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The best puberty books for 9 year olds

Here you will find some puberty books for 9 year olds that won’t tell your child more than they are ready for.

You might have a 9 year old who is showing some early signs of puberty. Or you might have a 9 year old who is curious about what puberty is all about. Whichever it is, it is important to choose a book that can tell them what they need to know without scaring them.

The  puberty books for 9 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. It doesn’t talk about sex or sexual intercourse.

Puberty books for 9 year olds need to be simple and not overwhelm kids with too many unnecessary details. At this age, they just need to know about what will be happening to their body. They actually aren’t all that interested in sexual intercourse.  We can talk to them about sex when they are a bit older and actually interested in learning about sex.

You’ll find the puberty books for 9 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 9 year olds. 

If you want a book for boys or kids with a male body, that doesn’t mention sex, then I’m a boy is the only one. Secret Boys Business 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 Secret Girls Business is a very popular, simple and straight forward book (consider More secret girls business if you also want to talk about sex). The Care & Keeping of You 1 is also very popular and is quite good.

A great book for all kids that includes sex is So that’s what’s happening.

Puberty books for 9 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.

These are some of the many sex education books suitable for 9 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.

Happy reading!

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.

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