Children’s Books

Title: C is for Consent

Author: Eleanor Morrison, Faye Orlove

Description: The book teaches that it is okay for kids to say no to hugs and kisses, and that what happens to their body is up to them. This helps children grow up confident in their bodies, comfortable with expressing physical boundaries, and respectful of the boundaries of others. Ages 2-5

Title: It’s My Body

Author: Lory Freeman

Description: Discusses the different types of touching and offers advice on how to react to unwanted touching.

Title: My Body! What I say Goes

Author: Jayneen Sanders, Sarah Jennings

Description: The crucial skills taught in this book will help children to protect their bodies from inappropriate touch. Children will be empowered to say in a strong and clear voice, “This is my body! What I say goes!” Through age-appropriate illustrations and engaging text this book will teach children the following crucial and empowering skills in personal body safety: identifying safe and unsafe feelings, recognizing early warning signs, developing a safety network, using the correct names for private parts, understanding the difference safe and unsafe touch, understanding the difference between secrets and surprises, respecting body boundaries.

Parents, caregivers, and educators have a duty of care to protect children by teaching them Body Safety skills. These skills empower children, and go a long way in keeping them safe from abuse – ensuring they grow up as assertive and confident teenagers and adults.

Approximately 20% of girls, and 8% of boys will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday (Pereda, et al, 2009)

Title: My Body’s Mine: A Book On Body Boundaries And Sexual Abuse Prevention

Author: Kayla Marnach

Description: My Body’s Mine helps children learn they have the rights to their body. Told through rhyme from a child’s point of view this book on boundaries empowers each child to say no when others approach them in ways that make them uncomfortable. It also gives clear instructions on what to do if they are approached in an unwanted manner. The questions at the end of the book provides an easy transition for counselors and parents to open a discussion to prevent abuse or to further explore if abuse has occurred.

Title: Not In Room 204: Breaking The Silence Of Abuse 

Author: Shannon Riggs

Description: Mrs. Salvador is one tough teacher. But Regina Lillian Hadwig, a very quiet student, doesn’t mind. She likes the order and discipline Mrs. Salvador expects. At a report card conference, Mrs. Salvador tells Regina’s mom that Regina is doing a great job, but that she is very quiet. “Are you quiet at home, like you are in school?” Mrs. Salvador asks Regina. And Regina thinks of the secret she keeps so quiet―the one even her mom doesn’t know, about the secret things her father does. “Yes, I’m quiet at home, too,” says Regina. “Maybe we can work on that,” says Mrs. Salvador.

When Mrs. Salvador reads a book about Stranger Danger, she emphasizes one thing―that the person doing the inappropriate touching might not be a stranger at all. It might be someone a child knows very well. Will Regina find the courage to tell Mrs. Salvador her terrible secret?

Title: Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept

Author: Jayneen Sanders

Description: ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’ is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book that sensitively broaches the subject of keeping children safe from inappropriate touch. We teach water and road safety, but how do we teach Body Safety to young children in a way that is neither frightening nor confronting? This book is an invaluable tool for parents, caregivers, teachers and healthcare professionals to broach the subject of safe and unsafe touch in a non-threatening and age-appropriate way. The comprehensive notes to the reader and discussion questions at the back of the book support both the reader and the child when discussing the story. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years.

Title: Something Happened And I’m Scared To Tell 

Author: Patricia Kehoe, Carol Deach

Description: With the aid of a friendly lion, this book encourages young victims of sexual abuse to describe what they experienced and helps them recover self-esteem. Though not intended to replace intensive psychotherapy, the book does let children know that they are not to blame for the abuse they suffered and includes nonjudgmental language about why some adults abuse.