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Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU

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A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identies, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the "facts of life" or “the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between you ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Triangle Square
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Leann
The kids at the library know exactly where this is shelved, and sneak off into aisles to read it all the time. I've talked to them about it multiple times, that it's okay for them to read and that's what it's there for! One finally checked it out this week, so I thought it was about time I read it too.

It's wonderfully inclusive, and I love the level of detail it gives. This book describes body parts and all the ways bodies can be different without getting too deep into the mechanics of sex, so i
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Melissa
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Wow! Where was this book when I was growing up? I'm so glad to give it to my kids and wish I could have even earlier. This is a respectful, clear description of the variety of feelings, relationships and experiences that are normal for anyone. It's inclusive and tolerant but not preachy. I'm very interested to see how my kids respond to it. Treatment of gender was particularly interesting to me since it contrasted so strongly with the birds and bees book my parents gave me.
Sean
Nov 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
There's really no way around this. If you read this to your child, you are a bad person. This is something you pick up and make fun of with your friends and laugh at how dumb everyone is and how are society is crumbling. How many people are going to be depressed and confused their entire lives because their stupid single mother read this to them and it confused the hell out of them? Sorry, is them an acceptable word? It confused the hell out of xe. It confused the hell out of za. I can't even ke ...more
Ashley
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hudson-and-joey
What I appreciate so much about this lovely book is that it touches on subjects that I find myself handling right now as they come up--for example, gender roles, the presence and validity of the LGBT people in our communities, the fact that relationships can be with men or women or individuals who don't identify as either. What's wonderful about kids growing up at this time is that this information is not shocking or hard to understand. I feel intensely grateful that I live at a time, and in a p ...more
Rachel Fellows
I wish I would have had this book when I was younger. It is so thorough, so straightforward, asks the reader to think, and gives plain descriptions with zero judgment or shame. The illustrations of genitalia are cartoony, but extremely thorough enough to show the diversity of what our parts look like and what they can do, again, without shame or judgment. I also like that the book doesn't only focus on the practical, um, nuts and bolts functionality of secondary sex characteristics/puberty and t ...more
Edward Sullivan
Robie Harris and Ed Emberley still rule in sex education books with their series but this one, featuring a diverse cast and notably touching upon transgenderism, is an excellent resource. Appealing, engaging, informative, and non-judgmental.
Jae Sledge
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
I am so excited to finally have found an amazing book aimed towards youth that is so inclusionary. There are some things I wish they had included or had been less vague on. All in all it is now my first pick for young kids to understand their body, sexuality, gender and so much more.
Danni Green
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, well-illustrated, informative book about bodies and genders. I think it is geared toward middle-school-aged kids, but I think it would be entirely suitable for younger and older people. Many different types of bodies, relationships, and families are covered. I really like that it's not just a book about sex; it presents concepts of gender and sexuality in the context of bodies which we use for a wide variety of activities, some of which happen to be sexual and/or gender-related. T ...more
Leslie D.J.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sex educator Cory Silverberg and artist Fiona Smyth tackle—in a humorous and informative way—the birds and the bees. The colorful multi-racial comic book aimed at children ages 7 to 10 or Grades 2 to 5 depict children and families from all walks of life, orientations, and gender identities. Sex Is a Funny Word provides answers to questions children and adults may have, the author points out, “Everyone has their own idea of what sex is.” While others, “think they don’t know anything about sex.” A ...more
Elizabeth Wood
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the most important book I've seen for preadolescent children. It addresses the kinds of questions kids have about bodies, emotions, relationships, and sex before puberty, and it does this in a way that includes kids of every sort. It completely avoids stereotyping, and it refuses to force kids into conventional boxes, yet it provides accurate and complete information about the kinds of things they want to know. Silverberg frames the entire thing in the language of respect, tru ...more
Molly Dettmann
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous! It explains all of these topics in a way that is perfect for the suggested age range (about 8-12). It's actually part two in a series where the first one is all about where babies come from (and is an intro to this subject for younger children). The illustrations and comic book format is also very enjoyable to read and would keep my attention (and provide a wider range of info) as a tween more than those weird, boring "my changing body" books.
Lisa
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
After seeing mention of this book in an online article, I checked it out from my library. It is classified as being geared toward ages 8-10 years old, but I would say it is appropriate for anyone 8 years old and up. A terrific, fun, and informative read. Also, the bonus of characters using wheelchairs and forearm crutches...just like me! I wish I had this book when I was a kid.
Madeline
I’ve read many banned books, but this was very disturbing.
Kazia
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
This book is everything.
Jenn
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many great things, especially because the point is reading together and asking questions and having discussions. In this day and age, there is no point NOT talking to your kids about LGBTQ sexuality, because it is simply part of the world, and if it’s not something you talk about, your kids will learn about it from others. This book is very open about the fact that while most people fit well with standard gender norms, not everyone feels that way.

