by Zack and Kimberly King (Boulden, 2008) Ages 5 and up Issue: Body Boundaries
There's no easy way to discuss body boundaries or sexual abuse with a child. This book
, written from a child's perspective, approaches the subject in a conversational way that helps adults open a relatable dialogue. It's very clear (though never graphic), and manages to be thorough without being scary. It covers all the bases from what "private parts" are, to recognizing "red-flag" behavior, and all the "what-ifs" in-between. It deals with "treats, bribes and threats," saying "No way! Loud and clear," and "telling a trusted adult." The book's length may challenge young kids' attention spans, but the authors' graceful handling of a tricky subject makes it suitable for kids as young as five. I feel assured that my son will recognize dangerous situations because of this book.