Sexuality education is a lifelong process that begins at birth. Parents, family, peers, partners, schools, religion, and the media influence the messages people receive about sexuality at all stages of life. These messages can be conflicting, incomplete, and inaccurate. All people have the right to comprehensive sexuality education that addresses the biological, sociocultural, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of sexuality from the cognitive domain (information); the affective domain (feelings, values, and attitudes); and the behavioral domain (communication and decision-making skills).
Parents are -- and ought to be -- their children's primary sexuality educators, but may need help and encouragement to fulfill this important role. Religious leaders, youth and community group leaders, and health and education professionals can complement and augment the sexuality education that takes place at home.
This bibliography on Sexuality Education in the Home
is designed to provide parents and caregivers with resources they can use to talk to their children about sexuality and to prepare them for adult lives as sexually healthy people.
SIECUS does not sell or distribute these publications or videos. They are, however, available for use in the Mary S. Calderone Library. For those interested in purchasing any of the following books, each annotation contains contact and price information not including shipping and handling.
This bibliography is available free of charge on the SIECUS Web site. Copies are also available from the SIECUS Publications Department for a small fee.
SIECUS is located at 130 West 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802; Phone: 212/819-9770; Fax: 212/819-9776; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This bibliography was compiled by Amy Levine, M.A., SIECUS librarian.
Disclaimer notice: Most of the books listed in this bibliography contain positive messages about sexuality. Some may however, contain messages or information that needs updating (particularly information on HIV/AIDS or nonoxynol-9). Parents are encouraged to keep updated on these subjects and to review resources before using them. They are also encouraged to review other SIECUS' annotated bibliographies that address diverse sexuality related topics such as "Sexual Abuse," "Sexual Harassment," "Gay and Lesbian Sexuality," and "Sexuality and Disability."
* These books were included in SIECUS' previous Annotated Bibliography on Sexuality Education in the Home and are still considered timely and relevant.
** These books were included in SIECUS' previous Annotated Bibliography on Sexuality Education in the Home but were recently updated.
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Resources for Families
All About Sex: A Family Resource on Sex and Sexuality*Ronald Filiberti Moglia, Ed.D. and Jon Knowles, Editors
This book, published by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, provides important information about sex and sexuality in straightforward language that families can understand and use. It is intended to facilitate family communication, establish sexual values, and encourage responsible sexual behaviors.1997; $12; ISBN 0609801465; Marketing Group, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 810 Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10019; Phone: 800/669-0156; Fax: 212/261-4352; Web site: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/store.
The Family Guide to Sex and Relationships*
Richard Walker, Ph.D.
Complete with over 300 color photos, illustrations, and diagrams, this book presents comprehensive information on the entire life cycle. Chapters include: "The Reproductive Body," "Baby to Child," "Adolescence," and "The Family and Sexuality."
1996; $34.95; ISBN 0737257636; Out of print
Five Hundred Questions Kids Ask About Sex and Some of the Answers*
Francis Younger, M.A.
This book is intended for parents, teachers and young people. Written in question-and-answer format, it provides clear, comprehensive answers to questions young people ask. Chapters include: "Bodily Development and Sexual Maturation," "Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth," "Relationships," "Birth Control," "Sexually Transmitted Diseases," and "Heredity."
1992, $41.95; ISBN 0398057893; Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd., 2600 South First Street, P.O. Box 19265, Springfield, IL 62794-9265; Phone: 800/258-8980; Fax: 217/789-9130; Web site: http://www.ccthomas.com.
Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies*
Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman
Written for the gay, lesbian, or bisexual reader, this book provides practical information, validation, reassurance, and advice. It is divided into six parts: "Self-Discovery," "Friends and Lovers," "Family," "School," "Spirituality," and "Community." Integrated into these six parts are chapters for parents, educators, clergy, counselors, and members of the community. A resource list and index are included.
1996; $14.00; ISBN 0060951044; HarperCollins Publishers, 1000 Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512; Phone: 800/331-3761; Fax: 800/822-4090; Web site: http://www.harpercollins.com.
Our Trans Children
This pamphlet from the Transgender Special Outreach Network of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) includes questions and answers about transgender issues, the similarities and differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, issues of transgendered youth, and the law. It also includes list of organizations with more information.
1999; Free; Mary Boenke, 180 Bailey Boulevard, Hardy, VA 24101; Phone:540/890-3957.
Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones
Mary Boenke, Editor
This book is a collection of stories about transsexuals, crossdressers, and intersexed people. Written by parents, siblings, grandparents, and children discussing support as well as the obstacles that they encounter.
1999; $13.95; ISBN 0966327217; Mary Boenke, 180 Bailey Boulevard, Hardy, VA 24101; Phone: 540/890-3957; Web site: http://www.aiyiyi.com/transbook.
The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality: An Essential Handbook for Today's Teens and Parents*
Michael J. Basso
This is an easy-to-read handbook that answers teenagers' questions about health and sexuality. Chapters include: "Sexual Anatomy," "Contraception and Birth Control," and "How to Say No to Sex." The introduction, written for both parents and educators, contains valuable tips to foster communication with teens about sexuality. A glossary and index are included.
1997; $14.95; ISBN 1-57749-034-7; Fairview Press, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454; Phone: 800/544-8207; Fax: 612/672-4980; Web site: http://www.fairviewpress.org.
Resources for Parents and Caregivers
But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter From Controlling, Abusive Dating RelationshipsDr. Jill Murray
This book is intended to help parents identify patterns of controlling, abusive behavior in dating relationships. Chapters include "What Is Teen Dating Abuse?," "Verbal and Emotional Abuse: The First Level of Violence," "Sexual Abuse: The Second Level of Violence," "Physical Abuse: The Third Level of Violence," "Warning Signs: Recognizing Abusive Teenage Relationships," "Why Girls Choose Abusive Relationships," "Girls Who Abuse Boys," "and "Why Teens Don't Tell: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Abuse."2000; $24; ISBN 0060197242; HarperCollins Publishers, 1000 Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512; Phone: 800/242-7737; Fax: 800/822-4090; Web site: http://www.harpercollins.com.
Does AIDS Hurt? Educating Young Children About AIDS*
Marcia Quackenbush, M.S., MFCC., and Sylvia Villarreal, M.D.
Written for teachers, parents, and other care providers, this handbook carefully explains the difference between HIV and AIDS. Using age-appropriate language, it offers sensible advice to help children understand the virus and subsequent diseases.
1992, $17.95; ISBN 1-56071-084-5, ETR Associates, P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830; Phone: 800/321-4407; Fax: 800/435-8433; Web site: http://www.etr.org.
Family Connections: A Guidebook for Parents of Children
Family Health Council, Inc., Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
This set of three guidebooks is for parents of children from birth to 7 years, ages 8-13, and ages 14-18. Parents can use these booklets to help them communicate with their children about sexuality. These informative guidebooks discuss child development, puberty, contraception, sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases.
1996; Free; Family Health Council, Inc., Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, 960 Penn Avenue, Suite 600, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; Phone: 412/288-0518; Fax: 412/288-9036; Web site: http://www.fhcinc.org.
Finding Our Voices: Talking With Our Children About Sexuality and AIDS
This booklet provides parents with support and suggestions for talking with children and sexuality issues. It addresses values, developmental stages, sexual behavior, and resources. It is also available in Spanish.
1998; $5; Mothers' Voices at 165 West 46th Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10036; Phone: 888/MVOICES; Fax: 212/730-4378; Web site: http://www.mvoices.org.
Flight of the Stork: What Children Think (and When) About Sex and Family Building*
Anne C. Bernstein
This book explores children's understanding of sex and reproduction, as well as their awareness of other forms of family building, namely, adoption and assisted reproductive technology. It translates basic research findings into relevant, and practical information for parents and professionals. The author's suggestions should prove invaluable to parents who are searching for ways to help their children understand the complexities of human sexuality and family building.
1994; $14.00; ISBN 0944934099; Perspectives Press, P.O. Box 90318, Indianapolis, IN 46290-0318; Phone and Fax: 317/872-3055; Web site: http://www.perspectivespress.com.
From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children
Debra W. Haffner, M.P.H.
This book is filled with practical advice and guidelines to help parents feel more comfortable talking to children and early adolescents about sexuality issues. Incorporating value exercises, it encourages parents to examine their own sexual values so that they can share these messages with their children. From Dating to Diplomas: A Parent's Guide for Raising Sexually Healthy Adolescents will be available in 2001.
