Puberty often happens sooner rather than later. And a huge part of puberty for many is getting their first period. And giving your daughter (and even your son) some books about menstruation is a wonderful way to start talking
Finding the right books about menstruation can be challenging. It needs to be age-appropriate but factual. And not overwhelm them with too much information. And it needs to have some good information in it about periods.
This post has pulled together the books that talk mainly about menstruation that are up-to-date and easy to find. I have tried to include books that provide a bit more information than just the basics.
All of the pubery books will also talk about periods as well, and you can find recommendations for puberty books for 8 year olds, puberty books for 9 year olds, puberty books for 10 year olds, puberty books for 11 year olds, and puberty books for 12 year olds.
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
You'll find more information about puberty in my Puberty 101 page.
These are some of the many books about menstruation or periods that have been written for girls. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that you will find useful for starting the puberty conversation.
My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.
Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about puberty.
My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.
You'll find videos about puberty in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about puberty yourself.
You’ll also find an extensive range of children’s books on puberty, for kids of all ages.
If you get stuck and feel that you need some extra support with talking to your child about puberty, then my book, Boy Puberty – How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween boy or Girl Puberty - How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween girl, may be helpful. It's a straightforward common sense guide that will help you to start having honest conversations that will guide your child through puberty, and strengthen your relationship without feeling embarrassed, awkward or nervous.
If you need some help with explaining sexual intercourse to your child, then How to Talk to Kids About Sex will help you explain sex to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks it down into simple steps that take the stress out of explaining!
If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands.
If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions that kids commonly ask parents, including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.
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 empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.