Fiction books related to relationships and sexual health education
Topics: gender stereotypes and roles, diversity.
Annabella Jones decides that today she will be a proper little lady and sets off to play in her very best dress! But the Proper Little Lady runs into all sorts of adventures - climbing trees, even playing football and arrives home looking a little less proper.
Age: 3+ years.
Topics: resilience, emotions, feelings, jealousy, anger, hate, isolation, injustice, siblings, friendship.
Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
Age: 6 to 9 years.
Topics: protective behaviours, child abuse prevention, bodily autonomy, safety, art.
Focusing on empowerment and prevention, this approachable book gives young children a way to reject unwanted, possibly harmful physical contact by adults and other kids.
Age: 4 to 7 years.
Topics: changes, families, new baby.
When Joseph's mother comes home, says his father, things are going to change. And so they do, in the most extraordinary ways. This book explores the changes to Joseph's life when his parents bring home his baby sister.
Ages: 4 to 11 years.
Topics: peer pressure, emotional literacy, positive coping strategies.
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place - a pigeon! The pigeon pleads and begs his way through the book offering lots of opportunity for audience participation.
Age: 2 to 6 years.
Topics: emotional literacy, sadness, change, families, divorce
Emily wants to be an artist. She likes painting and loves the way artists like Pablo Picasso mixed things up. Emily's life is a little mixed up right now. Her dad doesn't live at home anymore, and it feels like everything around her is changing. She is going through her 'blue period'. A book about a young child dealing with her parent's divorce.
Ages: 4 to 8 years.
Topics: sexting, LGBTI, sexual diversity, families, transgender, gender diversity.
Girls Like That explores the pressures caused by technology when a schoolgirls naked photograph goes viral. Legend High School's version of the play (external link) 1hr 51min
Banana Boys is about the challenge of being on the school football team and being secretly gay.
Holloway Jones is a about with growing up with a parent in prison.
Pronoun is about two childhood sweethearts dealing with the fact that one of them, Isabella, has come out as transgender.
Topics: friendships, kindness, trustworthiness, emotional literacy, perseverance, resilience.
Horton, the loveable elephant, represents kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance in his quest to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust.
Ages 4 to 8.
Topics: friendships, conflict resolution, emotional literacy.
This picture book contains many examples of how to be a friend and offers kids practical suggestions about resolving arguments, getting over being shy, handling bossy children and bullies, and more.
Agers 4 to 8 years.
Topics: emotional literacy, anger, coping strategies.
This book combines information, jokes and funny cartoons to help children understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not. It teaches them how to recognise anger in themselves and others, how to handle situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel.
Ages: 8 to 11 years.