It's almost exactly three years since a whole lot of strangers helped me make What Makes a Baby happen by supporting my Kickstarter campaign. After the campaign and the first print run of 4,000 copies, Fiona and I signed a three book deal with Seven Stories Press, and now our second book is out.
Sex Is a Funny Word is comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities. It's the first sex education book for kids that is inclusive of gender non-conforming and trans bodies and experience. Much more than the "facts of life" or “the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.
Here's what others have had to say about it:
"You could send your kid to college and graduate school, and years of therapy, to learn how to lovingly come to terms with their gender and sexuality. Or you could simply read this book with them—it's that thorough, and that good."
—Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook
“Sex Is a Funny Word is a book that brilliantly reminds us of our shared humanity. Whether you are LGBTQIA or any other letter in the alphabet (including “U" for undecided), this book contains everything you ever wanted the kids in your life to know about sex.“
—James Lecesne, Co-founder of The Trevor Project
"Sex Is a Funny Word is a wonderful resource for parents and educators who want to talk with kids about sex and sexuality in a positive, loving, inclusive, and joyful way. For people who care about social justice and want to raise our kids to be healthy, safe, and strong, this is the book we have been waiting for!"
—Eveline Shen, Executive Director, Forward Together
"Sex Is a Funny Word opens a portal to a world where gender is exactly what we say it is rather than simply the sum of our ‘middle parts.’ Silverberg provides the template for all of us to see the simplicity with which we can step out of today’s binary gender paradigm." —Aidan Key, author, educator, speaker, and founder of the Gender Odyssey Conference
"This deliciously illustrated book fills a huge need for interactive sex education that parents can feel comfortable reading with their kids. It will result in some very interesting conversations. I wish the teenagers that I treat had been able read this book with a parent when they were younger!"
—Miriam Kaufman, MD Head, Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto)
"I read Sex is a Funny Word with my 10 year old daughter who immediately got it! She saw herself, family, and friends in the characters. It's an amazing resource and makes what could be a difficult conversation, quite easy. I wish I had this book as a child." —Aiesha Turman, Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girl Project
"Inventive, inclusive, and inspiring Sex is a Funny Word is a fantastic new resource for young people to learn about sex and so much more! Brilliant in color and content, the protagonists Zai, Cooper, Mimi, and Omar provide children with the means and the encouragement to explore their feelings, to ask questions, and to be who they are. This is a book that puts diversity and justice at the center of sexuality education - exactly where it should be!"
—Al Vernacchio, MS Ed, and author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health
"In Sex is a Funny Word, Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth have added an important and original resource to the world of sex education for young people. Flexible in design, engaging for kids, and culturally responsive, their work represents a new generation of sex education materials. With the themes of respect, trust joy, and justice, Sex is a Funny Word represents the experiences of young people across the gender spectrum; while geared towards preadolescents, it nonetheless presents a nuanced and inclusive way for talking about this important and sometimes confusing subject."
—Joel Baum, MS Senior Director, Professional Development and Family Services, Gender Spectrum