Deal with it before boundaries get crossed

From the Series Lorimer Deal With It

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 9
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Consent isn’t just about sex. From an early age, kids are taught to respect personal space. They learn to express themselves and how they feel. While they must be taught that kissing, hugging, and touching are sometimes appropriate and sometimes not, it’s also important that they consider that consent is needed for interactions like borrowing things, sharing possessions, or sharing someone’s secrets. And that consent cannot be assumed, even if it has been given at a different time.

This illustrated book offers information, quizzes, comics, and real-life situations to help kids think critically about what consent is, and what it looks like and sounds like when it is given or not given.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 9
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Graphic Novels, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF062040, JNF053170, JNF053050
Dewey 176
Dimensions 8.5 x 11
Lexile 770
Features Bibliography/further reading and Reviewed

Author: Keisha Evans

Keisha Evans has been supporting and advocating for children, youth and their families for more than twenty years. She is a child youth counselor and works to teach children about body safety and respecting boundaries.

Illustrator: Jenny Chan

Jenny Chan is an illustrator, designer, and developer working with The Public Studio. The Public Studio is a community-centered social justice design studio that works alongside non-profits, grassroots organizations, and people trying to change the world.


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School Library Journal

“A valuable addition to collections for young adolescents, especially where materials addressing consent are lacking.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Empowering and useful.”—Kirkus Reviews


“[The book] defines consent and, through colorful illustrations and comic book-style spreads, explores situations when it is assumed, expressed, informed, or implied. . . . Readers are reassured in this informative and useful book that ‘what is most important is that everyone feels safe and comfortable.’”—Booklist