When he was 5 years old, my son Zack had an experience that all parents wish their child would never have. At a birthday sleepover party Zack’s best friend tried to engage him in inappropriate behavior. I thought I had prepared Zack so that this could not happen to him. I was wrong.

I had not prepared my son for the lies, nor the blackmail, intimidation, threats or bribery. All of these were used by his “best friend” who we had known for years. Zack felt uncomfortable, unsafe, and trapped; and the whole time he was literally right next door at his first sleepover!

Kimberly King

Here's some of what I've learned:


I've learned that we have a lot of power, as parents and caregivers, to prevent situations where children are at risk for abuse. For example, we can implement rules so that no child can be left alone with an adult behind a closed door, at school, at camp, or at church.


Effective strategies to protect young people are becoming clear. With broader awareness comes the power to change. By educating ourselves and taking effective action, we can help keep our kids safe.

Kimberly King

"I believe it is imperative we start talking about sexual education, sexual abuse prevention and consent more seriously."

About the Author

Kimberly King, along with her son Zack King, are co-authors of I Said NO!

An award-winning author, teacher and authority on the subject of sexual abuse prevention; Kimberly King believes it is imperative we start talking about sexual education, sexual abuse prevention and consent more seriously. It is the most important tool for prevention we have. Helping kids set healthy boundaries for their private parts can be a daunting and awkward task for parents, counselors and educators.

Kimberly’s book, I Said No! A kid to kid guide to keeping private parts private, remains the most highly recommended and best-selling book for children on sexual abuse prevention.

King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood development and family studies from University of Maine and a Master of Science degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College. She is a certified Early Childhood Education Teacher and certified Sexual Abuse Prevention Facilitator.


She spends her time training adults and children on prevention strategies and sharing her expertise as a consultant, advisor, and media source. Her work has been featured in various magazines and blogs including; Social Work Now, US News and World Report, The Health Journal, Modern Mom, PopSugar and is highly recommended as a resource by national prevention organizations.

Kimberly is a dedicated mom to three children ages 21, 19, and 14 and they give her daily inspiration to write, be a better mom, and help others. As a former Navy wife, King learned many of her parenting skills and life lessons through her surrogate military mom sisterhood that spans the U.S. and abroad.

I Said No! is written from a kid’s point of view. To help Zack cope with a real-life experience he had with a “friend”, he and his mom wrote a book to help prepare other kids to deal with a range of problematic situations. I Said No! uses kid-friendly language and illustrations to help parents and concerned adults give kids guidance they can understand, practice and use.


2018 Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Best Children’s Book Series
2018 Gold Winner, American Best Book, Mind, Body, Spirit
2018 Gold Winner, Family Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly King is available for media interviews and can be a resource or guest lecture on a variety of topics including divorce support, parent alienation prevention and proactive parenting, for any upcoming news features, investigative reporting, etc. for more information contact her directly at: Kimberlykingbooks@gmail.com
http://www.kimberlykingbooks.com Twitter and Instagram @kkingbooks


Children at Chesterfield School in Norfolk VA learn about red flag situations.


Sue Ramá

"I consider it a privilege to have been given the opportunity to help protect children from the great trauma of childhood sexual abuse."

About the Editor and Illustrator

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It was the young Zack King who chose Sue Ramá to illustrate I Said NO!. Searching for his favorite illustrator, Tomie de Paola, he found Sue's work online since she had received The Tomie de Paola award from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. When Sue first read the first draft of the manuscript she was immediately moved by the bravery of young Zack and his desire to help other children to prevent abuse similar to his own. Sue spent several months editing the manuscript before submitting it to Boulden publishing, a publisher who specializes in books for counselors of children.

Sue Ramá headed up a graphic design studio for many years before turning to children's book illustration, web design and animation. She has illustrated more than 17 books for young readers. Ramá has created animations on topics ranging from mentorship, Bosnian war crimes, Ayurveda and corporate benefit programs. Ramá has also written a series of twenty-five guides for children who are dealing with disparate issues like bullying, lying, moving, and divorce.

Sue's illustrations: https://www.suerama.com
Sue's animations and web design: https://www.ramacommunications.net

Contact Sue Ramá at sue@suerama.com


The Tomie de Paola Award
from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Subway Ride
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
Connecticut Book Awards Finalist


Yum! Yuck!
ALA Notable
IRA/CBC Children’s Choice
Nick Jr. Magazine Best Book
Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year (Outstanding Merit)
Bookbuilders of Boston New England Book Show Winner
CCBC Choices
Connecticut Book Awards Finalist


Fix It, Sam
Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year
Super Sam
IRA/CBC Children’s Choice

I Said No!
Mom's Choice Gold Award