- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 18, 2001

Books for adults

• "Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent's Guide to Talking Sense About Sex," by Deborah Roffman, Perseus Publishing, 2001. This common-sense guide discusses teaching the facts from preschool through adolescence.

• "How to Talk to Your Child About Sex: It's Best to Start Early, but It's Never Too Late A Step-by-Step Guide for Every Age," by Linda and Richard Eyre, Golden Books Publishing Co., 1998. The Eyres, parents of nine children, have written more than a dozen books on communicating with children. This one addresses the various issues from ages 3 to 19.

• "From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children," by Debra W. Haffner, Newmarket Press, 1998. This book encourages parents to teach children about sex by incorporating their own values into the conversation.

• "Flight of the Stork: What Children Think (and When) About Sex and Family Building," by Dr. Anne C. Bernstein, Perspectives Press, 1994.

Books for children ages 4 to 8

• "Mommy, Daddy, Where Do Babies Come From?" by Grace Ayad and Richard Panzer, Center for Educational Media, 1997. This book is more about the events leading up to conception, such as commitment and love.

• "Where Did I Come From?" by Peter Mayle, Lyle Stuart, 2000. This latest update of a classic book features cute illustrations, appropriate language and straightforward information.

• "Before I Was Born," by Carolyn Nystrom, Nawpress, 1995. Part of the God's Design series of books, this one is about how God made boys' and girls' bodies different. It includes basic facts about intercourse in the context of love and marriage.

• "How You Were Born," by Joanna Cole, Mulberry Books, 1994. This book features photos from the womb detailing conception, development and birth.

• "Birds and the Bees," by Sue Baker, Child's Play International, 1995. This book explains reproduction using animals as examples.

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