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:
1. It has to be at the right reading level.
2. It has to be simple and not overwhelm kids with too many details.
3. 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 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 and girls.
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
You'll find more information about puberty in my Puberty 101 page.
There are a lot of puberty books in this list which means it will be hard to make a choice.
because you all keep on pestering me I thought I would share the books that I always seem to keep on recommending for 11 year olds.
If you want a 'boy' book 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.
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!
Here you will find some of the most popular boy puberty books for 11 year olds. You will find a video review where I show you through the book, as well as links to Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia.
Here you will find some of the most popular girl puberty books for 11 year olds. You will find a video review where I show you through the books, as well as links to Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia.
These are some of the many books that have been written for children about puberty. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that you will find useful for starting the puberty conversation.
If you have looked at these puberty books for 11 year olds, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my sex education book review site.
And don't forget that if you're starting to think about puberty books for 11 year olds, then you may want a few tips on how to get started. So check out the book that I have written for parents on how to start talking about puberty and sex to your tween boy or girl - Girl Puberty and Boy Puberty.
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.