BOOK Sugg. - About the body (not sex)

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Registered: 03-31-2003
BOOK Sugg. - About the body (not sex)
Mon, 05-19-2003 - 11:36pm

I was wondering if anyone here has any book suggestions about "Learning about the body". My DD is 6 and I think it's time she knows a little more about her body, and why it's private. I'm not looking for a sex book, that will come later.

If anyone knows of a good book I'd appreciate your help!


Cindy S.

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Registered: 04-17-2003
Tue, 05-20-2003 - 12:12pm
Hi Cindy! I don't personally know of anything but I would be interested in something like this myself. I know a children's librarian on another board and I will see if she will come suggest something for you. Give her a few days to see if she will come. Also here is a link to a board here at PP about children's books and someone there may be able to help you.


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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 05-20-2003 - 3:41pm
Thank you so much!!

I think that board is wonderful, thanks for letting me know.

Cindy :)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-21-2003 - 4:52pm
Hi! I'm Tess, the children's librarian that Karla mentioned. She sent me here from another board - this is what I suggest.

"Your body belongs to you" by Cornelia Spelman illus. by Teri Weidner

This is a very "basic" good touch/bad touch picturebook, with nothing scary, just gets the message that it is not okay for anyone to touch area covered by bathing suit (except with obvious toileting help from parent or visiting a doctor) - let's kids feel okay about refusing any unwanted touches, including hugs and kisses.

Also, a book about the real words for all our "parts" - nothing in it about inappropriate touching, but used in conjunction with something like the book above, I think it would be good.

"Bellybuttons are navels" by Mark Schoen, illus. by M. J. Quay

About a brother and sister at bathtime - they talk about what each of their body parts are called, they are proud and happy that they know the "right" names for all of them. Very accurate simple text, but with non-graphic, appealing illustrations.

Now, I don't know for sure if these books are still in print, (available for purchase) but they are on the shelf at the public library where I work. I would start with a trip to the library. Most public libraries use the Dewey Decimal system so if these particular books are not available get the librarian to direct you to the following areas: j (juvenile )612 (human anatomy) and j 649.65 (books for parents & kids about touching appropriate and inappropriate). If you are lucky enough to have a children's librarian at your service/branch, she or he will be able to help you further but I'm glad of the opportunity to help out here!


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 12:50pm
I saw a book at called "My body is private" by by Linda Walvoord Girard. I'd love to hear any opinions from anyone who has or has read this book.

Do you think it is appropriate for a 7yr. old???


Debbie :-)