The Resources list is being reviewed and will soon be updated.

Comprehensive Lists of Resources Related to Sexuality Education:


Helpful Organizations:


Media Literacy and Internet Safety


Comprehensive Curricula:

Note: The elementary school sections of these curricula postpone age-appropriate
benchmarks related to human reproduction for up to four years.

Books on Child and Adolescent Development

Brazelton, T. B. Toddlers and Parents: A Declaration of Independence. New York: Dell Publishing,

Brazelton, T. B., and Joshua D. Sparrow. Touchpoints Three to Six: Your Child’s Emotional
and Behavioral Development. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2001.

Caissy, G. E. Early Adolescence: Understanding the 10–15 Year Old. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo
Press, 1994.

Deak, J. How Girls Thrive. Da Capo Press. Green Blanket Press, 2010.

Elkind, D. All Grown Up and No Place to Go. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 1998.

Feinstein, S. Parenting the Teenage Brain: A Work in Progress. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield,

Fraiberg, S. H. The Magic Years. New York: Fireside, 1996.

Roffman, D. M. “But How’d I Get in There in the First Place?”: Talking to Your Young Child
About Sex. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2002.

Sachs, B. Emptying the Nest: Launching Your Young Adult Toward Success and Self-Reliance.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

————. The Good Enough Child. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

————. The Good Enough Teen. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Thompson, M., and Catherine O’Neill-Grace. Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding
the Social Lives of Children. New York: Ballantine, 2002.

Thompson, M., and Teresa Barker. It’s a Boy!: Your Son’s Development from Birth to 18. New
York: Ballantine, 2009.

Walsh, D. WHY Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You
and Your Teen. New York: Free Press, 2005.

Wood, C. Children in the Classroom Ages 4–14: A Resource for Parents and Teachers. Turner
Falls, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children, 2007.

See also for individual books and pamphlets on child and early adolescent
development, ages one through fourteen.

Additional Reading for Parents

Goleman, D. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books, 1995.

Jennings, K. Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter. New York: Fireside, 2003.

Johnson, T. C. Understanding Your Child’s Sexual Behavior: What’s Natural and Healthy.
Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 1999.

Kilbourne, J., and D. Levin. So Sexy So Soon. New York: Ballantine, 2009.

Kimmel, M. Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. New York: Harper, 2009.

Kindlon, D. Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age.
New York: Hyperion, 2001.

Lamb, S., L. M. Brown, and Mark Tappan. Packaging Boyhood. New York: St. Martin’s Press,

Orenstein, P. Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-
Girl Culture. New York: Harper, 2011.

Quart, A. Branded. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2003.

Roffman, D. M. Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Talking Sense About Sex.
Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2001.

Sax, L. Boys Adrift. New York: Basic Books, 2007.

Taffle, R. The Second Family: Dealing with Peer Power, Pop Culture, the Wall of Silence—and
Other Challenges of Raising Today’s Teens. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2001.

Books for Young Children

These resources are considered some of the best in the field. You may want to check out these books and websites on your own first.

Bryan, J. The Different Dragon. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives Publishing, 2006.

Cole, J. How You Were Born. New York: William Morrow, 1994.

Freeman, L. It’s My Body. Seattle: Parenting Press, 1984.

Harris, R. Happy Birth Day! Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2002.

————. It’s So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families. Somerville,
MA: Candlewick, 2004.

————. It’s Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends.
Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2008.

Hindman, J., and Tom Novak. A Very Touching Book . . . for Little People and Big People. La
Grande, OR: Alexandria Associates, 1983.

Kilodavis, C. My Princess Boy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Newman, L. Heather Has Two Mommies. Los Angeles: Alyson Publications, 2000.

————. Mommy, Momma, and Me. New York: First Tricycle Press, 2009.

Parr, T. The Family Book. New York: Little, Brown Books, 2010.

Richardson, J., and Peter Parnell. And Tango Makes Three. New York: Simon & Schuster,

Schoen, M. Belly Buttons Are Navels. New York: Prometheus, 1990.

Willhoite, M. Daddy’s Roommate. Los Angeles: Alyson Publications, 1990.

Books for Late Elementary/Middle School Children

Gitchel, S., and Lorri Foster. Let’s Talk About S-E-X: A Guide for Kids 9–12 and Their Parents.

Deephaven, MN: Book Peddlers, 2005.

Gravelle, K. The Period Book. New York: Walker and Company, 2006.

————. What’s Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask. New
York: Walker and Company, 1998.

Harris, R. It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health.
Somerville, MA: Candlewick Publishing, 2009.

Middleman, A. American Medical Association Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen. San Francisco:
Jossey-Bass, 2006.

Schaefer, V. L. Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls. Middleton, WI: American
Girl Library, 1998.

See also: multiple books by Linda Madaras and Area Madaras, for boys and girls:

Books for High School–Age Children

Basso, M. J. The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press,

Bell, R. Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships. New
York: Random House, 1998.

Corinna, H. S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You
Through High School and College. New York: Marlowe and Company, 2007.

Columbia University’s Health Education Program. The “Go Ask Alice” Book of Answers: A
Guide to Good Physical, Sexual and Emotional Health. New York: Holt Paperbacks, 1998.

Huegel, K. GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning
Teens. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2011.

See also and

Helpful Websites: Parents Talking to Kids About Sexuality

Helpful Websites: Internet Safety

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