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 (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 12 year olds.
If you want a book for boys or kids with a male body, 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 book for girls or kids with a female body, 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).
If you want a book that is for all kids, then a great book for all kids that includes 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! 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!
Puberty books for 12 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 12 year olds.
Books for girls
Here you will find some of the most popular girl puberty books for 12 year olds.
Books for all kids
Here you will find some of the most popular puberty books for all 12 year olds.
These are some of the many sex education books suitable for 12 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, Boy Puberty – How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween boy or Girl Puberty – How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween girl, 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.
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 want a printed book to hold in your hands, then 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.
If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. This web-based app has answers to 300+ questions that kids commonly ask parents, including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.
And if you get stuck, feel free to get in touch! You can contact me here.