Sex Education Books For Teens

  • One thing is for certain: teens are curious about sex. I can still remember my own experiences reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, asking my mom about boners, and giggling with my best friend as we discussed the sex scene in our favorite sci-if novel.

    Despite the fact that society uses sex to sell everything, finding accurate and age-appropriate sex education resources for teens that also align with parents’ values can feel difficult. Below is a list of books on sexual and reproductive health that are specifically written for adolescents.

    This list is a subset of those maintained by SIECUS and Advocates for Youth.


    Younger Teens (Middle School)

    The Guy Book:  An Owner’s Manual, Mavis Jukes.

    It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health, Robie Harris[1] and Michael Emberley

    Period. A Girl’s Guide, JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen

    Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU, Cory Silverberg

    What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls and What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys, Lynda Madaras, Area Madaras, and Simon Sullivan

    What’s Happening to Me? A Guide to Puberty, Peter Mayle, Arthur Robbins


    Older Teens (High School)

    Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More, Jane Fonda

    Caution: Do Not Open Until Puberty!: An Introduction to Sexuality for Young Adults with Disabilities, Rick Enright, B.A., M.S.W

    From Your Doctor to You: What Every Teenage Girl Should Know About Her Body, Sex, STDs, and Contraception, Dr. Fatu Forna

    GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens, Kelly Huegel

    The Go Ask Alice Book of Answers: A Guide to Good Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Health, Columbia University’s Health Education Program

    S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College, Heather Corinna


    [1] Look for other books by this author too.

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