Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You

Cory Silverberg, illus. by Fiona Smyth. Seven Stories/Triangle Square, $23.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-60980-606-4
Silverberg and Smyth follow What Makes a Baby with a highly visual introduction to sex education for older readers, featuring four characters between the ages of eight and 10 with skin in a rainbow of crayon-box colors. Full-page artwork and comics sequences follow the students as they react to discussions of gender, bodies (including what Silverberg calls “middle parts”), touching, and the emotions that lead to sexual contact; the book stops short of getting into the mechanics of intercourse. Throughout, Silverberg invites readers to consider their own feelings through activities and questions (“Why do you think people want to know if a baby is a boy or a girl?”). Emphasizing the importance of trust, respect, justice, and joy—as well as open communication—it’s a thoughtful and affirming exploration of relationships, gender identity, and growing sexual awareness. Ages 7–10. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 05/05/2015
Genre: Children's
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