Here you will find some puberty books for 11 year olds that may (or may not) tell your child more than they are ready for.
You might have an 11 year old who is moody lately or starting to show some physical signs of puberty. Or maybe you’ve noticed that their friends are starting to grow up. Or maybe your 11 year old is just starting to ask some questions.
The easiest way to start talking about puberty is with a book. It can be a book that you might read together. Or it may be a book that your 11 year old reads on their own.
Make sure that your 11 year old knows that they can come to you with any questions that they might have about puberty.
The puberty books for 11 year olds that are listed here all meet the following criteria:
- It has to be at the right reading level.
- It has to be simple and not overwhelm kids with too many details.
- If it does talk about sex, it needs to be age appropriate.
Puberty books for 11 year olds, is a bit trickier than it is for younger kids. Some 11 year olds are a lot more mature than their peers. Whereas others are still playing with toy dolls and cars. So some will be more curious about sex than others.
As kids go through puberty, they start to think about sex a little bit more. This happens because their body is preparing them for adulthood. And the body interprets being an adult as being fertile and capable of reproducing. So their body makes sure that they will want to have sex, and will rewire their brain to start thinking about sex as something that they might want to do.
Now, you can relax, as this doesn’t usually kick in for a few years yet. And even if your 11 year old is uninterested in sex, reading age-appropriate information about it, isn’t going to turn them into a sex fiend.
The problem though is that kids hear about sex in their everyday life, so they may be curious about what it’s really about. And it is better they get the right information from you than from other sources like the internet and their peers.
The puberty books for 11 year olds that are listed here will contain a mix of books that do (and don’t) talk about sex. If it talks about sex, that will be highlighted.
From my experience, it is usually the parents who are more unprepared for this information than the kids are. The kids are fine with it. They will tell you if the book is a bit too mature for them. They’ll just read the bits that are relevant to them for that point in time, and return to the book for more information when they need it.
You’ll find the puberty books for 11 year olds broken into two parts ie boys (or males) and girls (or females).
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
And if you find this list a little overwhelming, you might want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books.
You’ll find more information about puberty in my Puberty 101 page.
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There are a lot of puberty books in this list which means it’ll be hard to make a choice.
I thought I would share the books that I’m always recommending to parents of 11 year olds.
If you want a book for boys or kids with a male body, that doesn’t mention sex, then Guy Stuff or I’m a boy are both nice little books. Secret Boys Business is a very popular, simple and straight forward book but it does briefly mention sex.
If you want a book for girls or kids with a female body, that doesn’t mention sex, then The Care & Keeping of You 2 is also very popular. More secret girls business is a very simple book but it does briefly talk about sex).
If you want a book that is for all kids, then one that does include sex is So that’s what’s happening. Let’s Talk About Sex is good for those kids who find any book with pictures in it, a bit babyish!
And my new favourite puberty book which talks about everything (including love, relationships and sex) is Does This Happen to Everyone. It is very comprehensive but it is fun and not too confronting. The photos are excellent too!
Puberty books for 11 year olds
NOTE: Before passing any book to your child or reading the book with your child, you should read it yourself first. I might think it is a great book for a certain age child or that the information is valuable, but you may disagree. You need to choose books that reflect your values and the messages you want your child to receive.
Books for boys
Here you will find some of the most popular boy puberty books for 11 year olds.
Books for girls
Here you will find some of the most popular girl puberty books for 11 year olds.
Books for all kids
Here you will find some of the most popular puberty books for all 11 year olds.
These are some of the many sex education books suitable for 11 year olds, that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that they can read to find reliable and accurate information about love, sex and relationships.
Resources to help with talking about puberty
My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.
Which means that inside this website, you’ll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about puberty.
My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You’ll find lots of different blog posts to help with talking to your child about growing up.
You’ll find videos about puberty in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about puberty yourself.
You’ll also find an extensive range of children’s books on puberty, for kids of all ages.
If you get stuck and feel that you need some extra support with talking to your child about puberty, then my book, The Parents’ Guide to Puberty, may be helpful. It’s a straightforward common sense guide that will help you to start having honest conversations that will guide your child through puberty, and strengthen your relationship without feeling embarrassed, awkward or nervous.
Or maybe you’re looking for a video course to sit down and watch together with your child. My friend Rowena from Amazing Me has created a fantastic 2 part interactive course for parents/carers to attend together with their 9 to 12 year old. It’s fun, educational and age-appropriate! You can learn more about her puberty course here.
If you have a child who is expecting their first period, then you may want to consider period pants. Period pants are fantastic for kids who are worried that they won’t know that their period has started until it stains through their clothing for the world to see. My favourite brand for tweens and teens is ModiBodi, as they are good quality and quite absorbent.
If you need some help with explaining sexual intercourse to your child, then How to Talk to Kids About Sex will help you explain sex to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that take the stress out of explaining!
If you’re unsure about how to answer your child’s questions about sex, then I have the perfect book for you! The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid’s ask parents about sex. Which means you don’t need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands.
And if you get stuck, feel free to get in touch! You can contact me here.