Kit and Arlo Find a Way

Stories about consent for 8–12 year olds

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ISBN13 : 9781742866536

Author(s) : Ingrid Laguna and Vanessa Hamilton

Publisher : ACER Press, 2022

SKU : A5379BK

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Kit goes to school with her friends Harley and Vanya, and always tries her best at everything she does. Arlo is too loud, too close, just too... much. But when a moving van pulls up next to Kit’s house one weekend, Kit and Arlo find out they have a lot more in common than they thought. Join Kit, Arlo and their friends as they navigate school, home life and friendships, and learn more than a few things about how to get along.

Kit and Arlo Find a Way: Stories about consent for 8–12 year olds is a much needed consent teaching resource for Grades 3 to 6. An action-packed and relatable fictional chapter book, Kit and Arlo is a page-turning journey of upper primary school kids – Kit, Arlo, Harley and Vanya – developing and exploring friendships with plenty of ups and downs. Entertaining and compelling as a standalone narrative, Kit and Arlo’s secret weapon is that it contains all of the complex components of consent and includes respectful relationships education in an age-appropriate format.

Teachers and parents can read the story, chapter by chapter, in class, and then use the discussion points and ‘read and respond’ notes to facilitate conversations around consent in child-friendly ways with their students. For schools and families needing a more in-depth consent and respectful relationships curriculum, a dedicated Kit and Arlo resources platform houses evidence-based teaching activities, videos, webinars, podcasts, resource links and lesson plans designed to tie in with the story.

Key topics include:

  • body boundaries and safety
  • verbal and non-verbal cues
  • developing a sense of self, personal strength and self-determination
  • understanding that the responsibly of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ should be shared
  • understanding that shared activities should have enthusiastic, affirmative and ongoing consent
  • having the courage to withdraw consent
  • understanding gendered stereotypes, coercion and power imbalances
  • learning to have empathy for others
  • managing disappointment when someone changes their mind
  • how to be an upstander when someone is being harmed
  • the keys to respectful relationships and better friendships.

Kit and Arlo Find a Way is a vital resource for schools doing the essential work of empowering kids with decision-making skills that will carry through to their interactions and relationships later on in life.

Purchase a copy of Kit and Arlo Find a Way and receive a free registration to the Kit and Arlo Workshop

Date: Tuesday 6/9/22
Time: 3.45 pm – 5 pm AEST
Format: Online via ZOOM

You will receive your log in details in the week leading up to the workshop.

Teaching consent to children

For schools and families needing a more in-depth consent and respectful relationships curriculum, a dedicated Kit and Arlo resources platform houses evidence-based teaching activities, videos, webinars, podcasts, resource links and lesson plans designed to tie in with the story.

Consent is integral to human relationships throughout our whole lives. It is complex and also surprisingly simple.

The basic principles of consent must always apply to all of our connections, including with family, friends, work and play. 

However, people are complex. In different situations, we can experience a range of different feelings, thoughts and emotions. In order to be sure that someone wants to share an experience with us equally, and that they are giving affirmative permission;

We need to make important choices and decisions to ensure we always have and give consent. 

Fiona Hardy  

'Arlo is in Kit’s class at school, but Kit would rather do almost anything else than hang out with him. He invades everyone’s personal space, takes their stuff without asking, and doesn’t care when kids say no. In Kit and Arlo Find a Way, Kit learns how consent works – not only with Arlo, but when it comes to the other people around her, and even to make sure she’s doing the right thing herself.  
Kit and Arlo Find a Way is a clear and positive look at consent, told with Ingrid’s trademark sincerity and heart, with characters that feel as real as the kids you encountered in the schoolyard every day – even when you didn’t want to. Not once heavy-handed, it’s clear that Laguna understands what’s important in the lives of kids, from identity and diversity to Lego and friendly dogs – and it can ring true to everybody that reads it. Kit and Arlo Find a Way asks genuinely thoughtful questions of its readers and everybody – teachers and grown-ups included! – will come away from it with new perspectives on what is and isn’t okay to demand of the people around you. This is a story of respect and equality where every important small chapter will bring big discussions, along with the enjoyment of a great story of how really listening can help you make new friends – and enjoy your time with your old friends even more.'  

Katrina Marson 

‘A delightful and age-appropriate resource for young people to learn practical skills about personal boundaries and consent. This should be in every classroom!’ 

Ailsa Wild 

‘Kit and Arlo’ manages to touch on a huge number of issues around consent in a single, gentle but compelling narrative. I’m an adult and I was swept up in Kit’s journey. I think story is the perfect way to explore these ideas with young people and I’m so glad this resource exists. Thank you for creating it.’ 

Anna Ciddor 

‘A cleverly written, action-packed read that will inspire young people to open up about friendship problems. Young readers will instantly relate to the characters and their friendship problems in this appealing book. A great way to start discussions about important issues.’ 

Ingrid Laguna is a renowned novelist and educator. She has written a memoir and numerous books for children. Songbird was given Notable recognition by the CBCA and is a feature title with Reading Australia. It was shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year award and published internationally. Sunflower was shortlisted for the Children’s Peace Literature award. Ingrid’s writing features in many publications, including The Monthly, The Age and The AEU Magazine. She regularly presents to teachers and students at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences.

Vanessa Hamilton is a sexuality educator and founder of education business ‘Talking The Talk Sex and Health Education’, with over 25 years’ experience as a registered sexual health nurse. She is a parent of 3 teens and is a highly respected speaker, podcaster, blog writer and educator on the topics of human sexuality, consent and respectful relationships. Vanessa has immersed herself in helping parents, teachers and health professionals understand human sexuality and, specifically, how it relates to children.