Available for virtual visits in : British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and the Yukon 

Craft: Author

Genre: Picture Book/Middle Grade Non-Fiction

Target Audience: Grades 2-12

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00



Virtual Workshop Information:


Like books, all bodies have both an outside, or cover, that people can see (and even judge!) and an inside that’s full of stories about who we are and how we got to be that way.  In this workshop educator and author Cory Silverberg will read selections from Sex Is a Funny Word that focus on bodies, identity, and boundaries. Cory will then facilitate short and accessible drawing and/or writing activities that encourage young people to think about aspects of themselves and their identities they are proud of and to reflect on how we all hold many varied identities and roles. 

Can be adapted for Grades 2 – 12

Option #2: GENDER IS EVERYWHERE  Whatever gender is, it’s always a mix of who we are and who everyone else thinks we are. Gender is something we explore, celebrate, and have trouble with for as long as we’re alive. That’s not a bad thing or a good thing.  It just is.  This workshop starts with a reading from You Know, Sex, the non-fiction comic for 10-14-year-olds that helps kids think about the way gender is shaped by the world around them. The reading will be followed by short writing activities that invite young people to explore the multiple meanings of gender around them. From TV and movies to social media to the clothes they wear everyday (and the ones they dream of wearing) we’ll talk about gender roles, expression and expectations. Note that for safety reasons the focus of this workshop is a collective activity of describing gender around us, not personal disclosures or exploring individual students gender identities.

Can be adapted for Grades 2 – 12

Book List

Silverberg, C. & Smyth, F. What Makes a Baby. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2013
Silverberg, C. & Smyth, F. Sex Is a Funny Word. New York: Seven Stories Press,
2015 Silverberg, C. & Smyth, F. You Know, Sex. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2022
Intro Video – Sex is a Funny Word


Raised in the 1970s by a children’s librarian and a sex therapist, Cory Silverberg grew up to be a sex educator, an author, and queer (not necessarily in that order). Cory received a master’s degree in education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Cory is the co-author of four books, including the ALA Stonewall Honor Book Sex Is a Funny Word, with Fiona Smyth. Their next book, You Know, Sex will be published in 2022. Cory’s life is full of kids. All of them know where babies come from. Some know more.