Talking to Your Preschooler About Healthy Bodies

5 Books to Get You Started

Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle

This delightful book has been around since the 1970’s and it is still popular. It has great, realistic cartoons (breasts are not drawn with a compass, like in text books!) and is now available on video.

See How You Grow by Dr. Patricia Pearse and Edwina Riddell

Children love this “lift the flap” book, which has great pictures of inside the body and uterus. This book is excellent for children of all ages, and deals with growing from before birth through puberty and into adulthood.

Where Do Babies Come From? by Margaret Sheffield

This book takes quite a serious approach to explaining reproduction, and has beautiful water colour pictures. I noticed that it does not always use scientific terms for the body parts, (uses womb instead of uterus) so you may want to add these in as you are reading to your child.

The Bare Naked Book by Kathy Stinson

This is a great starter book to introduce children to their bodies. The illustrations are well done and is quite inexpensive.

Belly Buttons Are Navels by Mark Schoen

This is a delightful book to help parents teach their preschoolers the technical names for their body parts. The family cat is included somewhere in each illustration, which adds some fun to the reading. Also available on video.

Note: All of these books are available at your community library, so there is no need to purchase all of them! Look under call numbers j612.6 for other great children’s books or 649 for books on helping adults talk to children.