With the fact that sex education in this country can often be dismal and useless, I’ve always found myself somewhat eager to request books that have been written to circumvent the problems this lack of adequate knowledge creates. The truth of the matter is that most schools just don’t teach children and teenagers this information and it’s an issue. Fortunately, many books exist to combat it. And, hopefully, with the addition of more and more of these, more and more children will be less likely to fall into circumstances of troublesome ignorance.
I know it’s a hard thing to achieve, but books like The Every Body Book (The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families) by Rachel E. Simon and illustrated by Noah Grigni give me hope.
I’ll be honest, this is probably the most inclusive sex education book I’ve ever read. To my understanding, the only aspect that didn’t make it in and should have was aromantic. As with everything, it’s clear that there are still areas in which the subject matter can be improved and that would be the one for this book. For many of the other topics, I was incredibly impressed not only at their inclusion but also how they were handled. This book is wonderfully diverse and is pretty exceptional in terms of addressing topics from gender to sexuality to reproduction to consent.
The artwork is wonderful and inclusive as well.
The best thing about this book is the fact that it addresses everything in very matter of fact tones. It’s not really focused on the emotion, but rather providing as much information as possible to provide young readers with an educated view on each subject. It is very focused on the facts and is incredibly accurate. The artwork does include nudity, of course, solely for educational purposes. Honestly, there is a multitude of information to gain from reading this book and I think every child will be better for it.
I have precious little criticism for this book as a whole. For now, until something better comes along, this is the book that I would recommend to anyone wanting to provide their children with facts about their body, sexuality, and the world. We desperately need more books like this one to exist.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.