Do you know the difference between a vagina and a vulva? If you’re not sure, We Need to Talk About Vaginas by TikToker Dr. Allison K. Rodgers could be for you!
There are lots of reasons why we don’t talk about vaginas. It can be embarrassing to discuss your vagina with your parents, we can feel confused about the changes that are happening to our bodies, and nobody else talks about vaginas—so why should you?
But KNOWLEDGE IS POWER people! The more we know about our vaginas and vulvas the better equipped we will be to deal with our bodies in the future. In this beautifully illustrated book Dr. Allison K. Rodgers simply explains everything from why we have periods to sex and consent in the age of social media. You’ll learn the correct names for everything, realize pubic hair is TOTALLY NORMAL, and discover the magical self-cleaning properties of vaginas.
About the Author
Dr. Allison K. Rodgers is an Obstetrics and Gynecology doctor based in Chicago, Illinois. She discusses common issues for young women with her daughter on her TikTok account—from how to deal with menstrual cramps to coping with embarrassing parents!
Annika Le Large is an illustrator based in Leipzig, Germany. Her artworks are often related to social issues or concepts of self-love.
Neon Squid creates beautiful nonfiction books for inquisitive kids (and kids at heart). We believe the most amazing stories are real ones, so our books are for children who want to decipher ancient scrolls, orbit distant stars, and dive into the deepest oceans. Our books are a labor of love—written by experts, illustrated by the best artists around, and produced using the finest materials, including sustainably sourced paper. We hope that by reading them kids are encouraged to further explore the world around them.
"An approachable, empowering resource for readers undergoing puberty and approaching adolescence... Rodgers endeavors to provide readers with necessary tools to make informed decisions about the care and keeping of their own bodies. Le Large’s highly stylized and casual illustrations... [strike] a successful balance between easily absorbed content and sobering health education." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An educational and empowering book that normalizes change and difference. With inviting sections that reflect genuine questions... Rodgers’ body-positive tone and Le Large’s inclusive illustrations make for a fun, accessible book that offers readers from any gender an entry point to understanding vaginas, their function, and their care... visual inclusivity underscores Rodgers’ resounding message: Everyone is different, and we can be proud of our unique selves." --Kirkus, starred review
"An inviting, conversational style puts readers at ease. A wealth of helpful illustrations... makes this guide highly recommended. Not only does the art feature female bodies in a range of sizes and skin colors, it also includes a variety of abilities and identities. An important puberty resource that will leave readers educated, empowered, and feeling included." --Booklist, starred review
"Delightfully diverse, the illustrations by illustrator Annika Le Large feature bodies of all shapes, sizes, and colors. There is also an incredibly inclusive theme of honoring anyone and everyone who has a vagina. The sex talks include same-sex conversations, and there’s even an entire two-page illustration of how everyone’s vulva and labia can look a little different."--Romper
"Although written with middle and high school readers in mind, this fact-filled guide would also be great for adults who want to start a conversation. This empowering user’s manual would make an excellent addition to school and public libraries." --School Library Connection, recommended
"If you’re ready to have ‘the talk’ with your child but you’re not sure where to start, let this excellent book do the hard work for you... A must-read for every mother and daughter." --SheerLuxe