I’m a Girl: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten from Anatomy for Kids, is a book for girls 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.
I’m a Girl: My Changing Body by Shelley Metten is ideal for children between the ages of 8 – 10 years of age.
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Hi, I’m Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue. Today we’re talking about a puberty book for eight to nine-year old girls. This one’s called I’m a Girl: My Changing Body.
It’s by Dr. Shelley Metten who’s an anatomist in the United States. She has a website called Anatomy for Kids where she blogs, makes videos, and hosts workshops all about puberty. Metten gives fantastic information.
This is the first book out of six and each book build on from the previous one. There’s also a similar series she made for boys, though it’s only a trilogy.
At the front page, Metten describes the audience for her book, ‘It’s for the girls who have noticed the early signs of puberty including changes in the breasts and new hair growth in the armpits and vulva.’ So, it’s a puberty book for younger girls.
The book gives information through a story. It starts off with two girls talking and one asks the other if she’s heard of puberty. The second girl says, “No, let’s go see Dr. M and see what she says about it.”
The girls then go to see Doctor Metten and she tells them what puberty is. She talks about when it begins, how the body changes, and how long it lasts.
Most of the conversation is about the reproductive organs because a large part of puberty is the ability to reproduce. This is important to talk about.
During puberty, girls’ reproductive organs begin to mature because, in the end, we were made to reproduce. That’s what evolution is; breeding for the next generation. Reproduction is a large part of being an adult.
That’s why she covers more information about different body parts. She talks about eggs, the fallopian tubes, and the uterus. After this, she begins to go into more detail.
Obviously, a large part of puberty for girls is periods. We go into much more detail like what periods are even for. We even have a beautifully done diagram of different parts of the vagina.
Now she begins to talk about the vulva; the outside part. As we hit puberty, we begin to grow hair on our vulva. So, she begins talking about the hair and the names of different parts.
That is also another important thing- while boys can just grab their penis and look at it, it’s a lot harder for girls. Since our vulvas are between our legs, we either need a mirror or be very flexible.
To brief over some more of the information, she also talks about hormones, body hair, and breasts. Metten gives lots of information about breasts; how they grow, needing a bra, and showing the differences between breasts before and after puberty. She also explains why we have breasts and what they mean.
This book is very applicable for a younger age group. The first changes girls are going to go through is body hair and breasts, which this book talks about a lot. Metten explains internal and external body parts, what they’re for, and plenty of information for kids.
It also explains periods which don’t happen until a year or two after these symptoms. This makes it a good book for young girls by wrapping the explanation in a story.
If you have a child who wants lots of information or even just a girl who’s ready to talk about puberty, this book is great.
I hope I helped, 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.