1999; $23.95; ISBN 155704385X; SIECUS, Publications Department, 130 W. 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802; Phone 212/819-9770; Fax: 212/819-9776; Web site: http://www.siecus.org.
More Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It, Second Edition
Meg Hickling, R.N.
This book provides practical, age-appropriate suggestions for parents and caregivers to discuss sexuality issues with their children. It addresses "What Your Child Needs to Know And When They Need to Know It," "Straight Answers to the Questions Your Children Will Ask," "Helping Your Children Stay Healthy," and "Communicating Your Values." A resource list and bibliography are included.
1999; $16.95; ISBN 1896836372; Logos Productions, Inc., 6160 Carmen Avenue East, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-4422; Phone: 800/328-0200; Fax: 888/852-5524; Web site: http://www.joinhands.com.
Mothering Teens: Understanding the Adolescent Years*
Miriam Kaufman, Editor
This book helps parents to understand adolescence. Divided into three sections, it outlines issues that are basic to many teen experiences. Essays include: "Change is the Essence: Adolescent Development," "What Is the Role of Gender?," "Sexuality: The Desire to Be Lovable and Loving," and "Coming Out: Parents of Lesbian and Gay Teens."
1997; $16.95; ISBN 0921881460; University of Toronto Press, 5201 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario, M3H 5T8, Canada, Phone: 800/565-9523; Fax: 800/221-9985; Web site: http://www.utpress.utoronto.ca.
Nuestras Hijas y Nuestros Hijos: Preguntas y Respuestas para Padres de Gays, Lesbianas y Bisexuals
This pamphlet provides questions and answers for parents of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. It is also available in English.
2000; $1.95; PFLAG, 1726 M Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036; Phone: 202/467-8180; Fax: 202/467-8194; Web site: http://www.pflag.org.
Papá, Mamá, Soy Gay: Una Guía Para Comprender Las Orientaciones Y Preferencias Sexuales De Los Hijos
This book helps parents understand and support their gay or lesbian children. It addresses disclosure, expectations and dreams for your children, myths and fears, questions and concerns.
2000; $129 Pesos; Web site: http://www.grijalbo.com.
Raising A Child Responsibly in a Sexually Permissive World, Second Edition
Sol Gordon, Ph.D. and Judith Gordon, M.S.W.
This book provides practical information for parents to discuss sexuality issues with their children. Chapters include "Promoting Self-Esteem in Children," "Becoming an Askable Parent," "What Children Need To Know," "and "Fostering a Child's Sexual Integrity in Special Situation."
2000; $10.95; ISBN 1580621775; Adams Media Corporation, 260 Center Street, Holbrook, MA 02343; Phone: 800/872-5627; Fax: 781/767-0994; Web site: http://www.adamsmedia.com.
Sex Is More Than a Plumbing Lesson: A Parent's Guide*
This book stresses the complex nature of human sexuality and the parent's role as a sexuality educator. Written clearly and directly, it encourages parents to communicate with their children about sexuality.
1990; ISBN 0962946303; Out of print.
Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent's Guide to Talking Sense About Sex
This book for parents is intended to inspire honest communication about sexuality between them and their children. Chapters include "Age Appropriateness: Too Much, Too Little, Or Just Right?" "Values: Becoming Your Child's Cultural Interpreter," "Sexuality: More Who We Are Than What We Do," "Sexual Health: Five Universal Needs Along The Way," "Limit Setting: Keeping Our Children Safe and Healthy," and "Sexual Orientation: Why And How It's Everyone's Business."
2001; $26; ISBN 0738202932; Perseus Books Group, Customer Service Department, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301; Phone: 800/386-5656; Fax: 303/449-3356; Web site: http://www.perseuspublishing.com.
Sex Is Not a Four-Letter Word! Talking With Your Children Made Easier*
Patricia Martens Miller
This book encourages Christian parents to develop honest, open communication with their children about sexuality and morality. Chapters include: "Are You Comfortable With Your Own Sexuality," "Self-Esteem: The Essential Ingredient," "Loving Your Gay or Lesbian Child," and "The Reality of Sexual Abuse."
1994; $14.95; ISBN 0824514378; National Book Network, 15200 NBN Way, Blue Summit, PA 17214; Phone: 800/395-0690; Fax: 800/338-4550; Web site: http://www.nbnbooks.com.
Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents*
William E. Prendergast
This book is intended for parents, teachers, and counselors as a guide to prevent sexual abuse of children and adolescents. It includes information on the makeup of the victimizer, the needs and reasoning of children and adolescents, and the mistakes that parents, teachers, religious leaders, and even counselors make. A parents' checklist, glossary, and index are included.
1996; $29.95; ISBN 0826408923;Continuum International, P.O. Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172; Phone: 800/561-7704; Fax: 703/661-1501; Web site: http://www.continuum-books.com.
Sexual Development of Young Children*
Virginia Lively and Edwin Lively
This resource helps to clarify issues in the sexual development of children. An appropriate book for both parents and teachers, the book is especially helpful in answering questions and focusing discussions.
1991; $39.95; ISBN 0827341989; ITP Delmar, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022; Phone: 800/347-7707; Fax: 800/647-5023; Web site: http://www.thomsonlearning.com.
Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities
Karin Melberg Schwier and Dave Hingsburger
This book provides information to parents and caregivers on interacting with their children-no matter what their age or ability-in a way that increases their self esteem, encourages appropriate behavior, empowers them to recognize and respond to abuse, and enables them to develop lifelong relationships. Throughout the book, parents share the joys and challenges of raising a child with an intellectual disability as they offer advice and practical strategies. Individuals with disabilities share information about what is important to them.
2000; $24.95; ISBN 1557664285; Customer Service, Brookes Publishing, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624; Phone: 800/638-3775; Fax: 410/337-8539; Web site: http://www.brookespublishing.com.
Talking Back: Ten Things Teens Want Parents to Know About Teen Pregnancy
This pamphlet provides tips for parents about how to help teens avoid pregnancy based upon teens responses to the question "If you could give your parents and other important adults advice about how to help you and your friends avoid pregnancy, what would it be?" A resource list is included. A Spanish version is available.
1999; Free; The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1776 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036; Phone: 202/478-8500; Fax: 202/478-8580;Web site: http://www.teenpregnancy.org.
Talking to Kids About Tough Issues
Lynne S. Dumas
This booklet offers tips and techniques for talking with children about important issues. Chapters include "First Things First," "Talking With Kids About AIDS," "Talking With Kids About Sex and Sexuality," "Talking With Kids About Violence," and "Talking With Kids About Drugs and Alcohol." A Spanish version is available.
1996; Free; Children Now, 800/CHILD-44; Available at http://www.talkingwithkids.org.
Teaching Human Sexuality: A Guide for Parents and Other Caregivers
This manual, intended for foster parents but can be used by parents and other caregivers. Offering guidelines and suggestions it presents basics sexuality information by developmental age. A glossary, referrals, resources are included.
1998; $18.95; ISBN 0878686614; Child Welfare League of America, P.O. Box 2019, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701; Phone: 800/407-6273; Fax : 301/206-9789; Web site: http://www.cwla.org.
Ten Talks Parents Must Have With Their Children About Sex and Character
Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D. and Dominic Cappello
This book is intended for parents of children in grades 4 through 12. Developed to help parents and children talk about sexuality and building character it offers advice to parents on how to begin and what to say. Topics include safety, character, peer pressure, ethics, the Internet, and the media. Each chapter provides ways for parents to clarify their values and family rules about specific sexuality issues, anecdotes to share with children to foster communication, questions to ask your child, opportunity to reflect on responses and identify potential problems, and sample talks.
2000; $12.95; ISBN 0786885483; Time Warner Trade Publishing; 3 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108; Phone: 800/759-0190; Fax: 800/286-9471; Web site: http://hyperionbooks.go.com/.
Ten Tips for Parents: To Help Their Children Avoid Teen Pregnancy
This pamphlet provides tips for parents and other adults who want to help children avoid teen pregnancy. A resource list is included. A Spanish version is available.
1998; Free; The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1776 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036; Phone: 202/478-8500; Fax: 202/478-8580;Web site: http://www.teenpregnancy.org.
Understanding Your Child's Sexual Behavior What's Natural and Healthy
Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.
This book addresses healthy and unhealthy sexual behaviors of children and adolescents from birth to 12 years of age. It provides parents, caregivers and professionals with information to help identify, understand and respond appropriately to these behaviors. Chapters include "Understanding Children's Sexual Exploration and Curiosity," "Characteristics of Problematic Sexual Behaviors During Childhood," "Possible Causes of Problematic Sexual Behaviors During Childhood," "Sibling IncestÑWhat Is It?," "and Communications About Sex With Your Child."
