Healthy Sexuality

How does a parent become knowledgeable and comfortable speaking to their child/ren about their sexuality, changing bodies, and healthy vs. unhealthy sexual behaviors? Where on the wide, wide internet are there resources for children and teens themselves who want to learn honest, accurate, and up-to-date information about their sexual health and development? The Parent 2 Parent project has assembled a variety of recommended books, fact sheets, websites, and videos for parents and caregivers, as well as children and teenagers, that can help. All books with purple highlighted titles can even be purchased through the NEARI Press online bookstore -- just click on them! We hope these resources help you and your family understand more about healthy sexual development and that they help you discern between potentially problematic sexual behaviors and healthy sexual behaviors.

Books For Adults About Children and Adolescents’ Sexual Health 

Brown, Laurie Krasny. (2000). What’s the Big Secret? Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys.

Brown, Steve and Bill Taverner. (2017). Streetwise to Sexwise: Sexuality Education for High-Risk Youth.

Cavanagh Johnson, Toni. (2009). Helping Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: A Guidebook for Professionals and Caregivers. 

Cavanagh Johnson, Toni. (2015). Understanding Children’s Sexual Behaviors: What’s Natural and Healthy

Harris, James R. Promoting Healthy Childhood Development Today: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.

Klein, Marty. (2016). His Porn, Her Pain: Confronting America’s Porn Panic with Honest Talk About Sex.

Lang, Amy. (2016). Birds and Bees and Your Kids: A Guide to Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships.

Ley, David. (2016). Ethical Porn for Dicks: A Man’s Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure.

Rosenzweig, Janet. (2015). The Parent’s Guide to Talking About Sex: A Complete Guide to Raising (Sexually) Safe, Smart and Healthy Children.

Rosenzweig, Janet. (2012). The Sex-wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child , Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Your Kids About Sex, Abuse and Bullying.

Vernacchio, Al. 2014. For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health.


Books For Youth About Sexual Health and Bodies

Corinna, Heather. (2016). S.E.X., 2nd Edition: The Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties.

Dunham, Kelli. (2015). The Boy’s Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU.

Harris, Robie H. (2014). It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health.

King, Kimberly. (2016). I Said No!: A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private.

Natterson, Cara. (2012). The Care and Keeping of You 1: The Body Book for Younger Girls.

Natterson, Cara. (2013). The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls.

Spelman, Cornelia Maude. (1997). Your Body Belongs to You.


Websites on Healthy Sexuality

American Sexual Health Association (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website)

 Go Ask Alice! (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website Based out of Columbia University) 

It’s Your Sex Life (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website)

Planned Parenthood: Info for Teens (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website)

Sexuality Resource Center for Parents (Tools for Teaching Children About Human Sexuality)

Talk With Your Kids (Tips for discussing difficult topics with your children)


NEARI Press & Training Center Webinars on Healthy Sexuality

“Promoting Sex-Wise Parenting: Supporting Parents to Promote Sexual Health and Safety” with Janet Rosenzweig, MS, Ph.D., MPA. February 2, 2016. 

“Understanding Children’s Sexual Behavior” with Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. February 18, 2014.

All articles and fact sheets used in this project not explicitly branded as NEARI Press creations are the sole property of the author(s)/creator(s).