7 Of The Most Graphic Sex Ed Books That You Totally Forgot About

By the time I’d turned twelve, I’d somehow managed to amass what might have been the largest collection of sex ed books for a single-family home in the state of Virginia. I don’t know how, exactly this happened–my grandma was a librarian? I went to birthday parties where they gave out The Care And Keeping Of You in the gift bags? My parents didn’t want to talk to me?–but one day, I woke up and realized that I, like, a good 25% of my bookshelf was dedicated to the “birds and the bees” literary genre alone.

So, what I am trying to say here is that I know a lot about sex (education books) and, as such, I know that they all–even the best of them–can, at times, get a little too freaky. Check them out:


How Babies Are Made by Andrew C. Andry and Steven Schapp

This book has been making the rounds on the "you-won't-believe-this-book-exists" news junket as of late and, uh, there's good reason for that. As you can see from the picture, it's totally insane.

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How A Baby Is Made by Per Holm Knudsen

Other than the illustration that you can see, what really makes this book special is the very disturbing birthing scene that it contains. It came out in 1975, so you probably haven't seen it--but, if you really need it, you can buy a copy on Amazon. It'll only set you back about $85.

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It's Not The Stork by Robie H. Harris

If you've been looking for a comic about fertilizing ovaries, I've found the book for you. This book isn't quite as graphic as the others, but it makes up for it in sheer dedication--it's almost sixty pages long and has an index and table of contents, too. Plus, don't worry--this book is narrated by a winning bird and bee duo. Adorable.

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Our Whole Lives by Pamela M. Wilson

This is the book you get if you enroll, as I did in the (very comprehensive) sex ed class with the Unitarian Universalist organization. The book is, like, 400 pages and covers literally everything about sex. Plus, there are lots of very serious-looking illustrations.

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It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Embrey

In the twenty-one years that this book has been in publication, it has caused so. much. trouble due to its prevalence of (cartoon) nudity and frank discussion of human sexuality. It's not a big deal, really--and is, in fact, a very comprehensive, helpful book--but it continues to be at the top of many banned books lists, even as recently as this past year.

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Show Me! by Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt and Will McBride

This book was originally published in 1974 by German psychiatrist Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt for children and their parents. It differs from other sex ed and puberty books in that it shows actual nude photos of body parts, not just illustrations. While some parents appreciated the book for its frank, open discussion of sexuality, others, predictably, were not about it.

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Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle

This is a very straightforward book about sex--but don't worry, it still has illustrations. It's written in a way that tries to help its readers be less embarrassed when talking about sex, but even the endorsement touts its potential offensiveness. I'm in, obviously.

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What do you think of these books? Did I forget to include any? Let us know in the comments!

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