1999; $12.95; ISBN 1572241411; New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Web site: http://www.newharbinger.com.
Venus in Blue Jeans: Why Mothers & Daughters Need to Talk About Sex: Sage Advice & Practical Strategies for Guiding Girls Toward Womanhood
Nathalie Bartle, Ed.D.
This book emphasizes the importance of a mother's role in sexuality education. Using personal stories and the voices of other mothers, Bartle encourages mothers to empower their daughters to think of sexuality as a natural and healthy part of adolescence.
1998; $24; ISBN 0395841720; Houghton Mifflin, 181 Ballardvale Street, P.O. Box 7050, Wilmington, MA 01887; Phone: 800/225-3362; Fax: 800/634-7568; Web site: http://www.hmco.com.
When Sex Is the Subject: Attitudes and Answers for Young Children
Pamela M. Wilson, MSW
Written for teachers and parents, this book addresses questions of children 10 years old and younger. The psychosocial development and learning process of children is discussed. Guidelines are provided for accurate and comfortable responses.
1991; $17.95; 101pp.; ISBN 1-56071-064-0; ETR Associates, P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830; Phone: 800/321-4407; Fax: 800/435-8433; Web site: http://www.etr.org.
Resources for Children
Bellybuttons Are Navels*Mark Schoen
This book is intended to help parents create a relaxed environment for the discussion of sexuality. It will help parents initiate and guide matter-of-fact, accurate discussions about sexual anatomy with their young children.1990; $19; ISBN 0879755857; Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197; Phone: 800/421-0351; Fax: 716/691-0137; Web site: http://www.prometheusbooks.com.
Using simple language and color illustration, this book is intended for very young children. The main character is a young boy who talks about his Daddy and his Daddy's roommate Frank. He mentions all the fun activities they do together including going to the beach and the zoo. It concludes with the statement "being gay is just one more kind of love. And love is the best kind of happiness."
1991; $10.95; ISBN 1555831184; Alyson Publications, 7060 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 1010, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 800/525-9766; Fax: 323/960-1163; Web site: http://www.alyson.com.
Did the Sun Shine Before You Were Born?: A Sexuality Education Primer*
Sol and Judith Gordon
Targeted to children three to seven years old, this book focuses on the family and how it grows. It explains everything from conception to birth. Illustrated with multicultural charcoal drawings, this book fosters communication between parents and children by the sharing values and ideas.
1992; $10; ISBN 087975723X; Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197; Phone: 800/421-0351; Fax: 716/691-0137; Web site: http://www.prometheusbooks.com.
Heather Has Two Mommies*
Written for children ages three to eight, this book talks about Heather and her two lesbian mothers. It is written in simple language and supplemented with charcoal illustrations, emphasizes that each family is special and love is what is important.
1989; $10.95; ISBN 1555835430; Alyson Publications, 7060 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 1010, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 800/525-9766; Fax: 323/960-1163; Web site: http://www.alyson.com.
How You Were Born?*
This book is designed to tell children about birth in a simple way. Using colorful photographs, it can be read to children or pictures can be discussed. An important note to parents is included.
1993; $14.95; ISBN 0688120598; HarperCollins Publishers, 1000 Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512; Phone: 800/331-3761; Fax: 800/822-4090; Web site: http://www.harpercollins.com.
How Was I Born?
Lennart Nilsson and Lena Katarina Swanberg
This book uses color photographs to illustrate the miracle of birth. It provides a story for younger children as well as more detailed information for older children.
1996; $12.95; ISBN 0440507677; Random House Inc., 400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157; Phone: 800/726-0600; Fax: 800/659-2436; Web site: http://www.randomhouse.com.
It's So Amazing: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies And Families
Robie H. Harris, Illustrated by Michael Emberley
Intended for children ages 7 to 12, this book provides accurate information about sexuality is presented in a reader-friendly style. Age-appropriate illustrations and humor address conception, pregnancy, birth, anatomy, sexual orientation, HIV, love, sex, gender, and families.
1999; $21.99; ISBN 0763600512; Penguin Putnam Incorporated, Order Processing, 405 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford, NJ 07073; Phone: 800/526-0275; Fax: 800/277-9604; Web site: http://www.penguinputnam.com.
A Kid's First Book About Sex*
Intended for children ages five to nine, this book discusses body parts, sexual feelings, sexual behaviors, sexual orientation, and sexual and personal relationships with other people.
1983; $6.00; ISBN 940208075; Down There Press, 938 Howard Street #101, San Francisco, CA 94103; Phone: 800/289-8423; Fax: 415/974-8989; Web site: http://www.goodvibes.com.
My Body Belongs to Me*
This book is designed to help young children develop self-esteem and positive body image. It is intended to help them develop respect and understanding for their bodies if they are threatened with sexual abuse or exploitation. It presents these safety rules: Say no in a loud voice, move away to a safe place, and tell a grown-up who can help.
1990; $18.95; ISBN 0886711738; American Guidance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 99, Circle Pines, MN 55014. Phone: 800/328-2560; Fax: 612/786-9077; Web site: http://www.agsnet.com.
My Dad Has HIV*
Earl Alexander, Sheila Rudin, and Pam Sejkora
In this book, seven-year-old Linsey relates the facts about HIV and AIDS. It has wonderful color illustrations, and clear, sensitive language that young children can easily understand.
1996; $14.95; ISBN 0925190993; Fairview Press, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454; Phone: 800/544-8207; Fax: 612/672-4980; Web site: http://www.fairviewpress.org.
So That's How I Was Born!
Dr. Robert Brooks, Illustrated by Susan Perl
In this book for children 4-8 years of age, Joey's parents explain reproduction. It can be used by parents to help articulate and answer questions that young children frequently ask or for children to read on their own.
1983; $5.95; ISBN 0671783440; Simon & Schuster Mail Order, 100 Front Street, Riverside, NJ 08075; Phone: 800/223-2336; Fax: 800/943-9831; Web site: http://www.simonandschuster.com.
What's the Big Secret? Talking About Sex With Girls and Boys*
Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
This wonderfully colorful, illustrated book for children presents information and answers about sexuality. It addresses how boys and girls differ, anatomy, reproduction, pregnancy, and birth. It also discusses feelings, touching, and privacy.
1997, $15.95; ISBN 0316109150; Little, Brown and Company, 3 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108; Phone: 800/343-9204; Fax: 800/286-9471; Web site: http://www.littlebrown.com.
Where Did I Come From? The Facts of Life Without Any Nonsense and With Illustrations*
Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, this book uses humor and bright illustrations to explain to children anatomy, intercourse, orgasm, fertilization, pregnancy, and birth.
1973; $12;ISBN 0818402539; Kensington Publishing Corporation, Department CO, 850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022; Phone: 888/345-2665.
Where Do Babies Come From?*
This book presents information in an easy-to-read and colorful format. Topics include fertilization, pregnancy, birth, and the effects of having a new baby in the family. It is particularly good for a child who is expecting a new sibling. It includes an index.
1991; $4.95; ISBN 074600690X; EDC Publishing, 10302 East 55th Place, Tulsa, OK 74146; Phone: 800/475-4522; Fax: 800/747-4509; Web site: http://www.edcpub.com.
Where Do Babies Come From?*
This books uses clear, simple language and photographs. It will help young children understand how life begins, revealing the basic processes of reproduction and showing how they are repeated in various species in the animal kingdom.
1996; $9.95; ISBN 0789405792; Out of print
Resources for Adolescents
Asking About Sex and Growing Up*Joanna Cole
Using a question-and-answer format, this book offers scientific facts and practical guidance about puberty, masturbation, intercourse, pregnancy, sexual abuse, and STDs.1988; ISBN 0688069274; Out of Print
Captain Bio: HIV Attacks*
This comic book is aimed at helping young people learn the facts about HIV transmission and prevention. The facts are presented as part of a scientific adventure.
1996, $1.50; Tim Peters and Company, 87 Main Street, P.O. Box 370, Peapack, NJ 07977; Phone: 800/543-2230; Fax: 908/234-1961; Web site: http://www.biocomics.com.
The Care & Keeping of You The Body Book for Girls
Valorie Lee Schaefer, Illustrated by Norm Bendell
This book for girls is a "head-to-toe" guide discussing puberty, self-esteem, hygiene, nutrition, eating disorders, fitness, sleep, and emotions.
