I’m a Boy: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten from Anatomy for Kids, is a book for boys that provides them with factual information about puberty and their reproductive parts.
This is a series of 3 books, of which this is the second book. This book focuses on the early signs of puberty and the reproductive organs and genitals. The information is age-appropriate, the illustrations are amazing, and overall the presentation is very sensitive and not at all confronting.
Sexual intercourse is NOT talked about in this book.
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I’m a Boy: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten is ideal for children between the ages of 8 – 10 years of age.
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You can also watch a video review below or read the transcription.
Hi, I’m Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue and today we’re talking about a book for boys who are going through puberty. It’s called I’m a boy: My changing body by Shelley Metten. She has a Facebook page and a website called Anatomy for Kids. On top of that, she also runs workshops for parents and kids to learn about the change’s puberty bring.
Metten has two book series, one for girls and one for boys. This book is the first from the boys’ series. The ones after this continue from the previous book, giving you more information on puberty the more you read. The first one talks about the biology of where babies come from. It talks about sperm, the penis, testicles, and scrotum. This book talks about how all those parts work, what they are, and how they develop.
As the book says at the start, ‘This [book] is the first of two that describes the changes a young boy experiences during puberty. It’s intended for boys who have begun to notice early signs of puberty including changes in the signs of genitals and the growth of hair in some places.’ You can see this quote is true on how the book is written. Every so often, there are pictures, but most of the book contains words. So, it’s for an older group of children who’ve begun reading.
Starting off, the book talks about puberty. The story begins with the characters going to a sports store to buy an athletic cup. The younger character asks what an athletic cup does, so they talk about how boys need to protect their privates. After talking, the characters go to see Dr. Metten who explains what puberty is. Metten explains it, talking about how puberty is that transition from being a child to an adult.
She talks about what a penis is and shows a simple diagram of one. There is a nice mix of simple and descriptive images, even ones of circumcised and uncircumcised penises. For parents, there is also a variety of diagrams with more detail and names. A lot of the information, like their testes growing, helps normalizes puberty and stop fear boys might have had.
The book talks about sperm, what it looks like, what it is, and why your testes hang lower because of it. There is lots of information about changes that boys will go through during puberty. With sperm, she talks about how they’re not making it yet, but their hormones are getting them ready. The anatomy of how sperm comes out is also covered; how it comes out the urethral from the testes. Briefly, she talks about semen and how you can’t ejaculate and pee at the same time. That, however, is talked about in her next book.
With all this information, this book is perfect for curious children. Some kids want to know about the inner workings of everything- bodies included. Metten writes it in a beautiful, child appropriate way. Even if your child doesn’t want to know everything, this is still very good information for them to have.
At the end, she begins wrapping things up. How hair grows in odd places, and briefly about changes that happen later. That information is discussed in her next book along with masturbation and ejaculation. That is why this is a very well-made book for this age group. It gives lots of easy information, is age appropriate, and answers all your questions.
I hope that helps, Cheers.
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.