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10 puberty books

10 puberty books your kids will actually enjoy

UPDATED February 2018 (because I keep on discovering new books!)

10 puberty books (that even you will enjoy!)

There are a lot of puberty books out there – more books than you can poke a stick at! (Which is a lot of books!) And using a book is a great way to start having those parent-child conversations about puberty.

Which means that I haven’t read every single puberty book that is out there and I don’t always know of every new book that has just been released.

So the 10 puberty books that I love (and use) have been written by people who work in the area of sexuality and education, have worked with kids (and their parents) around puberty and have sought the opinion of other professionals.

And I have chosen puberty books that focus just on puberty and don’t go too much into the next stage of adolescence – the stage where things heat up and really become  sexual!

The age guides are just a guide, as each child develops at their own rate, so you may have a 10 year old girl who still plays with dolls and another who likes to talk about boys.

And if you are looking for a book that will help you with talking to your child about puberty, then you can find that here.

Hair in Funny Places by Babette Cole

Hair in Funny Places by Babette Cole

This is a first book that you can use to start introducing the subject of puberty, for kids between the ages of 4-10.

Yes, even a 4-year-old is curious about puberty, and if they have an older brother or sister, they will definitely be interested!

This book is a highly entertaining and light-hearted look at the fact that one day your child’s body will start to change to that of an adult.

Personally, I think that most kids should be read this book a couple of times each year, from the age of 4 or 5 or 6.

You can find a video review of the book here, and you can buy a copy of this book from Amazon and  Book Depository and Booktopia.


Secret Girl’s or Boy’s Business by Fay Angelo, Heather Anderson & Rose Stewart

Secret Boys Business and Secret Girls Business books

If your child is about 8 or 9 or 10, and you are looking for your first book on puberty, then these gender specific books are perfect.

They are perfect because they focus on just one thing – puberty. So it doesn’t get into sex or anything like that – all that stuff is for later on! And there are 2 more books from the same authors that build onto that knowledge!

I would suggest sitting down and reading this book together and then letting your child take it off to read on their own.

You can find a video review of Secret Boy’s Business here, and you can buy a copy from Book Depository or Booktopia.

And you can find a video review of Secret Girl’s Business here, and you can buy a copy from  Book Depository or Booktopia.

Sadly, these books aren’t available on Amazon which means that it is harder for those living in America to access these fantastic little books.


The American Girl  books

American Girl Books

The American Girl books are a great first book on puberty for children.  So if you live outside Australia and can’t find the Secret Girls/Boys Business books, these are a great alternative.

If your child is about 8 or 9 or 10, and you are looking for your first book on puberty, then these gender specific books are perfect, as they focus purely on the changes that happen during puberty. Plus they don’t talk about sex, which makes them ideal for younger readers.

I would suggest sitting down and reading this book together and then letting your child take it off to read on their own.

You can find a video review of Guy Stuff: The body books for boys here, and you can buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

You can find a video review of The Care and Keeping of You 1 here, and you can buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

You can find a video review of The Care and Keeping of You 2 here, and you can buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.


Puberty Girl by Shushann Movsessian & Puberty Boy by Geoff Price

Puberty Boy and Puberty Girl

These books are very similar in title but differ in regards to the variety of information that they share.

Puberty Girl focuses on just puberty, and covers the social and emotional aspects in great detail. I think it would work well with girls that are that little bit older, maybe from 11 -12 and older (it depends on daughter’s maturity).

Puberty Boy is similar but it also talks about sex, not in great details, but providing just enough information. I would use this book with boys that are that little bit older, maybe from 12-14.

You can find a video review of Puberty Girl here and buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

You can find a video review of Puberty Boy here and buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

 


It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H.Harris & Michael Emberley

It's Perfectly Normal Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris

This is a good book to have for kids aged between 10-12. It is a pretty in-depth, detailed book that talks about puberty, but also about sex, contraception, STIs and sexual abuse. But it is age appropriate, which means that there is not too much information!

There are also 2 books for younger children as well – It’s so Amazing and It’s not the stork.

You can find a video review of the book here and buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.


The Period Book and  What’s Going on Down There by Karen Gravelle

The Period Book and Whats Going on Down There

These books for slightly older boys and girls talk about puberty and growing up. Sexual intercourse and sexual feelings are also talked about, with the new editions now including pornography, sexting and social media. They are modern and visually, have a really nice layout. they include lots of information but not too much information (if that makes sense).

They are perfect for kids aged 12 to 14 years old.

You can find a video review of The Period Book here and buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

You can find a video review of What’s Going on Down There here and buy a copy from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.


Menstrupedia Comic: The friendly guide to periods by girls

Menstrupedia

I’m sorry but I just had to slip this one into the list. It is a comic that talks about puberty as a story! It is an enjoyable read, sensitive and is actually accurate. They also talk about some of the shame and embarrassment that happens with periods, and talks about period management as well.

The book is Indian but suitable for all cultures. It is published in association with Whisper (a menstrual supply company) but the product promoting is very discrete, which is a good thing!

So it would be perfect for any girls that start their period early as well as for girls from the ages of 9 – 13/14.

You find a video review of Menstrupedia here and  buy a copy from Amazon or the Author.


You can find some more great puberty books over at this  FREE parent resource – Sex Education Books for Children: A Parent Guide.

Here you will find recommendations, book reviews, video reviews and links to other sex education books.

About the Author Cath Hakanson

I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and to empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. You can join my online parent support group here and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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