1998; $9.95; ISBN 1562476661; Pleasant Company, 8400 Fairway Place, Middleton, WI 53562; Phone: 800/845-0005; Fax: 608/836-0761; Web site: http://www.americangirl.com.
Caution: Do Not Open Until Puberty!: An Introduction to Sexuality for Young Adults With Disabilities*
Rick Enright, B.A., M.S.W.
This book is intended as an icebreaker for an open discussion of sexuality between disabled adolescents and their families. Using illustrations and clear, informative text, this book addresses decision making, anatomy, sexual response, physical disability and sexual functioning, as well as suggestions for further learning.
1995; $9.95; ISBN 0-9680415-0-7; Devinjer House, P.O. Box 130, Sparta, Ontario, Canada, N0L 2H0; Phone: 519/685-8703; Fax: 519/685-8699; Web site: http://www.tvcc.on.ca.
Changes in You and Me: A Book About Puberty Mostly for Boys*
Paulette Bourgeois and Martin Wolfish, M.D.
This is a reference book for boys about the body and some of the changes and feelings that go along with growing up. Topics include: anatomy, puberty, birth control, pregnancy, masturbation, what happens to girls, decision making, STDs, sexual abuse, sexual orientation, and where to go for help. Transparent overlays, a glossary, and an index are included.
1994; $14.95; ISBN 0836228146; Andrews & McMeel, P.O. Box 419242, Kansas City, MO 64141; Phone: 800/826-4216.
Changes in You and Me: A Book About Puberty Mostly for Girls*
Paulette Bourgeois and Martin Wolfish, M.D.
This is a reference book for girls about the body and some of the changes and feelings that go along with growing up. Topics include: anatomy, puberty, birth control, pregnancy, masturbation, what happens to boys, decision making, STDs, sexual abuse, sexual orientation, and where to go for help. Transparent overlays, a glossary, and an index are included.
1994; $14.95; ISBN 0836228154; Andrews & McMeel, P.O. Box 419242, Kansas City, MO 64141; Phone: 800/826-4216; On backorder
Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships, Expanded 3rd Edition**
This newly updated book for teenagers provides information on such subjects as "Changing Bodies," "Changing Relationships," "Changing Sexuality," "Emotional Health Care," "Eating Disorders," "Substance Abuse," "Living with Violence," "Physical Health Care," "Sexually Transmitted Diseases," "Protecting Yourself: Safer Sex and Birth Control," "So You Think You Might Be Pregnant," and "Changing Things."
1998; $23; ISBN 081292990X; Out of Stock.
Cool and Celibate? Sex or No Sex
Dr. David Bull
This book for teens discusses abstinence, relationships, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and STDs. It provides questions for partners to answer and discuss together to assess sexual readiness.
1998; $4.95; ISBN 1901881172; Element Children's Books; Available in bookstores.
Dating With Confidence: A Teen's Survival Guide
This book addresses many of the practical issues associated with a first date. Chapters include "Are You Ready?" "I've Got A Crush On You," "How Are You Gonna Get There," "The 411 on the Pre-Date," "First Date Do's and Don'ts," "Dating On A Budget," "Who Is This Person?" and "The Dark Side Of Dating."
2000; $9.95; Adams Media Corporation, 260 Center Street, Holbrook, MA 02343; Phone: 800/872-5627; Fax: 781/767-0994; Web site: http://www.adamsmedia.com.
Deal With It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL
Esther Drill, Heather McDonald, and Rebecca Odes
This book is intended to help teenage girls learn and laugh as they go through adolescence. Divided into four sections: Body, Sexuality, Brain, and Life it includes information as well as excerpts from the gURL.com website. Chapters include "Boobs," "What's Up Down There," "Body Image," "Sexual Feelings," "What Is Sex," "To Do It or Not To Do It," "Protection," "Psychology," "Family," "Romance," and "Being Yourself."
1999; $16.95; ISBN 0671041576; Simon & Schuster Mail Order, 100 Front Street, Riverside, NJ 08075; Phone: 800/223-2336; Fax: 800/943-9831; Web site: http://www.simonsays.com.
Dear Larissa: Sexuality Education for Girls Ages 11-17*
This book consists of a compilation of letters lovingly written from a mother to her daughter. They cover a wide variety of topics, including bodily changes during puberty, conception and pregnancy, what girls should know about boys' bodies, dating, birth control, STDs, and relationships. In addition, it provides space to write questions, as well as a glossary and an index.
1994, $12.95; ISBN 1880197103; Gylantic Publishing, P.O. Box 2792, Littleton, CO 80161-2792; Phone: 800/828-0113; Fax: 303/727-4279.
Dear Michael: Sexuality Education for Boys Ages 11-17*
This book is a boy's version of the previously-mentioned book. It consists of a compilation of letters, lovingly written from a mother to her son. The letters cover a wide variety of topics, including bodily changes during puberty, dating, what boys should know about girls' bodies, birth control, STDs, and relationships. In addition, it provides space to write questions, as well as a glossary and an index.
1996; $12.95; ISBN 1880197162; Gylantic Publishing, P.O. Box 2792, Littleton, CO 80161-2792; Phone: 800/828-0113; Fax: 303/727-4279.
Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids: Where You Came From, How Your Body Changes, and What Sex Is All About
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Illustrated by Diane deGroat
This book is intended for teens ages 9-14 discusses your body, your feelings, sex and other kinds of love, contraception, reproduction, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual abuse.
1993; $5.99; ISBN 0689820410; Simon & Schuster Mail Order, 100 Front Street, Riverside, NJ 08075; Phone: 800/223-2336; Fax:800/943-9831; Web site: http://www.simonsays.com.
Easy for You to Say: Q&As for Teens Living With Chronic Illness or Disability*
Miriam Kaufman, M.D.
Written in a question-and-answer format, this book is for teens with chronic illness or disability. It addresses the concerns of young adults, especially those with special needs. Chapters include: "Family Relationships," "Sexuality," and "Friends and Dating." A glossary and index are included.
1995; $15.95; ISBN 155013-6194; Firefly Books, 3680 Victoria Park Avenue, Willowdale, Ontario, Canada M2H3K; Phone: 800/387-5085; Fax: 800/565-6034.
Finding Our Way: The Teen Girls' Survival Guide
Allison Abner and Linda Villarosa
This book is intended to empower and inspire teenage girls to do what's best for them. Chapters include "Good Bodies," "What You Should Know About Health Care," "Sex Ed 101," "Doing the Right Thing: Avoiding Pregnancy, Preventing Disease," "Gotta Have Friends," and "When Living at Home Hurts"
1995; $14; ISBN 0060951141; HarperCollins Publishers, 1000 Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512; Phone: 800/331-3761; Fax: 800/822-4090; Web site: http://www.harpercollins.com.
Finding Your Way: A Book About Sexual Ethics*
Susan Neiburg Terkel
Intended for adolescents, this book explains the importance of making educated decisions about sexual behavior, and of appreciating others' sexual standards.
1995; $25; ISBN 0531112349; Franklin Watts, Sherman Turnpike, Danbury, CT 06816; Phone: 800/621-1115; Fax: 800/374-4329; Web site: http://www.grolier.com.
Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You*
This book is for girls 11 to 18 years old and provides straightforward advice. It answers questions that teens may feel too awkward to ask. Chapters include: "Body: Looking and Feeling Your Best," "Love: Falling in, Falling Out," and "Sex: What You Should Know Before Saying Yes."
1997; $14.00; ISBN 0060928506; HarperCollins Publishers, 1000 Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512; Phone: 800/331-3761; Fax: 800/822-4090; Web site: http://www.harpercollins.com.
"The Go Ask Alice Book of Answers" A Guide to Good Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Health
Columbia University's Health Education Program
This book provides youth with knowledge and advice on a variety of frequently asked questions from the "Go Ask Alice!" Web site at Columbia University. Topics include relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health, fitness and nutrition, alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs; and general health questions.
1998; $15.95; ISBN 0805055703; VHPS, 16365 James Madison Highway, Gordonsville, VA 22942; Phone: 888/330-8477; Fax: 540/672-7542; http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/book.html.
How Sex Works*
Elizabeth Fenwick and Richard Walker
This illustrated book covers changes during puberty, dating and relationships, sexual activity, contraception, STDs, and sexual violence and consent. It also provides references for teenagers who need further information.
1994; $14.95; ISBN 15645850-0; Publisher Resources, Inc., 1224 Heil Quaker Boulevard, LaVergne, TN 37086; Phone: 888/342-5357; Fax: 800/774-6733; Web site: http://www.dk.com.
