Here you will find some puberty books for 12 year olds that may (or may not) tell your child more than they are ready for.
By now, you may already have started to see some physical signs of puberty. Or your 12 year old might be a moody little beast lately. They may even have come from school with a note, advising you that they will be talking about puberty soon.
Books can making talking to a 12 year old about puberty, a lot easier. Some 12 year olds will still be happy to talk to you about puberty. Others won't be! So handing them a book and saying 'Here, read this. Ask me if you have any questions', is a great start. You can find some ideas in this blogpost that might help with starting conversations with teenagers.
Puberty books for 12 year olds usually include information about sex. They may or may not be ready for it, but they are usually a little curious about the reproduction/conception side of things.
And in this sexualised world that we live in, it is better to provide your child with age -appropriate information than for them to go look for it themselves. When we were kids, we just went to the library. Today, kids turn to google and they often find stuff that no kid needs to see ie porn.
The puberty books for 12 year olds that are listed here will all include information about sex. If you think your child just isn't ready for this, you can find some puberty books without sex here.
From my experience, it is usually you, the parent, who isn't ready. Whereas the kids are fine with it. Kids will usually 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 12 year olds broken into two parts ie boys and girls.
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 12 year olds.
If you want a 'boy' book, then you might like Guy Talk or What's Going on Down There as they are simple but comprehensive. Puberty Boy is a really nice informative book that has a lot of information that is presented in a really nice way.
If you want a 'girl' book, then you might like Girl Talk or The Period Book (which is more about puberty than just periods). Puberty Girl is also a really nice book that is quite detailed and has a lovely gentle approach (plus it doesn't talk about sex).
A great book for all kids that includes sex is So that's whats happening. Let's Talk About Sex is good for those kids who find any book with pictures in it, a bit babyish! Or Help Your Kids With Growing Up is very factual and more like a fact book than a puberty book.
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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 - Boy Puberty and Girl 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.