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The best puberty books for 12 year olds

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.

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Sex Educator Recommendations

There are a lot of puberty books in this list which means it will be hard to make a choice.

So 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!

Puberty books for 12 year olds


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.


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 blogposts 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 it down into simple steps that  take the stress out of explaining!

If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the  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. It 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.

About the Author Cath Hakanson

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 empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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