Wrap it Up! (As in gifts, this time. Not condoms.)

Looking for the perfect gift for your precocious preschooler or your curious and keen teen? Unhushed has you covered! Check out our book recommendations that are sure to spread some sexuality positive holiday cheer.

For the tiny to mid-sized humans (Ages 2-8):

Julián at the Wedding written and illustrated by Jessica Love

The last time we saw Julián, he was a mermaid. Today, he is in a wedding with two brides, a dog named Gloria, and his new friend Marisol! This is a gentle, whimsical book full of love and magic.

Recommended ages: 2-5

Image description: Cover of the book "Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like it)" by Carrie Finison

Don’t Hug Doug: (He Doesn’t Like it) written by Carrie Finison and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

Doug likes a lot of things – his sock collection, harmonica bands, and even you! But he doesn’t like hugs. This book explores consent and bodily autonomy in an incredibly accessible and fun way.

Recommended ages: 3 – 7

Princesses Verses Dinosaurs written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Joy Ang

As a former (and current) tiara and Tyrannosaurus enthusiast, I can’t help but love this book. A diverse and adorable set of princesses square off against a rough-and-tumble crew of dinosaurs and hilarity ensues. This book is a great starting place for conversations about gender expression and whether anything is for “just boys” or “just girls”

Recommended ages: 3-8

For middle grade readers (Ages 8-12):

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

Stevie wants to know everything. Even when it’s scary. Especially when it’s scary. This sweet, brave book follows her exploration of sharks, her first crush, and coming out to her mom.

(This book definitely made me cry. In a good way.)

Recommended ages: 8-12

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

If you’re looking for a book about grief, ghosts, and gender, look no further. As a fan of magical realism, I absolutely adored this book. And yes, it also made me cry.

For teens (Ages 13-18):

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Magic Fish is a graphic novel recommended by our resident YA expert Ryan Dillon. Follow our protagonist Tiến as he finds ways to share stories and his identity with his parents.

Recommended Ages: 13-18

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

In another Ryan recommended read, this is a rich and textured novel that tackles transphobia, intersectionality, and first romances.

Recommended Ages: 14 and up

For the biggest kids (18 and up):

Breaking The Hush Factor by Karen Rayne

Okay, sure. Did our executive director write this? Yes. Do I still think it’s genius? Also yes.

This is an easy, breezy guide for any parents looking for guidance on speaking with their teens about sex or any other potentially sensitive topic.

What Fresh Hell is This? by Heather Corinna

If you or a loved one have a uterus, this is a must-read. Authored by Heather Corinna (founder of Scarleteen.com, author of S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College, and one of our all-around favorite people), this book is an inclusive, informative, and hilarious guide to menopause.

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