Sex Is a Funny Word is a highly visual introduction to sex education for children ages 7-10. This inclusive book features full-page artwork and comic sequences that follow four students as they react to discussions of gender, bodies, touching, and the emotions that lead to sexual contact; and the book stops short of getting into the mechanics of intercourse. Throughout, Silverberg invites readers to consider their own feelings through activities and questions (“Why do you think people want to know if a baby is a boy or a girl?”). Emphasizing the importance of trust, respect, justice, and joy—as well as open communication—it’s a thoughtful and affirming exploration of relationships, gender identity, and growing sexual awareness.
- 160 pages