Recommended Books for Children and Families 

Healthy Sexual Development:

Who Has What: All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ BodiesRobbie H. Harris. 2011.

Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts.  Gail Saltz.

What’s The Big Secret? Talking About Sex With Girls And Boys. Luarie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown.

Teaching Children With Down Syndrome About Their Bodies, Boundaries, And Sexuality. Terri Couwenhoven


Body Safety and Sexual Abuse Prevention:

My Body Belongs to Me From My Head to My Toes.  Pro Familia, 2014.

I said No!  Kimberly King & Zack King.

My Body Belongs to Me.  Jill Starishevsky. 2014.

My Body! What I Say Goes.  Jayneen Sanders, 2016.

No Means No!  Jayneen Sanders.  2015.

NO Trespassing – This Is MY Body! Pattie Fitzgerald, 2011 .

Some Secrets Should Never Be KeptJayneen Sanders.  2013.

Do You Have a Secret?  Jennifer Moore-Mallinos. 2005.

The Right Touch: A Read Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.  Sandy Kleven. 1997.

Those are MY Private PartsDiane Hansen.  2003.

An Exceptional Children’s Guide to Touch: Teaching Social and Physical Boundaries to Kids. Hunter Manasco. 2012.

Some Parts Are Not For Sharing. Julie K. Frederico. 2009

Also available in Spanish

Also a free online e-book:



Personal Space Camp. Julia Cook. 2007.


Gender Related Topics:

No Difference Between UsJayneen Sanders. 2016.


Feelings Identification and Regulation:

Visiting Feelings.  Lauren Rubenstein. 2014.

The Way I FeelJanan Cain. 2000.

In My Heart: A Book of FeelingsJo Witek.  2013.

Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My DayJamie Lee Curtis.  1998.

Is a Worry Worrying You?  Ferida Wolff & Harriet May Savitz.  2005.

Don’t Feed the WorrybugAndi Green. 2011.

When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really AngryMolly Bang. 1999.

My Mouth is a Volcano!  Julia Cook.  2005.

Soda Pop HeadJulia Cook. 2011.

The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions. American Girl. 2002.



Peaceful Piggy MeditationKerry MacLean.  2004.

Cool Cats Calm Kids: Relaxation and Stress Management for Young PeopleMary Williams.

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for KidsEline Snel. 2013.

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime StoryMariam Gates.  2015.

Each Breath a SmileSister Susan. 2001.


Self Esteem:

Just Because I Am: A Child’s Book of AffirmationLauren Murphy Payne. 2015.

I Like Myself!  Karen Beaumont. 2004.

I Like Me! Nancy Carlson. 1988.

Stand Tall Molly Lou MelonPatty Lovell. 2001.


Grief and Loss:

The Invisible StringPatrice Karst. 2000.

Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children.  Caroline H. Sheppard.  1998.


Foster Care Resources:

Somebody Cares: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect.  Susan Farber Straus.  2016.

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care.   Jennifer Wilgocki. 2002.

Familes Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental RightsJulie Nelson. 2007.