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Communicating Consent

Consent is a vital discussion but educating teens on the topic can be tricky to get right. Check out this carefully curated book list to help start the conversation about consent culture.

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To complement our upcoming event series for young people, educators and parents about consent, our friends at City of Melbourne Libraries have curated a list of books about communication, consent and the conversations that we should be having.  

Teens and young people are leading the charge on consent culture and using language in ever evolving, sophisticated ways to articulate their experiences and the changes they want to see in the world. These resources have all been carefully selected to help centre consent in the conversation and deepen our understanding of consent culture.


  • Real Talk About Sex and Consent: What Every Teen Needs to Know by Cheryl M. Bradshaw  
  • Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU by Rachel Brian  
  • Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies): Amazing Women on what the F-word Means to Them curated by Scarlett Curtis  
  • The Boy’s Body Book by Kelli Dunham  
  • What a Time to be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide to Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue  
  • The Selfie Generation: How Our Self Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture by Alicia Eler  
  • The Big Questions Book of Sex and Consent by Donna Freitas  
  • Rookie on Love edited by Tavi Gevinson  
  • Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough  
  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given  
  • Can We Talk About Consent? by Justin Hancock  
  • We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee  
  • Welcome to Consent: How to Say No, when to Say Yes and Everything in Between by Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes  
  • Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina  
  • Meet Me at the Intersection edited by Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina  
  • Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim 
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 
  • Let’s Talk about It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan 
  • Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath Moore
  • You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy 
  • Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein  
  • Respect: Everything a Guy Needs to Know About Sex, Love, and Consent by Inti Chavez Perez  
  • Talk With Your Kids About Things That Matter by Michael Parker  
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed  
  • Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith 
  • Be Brave: Be Your Best Self Every Day by Teen Breathe 
  • Raising Feminist Boys: How to Talk with Your Child about Gender, Consent, and Empathy by Bobbi Wegner 
  • Wildlife by Fiona Wood 


Find out more about these books and their current availability on the City of Melbourne Libraries website.



Teens Talk…Consent will take place at the Wheeler Centre and online on Wednesday, 1 June 2022.

Bookings are open now for Red Light/Green Light workshops designed for students in Years 10 and 11. Please contact the Wheeler Centre’s Youth Programming Manager Bec Kavanagh at to enquire.

Reading With Consent will take place at the Wheeler Centre on Wednesday, 8 June 2022.

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