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Essential books pre-teens should read about growing up

Here you will find some essential books pre-teens should read about growing up. Books that talk about puberty, love, sex and relationships. All the stuff that will start to interest your pre-teen more, as the sex hormones of puberty start to change the way they think about life. 

Having books on this stuff for pre-teens means that they have a reliable source for information on topics that they may be too embarrassed to ask you about. And if you don't provide it for them, they will just go and look for it themselves. Which often means turning to google where they find highly sexualised information that they may not be ready for. 

Many parents worry that they will be sexualising their pre-teen by giving them this information about sex or that they are giving them permission to be sexual. This is far from the truth. If your pre-teen isn't quite ready for that amount of information they will either not bother to read it (as it doesn't interest them), or they will quickly forget about it (as it didn't make sense because they didn't understand it). You can read more about some of the doubts that parents have about sex education here.  And you can read about the advantages of  empowering your pre-teen with this knowledge here

This list of essential books that pre-teens should read includes books that talk about puberty, being online, love, sex and relationships. The list has been divided up into books for boys and girls, just to make it easier for you.

Essential books pre-teens should read - Boys

Here you will find some of the essential books pre-teens should read about growing up. You will find a video review where I show  you through the book, as well as links to Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia. 

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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
The Puberty Book by Kelsey Powell and Wendy Darvill
The Puberty Book by Kelsey Powell and Wendy Darvill is a popular aussie book for kids who want to learn[...]
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[...]
What’s Going on Down There by Karen Gravelle
What's Going on Down There by Karen Gravelle is a book for older boys that tells them everything they need[...]
Boy Puberty by Cath Hakanson
Boy Puberty: How to Talk about Puberty and Sex with Your Tween Boy by Cath Hakanson will help parents to[...]
I’m a Boy: Hormones by Shelley Metten
I'm a Boy: Hormones by Shelley Metten from Anatomy for Kids, is a book for older boys that will educate them[...]
My Changing Body Book (Boys’ Edition): Book Review
My Changing Body Book (Boy’s Edition) by Linda Picone is a puberty book for boys that talks about everything that[...]
Secret Boys’ Business: Book Review
Secret Boys’ Business by Rose Stewart, Fay Angelo and Heather Anderson is a book for boys that provides them with[...]
What’s happening to my body? Book for boys by Lynda Madaras: Book Review
What’s happening to me? Book for boys was written by Lynda Madaras with her daughter Area Madaras. It is a[...]
My Body, My Self for Boys by Lynda Madaras
My Body, My Self for Boys was written by Lynda Madaras and her daughter Area Madaras.  It is a puberty[...]
What’s happening to me? by Peter Mayle: Book Review
What's happening to me? A guide to puberty is written by Peter Mayle who also wrote the  classic book that many parents would[...]
Puberty: Coming to a Body Near You by Kerri Isham
Puberty: Coming to a Body Near You by Kerri Isham, from Powerup Workshops in Canada, is a workbook for tweens[...]
The Boy’s Body Book by Kelli Dunham
The Boy's Body Book by Kelli Dunham is a book for tween boys that talks about puberty and growing up.[...]
Will Puberty last my Whole Life? by Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman
Will Puberty last my Whole Life? by Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman is question and answer book for boys and[...]
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[...]
Puberty Boy by Geoff Price
Puberty Boy by Geoff Price is a highly detailed book about puberty for boys that is filled with pictures and[...]
Puberty and Growing Up by Anna Claybourne
Puberty and Growing Up by Anna Claybourne is a book for children that provides a nice simple overview of what[...]
100+ Answers About Puberty by Interrelate
100+ Answers About Puberty by Interrelate provides answers to the 100 most common questions that older kids ask about puberty[...]
What’s Happening To Me (boy) by Alex Frith
What's Happening To Me (boy) by Alex Frith is an Usborne book for younger boys that talks to them about[...]

Essential books pre-teens should read - GIRLS

Here you will find some of the essential books pre-teens should read about growing up. You will find a video review where I show you through the books, as well as links to Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia.

