Consent: Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU (for Kids!)
Consent: Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU (for Kids!)
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Annotation: With clear explanations, fun illustrations, and expertly-presented information, Consent (for Kids!) is an empowering int... more
Catalog Number: #203331
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 64 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-45773-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-45773-6
Dewey: 158.2
LCCN: 2019946166
Dimensions: 21 cm
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
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.)

School Library Journal
Gr 25 Brian's "Consent: It's as Simple as Tea" video, which uses a cup of tea as a metaphor for sexual consent, went viral several years ago. Now the animator teaches children how to establish boundaries and speak up for themselves when they don't want to be hugged (or tickled or tackled or pinched or pushed). Brian notes that respecting others begins with self-respect, and though consent is an essential part of sexuality, it's also key to cultivating healthy friendships. The scenarios and analogies here sit comfortably within the scope of a child's experienceyou can decline if someone gives you a chewed-up French fry, for example. You might have to hold an adult's hand when crossing a parking lot even though you don't want to, but it's fine to ask the adult to ease up on their grip. If you've agreed to let someone hurl pies at your face in the past, you can change your mind. You should say no if someone offers to show you an embarrassing photo of a friend. Though the book steers clear of explicit sexual content, Brian adds that pictures and videos should never be shared without the subject's consent, and that taking and sending nude photos of children under 18 is a crime. Varied panel layouts and two-color cartoon art featuring appealing, blobby stick-figure characters keep the book lively. 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
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred 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.
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School Library Journal (12/1/19)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 1-4
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.

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