Preventing Child Abuse Through Picture Books

Child Abuse Prevention month is April, but lessons on personal safety aren’t limited to this month. I like tackling Erin’s Law during the holiday season when so many of my kids are around extended families and travelling. Here are just a few picture books you can use to tackle such a difficult subject.

I Can Say No by Jenny Simmons

I Can Say No: Jenny Simmons, Kristin Sorra: 9781937870775: Books

This book is a MUST HAVE for school counselors and social workers! It’s a great way to help students set boundaries, tackle Erin’s law, and stand up for themselves in a respectful way. I love it so much I created a companion activity to go with it!

Read more about the book here.

Activity: Check out these AMAZING freebies from Stories by Storie.

Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU by Rachel Brian

This is a super kid friendly book that tackles so many difficult topics, including respecting your body and others.

Activity: Partner with this video!

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept: Protect Children from Unsafe Touch by Teaching Them to Always Speak Up Jayneen Sanders

This is my favorite book for 2nd-4th to talk about the difference between safe and unsafe secrets. It presents real life situations in a non threatening way.

Activity: Partner with The Responsive Counselors activity set.

Do You Have a Secret? by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

At the center of my lessons is always the things we report. This book helps kids understand that not all secrets are safe and what to do about them.

Activity: Partner with this activity from the Music City School Counselor.

Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect: Teach .. by Jayneen Sanders

This book teaches students about “body boundaries, both theirs and others, is crucial to a child’s growing sense of self, their confidence and how they should expect to be treated by others.”

Activity: Partner with the videos from Fight Child Abuse.

Miles Is the Boss of His Body by Abbie Schiller and Samantha Counter

This book is so awesome because it really tackles being the boss of your body with everyone- including that grandpa that tickles!

Activity: Partner with the Ruby Studio Safety video for grades K-2.

My Body! What I Say Goes! Teach Children about Body Safety, … by Jayneen Sanders

My Body! What I Say Goes!: A book to empower and teach children about  personal body safety, feelings, safe and unsafe touch, private parts,  secrets and surprises, consent, and respectful relationships: Sanders,

Another great title for talking to kids about touches that are ok and those that are not.

Activity: Partner with this activity from Counselor Keri.

I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private by Kimberly King and Zack King

I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private: Kimberly  King, Zack King, Sue Rama: 9781878076496: Books

A wonderful title to talk about setting boundaries and standing up for yourself.

Activity: Partner with this activity from Counselor Keri.

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