"I'm Pregnant, Now What Do I Do?"*
Robert W. Buckingham, Dr., Ph. D., and Mary P. Derby, R.N., M.P.H.
This book is a valuable resource for young women, their partners, and their families. It provides firsthand accounts from young women in this situation and allows the reader to make her own fully informed decision. A glossary and resource section are included.
1997; $15; ISBN 1573921173; Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197; Phone: 800/421-0351; Fax: 716/691-0137; Web site: http://www.prometheusbooks.com.
In Your Face: Stories From the Lives of Queer Youth
Mary L. Gray
This book consists of personal narratives from 15 gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth 14 to 18 years of age. The stories provide insight into the experiences of these youth in the United States. Chapters include "You're What? Coming Out to the Family," "Condemned or Redeemed? What Does Your God Think of All This?" "Kids in the Hall: What Is It Like at School?" "CyberQueer: Finding Community on the Internet," and "Getting Involved: Extracurriculars in the Community."
1999; $24; ISBN 1560238879; The Haworth Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580; Phone: 800/342-9678; Fax: 800/895-0582; Web site: http://www.haworthpressinc.com.
It's A Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe, and in Charge
This book for young women presents general information about puberty, crushes, kissing, intercourse, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, boys and puberty, and health. A list of resources is included.
1996; $12; ISBN 0679873929; Random House Inc., 400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157; Phone: 800/726-0600; Fax: 800/659-2436; Web site: http://www.randomhouse.com.
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Sex and Sexual Health*
Robie H. Harris
Accurate information about sexuality is presented in a reader-friendly style that includes age-appropriate illustrations and humor. From conception and puberty to contraception and HIV/AIDS, it covers both the biological and psychological aspects of sexuality. It is intended for ages 10 and up.
1996; $10.99; ISBN 1564021599; Penguin Putnam Inc., P.O. Box 12289, Newark, NJ 07101; Phone: 800/788-6262; Fax: 201/896-8569; Web site: http://www.penguinputnam.com.
Like It Is: A Teen Sex Guide
E. James Lieberman, M.D. and Karen Lieberman Troccoli, M.P.H.
This book for older teens provides information on relationships, abstinence, STDs, contraception, and pregnancy options. It also answers frequently asked questions and includes a discussion and curriculum guide that offers thought provoking questions on a variety of topics.
1998; $25; ISBN 0786405260; McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640; Phone 800/253-2187; Fax: 336/246-5018; Web site: http://www.mcfarlandpub.com.
My Body, My Self for Boys for Preteens and Teens**
Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras
This journal/activity book for boys 8-15 years of age is a companion to What's Happening to My Body? Book For Boys. It includes exercises, quizzes, and personal stories to help boys learn about the changes that take place in their bodies during puberty.
2000; $12.95; ISBN 1557044406; Newmarket Press, 18 E. 48th Street, Suite 1501, New York, NY 10017; Phone: 212/832-3575; Fax: 212/832-3629.
My Body, My Self for Girls for Preteens and Teens**
Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras
This journal/activity book for girls 8-15 years of age is a companion to What's Happening to My Body? Book For Girls. It includes exercises, quizzes, and personal stories to help girls learn about the changes that take place in their bodies during puberty.
2000; $12.95;ISBN 1557041504; Newmarket Press, 18 E. 48th Street, Suite 1501, New York, NY 10017; Phone: 212/832-3575; Fax: 212/832-3629.
Out With It: Gay and Straight Teens Write About Homosexuality*
This anthology of articles by gay and straight teens on homosexuality covers such subjects as homophobia, coming out, and friends and family. Also included is an extensive chapter on teacher resources.
1996; $8; Youth Communication, 224 West 29th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001; Phone: 212/279-0708; Fax: 212/242-7057.
Period. A Girl's Guide**
JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen
Illustrated with drawings, this book intended for girls ages 8 and older addresses some of the changes that they will experience as they mature. Emphasizing that we are all unique and special, it explains physical changes during puberty. Chapters include: "So Many Changes," "So Many Parts," "Menstruation," "I Have a Question About That," "Why Do I Feel This Way?," and "What is a Pelvic Exam?" A parents' guide is included.
2001; $9.95; ISBN0916773965; Book Peddlers, 15245 Minnetonka Boulevard , Minnetonka, MN 55345; Phone: 800/255-3379; Fax: 952/912-0036; Web site: http://www.bookpeddlers.com.
The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know)*
Karen Gravelle and Jennifer Gravelle
This is a positive, down-to-earth book illustrated with funny and sympathetic cartoons. It answers the many questions that young women may have about their "period." Most important, it will help guide young women through physical, emotional, and social changes.
1996; $8.95; ISBN 0802774784; Walker and Company, 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014; Phone: 800/289-2553; Fax: 212/727-0985.
Real Girl Real World: Tools for Finding Your True Self
Heather M. Gray and Samantha Phillips
This book encourages young women to put society's messages in perspective and to empower themselves with messages that make sense to them. It provides general sexuality information addressing anatomy, orgasm, masturbation, sexual orientations, decision making, safer sex, and birth control. Other topics include beauty, body image, eating disorders, and feminism. Resources and comments by teens are provided throughout the book.
1998; $14.95; ISBN 1580050050; Seal Press, 3131 Western Ave. Suite 410, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 800/788-3123; Fax: 206/285-9410; Web site: http://www.sealpress.com.
The Seventeen Guide to Sex and Your Body
Sabrina Solin with Paula Elbirt, M.D.
This book addresses the frequently-asked questions that readers have sent to Seventeen Magazine. Topics include menstruation, body hair, body odor, body image, eating disorders, bladder and yeast infections, douching, female and male anatomy, crushes, love, kissing, intercourse, orgasm, masturbation, virginity, sexual assault, sexual orientation, and birth control.
1996; $8.99; ISBN 0689807953; Simon & Schuster Mail Order, 100 Front Street, Riverside, NJ 08075; Phone: 800/223-2336; Fax: 800/943-9831; Web site: http://www.simonsays.com.
Sex & Sense*
Gary F. Kelly
The author of this book dispels many myths about sexuality and emphasizes the explorations and examinations that are part of adolescent sexual and emotional development. The text stresses communication, being well informed, and clarifying one's values before making sexual decisions. It also helps adolescents examine what it means to be a sexual person.
1993; ISBN 0812014464; Out of print.
Sex Ed: Growing Up, Relationships, and Sex
Dr. Miriam Stoppard and Illustrated by Sally Artz
This book for teens discusses friendship, anatomy, relationships, intercourse, orgasm, contraception, STDs, pregnancy, masturbation, and sexual orientation.
1997; $9.95; ISBN 0789417510; DK Publishing, Web site: http://www.dk.com.
Jessica Vitkus and Marjorie Ingall, Illustrations by Michiko Stehrenberger
This book for teens provides information on a range of topics, comments from a teen panel as well as celebrity interviews about sexuality. Topics include myths, virginity, masturbation, consent, intercourse, sexual orientation, birth control, safer sex, STDs, pregnancy, sexual harassment, and rape.
1998; $14; ISBN 0671019104; Simon and Schuster Mail Order, 100 Front Street, Riverside, NJ 08075; Phone: 800/223-2336; Fax: 800/943-9831; Web site: http://www.simonandschuster.com.
The Teen Body Book: A Guide to Your Changing Body
This book for boys and girls provides basic information about puberty as well as intercourse, contraception, conception, STDs, physical and emotional health.
1999; $11.95; ISBN 0737301651; NTC Contemporary Publishing Group, 4255 West Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; Phone: 800/329-4900; Fax: 800/988-3103; Web site: http://www.ntc-cb.com.
Teen Love Series: A Journal on Relationships
Kimberly Kirberger with Colin Mortensen
This journal provides questions for teens to answer as they express themselves and discover how to deal with love and relationships during adolescence. Chapters include "Love Yourself First," "Falling in Love," "All These New Feelings," "Do You Like Me," "When Friends Become More," "Now That We're Together," "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," and "Starting Over."
1999; $12.95; Health Communications, 3201 Southwest 15th Street, Deefield Beach, FL 33442; Phone: 800/441-5569; Fax: 800/424-7652; Web site: http://www.hci-online.com.
The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide*
Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.
This guide is built around short quotes from over 1,500 surveyed young people. They were asked to describe the issues that they face and how they cope. Some of the chapters address such issues as: the body, feelings, sexuality, drugs, and peers. Each section is divided into three parts: information, quotes from youth, and resources.
