FAMILY & PARENTING

8 Great Books That Really ‘Get It’ When It Comes To Puberty

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

The much-anticipated puberty talk is usually a tough conversation for parents to have. And often, parents who are flustered may end up skipping over important points.

Also, it’s possible that a parent might not know all the answers when it comes to the human body. Most of us haven’t had to deal with puberty in a long time, and it’s easy to get our facts mixed up. That’s where a puberty book comes in handy.

Giving children access to books is a fantastic idea so they can have resources available when they’re ready to dive in and start learning more about their own changing bodies. Sometimes, kids may feel too embarrassed to search online or ask you directly.

Remember, they’re at a stage where a lot of stuff is happening, and they don’t know what’s normal and what isn’t. In general, it’s a rough time. A book can help keep them at ease.

While there are many wonderful puberty books out there, some of them happen to speak to kids more than others. Children don’t want to read a textbook from the 1970s that feels out of date and probably is. Even if much of the information is valuable, they’d prefer to have authors who understand them a little better. Learning about puberty shouldn’t seem like work.

If you’re looking for a few titles that are already a hit with parents, here are eight great selections.

1. 'Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys'

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Written by Cara Natterson and illustrated by Micah Player, this book covers everything from acne to shaving. All the information in this particular book has been approved by a pediatrician, so you know it’s as accurate as possible. The book is published by American Girl and is great with presenting facts in a relatable way.

Shop Now: Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys ($11.69, Amazon)

2. 'HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.'

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Sure, “Aunt Flo” jokes may seem a little dated. But they’re still good for a girl who may be too embarrassed to use the words “period” or “menstruation” just yet. This book has actually been put out by the HelloFlo company, which knows what it’s talking about. Written by Naama Bloom, this book enforces the fact that a woman’s body belongs to her, and only her.

Shop Now: HelloFlo: The Guide, Period. ($9.68, Amazon)

3. 'The Care and Keeping of You'

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American Girl has also made a great book for girls going through puberty. This book is a best seller and ideal for girls over the age of 8. Aside from the physical changes of puberty, it also talks about the importance of healthy eating.

Shop Now: The Care and Keeping of You ($7.53, Amazon)

4. 'The Period Book: A Girl's Guide to Growing Up'

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Karen Gravelle’s popular book about puberty has been in print for over 20 years. But her writing is still relatable to young girls everywhere who have questions. And it’s been updated to make sure all of the most up-to-date information is included.

Shop Now: The Period Book: A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up ($9.99, Amazon)

 

5. 'The Boy's Body Book'

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This No. 1 best seller has also been updated through time. Right now, you can purchase the fifth edition. Author Kelli Dunham’s information is accurate and easy to read, as she’s also a nurse. With this book, you can truly prepare your son for what’s ahead.

Shop Now: The Boy’s Body Book ($10.47, Amazon)

6. 'Hair in Funny Places'

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Unlike the other books, this one is more of a story than a reference. However, it can be just what young girls need as they navigate through the changes they’re facing. It’s a lighter read at 32 pages but a great way for young women to realize they’re not alone.

Shop Now: Hair in Funny Places ($9.42, Amazon)

7. 'Growing Up Great! The Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys'

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Scott Todnem’s best seller is popular for a reason — and that is, it really covers all bases. This book even gives hints on how teenage boys can best handle their emotions. This book even dives into the topic of social media, which is incredibly important for kids today.

Shop Now: Growing Up Great! ($9.49, Amazon)

8. 'Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls'

8. 'Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls'

Aside from dealing with puberty and body hair, this book also serves as a great guide for girls on topics such as braces and self-esteem. There are a lot of reasons why young girls often feel trapped during their young years. This book will help guide them toward healthy living and a healthy life perspective.

Shop Now: Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!) ($9.39, Amazon)

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