- Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU by Rachel Brian
Brian, Rachel Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU; written and illus. by Rachel Brian. Little, 2020 64p Trade ed. ISBN 978-0-316-45773-6 $15.99 E-book ed. ISBN 978-0-316-45777-4 $9.99 R Gr. 2-4
With wit, humor, and stick figures, Brian breaks down issues of consent, physical and emotional boundaries, and bodily autonomy in kid-friendly terms, avoiding condescension or vague instructions. The comic book–styled text balances empowerment (emphasizing to kids that they get to determine their own boundaries, change their minds, and follow their gut) with responsibility (asking them to consider the ways in which they can respect others' boundaries and how they can help their friends whose boundaries have been crossed). Multiple scenarios offer examples for a wide age group, from how to handle Aunt Gladys and her clueless demands of hugs and kisses to a discussion about sharing pictures or videos of friends of others (with a clear note stating "if the picture shows someone under 18 without clothes on, it's a crime"). The simple art is especially effective in providing kids with helpful visuals, giving examples of what "no" looks like even when it's not said, ways in which to be social, with or without physical touch, and how everybody's boundaries are different. While the format is targeted for the early-chapter set, the content is useful to many ages, and adults could easily use this with younger kids to start a necessary conversation.