1997; $16.95; ISBN 0-938795-26-0; Equality Press, 42 Ranchita Way, Suite 5, Chico, CA 95928; Phone: 530 345-8118; Web site: http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~gkimball/.
The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Girls, Growing Up, and Other Guy Stuff
This book for young men discusses basic information about sexuality. Topics include love, dating, sexual orientation, relationships, intimacy, puberty, emotions, confidence, and peer pressure.
1999; $8.95; ISBN 0316178241; Time Warner Trade Publishing, Three Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108; Phone: 800/343-9204; Fax: 800/286-9471; Web site: http://www.twbookmark.com.
The Watts Teen Health Dictionary*
Charlotte Isler, R.N. and Alwyn T. Cohall, M.D.
Presented in dictionary format, this health resource answers young people's questions about their bodies and their health. It includes illustrations and charts, hotlines and information sources, and a list of books for teens.
1996; $16.00; ISBN 053115792X; Franklin Watts, Sherman Turnpike, Danbury, CT 06816; Phone: 800/621-1115; Fax: 800/374-4329; Web site: http://www.grolier.com.
What's Going on Down There? Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask
Karen Gravelle with Nick and Chava Castro, Illustrations by Robert Leighton
This book helps boys to understand the changes that occur during puberty, what causes them and what to expect. It also addresses, sexual orientation, masturbation, intercourse, contraception, STD's and pregnancy.
1998; $8.95; ISBN 0802775403; Walker and Company, 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014; Phone: 800/289-2553; Fax: 212/727-0984.
What If Someone I Know Is Gay?
This book for teens provides questions and answers about homosexuality and bisexuality. Topics include coming out, friends and family, religion, sexual behavior, school, activism and discrimination. A resource section is included.
2000; $4.99; ISBN 0843176113; Penguin Putnam Inc., P.O. Box 12289, Newark, NJ 07101; Phone: 800/788-6262; Fax: 201/896-8569.
What's Happening to Me?*
This book humorously addresses everyday concerns about puberty in a question-and-answer format with cartoon illustrations. The questions are introduced by a basic explanation of how our bodies work.
1975, $12;ISBN 0818403128; Kensington Publishing Corporation, Department CO, 850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022; Phone: 888/345-2665.
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons New Expanded, Third Edition**
This book covers the physical changes of puberty for boys. Chapters include: "Puberty," "Beginning Changes and the Stages of Puberty," "An Owner's Guide to the Sex Organs: What's Normal? What's Not?," "The Puberty Growth Spurt," "Pimples, Perspiration, Body Hair, Shaving, and Other Changes," "Changes in the Male Reproductive Organs: Erections, Sperm, and Ejaculations," "Spontaneous Erections, Orgasms, Masturbation, and Wet Dreams," "Girls and Puberty," and "Romantic and Sexual Feelings." A resource section is also included.
2000; $12.95; ISBN1557044430; Newmarket Press, 18 E. 48th Street, Suite 1501, New York, NY 10017; Phone: 212/832-3575; Fax: 212/832-3629.
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Daughters New Expanded, Third Edition**
This book provides basic information to girls about their bodies as they go through puberty. Chapters include: "Puberty," "Your Breasts: AN Owner's Manual," "Pubic Hair and Other Changes "Down There"," "The Puberty Growth Spurt," "Body Hair, Perspiration, Pimples, and Other Changes," "The Reproductive Organs and the Menstrual Cycle," "All About Having Periods," "Boys and Puberty," and "Romantic and Sexual Feelings." A resource section is also included.
2000; $12.95; ISBN 1557044430; Newmarket Press, 18 E. 48th Street, Suite 1501, New York, NY 10017; Phone: 212/832-3575; Fax: 212/832-3629.
A Young Woman's Survival Guide: Kickin' Back With the Girls, Second Edition
Health Initiatives for Youth
This multicultural "hip guide" uses poetry, photographs, illustrations, and stories to explore female sexuality. Chapters include: "My Life, My Body, My Choices: Relationships and Sexuality," "'Don't Trip, I Don't Got Nothing': STDs, HIV and Hepatitis," and "No Shame in My Game: Birth Control, Safer Sex, and Abortion."
1998; $10; Health Initiatives for Youth Publications, 1242 Market Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; Phone: 415/487-5777; Fax: 415/487-5771; Web site: http://www.hify.com.
Your Body: The Girl's Guide
Janis Brody, Ph.D.
This book for teens discusses puberty, menstruation, male anatomy, sexual intercourse, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation, dating, crushes as well as eating well, sports, and growing up healthy.
2000, $4.99; ISBN 0312975635; VHPS, 16365 James Madison Highway, Gordonsville, VA 22942; Phone: 888/330-8477; Fax 800/672-2054; Web site: http://www.stmartin.com.
Your Body, Yourself: A Guide to Your Changing Body
Alison Bell and Lisa Rooney, M.D.
This book for teen girls discusses puberty, male and female anatomy, menstruation, intercourse, conception, birth control, STDs, emotions, nutrition, drug use, and visiting the gynecologist. A glossary and resource section are included.
1996; $8.95; ISBN 156565532X; NTC Contemporary Publishing Group, 4255 W. Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; Phone: 800/323-4900; Fax: 847/679-2494; Web site: http://www.ntc-cb.com.
You're in Charge: A Teenage Girl's Guide to Sex and Her Body*
Niels H. Lauersen, M.D., Ph.D. and Eileen Stukane
This book is written for girls who have questions about their changing body and what it all means. Chapters include: "How Your Body and Looks are Changing: What They Didn't Tell You in Health Class," "What Are Boys Going Through," "Understanding Your Sexuality: What's Normal, What's Not," "When You're Ready for Sex, What Birth Control is Safe?," "What It Means to Be Pregnant and Have a Baby," and "Why Making Healthy Choices (Even When Your Stressed Out) Makes Life Easier."
1993; ISBN 0449904644; Out of Print.
This series consists of many books that address sexuality, health, safety, and other issues. Topics include unplanned pregnancy, date and acquaintance rape, peer pressure, teen parenting, sexual harassment and gender bias, PMS, HIV/AIDS, birth control, teenage motherhood, decision making, menstruation, sexual orientation, and sexual abuse.$17.95/each, also sold as sets; The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., Dept. 29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010; Phone: 800/237-9932; Fax: 800/436-4643.
Victoria F. Shaw
This series consists of 12 books for preteens. Chapters in Body Talk: A Girl's Guide to What's Happening to Your Body include "Welcome to Puberty," "Your Breasts: An Owner's Manual," "Menstruation: The Basics," and "Everything You Wanted to Know About Body Hair, B.O., & Zits." Other books in the series include "Best Buds: A Girl's Guide to Friendship," "The Buzz on Beauty: A Girl's Guide to Looking and Feeling Your Best," "Cha-Ching! A Girls Guide to Spending and Saving," "Crushes, Creeps, & Classmates: A Girl's Guide to Getting Along with Boys," "From Algebra to Zits: A Girl's Guide to Making the Most of Life at School," "Fuel Up! A Girl's Guide to Eating Well," "Get Involved! A Girl's Guide to Volunteering," "Havin' Fun & Hangin' Out: A Girl's Guide to Cool Stuff to Do," "InfoGirl: A Girl's Guide to the Internet, "Refuse to Use: A Girl's Guide to Drugs and Alcohol," and "Write It Down! A Girl's Guide to Keeping a Journal."
1999; $107.70/series, $17.95/each; The Rosen Publishing Group, 29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010; Phone: 212/777-3017; Fax: 212/777-0277.
This series consists of six books for preteens. Titles include "You Ought To Know: A Guy's Guide to Sex," "Dating and Relating: A Guy's Guide to Girls," "The Real Deal: A Guy's Guide To Being A Guy," "Stay Cool: A Guy's Guide to Handling Conflict," "Chillin': A Guy's Guide To Friendship," "and "Top Of Your Game: A Guy's Guide To Looking And Feeling Good."
2000; $17.95/each, $107.70/series; The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., Dept. 29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010; Phone: 800/237-9932; Fax: 800/436-4643.
The Need to Know Library
This series consists of many books that address sexuality, health, safety, and other issues. Topics include HIV/AIDS, STDs, rape, breast health, sexual harassment, sexual identity, virginity, dating and relationships, teen pregnancy, and sexual assault.
$17.95/each, also sold as sets; The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., Dept. 29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010; Phone: 800/237-9932; Fax: 800/436-4643.
