Best Books to Teach Children Not to Talk to Strangers (Stranger Danger)

There are many good kids books about not talking to strangers. Here are a few of my favorites:

This is the perfect book on helping teach clear rules and arrangements to your loved ones so that they have the tools they need to feel empowered during uncertain or vulnerable times.  At the end of the book, there is also a prompt to help you child create their own 'safe' list as well as helpful resources for parents. 

This classic book teaches children about the importance of personal safety and how to protect themselves from strangers.
This beloved series teaches children about a variety of safety topics, including stranger danger and decision-making.

Say No and Go: Stranger Safety (How to Be Safe!) by Jill Urban Donahue

 A great pick for children older than 5, this book teaches children some straightforward 'smart' rules around trust, safety and protecting yourself. 

This book teaches children about their bodies and how to protect themselves from unwanted touching.
This book teaches children about how to make good choices and stay safe.


These books are all age-appropriate and engaging, and they teach children important safety lessons that can help keep them safe.

Here are some additional tips for talking to your children about stranger danger:

  • Start the conversation early. Children can learn about stranger danger as early as age 2.
  • Use age-appropriate language. Tailor your conversation to your child's level of understanding.
  • Be positive. Don't scare your child, but do emphasize the importance of safety.
  • Practice what to do. Role-play different scenarios with your child so they know what to do if a stranger approaches them.
  • Be consistent. Talk about stranger danger often so your child remembers what to do.

By talking to your children about stranger danger and using these tips, you can help keep them safe.


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