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Consent (for kids!) : boundaries, respect, and being in charge of you
ISBN:
9780316457736
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Summary:
This is a guide to consent and bodily autonomy, packed with bright and energetic illustrations. Readers will learn about boundaries and how to set them; ways to respect themselves and others; what to do if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe; and much more. Along the way, they'll be encouraged to reflect on (and improve!) their own behavior and to practice consent in their daily lives. Whether you're looking for a consent primer to share with a friend or searching for a way to talk to your child about what it means to be in control of their own body and respect others', look no further! .
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With clear explanations, fun illustrations, and expertly-presented information, Consent (for Kids!) is an empowering introduction to consent, bodily autonomy, and how to respect yourself and others.

Consent is like being ruler of your own country...population: YOU.

This is a smart, playful guide to consent and bodily autonomy, packed with bright and energetic illustrations. Readers will learn about boundaries and how to set them; ways to respect themselves and others; what to do if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe; and much more. Along the way, they'll be encouraged to reflect on (and improve!) their own behavior and to practice consent in their daily lives.

Whether you're looking for a consent primer to share with a friend or searching for a way to talk to your child about what it means to be in control of their own body and respect others', look no further! This humorous and insightful book from the co-creator of the viral "Tea Consent" video is the perfect teaching tool, conversation starter, and insightful, empowering resource for educators, kids, and families everywhere.


Author Notes

Rachel Brian is the founder, owner, and principal animator of Blue Seat Studios. She is best known for her work on "Tea Consent," a video that has been translated into over 20 languages and has had more than 150 million views worldwide across platforms. The follow-up, "Consent for Kids," also has a tremendous following and has been translated into over 15 languages. A long-time artist, Rachel is a former researcher and an educator, having taught physiology, biology, and math at both the high school and college level. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

VERDICT Brian takes on a potentially touchy subject with humor and clarity. This is a book that can be read in an hour, but its lessons should, and will, stay with readers for a lifetime.--Paula Willey, Enoch Pratt Free Library


Publisher's Weekly Review

In a graphic novel follow-up to her viral animated shorts Tea Consent and Consent for Kids, debut author Brian takes readers through lessons about consent and boundary setting, delineating appropriate responses to violations and modeling healthy relationships along the way. Eight short chapters break down larger concepts into specific situations and equip young readers with knowledge of their rights, identify various relational red flags (abuse of power, control, inappropriate grooming, etc.), and offer ways to articulate and assert themselves. Readers are also invited to reflect on their own behaviors and encouraged to practice asking for consent, listen with discernment, and safely support friends in difficult situations. Brian's flat drawings in a webcomic style are rendered in grayscale and accented with turquoise. Characters with stick-figure arms and legs reflect a range of ages, skin tones, and physical abilities. What's remarkable is how Brian expresses such serious, complicated subject matter so concisely and thoroughly, with simplicity and tone-appropriate wit and humor. The result is a digestible, memorable volume meant to spark enlightened action: "CONSENT TAKES PRACTICE. The more that people around you practice consent, the more natural it is for everyone." A useful, well-executed resource. Ages 6--10. (Jan.)


Kirkus Review

A comic-book handbook for young audiences about physical and emotional boundaries.This small-but-mighty resource cleverly mimics popular early-reader series like Elephant Piggie or Narwhal and Jelly, with heavy-duty binding and a jaunty cartoon feel. But instead of zany friendships, this text carefully takes children through consent, relationship dynamics, and what to do if you experience, cause, or witness harm. The unnamed characters are clothed stick figures with a variety of hairstyles and skin tones of different shades of gray. Early chapters include "You Rule," about individual boundaries, and "Giving Getting Consent," while later ones focus on community and helping others. Brian skillfully balances kid-friendly scenarios (tickling, the gift of an unsuitable pet) with clear but gentle information about safety: a phone with text messages reading "send pics" and "wanna meet?"; a firm note that if a "picture shows someone under 18 without clothes on, it's a crime." The text also acknowledges that not all kids have the power to stand up to the adults in their lives: "It's great when your family supports your choices. But if they don't, you have a few options," such as "reach[ing] out to supportive friends" or "think[ing] about what you'll do differently as an adult." The twin emphases on clear and direct communication and that it's OK to change your mind are important messages effectively delivered.A book to own and refer to, often. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

This illustrated adaptation of (and expansion on) Brian's viral video Consent for Kids guides readers through understanding consent and navigating various uncomfortable or confusing social situations involving their bodies. Stressing the concept of bodily autonomy, Brian lays out unambiguous rules for both giving and receiving consent, especially with regard to personal boundaries. She covers how to know when consent is or isn't given (directly or indirectly); how people abuse power to pressure others; how clothing communicates (it cannot give consent); having the right to change your mind; identifying unhealthy and healthy relationships; and how, when someone betrays your trust, it is not your fault. More modern situations involving technology (sharing photos, videos, etc.) are considered as well, and the lessons are related through lighthearted cartoons, making this difficult topic approachable, easily consumable, and even fun. Brian's artwork is laid out in bold typeface and clear-flowing panels and spot illustrations, starring a cast of simple, stick-limbed characters that is inclusive of race, gender, and ability. Throughout, the value of building strong friendships and support systems is emphasized, and after prompting readers to reflect upon their own experiences giving or receiving consent, Brian closes by offering resources to help those in need. Amusing, edifying, and empowering, this should be required reading for all consenting, corporeal human beings.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2020 Booklist