Teaching Young Children Their Bodies Are Private
by Jill Starishevsky
(New York, NY, USA)
My Body Belongs to Me
My Body Belongs to Me is a children's book written by a New York City prosecutor of child abuse and sex crimes who is also the mother of three.
The book is intended to prevent child sexual abuse by
teaching 3-8 years old that their bodies are private.
This thoughtful story is a great tool to begin an important discussion.
Written using non-scary language, the book, "My body belongs to me," teaches children that some parts of their body are private and are for no one else to see or touch.
Most importantly, this narrative assures young ones that sexual molestation is not their fault, and by speaking out, the child will continue to grow big and strong.
A "Suggestions for the Storyteller" section is also included to assist in facilitating a comfortable discussion afterwards, thereby helping to prevent the unthinkable from happening to any child.
With inspirational rhyming and beautiful illustrations, this is a compelling and uplifting message of what is right and wrong.
Some other reviews on "My Body Belongs to Me"
....In only 19 sentences, this simple book will empower children while promoting open communication.
- School Library Journal
....This sensitive, creative book about a very tough topic is a must-read for parents and their young children.
- Ann Pleshette Murphy, Parenting Contributor to
"Good Morning America"
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