cover of Nonnie Talks About Puberty by Mary Jo Podgurski

Nonnie Talks About Puberty by Mary Jo Podgurski

Book Review:  A book for school aged kids about puberty.

Book Review

Nonnie Talks About Puberty by Mary Jo Podgurski is an inclusive book about puberty for kids, whether they're gender conforming or not.

This is one of the many books in the Nonnie Series, which is a collection of books that approach tough conversations with kindness and respect. She has also written:

I am a huge fan of these books as they are the sort of book that you can sit down and read together with your child, and complete the activities at the end of each chapter. Plus they lead into the topic very gently in a non-confronting way. These books are all based around the story of 2 children and a grandmother who helps them to understand tough topics.

This book looks at puberty and is very different to a lot of the other puberty books that are available. This book s different because it is inclusive, which means that if you have a child who is gender non-conforming or gender fluid, that this book will make them feel included and welcome. And yes, the book is very inclusive to gender conforming children, and lets them know that puberty is a time of great change for everyone, and that for some kids that this is the time that how they feel about their gender may change.

So this book includes all the usual stuff about physical and emotional changes, as well as talking about sexual feelings, masturbation, wet dreams, periods, ejaculation, conception, sexual behaviour and sexual intercourse. Plus it talks about what a  family can do if a child is gender fluid or non conforming.

I really like this book as it uses a story to talk about puberty, and the topic is introduced very gently. Plus it is inclusive, and the author weaves gender into puberty very nicely!

This book does talk about sexual intercourse.

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Ideal ages

Nonnie Talks About Puberty by Mary Jo Podgurski is ideal for children between the ages of 8 - 12 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of Nonnie Talks About Puberty by Mary Jo Podgurski from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

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