With My Permission: A Child’s Guide to Understanding Consent (Danielle Dowie)

Hello, friends! Our book today is With My Permission: A Child’s Guide to Understanding Consent, written by Danielle Dowie and illustrated by Edyta Karaban, an important lesson about autonomy for little ones.

Even though Baya and Bash are little, they are allowed to make decisions about their bodies, feelings, and belongings – and have those decisions respected by others! If people want to hug them or kiss them, or even touch their hair, they have to ask permission first. Same goes for playing with their toys, eating their food, or making conversation about their day; if either wants to share, they will, but please ask for permission. Lastly, if Baya or Bash either change their mind about the permissions they have given, they are allowed to say “no” or “stop.” Baya and Bash understand the importance of consent, because it keeps them safe by giving them control over what is theirs, and it can do the same for you.

Fantastic. The concept of informed and enthusiastic consent is one that is being discussed a lot nowadays, and is mistakenly assumed to be an issue related solely to adult life. However, consent is absolutely an idea that should be taught to kids, especially in terms of understanding that they have autonomy over their bodies and personal freedoms. Dowie’s well-metered rhyming text is engaging for kids and covers not only physical touch, but a wide range of situations in which consent is important (for instance, if a child does not want to talk about their day, they are allowed not to). Karaban’s illustrations are colorful and support the material well, even if they seem a little flat. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ and I both enjoyed this one. Overall, a simple way to introduce a critical topic to young readers, and we highly recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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