Do you have a child in your family between the ages of 3 and 9? If so, it would be beneficial to consider buying a copy of Jill Starishevsky’s My Body Belongs to Me. Starishevsky is an experienced sexual crimes prosecutor in New York City who saw that children need a way to determine if they’ve been improperly touched; she came up with this children’s book as a solution. My Body explains to children, in words and rhymes they can understand, what the difference is between their public and private parts.
My Body also encourages children to report improper touching to trusted authorities such as their teachers or parents. The book further explains to them that sexual assault is not their fault, and that they’re brave to act when it happens. This is a fine job by Starishevsky and it contains beautiful illustrations (drawings) by Sara Muller. Adults benefit from a reader’s guide that explains to them how to use the book when talking to their children. There’s also an appendix with information on associations that can serve as resources for children and families affected by violence and/or sexual assault.
For a price of $14.95, this book serves as a valuable insurance policy that may help to protect a child you know and love, and protect others through a powerful message of prevention. It should definitely be read and shared.
A review copy was provided by the author.