Kids are naturally curious. They ask 100’s of questions and want answers that make sense to them. As kids get older, their questions become more and more personal and you reach a point where you can’t skirt around certain questions that you’re being asked. You need to answer them honestly and openly.
When I became pregnant 2 years ago with my daughter, my sons were 6, 7, 8 and 9. I’ll never forget telling them that I was pregnant and everyone being all excited about it. It wasn’t soon after when my oldest son William asked me, “How does a baby get in your belly?” I wasn’t prepared with an answer. I mean, come on… I can’t say to him, “It just happens.”
And as my sons are quickly getting older, I know there are going to be tons of questions about their bodies and the changes that they’re going through. I’m going to be honest, I’m not ready for the questions, but I can be ready with some answers.
Thanks to Candlewick Press, I can sit down with my sons and read some books that easily and appropriately answer questions for them about health, their bodies and where babies come from… the beauty of these books is that they have stood the test of time and are consistently bought and read my thousands and thousands of families each year.
It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley is for children age 10 and up, which is roughly, grades 5 and up. It’s Perfectly Normal is celebrating 20 years in print this year!
Millions of kids, preteens, and teens have turned to It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health for honest, reliable, accurate, up-to-date, and accessible information to answer their questions and concerns about: puberty, sex, sexual health, reproduction, birth control, pregnancy, birth, families, LGBT, the Internet, sexual abuse, and STDs, including HIV/AIDS.
The majority of the information in this book remains current. However, as new information has become available, it has been verified by experts in various fields and added to this anniversary edition. Information about topics that are already in the book and needed to be expanded upon has also been added. This is done to make sure kids, preteens, and teens have the most accurate information they need to stay healthy and safe as they go through puberty and adolescence.
Another book that I simply adore from Candlewick Press is It’s So Amazing! by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley and is for children between the ages of 7-10, which is roughly, grades 2-5. Believe it or not, It’s So Amazing is celebrating 15 years in print this year. I actually just bought It’s So Amazing for my girlfriend’s daughter who is 9 years old and is asking a lot of questions right now.
How does a baby begin? What makes a baby male or female? How is a baby born? Children have plenty of questions about reproduction and babies — and about sex and sexuality, too. It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families provides the answers — with fun, accurate, comic-book-style artwork and clear, lively text that reflects the interests of children ages seven through ten in how things work, while giving them a healthy understanding of their bodies.
I appreciate It’s Perfectly Normal and It’s So Amazing! because these 2 books are honest and real and open. They allow conversations to begin and let children feel that the questions they have are normal and have been asked by millions of children. I love that each book takes a fun approach to subjects that are, in all honesty, difficult subjects to tackle with children. As a mom of 5, I can’t say enough good things about these books because I appreciate the love and the true passion that went into them.
With October being “Let’s Talk Month” these books couldn’t be more relevant than right now. In an age of so much technology and digital apps, it’s nice to have these books at Candlewick Press stand out so much.
They are truly conversation starters and a wonderful way to bond with your children over topics that they’re thinking about, and now you chat about them together.
I’m giving away these 2 books, the hardcover versions! I’m so excited to be able to gift these to one of my readers!
Leave me a comment telling me whom you would like these books for… kids, grandkids, niece/nephew?
I will choose a winner one week from today!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored posting with Candlewick Press. All opinions are 100% my own.