Child Safety Book List

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Children's Justice Center has shared a list of titles they recommend for children.

Note to caregivers: We recommend that you preview books before reading them to children, and be prepared for questions they may have. Not all books cover all aspects of safety for children, so reading a variety of books helps you open doors of communication about many difficult topics. By reading these books with them, it affords children permission to talk about body parts and safety, and removes stigma from the topic. Start conversations with children about their bodies and body safety at their developmental level. Use correct names for all body parts - including genitalia - to empower children to tell you if they experience any inappropriate, uncomfortable, or confusing touches.

Updated November 29, 2023
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I love my body because /
Anand, Shelly,
All Are Welcome meets Bodies Are Cool in this picture book that shows us what makes every body special. Everybody has a body and every body is good. Your body takes you where you want to go. Your body is your first home. And your body is different from everyone else...
Let's talk about body boundaries, consent & respect : a book to teach children about body ownership, respectful relationships, feelings and emotions, choices, and recognizing bullying behaviors
Sanders, Jayneen
This book explores consent and respect with children especially in relation to body boundaries, both theirs and others. A child growing up knowing they have a right to their own personal space, gives that child ownership and choices as to what happens to them. These concepts are presented in a child...
My body! what I say goes! : a book to empower and teach children about personal body safety, feelings, safe and unsafe touch, private parts, secrets and surprises, consent, and respectful relationships
Sanders, Jayneen
This comprehensive, empowering and age-appropriate children's book will teach children about respect, consent and body boundaries. It also explores safe and unsafe feelings, early warning signs, a safety network, the correct names for private parts, safe and unsafe touch, and the difference between...
C is for Consent
Morrison, Eleanor
A children's board book about respecting body boundaries. Teaches babies, toddlers, and thoughtful parents that it is okay for kids to say no to hugs and kisses, and that what happens to a person's body is up to them. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, written by a mom, illustrated by a feminist...
Yes! No! : a first conversation about consent
Madison, Megan
A picture book edition of the bestselling board book about consent, offering adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way. A board book bestseller - now in picture book! Developed by experts in the...
The huge bag of worries
Ironside, Virginia.
A reassuring picture book encouraging children to open up about their fears and anxieties to help manage their feelings. The perfect book to soothe worries during stressful times. Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are...
God made all of me : a book to help children protect their bodies
Holcomb, Justin S.
God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb is an invaluable resource and beautifully illustrated story to help families talk about sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, home is the ideal environment for a...
My Body Is Special and Private
SImeone, Adrianne
Introducing the concepts of private parts and body safety to children ages 3-6.
Consent (for kids!) : boundaries, respect, and being in charge of you
Brian, Rachel
With clear explanations, fun illustrations, and expertly-presented information, Consent (for Kids!) is an empowering introduction to consent, bodily autonomy, and respect for yourself and others. Consent is like being ruler of your own country.....
Bodies are cool
Feder, Tyler
This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.   From the acclaimed creator of Dancing at the Pity Party and Roaring Softly, this picture book is a pure celebration of all the...
I can play it safe
Feigh, Alison.
Here's help for all adults who want to talk to young children about personal safety. Written by an expert in child safety, this full-color picture book teaches kids (and helps adults reinforce) seven important rules to personal safety in a nonthreatening way. It covers topics like safe...
Don't hug Doug
Finison, Carrie
Meet Doug, an ordinary kid who doesn't like hugs, in this fun and exuberant story which aims to spark discussions about bodily autonomy and consent--from author Carrie Finison and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The World Needs More Purple People, Daniel Wiseman.<...
Escuchando a mi cuerpo : una guía para ayudar a los nińos entender la conexión entre las sensaciones físicas y sus sentimientos /
Garcia, Gabi,
¡Los niños aprenden lo que practican! Escuchando a Mi Cuerpo es un libro interactivo que introduce a los niños a la práctica de notar y nombrar sus sentimientos y las sensaciones físicas que los acompañan. Ayuda a los niños a desarrollar su capacidad para ser conscientes,...
Listening to my body : a guide to helping kids understand the connection between sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need
Garcia, Gabi
Children learn what they practice This engaging and interactive book guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the sensations that accompany them. Engages children in easy, kid-friendly mindfulness activities. Helps kids...
My body belongs to me from my head to my toes
Geisler, Dagmar
Now every parent, grandparent, or teacher can explain to a child the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching in a way that young boys and girls can understand. As a child, there are constantly people trying to pick you up, hug you, or tickle you. Sometimes,...

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