“Sex is a Funny Word” offers inclusive view of sexuality for children

Colorful page from Sex is a Funny Word
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The struggle to find the ‘right’ approach to talk to children about sex and bodies is nothing new, and neither are books that offer to guide those conversations. Despite this, Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU manages to offer a new path for open conversations between guardians and children – and this version includes children with disabilities. Written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, Sex is a Funny Word brilliantly emphasizes that “every body is different” while featuring colorful depictions of children with disabilities, and of children of different ethnicities, genders, and sexualities. At the same time, Sex is a Funny Word introduces children to the idea of personal agency and justice when it comes to our individual bodies – a powerful concept that has the potential to impact young readers for the rest of their lives. The book states that, “Justice means that every person and every body matters,” an especially important message for children with disabilities who are often at risk for having their personal agency threatened as they grow older.

Sex is a Funny Word offers an open, healthy way for parents, guardians, or caretakers to give children information about their bodies and the diversity of bodies in the world. The book is the sequel to What Makes a Baby and is available online.