Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

Lisa Cahill,

My daughter has learnt all about how babies are made from Cory Silverberg's first book How to Make a Baby.  We loved it for its colourful illustrations by Fiona Smyth and the way it simply covers the facts but takes account of all the different ways babies are made.

Sex is a Funny Word, Cory's second book, is brilliant.  Wondering whether my almost eight year old was ready for it, it was with some trepidation that I brought it out to read with her the other night. She was enthralled from page one and I needn't have worried as it is very age appropriate and highly informative. I did read it first and I must say it wasn't so much the content I was worried about but anxious that introducing these topics was making my little girl grow up way too fast.  Turns out she knew most of it anyway!

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Topics covered include:

  • What is sex?
  • Privacy, safety, and respect
  • Boundaries regarding nudity, talking about sex, and touch
  • Assigned sex, gender identity, and gender roles
  • Names and functions of body parts
  • Talking about the word “sexy”
  • Protecting yourself against unwanted sexual touch and abuse
  • Crushes, love, and sexy feelings 

Much more than the "facts of life" or “the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.

Sex Is a Funny Word is the first sex education book for this age group that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, and bisexual experience as well as gender creative and gender nonconforming children.

Highly recommended if you want an engaging and fun way to introduce all the words and concepts around body parts, feelings and the different ways that people talk about these issues.