Perspectives on Healthy Sexuality
This series of 12 books for adolescents can be used in the home as well as the classroom. Titles are "Abstinence: Postponing Sexual Involvement," "Birth Control and Protection: Options for Teens," Dating and Sex: Defining and Setting Boundaries," "Health Sexuality: What Is It?" "Homosexuality; What Does It Mean?" "Influences on Sexuality: Understanding Their Effects," "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: How Are then Prevented?" "Sexual Readiness: When Is It Right?" "Teen Fathers: Getting Involved," "Teen Mothers: Raising a Baby," "Teen Pregnancy: Tough Choices," and "Teen Sex: Risks and Consequences." Chapter overviews, fast facts, points to consider, quizzes and a glossary are included.
2000; $203.40/series of 12, $16.95 each; ISBN for series 0736807209; Capstone Press, 151 Good Counsel Drive, P.O. Box 669, Mankato, MN 56002-0669; Phone: 800/747-4992; Fax: 888/262-0705; Web site: http://www.capstone-press.com.
Perspectives on Relationships
This series of 8 books for adolescents can be used in the home as well as the classroom. Titles are "Dating: What Is a Healthy Relationship?" "Incest: Why Am I Afraid To Tell," "Peer Pressure: How Can I Say No?," "Sexual Harassment: This Doesn't Feel Right," "Assertiveness: How Can I Say What I Mean?," "Child Abuse: Why Do My Parents Hate Me?," "Family Violence: My Parents Hurt Each Other," and "Parents: They're Driving Me Crazy!."
2000; $135.60/set of 8, $16.95 each; ISBN for series 0736802959; Capstone Press, 151 Good Counsel Drive, P.O. Box 669, Mankato, MN 56002-0669; Phone: 800/747-4992; Fax: 888/262-0705; Web site: http://www.capstone-press.com.
Curricula for Parents
Can We Talk? Helping Families Talk About Self-Esteem, Sex and Peer Pressure
This program helps parents of children in grades 4 through 8 enhance their role as sexuality educators of their children. It is a four-part workshop series that helps families talk about self-esteem, puberty, sexuality, mixed messages, and peer pressure. Each class contains content for a one-hour interactive discussion, home activities between parent and child, and videos that focus on communication. The planning and training manual, family activity book and video are included. The Spanish version ÀConversamos? is also available.1998; $75; NEA Professional Library, P.O. Box 2035, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701; Phone: 800/229-4200; Fax: 301/206-9789; Web site: http://www.canwetalk.org.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) A Lifespan Sexuality Education Series
Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church Board For Homeland Ministries
This is a comprehensive lifespan sexuality education series developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. To involve parents in the sexuality education of their children, the series includes The Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives: Grades K-1 and 4-6. Both The Parent Guide and Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1 must be purchased together for such use. Components of the series include: OWL: Sexuality Education for K-1, 1999, $40; OWL: Sexuality Education for Grades 4-6, 2000, $40; The Parent Guide to OWL: Grades K-1 and 4-6, 2000, $15; OWL: Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9, 1999, $75; OWL: Sexuality Education for Grades 10-12, 2000, $60; OWL: Sexuality Education for Adults, 2000, $60; The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice: Resources for Communities of Faith, 1999, $12. Each curriculum in the series covers the six concepts outlined in SIECUS' Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education Kindergarten-12th Grade: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.
Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA Bookstore, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108; Phone: 800/215-9076; Fax: 617/723-4805; Web site: http://www.uua.org.
Plain Talk for Parents Training Package
This four-part series utilizes innovative approaches to assist parents in developing communication skills to talk openly and honestly to their children about sexuality issues. It focuses on character education and helps parents talk nonjudgmentally with their children about assuming adult responsibility. Topics include: "Setting Personal Boundaries," "TV and Sex," "Decision-Making," and "Healthy Neighborhoods." This package also includes "Plain Talk about Community Organizing," "Plain Talk Promo Kit," "Plain Talk Trainer's Guide," and a "Patty Plain Talk Video."
1997; $165; Plain Talk, Neighborhood House, 10041 6th Avenue, S.W., Seattle, WA 98146; Phone: 206/940-1984; Fax: 206/767-7671; Web site: http://www.speakeasy.org/plaintalk.
There's No Place Like Home... for Sex Education
No Hay Lugar Como El Hogar... para La Educación Sexual
Mary Gossart, MS
Spanish Translation Bojana Stefanovska
These reproducible parent newsletters in both English and Spanish that can be distributed in a variety of settings. It consists of five newsletters for each grade level pre-school through twelve that are intended to assist families in communicating more openly about sexuality. Each issue contains sexuality information relevant to a particular developmental stage, useful communication strategies, and resources to support parents in their role as primary educators of their children.
1999; $55; Planned Parenthood Health Services of Southwestern Oregon, 1670 High Street, Eugene, OR 97401; Phone: 541/344-1611 x 13; Fax: 541/342-6088
Raising Healthy Kids: Families Talk About Sexual Health*
This set of two 30-minute videos with discussion guides is designed to help families of young children, preadolescents, or adolescents communicate about sexual health. The first video is for parents of young children. It includes interviews with children, parents, and experts and features discussion about setting limits, telling the truth, labeling body parts, how babies are made, self-touching, appropriate and inappropriate touch and more. The second video is for parents of preadolescents and adolescents. It includes interviews with young people, parents, and experts and features discussion about values, listening, avoiding absolutes, mixed messages, relationships, and more. Videos are available as a set or individually and are closed captioned.1997; $149.95 for set of two or $99.95 each plus S/H; Family Health Productions., P.O. Box 1799, Gloucester, MA 01931-1799; Phone: 978/282-9970; Fax: 978/282-9550; Web site: http://www.abouthealth.com.
Talking About Sex: A Guide for Families*
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
This multimedia package includes an engaging animated video, a fact-filled book for parents, and a fun activity book for young people 10 to 14 years old. It will help open the lines of communication about sexuality, puberty, and relationships between parents and their children.
1996; $19.95; Marketing Group, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 810 Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10019; Phone: 800/669-0156; Fax: 212/261-4352; Web site: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/store.
What Kids Want to Know About Sex and Growing Up
This video answers questions kids in grades 5-9 have about sexuality. It includes information about puberty, sexual intercourse, AIDS, conception, masturbation, and peer pressure.
1992; $59.95; ETR Associates, P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830; Phone: 800/321-4407; Fax: 800/435-8433; Web site: http://www.etr.org.
Birds and Bees
is the Minnesota based Pro-Choice Resources Web site. It provides information on birth control, pregnancy, STDs, and links to other sites.http://www.birdsandbees.org
Campaign for Our Children has information on their web site for both parents and teens. The parent section includes "How to talk with your kids about sex," "How to talk to your school board about sex," as well as frequently asked questions. The teen section includes "What's the 411 about sex?" and "How to talk to your parents about sex."
Coalition for Positive Sexuality includes sexuality information in both English and Spanish for teens who are sexually active or who are thinking about becoming sexually active. It provides a forum for teens to chat*, to find information on sexuality issues, or to ask questions of sexuality experts.
Go Ask Alice!, developed and maintained by Columbia University's Health Education Program, uses a question-and-answer format to provide information on relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health and fitness; nutrition; alcohol; nicotine and other drugs; and general health. Visitors can search the database or ask anonymous questions.
gURL is committed to discussing issues that affect the lives of girls 13 years and older. The site helps girls with a wide range of experiences and interests. It warns visitors they might find frank information. It also offers chats***, posting boards, pen-pal lists, and homepage listings.
It's Your (Sex) Life, a project of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, provides information about pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and related issues.
Iwannaknow, sponsored by the American Social Health Association, provides a safe and fun place for teenagers to learn about sexual health. The site includes a chat room*** and games related to sexual health services. It also provides guidance for parents.
The National Parent Information Center Web site provides access to research-based information about the process of parenting, and about family involvement in education.
Outproud's site for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth includes message boards***, online brochures, links, and searchable list of materials.
Planned Parenthood's Web site offers Resources for Parents and Other Adults which includes information about How to Be a Good Parent, How to Talk with Your Child About Sexuality, How to Talk with Your Teen About the Facts of Life, and Human Sexuality: What Children Should Know.
Scarleteen offers Pinkslip for girls, Boyfriend! for guys, and Gaydar for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth 14 to 18 years old. It provides advice, articles, information, and message boards*** addressing sexuality and sexual health issues. There is also a section for parents.
Sex Ed Mom is "a parent's guide to the birds and the bees." It provides advice, live monthly chats, teaching tips, and video clips.
