It covers both sexes very well, in an accessible format that lets parents slowly tread forward. With two pre-teens in the house, we need a no-nonsense book available to keep questions answered (preferably by the book).
In the end, knowledge is both power and a journey, and this book is the welcome mat on your way out the door. Approach: Quality reading time, and answering questions.
This is a great resource for answering young children’s questions.
It is a great book for elementary age kids, and remains a steadfast resource for years.
This is mostly a basics book, but it addresses different kinds of love, relationships, and the difference between “love” and “making love.” Easily the best sex ed book for its age group.
Sometimes, they have questions about things they don’t want to ask about, such as masturbation, pornography, STDs, and sexuality as a whole. With frank and honest information, this book manages to provide information for the inquisitive mind without lecturing.
Covering topics from first kisses and the loss of virginity, to the big “O” and gay sex, this is not a book for the faint of heart, and includes blunt and candid quotes from boys and girls discussing their experiences with love and sex.
The newest edition now includes a chapter on the safe use of the Internet. is a great resource for your up-and-coming preteen or teen.
The illustrations are for older kids, but are creative and eye-catching. Touching on all the bases, including steroids, acne, diet and exercise, romantic feelings, voice changes, and so on; Madaras uses a straightforward and sensitive writing style to deliver information to teens looking for knowledge. While reading it, I learned a bit more about what was happening to me as a teen, learning about topics that weren’t covered well in my public school sex ed classes.
The text in this book is moderately explicit, using terms such as penis and vagina, but has no explicit images.
The adults do things “under the covers” in the illustrations, but the text does not evade answering questions.
For teenage guys, it’s often crass bravado and unapologetic bragging.