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Some of the Best Books about Growing Up for Children

This is a list of books about growing up for children, that will help parents to prepare their child for all the social or friendship things that happen with growing up.

This booklist is a little different to most of the other lists of books about growing up for children. It is different because it isn't a list of books about puberty. You can find the puberty book list over here. 

Instead it is a list of books that is about the social side of growing up. So you will find  some novels that talk about the experience of growing up.  As well as some puberty books that talk about this stuff in more detail too!

If you are unsure about how to talk to your child about puberty and growing up, then I do have a few resources that can help.  There are a lot of puberty resources in my  sex education resource list. Plus I have a lot of blogposts on how to talk to children about puberty.  If you are looking for more specific help, then I have written 2 books that will help with starting to talk to your tween boy or girl about puberty and sex - Boy Puberty and Girl Puberty

You will only find books about growing up for children in this list that are readily available at bookshops today.

You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children

And if you find this list a little overwhelming, you might want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books.

NOTE: Before passing any book to your child or reading the book with your child, you should read it yourself first. I might think it is a great book for a certain age child or that the information is valuable, but you may disagree. You need to choose books that reflect your values and the messages you want your child to receive.

Sex education books for kids about growing up

The Girl Guide book by Marawa Ibrahim
The Girl Guide book by Marawa Ibrahim is a book for girls that will answer their questions and support them[...]
Girling Up by Mayim Bialik
Girling Up by Mayim Bialik  is a book for teen girls that talks about the science of growing up and[...]
Boying Up by Mayim Bialik
Boying Up by Mayim Bialik is a book for teen boys that talks about the science and pressures of growing[...]
Real Friends book by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham
Real Friends book by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham is a book for tweens that talks about how hard it[...]
Positively Izzy By Terri Libenson
Positively Izzy By Terri Libenson is a book for tweens about the drama, angst and humour of middle-school life. This[...]
Guy Talk by Lizzie Cox
Guy Talk by Lizzie Cox is a simple book that provides boys with everything that they need to know about[...]
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson is a graphic book for tweens that talks about the social aspects of growing up.[...]
Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys (American Girl) by Cara Natterson
Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys (American Girl) by Cara Natterson is a popular book for boys that is[...]
Girlology: There’s Something New About You by Melissa Holmes & Trish Hutchison
Girlology: There's Something New About You by Melissa Holmes & Trish Hutchison is one of the few books that teaches[...]
Girl Talk by Lizzie Cox
Girl Talk by Lizzie Cox is a simple book that provides girls with everything that they need to know about[...]
Womanwise Cards by Jane Bennett and Andrew Lines
Womanwise Cards by Jane Bennett and Andrew Lines are designed to help parents and educators to support important, developmentally-appropriate, conversations with girls[...]
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret? by Judy Blume
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? by Judy Blume is a classic book that tells the story of Margaret,[...]
Poppy Pretzel: Passage into Puberty by Debi Slinger
Poppy Pretzel: Passage into Puberty by Debi Slinger prepares girls for puberty by telling the story of what puberty is[...]
Levi Sprocket: What’s in my Pocket by Debi Slinger
Levi Sprocket: What’s in my Pocket by Debi Slinger prepares boys for puberty by telling the story of what puberty[...]
Help Your Kids With Growing Up by DK
Help Your Kids With Growing Up by DK  is a factual book for tweens and teens that is filled with[...]
Someday by Alison McGhee
Someday by Alison McGhee is a lovely book for girls that talks about life being a cycle that we all[...]
Girl Stuff by Kaz Cooke
Girl Stuff : Your full on guide to the teen years by Kaz Cooke is a book teenage girls that looks at everything girls[...]
How To Text Girls by Kelli Dunham
How To Text Girls and Everything You Need to Know About Friendships, Crushes and Social Media by Kelli Dunham, is[...]
How To Text Boys by Kelli Dunham
How To Text Boys and Everything You Need to Know About Friendships, Crushes and Social Media by Kelli Dunham, is[...]
The Care and Keeping of You 1 (American Girl) by Cara Natterson
The Care and Keeping of You 1 by Cara Natterson is an American Girl book that tells younger girls about the changes[...]
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles by American Girl
A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles by American Girl is a book that will help girls to be a[...]
A Smart Girl’s Guide: Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself, and other (love) stuff by American Girl
A Smart Girl's Guide: Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself, and other (love) stuff by American Girl is a[...]
Growing Up For Boys (Usborne Books) by Alex Frith
Growing Up For Boys (Usborne Books) by Alex Frith provides boys with everything that they need to know about puberty[...]
The Feelings Book by American Girl
The Feelings Book by American Girl is a book that will help tween girls to understand and manage their feelings[...]
Growing Up For Girls (Usborne Books) by Felicity Brooks
Growing Up For Girls (Usborne Books) by Felicity Brooks provides girls with everything that they need to know about puberty[...]
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Drama, Rumors & Secrets by American Girl
A Smart Girl's Guide to Drama, Rumors & Secrets by American Girl is a book for tween girls that will[...]
The Care and Keeping of You 2 (American Girl) by Cara Natterson
The Care and Keeping of You 2 American Girl by Cara Natterson is an American Girl book about puberty and growing[...]

These are some of the many children's books about growing up that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that kids can read to find reliable and accurate information about love, sex and relationships.

If you have looked at these books about growing up for children, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my book review site.

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