Sex Etc., sponsored by The Network For Family Life Education, includes articles on a variety of sexuality topics as well as an online newsletter, advice, message boards***, resources, links, and information for parents.
Sextalk, sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County (PPTC), NY, includes information on safer sex, self exams, and sexual orientation. It also provides links.
SIECUS offers a section for parents and caregivers as well as teens. For Parents and Other Adults provides a Radio Series: Listen to the SIECUS Radio Series Containing Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, publications, and special reports including Kids Online: What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children From Cyberspace and Public Support for Sexuality Education. For Teens, is a starting place for teens to learn about sexuality issues. It includes information about communication, abstinence, sexual involvement, safer sex, sexual abuse, resources, and links.
Talking With Kids About Tough Issues is a national initiative by Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation to encourage parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sexuality, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.
Teen Advice Online (TAO) provides information on teenage problems through a worldwide network of peers 13 years and older. It also includes articles, a chat room***, and sexuality-related topics such as dating, relationships, gender, and friendships. Interested teens can apply to become a TAO counselor.
Teen Scene, part of the Advocates for Youth Web site, includes a chat area***, articles, a link to "Do Something" (a national nonprofit that inspires young people to believe that change is possible), and a link to the Peer Education Web ring.
Youth Resource, a project of Advocates For Youth is a site for provides resources and peer support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth. It includes listservs, youth groups, and chat information***.
Resources Available From SIECUS
These resources for parents and their children are available from SIECUS. Interested individuals should visit the SIECUS web site (http://www.siecus.org
) or call SIECUS at 212/819/8770.
How to Talk to Your Children About AIDS
This booklet, designed to help parents talk with their children about HIV/AIDS, offers basic information and guidelines appropriate for specific age levels: preschool, young children, preteens, and teenagers. More than a million copies have been distributed to individuals and organizations across the United States. "I heartily recommend ... How to Talk to Your Children About AIDS. It is written in plain, easy-to-understand language." -- Dear Abby.
1997; SIECUS, Publications Department, 130 W. 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802; phone 212/819-9770; Fax: 212/819-9776; Web site: http://www.siecus.org.
Now What Do I Do?
Designed to help parents of preteens with tough questions, this booklet includes 15 situations dealing with sexuality issues. Topics include HIV/AIDS, puberty, love, dating, contraception, and masturbation. A three-step process asks the parent to consider why the situation arose, how to respond, and what messages they want their children to receive. The "Remember" section for each topic includes helpful hints about preteens and sexuality, as well as some basic facts the preteens need.
1996; SIECUS, Publications Department, 130 W. 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802; Phone 212/819-9770; Fax: 212/819-9776; Web site: http://www.siecus.org.
Talk About Sex
This booklet was developed to help teenagers communicate more openly and effectively about issues related to sexuality and HIV/AIDS. It offers clear, honest, and straightforward information in a very engaging, youth-friendly manner. Hablemos de Sexo, is the Spanish translation.
1992; SIECUS, Publications Department, 130 W. 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802; Phone 212/819-9770; Fax: 212/819-9776; Web site: http://www.siecus.org.
The following organizations offer sexuality resources for parents, caregivers, children and youth.
Advocates for Youth
This organization works to prevent pregnancy, STDs, and HIV infection among adolescents.
1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 200; Washington, DC 20005; Phone: 202/347-5700 Fax: 202/347-2263; Web site: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org.
Campaign for Our Children
This organization develops research-based prevention messages and educational media campaigns that encourage healthy, responsible sexual decisions among early-adolescent youth, promote a more informed support system for youth, and raise public awareness about adolescent preventive health issues.
120 West Fayette Street, Suite 1200, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone: 410/576-9015; Fax: 410/752-2191; Web site: http://www.cfoc.org.
Child Welfare League of America
This organization is committed to engaging all Americans in promoting the well being of children, young people, and their families as well as in protecting every child from harm.
440 First Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, DC 20001-2085; Phone: 202/638-2952; Fax: 202/638-4004; Web site: http://www.cwla.org .
This organization is a nonpartisan, independent voice for children, working to translate the nation's commitment to children and families into action.
1212 Broadway, 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612; Phone: 510-763-2444; Fax: 510-763-1974; Web site: http://www.childrennow.org.
Children's Defense Fund
This organization ensures that every child has a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life as well as a successful passage into adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
25 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001; Phone: 202/628-8787; Fax: 202/662-3510; Web site: http://www.childrensdefensefund.org.
This organization enhances the well being of individuals, families, and communities by providing leadership, educational resources, training, and research in health promotion with an emphasis on sexuality and health education.
P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830; Phone: 800/321-4407; Fax: 800/435-8433; Web site: http://www.etr.org.
This national youth organization is dedicated to helping every girl become strong, smart, and bold through advocacy, research, and education.
120 Wall Street, Third Floor New York, NY 10005; Phone: 212/509-2000; Fax: 212/509-8708;
National Resource Center, 441 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3233; Phone: 317/634-7546; Fax: 317/634-3024; Web site: http://www.girlsinc.org.
This organization serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through education, counseling, homeless outreach, training, and resources.
2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003-6998; Phone: 212/674-2600; Fax: 212/674-8650; Web site: http://www.hmi.org.
This organization is committed to bringing an end to HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world. They assist, encourage, and educate mothers to join the struggle for improved HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, fair and effective policies, better treatment, human rights protections, research, and a cure.
165 W. 46th Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10036; Phone: 888/MVOICES or 212/730-2777; Fax: 212/730-4378; Web site: http://www.mvoices.org.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
This organization is dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy by supporting values and encouraging acts that are consistent with a pregnancy-free adolescence.
1776 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036; Phone: 202/478-8500; Fax: 202/478-8580;Web site: http://www.teenpregnancy.org.
National Education Association-Health Information Network
This affiliate of the NEA works to improve health, safety, and student achievement by providing school employees with vital, effective and timely health information through parents, communities, and public/private partnerships.
1201 Sixteenth Street, Suite 521, Washington, DC 20036; Phone: 202/822-7570; Fax: 202/822-7775; Web site: http://www.neahin.org.
National Information Center for Children and Youth With Disabilities
This national information and referral center provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.
P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013-1492: Phone/TTY: 800/695-0285 or 202/884-8200; Fax: 202/884-8441; Web site: http://www.nichcy.org.
National Network for Youth
This organization is dedicated to ensuring that young people can lead safe, healthy, and productive lives.
1319 F Street, NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20004; Phone: 202/783-7949; Fax: 202/783-7955; Web site: http://www.nn4youth.org.
National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention
This organization provides leadership, education, training, information, and advocacy resources to practitioners in the field of adolescent pregnancy, parenting, and prevention.
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20037; Phone: 202/293-8370; Fax: 202/293-8805; Web site: http://www.noappp.org.
National Parent-Teachers Association
The National PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer association in the United States working exclusively on behalf of children and youth.
330 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611-3690; Phone: 312/670-6782 or 800/307-4782; Fax: 312/670-6783; Web site: http://www.pta.org.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
This coalition advocates for and with young people who are gay, lesbian, or transgendered in an effort to end discrimination against them and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.
1638 R Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009; Phone: 202/319-7596; Fax: 202/319-7365; Web site: http://www.nyacyouth.org.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
This organization promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons as well as their families and friends through support and education.
1726 M Street, N.W., Suite 400; Washington, DC 20036; Phone: 202/467-8180; Fax: 202/467-8194; Web site: http://www.pflag.org.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
This organization believes in the fundamental right of individuals to manage their own fertility regardless of income, marital status, race, age, sexual orientation, and national origin.
810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019; Phone: 212/541-7800 or 800/230-PLAN refers to your local Planned Parenthood; Fax: 212/245-1845; Web site: http://www.plannedparenthood.org.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
This organization operates a 24-hour confidential national hotline for survivors of sexual assault.
635-B Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20003; Phone: 800/656-HOPE; Fax: 202/544-3556; Web site: http://www.rainn.org.
The Safer Society Foundation
This foundation provides a variety of services related to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse.
P.O. Box 340 Brandon, Vermont 05733-0340; Phone: 802/247-3132; Fax: 802/247-4233; Web site: http://www.safersociety.org.
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
SIECUS' mission is to affirm that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of living; to develop, collect, and disseminate information; to promote comprehensive education about sexuality; and to advocate the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices.
130 West 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802; Phone: 212/819-9770; Fax: 212/819-9776; 1706 "R" Street, Washington, DC 20009; Phone: 202/265-2405; Fax: 202/462-2340; Web site: http://www.siecus.org.