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Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU Hardcover – July 28, 2015
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"Exciting, enlightening, and innovative, this book addresses timeless questions about sex for a new generation of kids who are increasingly aware of the broad spectrum of gender and sexual identities." —Clara Hendricks, School Library Journal, starred review
"Done with great sensitivity, precision and poise ... having access to a book like this could change the life of a lot of kids." —Feministing
"Silverberg is posing big questions at a crucial time ...[Books like his] represent shifting ideas and the inevitable parent-kid conversations around them." —Maclean's
“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.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"With skin tones in unlikely shades (blue! purple! green!) and wildly diverse crowd scenes, chances are good that any reader can identify with someone in these pages. Refreshingly, these crowds are diverse in a way that does not appear assembled by checklist. Lively design, bright, clashing colors, cartoon-style illustrations, comic strips, and plenty of humor support the informal, inclusive approach ... This carefully thought-out explanation may surprise but should be widely appreciated." —Kirkus Reviews
"You could send your kid to college and graduate school, and years of therapy, to learn how to lovingly come to terms with their gender and sexuality. Or you could simply read this book with them—it's that thorough, and that good." —Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook
“Sex Is a Funny Word is a book that brilliantly reminds us of our shared humanity. Whether you are LGBTQIA or any other letter in the alphabet (including 'U' for undecided), this book contains everything you ever wanted the kids in your life to know about sex.“ —James Lecesne, co-founder, The Trevor Project
"I read Sex is a Funny Word with my 10 year old daughter who immediately got it! She saw herself, family, and friends in the characters. It's an amazing resource and makes what could be a difficult conversation, quite easy. I wish I had this book as a child." —Aiesha Turman, Founder and Executive Director, The Black Girl Project
"Yes, it’s written for 7-to-10-year-olds. But I’d like to see it on the required reading list for high school freshmen, college resident advisors, military personnel, early-childhood educators, coaches, clergy, police officers, pediatricians and parents. Did I miss anyone? ... the story begins not with body parts but with values: Respect. Trust. Joy. Justice. 'Justice is like fairness, only bigger,' Silverberg explains. 'Justice means that every person and every body matters.' Could we have that etched over every middle-school entry door, please? And while the chisel’s still warm, put it on the nation’s courtrooms, too." —Anndee Hochman, Broad Street Review
"Sex Is a Funny Word opens a portal to a world where gender is exactly what we say it is rather than simply the sum of our ‘middle parts.’ Silverberg provides the template for all of us to see the simplicity with which we can step out of today’s binary gender paradigm." —Aidan Key, founder of the Gender Odyssey Conference
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What I was immediately impressed with was the illustrations and how the characters are presented—their personalities first, gender and preferences later. The characters seem very relatable. Overall, I’m happy with this purchase.
Never has a book been more inclusive, more approachable, more honest, and invited a more open dialog between child and adult than this book.
The questions are likely to make adults question their own assumptions and stories about sex, which will provide a beautiful discussion that is rich and honest for everyone involved.
From body parts to love to setting boundaries, Sex is a Funny Word is the best book I've ever read about sex aimed at young folks.
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My 8 year old was more impressed with a book called "Your growing body"
I would reccomend it instead of "sex is a funny word. "
This is the most comprehensive and inclusive resource for the age group we've yet to see. It is fun, accessible, and touches on everything that should be mentioned. We really loved the different characters who had different attitudes towards sex, as well as the broad range of people, relationships, and ways of being represented in the book. Overall, a fantastic and revolutionary resource.