Your Whole Body
An inclusive book about the human body, from head to toe and everything in between.
COMING SOON! Publication expected Fall of 2021.
I wrote Your Whole Body because I couldn’t find a book for my toddler about anatomy that included genitals the same way it included other body parts. There are some excellent books for young children that focus on genitals or reproduction, but none that I could find that focused on the entire body, giving the genitals the same weight as other body parts like the arms.
Not only does Your Whole Body summarize all of the basic body parts including genitals, it is also LGBTQ+ inclusive: Your Whole Body does not use gender pronouns when describing what kinds of people have which genitals.
Research has shown that comprehensive, age-appropriate, sex education throughout childhood and adolescence
- supports the prevention of child sexual abuse
- contributes to academic achievement
- reduces risk taking
- contributes to healthy relationships
- advances gender equity
Further, sex education that is inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community “improves the health and academic achievement of LBGTQ youth, decreasing disparities and bullying.”1
According to The Mayo Clinic2, UNESCO 3, and The WHO 4, teaching your young child the proper names for their genitals just like you would any other body part is age-appropriate sex education. The Your Whole Body book will help!
— Lizzie Charbonneau
- Future of Sex Education. (2016, June). Building a Foundation for Sexual Health Is a K–12 Endeavor. Retrieved from https://advocatesforyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Building-a-foundation-for-Sexual-Health.pdf
- Mayo Clinic Staff. (2019, June 21). Sex education: Talking to toddlers and preschoolers about sex. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/sex-education/art-20044104
- UNESCO. (2009, December). International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education. Retrieved from https://secsromania.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/unesco-international-guidelines-ii.pdf
- (2018). International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach. Retrieved from https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000260770