Teen Pregnancy in Oklahoma

Ages 3-5

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  • How Are Babies Made? by Alastair Smith – With simple text and illustrations, sperm and eggs are discussed without mention of how they come together.  A good introductory book for young children.
  • When You Were Inside Mommy by Joanna Cole – This very sweet book is filled with illustrations of a loving mom and dad.
  • Who Has What?: All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies (Let’s Talk about You and Me)  by Robie Harris – Young children are curious about almost everything. Asking questions is one of many ways they learn about themselves and the world around them. This book provides our youngest children with easy-to-understand facts and answers to their delightful, thoughtful, and often nonstop questions.
  • NO Trespassing: This Is My Body! by Pattie Fitzgerald – Written by a  child safety expert, this book does a great job educating children about good touch and bad touch without scaring children. Helps empower children to listen to their “uh oh” feelings and teaches them to make boundaries with adults. Parents guide in the back.

Ages 6-9

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  • The Care and Keeping of You (American Girl Library) by Valorie Schaefer – It answers all the questions preteen girls have about their bodies, from healthy eating to bra buying to periods. It offers guidance on basic hygiene and health without addressing issues of sexuality.
  • I Said No! A kid-to-Kid Guide to Keeping Your Private Parts Private by Kimberly King and Sue Rama – A great book for abuse prevention for children six and older. It is told from the perspective of Zack, who had a bad experience at a sleep over with another child. The book does an excellent job giving clear examples of the tools typically used in such cases- bribes and threats. The authors give examples of situations that might come up with great suggestions for children how to handle them.

Ages 10-14

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  • It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley – This informative book covers a lot of ground: gender, sexual orientation, reproduction, puberty, pregnancy, child birth, abstinence, sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and more. The book has many illustrations and cartoons to make heavy subjects lighter.
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents and Sons Revised Edition by Lynda Madaras, Area Madaras, and Simon Sullivan – Written by an experienced educator and her daughter in a reassuring and down-to earth style, The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys gives sensitive straight talk on: the body’s changing size and shape; diet and exercise; the growth spurt; the reproductive organs; body hair; voice changes; romantic and sexual feelings; and puberty in the opposite sex.  Features an introduction for parents and a helpful resource section.
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing – Up Guide for Parents and Daughters by Lynda Madaras, Area Madaras, and Simon Sullivan – In age appropriate-language, the book covers the body’s changing size and shape, breasts, the reproductive organs, the menstrual cycle, pubic hair, and includes a full chapter on puberty in boys.  Discussion on the emotional and physical development and how that compares to other girls of the same age. Also what to do with unwanted attention because of early development. Features internet resources that will guide the younger and older girls to more explicit, appropriate-to-their-age information on romance, sex, contraception, STDs, pregnancy, and multiple births.
  • Get Smart: A Teenage Girl’s Ultimate Survival Guide by Susan Mehnert-Kay, M.D., Kristina Kline, M.D., and Gwendolyn Gibson, M.D. – This book arms teens with the tools they need, offering facts and advice along with real-life stories from the authors’ own experiences with practicing medicine. Topics covered in this book include puberty and menstruation, dating, mental health, healthy body image, and more.

Ages 14 and up/ Reference

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  • Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Judy Norsigian – This newly revised and updated classic leaves no sexual stone unturned. It is an encyclopedia of information covering everything from puberty to menopause and then some. The authors go into detail about sexual health, body image, gender identity sexual orientation, relationships, sexual pleasure, consent, birth control, safe sex, STIs, unplanned pregnancies, abortion, pregnancy, miscarriages, fertility treatment, violence against women, and more.
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives by Ruth Bell – A comprehensive book for teens that addresses the physical, medical and emotional aspects of sex and other related subjects. With the help of experts, this book tackles sex, relationships, eating disorders, substance abuse, violence, STDs, birth control, and gynecological exams.
  • Got Teens?: The Doctor Moms’ Guide to Sexuality, Social Media and Other Adolescent Realities by Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., and Jennifer Wider, M.D. – In Got Teens?, the Doctor Moms combine their medical and psychological knowledge with their own personal experiences to address the most cringeworthy and difficult questions that kids often ask their parents. From “How old were you when you first had sex?” to “What’s wrong with sharing my password with a friend I trust?” and beyond, Levkoff and Wider will help you decode your teens’ questions to figure out what they really want to know. Topics include body development, emotional changes, bullying, social media, substance abuse, and more—giving parents the confidence to tackle these subjects with authority and compassion.