My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) by Linda Picone is a puberty book for girls that talks about everything that girls may possibly want to know about puberty, love, relationships and sex.
My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) was published in 2010 and is probably the most diverse puberty book that I have found. By diverse, I mean that it also covers topics like transgender and intersex ie topics that most other books have yet to include. It is also very comprehensive and includes a lot of really good sexual content for older kids.
There is also a Boy’s Edition available.
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My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) starts off with the physical changes that happen to the body. It talks about the whole body and then moves onto the emotional changes. Your emotions and also your friendships will change as you go through puberty. It introduces the concept of sexual thoughts, explaining why you start to think about peers in a new and sexual way. It also talks about what it means to be male or female, and that sometimes we can be in the wrong body.
The changes to the reproductive organs are outlined in their own chapter. The changes to the outside parts ie the breasts and genitals (vulva and vagina) are discussed in greater details as well as the workings of the internal reproductive organs ie the menstrual cycle and periods. Masturbation or sexual arousal when you touch yourself is briefly explained.
My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) dedicates a whole chapter to explaining what sex is all about. The information is simple but it provides a really nice overview of not just the physical but also the emotional aspects of sex. The different types of sex are also discussed along with consent. I am glad that consent is included, as it is increasingly being ignored by teens, which can lead to accusations of rape. Porn is also discussed in that it is one way to learn about sex but that it is often inaccurate.
Falling in love is next, where dating, love vs like, sexual values and beliefs (or morals), same sex attraction and making a commitment. These are described very age-appropriately, written simply but with enough information to make sense.
My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) then moves onto looking after your body. Eating properly, getting enough sleep, exercising or playing sport, and having a healthy (not obsessed) self esteem and body image. Self care specific to girls includes gynae care (Pap Smears, pelvic examinations, breast checks, thrush, urinary tract infections, Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and sexually transmitted infections. Dangerous activities such as alcohol, drugs, smoking and driving are also included. Some risks aren’t discussed ie porn, sexual selfies and sexting.
The next chapter is dedicated to birth control ie how to not have a baby. Puberty is all about making the body fertile, which means that kids need to know that there is a real risk that sexual intercourse can lead to pregnancy. All of the different methods of birth control are discussed in enough detail.
My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) then talks about conception ie how the sperm and egg meet up. Pregnancy is discussed, along with miscarriages and abortion, as well as labour, birthing and the responsibility of looking after a baby.
My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) by Linda Picone is a good book to have if you are looking for a book that talks about puberty and growing up but without as much detail as some of the books for older teens provides. It doesn’t give as much detail as books for 14-15 years old.
So it provides sexual content but in an age appropriate way that is positive, simple and easy to understand.
Personally, I think it is a good little book that I would have no qualms about giving to my daughter to read when she is 12ish (or slightly older ) or more curious about sex.
You can watch my video review of My Changing Body book (Girl’s edition) below.
There are a lot more sex education/puberty books out there, that talk about a range of other topics.
You can find them listed in this new FREE parent resource: Sex Education Books for Children: a Parent Guide.
Make sure you go and check it out. It includes a lot of sex education books that will make talking about sex (and other tricky topics), a whole lot easier!
And before you choose a sex education book, like My Changing Body book (Girl’s Edition) by Linda Picone, you want to make sure that it is the right book for you and your child! There are a lot of books out there and what is right for me may not necessarily be the right book for you!
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.