As with the preceding book for younger kids by t
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Natalie Pietro
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: well-being, bio
Bloody hell is this book bad. Yes bad! This book reads like you are learning about the birds and the bees from Mr. Brady, you know the father from the Brady Bunch. However I was not looking forward to hearing long lengthy statements that beat around the bush and never make any sense when he is done talking. I never have been more confused about my body in my life.
I don't really know why I picked this book up but I loved the title and it seems like a funny graphic novel. However after I was done
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Sandy
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book. I read this book because it was on the banned and challenged book list from the American Library Association. So, of course, I had to read it. It is so full of information without being too much. It talks about pretty much everything about sex and bodies. It doesn't go into detail about everything but I think the main thing that is said throughout the book is for young people to find someone they trust if they have questions or concerns. The illustrations in the book are g ...more
Anna
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this for Banned Books Week!

I can appreciate an approach to teaching kids about sex in healthy ways. I think it is the right step towards abandoning abstinence as the only option. I think the approach in this book was an honest effort: welcoming of questions and inclusive of all types of people and situations. Most importantly, I liked the effort made towards helping kids come forward about abuse.

However, I can't help thinking that a lot of the subjects talked about are incredibly vague as a
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Rebecca
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a parent but I am coming from a background of education. When I was a teenager, I had access to my friend's American Girl book about the changes of your body. Sex is a Funny Word is great for a child entering puberty. The characters are inclusive, the illustrations are accurate, and the vocabulary is great. The characters represent inclusivity by showing characters with disabilities and some have same-sex parents. The language is inclusive and explains gender, sex, and intersex clearly a ...more
Murray
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A non-fiction book for 2nd through 6th grade students. Pretty straight forward common sense approach for children and parents in discussing sexuality. It has four characters (two of each sex) and diverse backgrounds and the focus in on the feelings children might experience regarding their bodies and sexuality. The four characters stop and ask questions of the reader throughout the book after each section. I would recommend this book to any grade school child who started having questions about s ...more
emmy
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as blog-recs
Included in a blog post and resource list at https://booksbeyondbinaries.blog/2019...
Zoë
HOLY. CRAP.

This book is basically a curriculum into amazing sex and relationship education. It explains the feelings of relationships, sex, and gender, in kid-friendly language without sugar coating it or showing it as something shameful.

I can see why this is challenged or banned in some communities, especially conservative ones. It presents bisexuality, asexuality, homosexuality, and non-binary/transgender identities in a way that isn't agreeable to a lot of conservative communities. I think t
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Anna
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this is the only "feel-good" sex ed book I have ever seen! But it's not your traditional "sex ed" book--it focuses much more on body positivity, gender identity, feelings, and good touch/bad touch. It's written in a very gender-inclusive way and emphasizes that we all have different bodies and different feelings about things, and that our feelings are normal and okay. The people in the illustrations are wonderfully diverse--there are boys, girls, men, women, people whose gender isn't rea ...more
Garren
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for kids on the cusp of puberty that addresses their concerns: bodily changes, body image, masturbation, crushes, love, privacy, and respect for bodily autonomy. It's thoughtfully written in all aspects. For example, sexual abuse is covered for several pages by talking about "secret touch," because no matter how it feels, if someone insists you keep it a secret from everyone, there's something wrong. Gender variety is covered well. There's not a lot of vocabulary until the glos ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Four characters of different genders, races and abilities talk about sex, changing bodies, gender, touch, and relationships. Graphic novels portions that illustrate difficult scenarios alternate with picture book depictions of the characters asking each other questions and finding out answers. The perfect balance of supplying the exact amount of information needed, without lecturing. Ideal for the 7-10 year old who wants some information, but not more than they are ready to handle. Cartoon illus ...more
Sarah
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My new gold standard! It doesn't deal with mechanics much, but that's okay - there's many sources for that. What this book does is so much more important because it's rare. It addresses a wide range of topics related to sex, through the lenses of respect, justice, trust, and joy. It deals with consent, privacy, communication, abuse and safety, emotions. And it does all that simply, with diverse representations of people, while completely avoiding binary gender assumptions. It's pretty awesome!
Rachel
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was great! Visually appealing, inclusive. The text is really clear and age-appropriate (in subject matter, too, but here I'm referring to the way in which kids process information). Good introduction and jumping-off point. Does not get into "the mechanics," but introduces kids to terms and concepts they should know about their own (and other) bodies.
Colleen
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good starting point for conversations with early school age children. Throughout this book respect is emphasized; I found the lack of heteronormativity and binary gender depictions to be well done and simple enough for children to understand.
Heather
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grabbed this one at the library for the kids to read. It's sparked some good discussions. They love the comic format on some of the pages. Definitely recommend for discussing relationships and bodies and sex with kids.
Kate
Lovely! A beautiful book about sex for kids that focuses on feelings and respect. The language and illustrations are really inclusive. I feel like this could be an essential book for some kids.
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Cory Silverberg is a sexuality educator, author, and trainer. He received his Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and trains across North America on topics including access and inclusion, sexuality and disability, and sex and technology.

He was a founding member of the Come As You Are Co-operative and served as the chairperson for sexuality educator certificati
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