READING LIST JUST FOR KIDS

THE GOAL OF THIS LIST IS TO PROVIDE TOOLS THAT PARENTS MAY NEED TO BROACH CONCEPTS AROUND CONSENT, BODILY AUTONOMY, AND OTHER TOPICS THAT CAN HELP WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SAFETY.

DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR

Asking for permission to touch someone means any part of them—hair included! And it’s fully within everyone’s rights to set limits just like young African-American girl Aria does in this imaginative story with a purpose. Aria has a beautiful head of hair “that grows up toward the sun like a flower,” and often, people are so curious about her fluffy curls that they reach out and touch without even asking Aria if it’s OK. And it’s not just humans who are taken with her ’do in the story as she encounters touchy-feely mermaids, monkeys, and even aliens. But finally, Aria loses her patience, as she shouts, “DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR!”—which is exactly what she needs to do to feel in charge of her own body.

MY YUCKY FEELING

My Yucky Feeling addresses the fact that we have an internal alarm system when danger is near. A feeling that can be described as “My Yucky Feeling” can help keep us safe when in harm’s way. This book can be used as a teaching tool and as a therapeutic aid.

SAY “NO!” AND TELL!: MAISIE’S CREATIVE VIEW OF PERSONAL SAFETY FOR GIRLS

This book teaches personal safety in a child friendly story full of imagination and adventure. Teaching body awareness, explaining boundaries, and introducing personal safety (prevention awareness of safety boundaries for private parts) are pivotal milestones for children to learn today. Valuable prevention tools are woven throughout the story in a light-hearted fashion that is considerate of preserving innocence, balances naivety with wisdom, and emphasizes solutions.

MILES IS THE BOSS OF HIS BODY

Miles Is The Boss Of His Body is a fun, engaging way to explore the potentially difficult topic of kids’ personal safety.  On his 6th birthday, Miles’ excitement is dimmed when he finds himself being pinched, noogied, hugged too tight, picked up and tickled by his well-intentioned family and decides he’s had enough!  When Miles decrees that he is the “Boss of his body,” his whole family expresses support and respect for his personal boundaries.

SAY “NO!” AND TELL!: CARSON’S CREATIVE VIEW OF PERSONAL SAFETY FOR BOYS

This book teaches personal safety in a child friendly story full of imagination and adventure. Teaching body awareness, explaining boundaries, and introducing personal safety (prevention awareness of safety boundaries for private parts) are pivotal milestones for children to learn today. Valuable prevention tools are woven throughout the story in a light-hearted fashion that is considerate of preserving innocence, balances naivety with wisdom, and emphasizes solutions.

MY SAFE PLACE

My Safe Place is a delightful sing-songy story for children of all ages which guides the reader on a journey into one’s mind, leading to a place of emotional safety and comfort. From this “place” and with a great big breath or 2, the reader finds oneself in their Safe Place.

MY BODY BELONGS TO ME

It can be a challenge as a kid when so many adults around you—even the most well-meaning ones—want to hug you, pick you up, or tickle you. This effective picture book from the International Center for Assault Prevention takes kids through the basics of appropriate and inappropriate touching, tips for avoiding touch when you don’t want it, and encouragement to speak up if you feel uncomfortable. In the story, young Clara knows she’s in charge of her body—sometimes she likes being hugged by her dad or tickled by a friend, and other times she’d rather people keep their hands to themselves. Clara has the confidence to stand up for herself and set limits, and she imparts that to young readers in a clear and supportive way.

BODY SAFETY AND CONSENT COLLECTION OF BOOKS

Body Safety and Consent education is age-appropriate, non-threatening and aims to teach children these basic points:

  • Your body is YOUR body and no-one else has the right to touch it, especially your private areas (those covered by a bathing suit).

  • If someone does touch you inappropriately, you must tell a trusted adult and keep telling until you are believed.

  • Be able to identify the difference between safe and unsafe touch.

  • Understand what the words ‘respect’ and ‘consent’ mean.

  • Know what actions you can take if you feel worried or unsafe.

ABC of body safety and consent

The 26 ‘key’ letters and accompanying words will help children to learn and consolidate age-appropriate, crucial and life-changing body safety and consent skills. Designed as a ‘dip in and dip out’ book, the text, the child-centred questions and the stunning illustrations will reinforce key skills such as consent, respect, body boundaries, safe and unsafe touch, Early Warning Signs, Safety Network, private parts, and the difference between secrets and surprises. Also included are Discussion Questions for parents, caregivers and educators. Suitable for children 4 to 10 years.