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Sex is a Funny Word

A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU

by Cory Silverberg

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Illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Winner of the the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Winner of the 2016
 Stonewall Honor for Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

American Library Association Reading List 2016

The eagerly anticipated follow up to Lambda-nominated What Makes a Baby, from sex educator Cory Silverberg and artist Fiona Smyth, Sex Is a Funny Word reimagines "sex talk" for the twenty-first century.

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.

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“Done with great sensitivity, precision and poise ... having access to a book like this could change the life of a lot of kids.”

“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.”

“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.”

blog — November 18

Sex is a Funny Word Wins the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction




Woohoo! 

Just about everyone loves Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth's Sex is a Funnny Word, the follow-up to their acclaimed (and enlightening) book for 3–7-year-olds, What Makes a Baby? Now we can add the Canadian Children's Book Centre to the list of Silverberg and Smyth's fans. They've awarded Sex is a Funny Word the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction.

Congrats to Cory and Fiona! We couldn’t be prouder.

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Raised by a children's librarian and a sex therapist, CORY SILVERBERG split the difference and grew up to be a sexuality educator and writer. With an academic background in education and counseling psychology, he has developed and facilitated workshops for hundreds of agencies across North America, working on a range of topics including sexuality and disability, sexual pleasure, and sexual communication. He is the coauthor of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability, and since 2005 he has worked as the Sexuality Guide for About.com. In 2012, Silverberg developed a book project—What Makes a Baby?—that became the best-funded children's book ever on Kickstarter. He subsequently signed a three-book deal with Seven Stories Press to produce a series of inclusive children's books about gender and sexuality. Silverberg lives in New York City.