Teach Your Tweens About Sex With These 10 Helpful Books
Do you remember the first time you learned about the birds and the bees? Talking about sex can be awkward as a kid and as a parent, but it's so important. The American Academy of Pediatrics says you should talk to your kids about sex "early and often." Some of these conversations can include talking about what sex is, what sexual orientations are, STDs, and when to know it's the right time to have sex. It's much better for them to learn about healthy, safe sex practices from you than from their friends!
In addition to talking to your tweens, you can also provide them with some helpful, informative, and entertaining books about sex, consent, and intimacy designed just for them. My mom did this for me, and it was so much better to read about sex, then ask her questions later. Discover the 10 best books about sex for tweens ahead.
30 Days of Sex Talks for Ages 12+
Too much sex talk at once can be overwhelming, so 30 Days of Sex Talks for Ages 12+ ($19) by Educate and Empower Kids makes it easy. This book breaks down different topics into 30 digestible chunks, covering everything from emotional intimacy to consent.
Consent: The New Rules of Sex Education
One of the most important topics your tween can learn is consent. Consent: The New Rules of Sex Education ($12) by Jennifer Lang, M.D., answers questions about dating, relationships, consent, and sexual safety. It features a frank, compassionate, evidence-based approach to anatomy, communication, sexual identities and orientations, and more from a board-certified OB/GYN.
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
Designed for kids ages 9-11, It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health ($13) by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley answers questions that young people have about sex. This book explores conception, puberty, birth control, AIDS, and more.
Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up
Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up ($15) by Jacqui Bailey talks about different changes that boys and girls can expect. The book also features open discussions on genitals, menstruation, sex, condoms, contraception, STDs, and pregnancy.
Asking About Sex & Growing Up: A Question-And-Answer Book for Kids
Tweens are curious and Asking About Sex & Growing Up: A Question-And-Answer Book for Kids ($7) by Joanna Cole was written for kids ages 8-12 in mind. It is a Q&A format that offers an open, nonjudgmental, factual approach to sex education.
In Case You’re Curious: Questions About Sex from Young People with Answers from the Experts
Written by Planned Parenthood, In Case You're Curious: Questions About Sex from Young People with Answers from the Experts ($17) provides reliable, accurate information about sex. It is filled with funny and educational illustrations that touch on birth control, development, sexually transmitted disease, and other common questions that tweens and teens may have.
100 Questions You’d Never Ask Your Parents
Talking to your parents about sex is hard enough, but imagine trying to get details about orgasms and oral sex? 100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents ($13) by Elisabeth Henderson and Nancy Armstrong is the perfect solution. This book features frank, accurate, and fun discussions on everything from buying condoms to the G-spot.
S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get you Through Your Teens and Twenties
Explore self-image, sexual and emotional health, gender and sexual identities, contraceptive methods and choices, and more in this inclusive S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get you Through Your Teens and Twenties ($11) by Heather Corinna.
The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth
Even if your tween doesn't identify as LBGTQ+, it's still a good idea to get them The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth ($36) by Jo Langford to understand LGBTQ+ identities and what sex, dating, relationships, puberty, and safety are like for these youths. This is a fun, factual guide that is also helpful for parents!