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[...]
Period: A Girl’s Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen
Period: A Girl's Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen is a book that tells girls everything they need to[...]
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[...]
The guide, period. By Naama Bloom (HelloFlo)
The guide, period. by Naama Bloom who created HelloFlo, is a popular book about puberty and periods for girls but manages[...]
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[...]
Menstrupedia Comic: The friendly guide to periods for girls
Menstrupedia Comic: The friendly guide to periods for girls by Aditi Gupta, Tuhin Paul and Rajat Mittal is an Indian[...]
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[...]
The Puberty Book by Kelsey Powell and Wendy Darvill
The Puberty Book by Kelsey Powell and Wendy Darvill is a popular aussie book for kids who want to learn[...]
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[...]
The Period Book by Karen Gravelle
The Period Book by Karen Gravelle is a book for older girls that tells them everything they need to know[...]
I’m a Girl: Hormones by Shelley Metten
I'm a Girl: Hormones by Shelley Metten from Anatomy for Kids, is a book for older boys that will educate them about[...]
Girl Puberty by Cath Hakanson
Girl Puberty: How to Talk about Puberty and Sex with Your Tween Girl by Cath Hakanson will help parents to[...]
Have You Started Yet? by Ruth Thomson
Have You Started Yet? by Ruth Thomson is a book for girls that is all about periods and is a[...]
The Care and Keeping of Us (American Girl)
The Care and Keeping of Us is a mother/daughter set of books from American Girl that provide an opportunity for talking[...]
My Changing Body Book (Girls’ Edition): Book Review
My Changing Body book (Girl's Edition) by Linda Picone is a puberty book for girls that talks about everything that[...]
More Secret Girls’ Business: Book Review
More Secret Girls’ Business by Heather Anderson, Faye Angelo and Rose Stewart is a book for girls that explains puberty[...]
My Body, My Self for Girls by Lynda Madaras: Book Review
My Body, My Self for Girls was written by Lynda Madaras and her daughter Area Madaras. It is a puberty[...]
What’s happening to Me? (for Girls) by Susan Meredith: Book Review
What's happening to me? (for Girls) by Susan Meredith is first book on puberty for young girls, published by Usborne Books. Talking[...]
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[...]
What’s happening to me? by Peter Mayle: Book Review
What's happening to me? A guide to puberty is written by Peter Mayle who also wrote the  classic book that many parents would[...]
Girl Stuff 8–12: Your real guide to the pre-teen years: Book Review
Girl Stuff 8-12: Your real guide to the pre-teen years, by Kaz Cooke, is the essential younger girl's guide to[...]
Puberty: Coming to a Body Near You by Kerri Isham
Puberty: Coming to a Body Near You by Kerri Isham, from Powerup Workshops in Canada, is a workbook for tweens[...]
Girltopia Cards by Jane Bennett
Girltopia Cards by Jane Bennett will help parents to start to have more meaningful conversations with their daughter about puberty[...]
What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls by Lynda Madaras
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls by Lynda Madaras is a book for tween and teen girls about[...]
Cycling to Grandma’s House by Jac Torres-Gomez
Cycling to Grandma's House by Jac Torres-Gomez is a lovely story that shares the ways that different cultures celebrate a[...]
Is this normal? (American Girl)
Is this normal? is a book from American Girl that answers the most common questions girls ask about puberty. This book[...]
Will Puberty last my Whole Life? by Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman
Will Puberty last my Whole Life? by Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman is question and answer book for boys and[...]
The Girl’s Body Book by Kelli Dunham
The Girl's Body Book by Kelli Dunham is a book for tween girls that talks about puberty and growing up. This[...]
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[...]
Puberty and Growing Up by Anna Claybourne
Puberty and Growing Up by Anna Claybourne is a book for children that provides a nice simple overview of what[...]
100+ Answers About Puberty by Interrelate
100+ Answers About Puberty by Interrelate provides answers to the 100 most common questions that older kids ask about puberty[...]
Puberty Girl by Shushan Movsessian
Puberty Girl by Shushan Movsessian is a highly detailed book about puberty for girls that is filled with pictures and[...]
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 books that pre-teens should read as they are growing up. 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.

 If you have looked at these books pre-teens should read, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my book review site.

And don't forget that if you're starting to think about talking to your pre-teen about growing up, then you may want a few tips on how to get started. You'll find plenty in my  puberty books for parents - Boy Puberty and Girl Puberty

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