CONSENT (FOR KIDS!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of You
by Rachel Brian
January 2020 – Little, Brown (US)
The book adults are looking for to talk about consent and bodily autonomy with the kids in their lives, CONSENT (FOR KIDS!) is informative, age-appropriate, humorously illustrated in a simple graphic novel format, and comprehensive.
Teaching kids how to navigate each other’s boundaries safely, and how to identify inappropriate « grooming » behavior, is a key strategy for reducing rates of sexual assault and harassment, and to helping kids feel in control of their own bodies, reduce victim-blaming, and recognize differences without judgment.
Everyone faces issues around consent. Some situations are relatively harmless; others are life-altering. Funny, playful, and focused on personal autonomy, this primer will help young people intervene to help others and reflect on (and improve!) their own behaviors, all while using age-appropriate humor and storytelling to go along with lighthearted and relatable artwork.
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 with more than 150 million views worldwide across platforms. The follow-up, « Consent for Kids,” 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.