8 Mom-Approved Books on Puberty That Kids Will Actually Like

girl readingWithout a doubt, one of the hardest parts of having a child who is fast approaching the tween years is the increasing need to explain the changing body. Puberty doesn't scare me. Talking about puberty doesn't scare me.

But like many kids, my daughter is not a big fan of talking about her body with me. Considering her mother once sat through a sex talk with her fingers in her ears as she chanted "la, la, la, la, la" (I was such a mature kid), I suppose this is nature's way of getting back to me.

But whether she wants to talk about it or not, puberty is coming, and she has to hear about it -- if not from me, then from a book.

But what book? The market is rife with books on sex and hormones and growing up, but the problem is not all of them are really that good.

More than a few out there are too condescending to kids, others too cutesy or just plain inaccurate. So I did what any mother would do in my situation ... I reached out to other moms to find out what books they'd read with their kids!

Here's a round-up of the best choices for girls, for boys, and some that work for kids of both genders.

What is your go-to book about puberty for kids?


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gabe05 gabe05

I'm foregoing the puberty books and reading the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor with my daughter.  I started reading the Alice books post-college and I learned things about sex and my body from her. I don't always agree with the morals put forth in the books, but we'll read them together and talk.  Yes, she has the American Girl book too, but Alice is much more detailed and complete!


Krystian Kaufold

Or you could just be a parent and talk to them about it, instead of turning to a book.

nonmember avatar Frankie

I agree that talking to your kids is better but what happens when you don't know where to start? Or your parents never talked to you about any of this and you have no idea what you're doing. Good intentions are just that. Personally, I will check out these books and read them with my daughters. Then we can talk but at least I have an outline of what to talk about.

nonmember avatar Natalie

As someone in my late teens who felt really awkward talking to my mom about puberty, I can attest that The Care and Keeping of You was perfect. It it educational and covered pretty much everything I needed to know about adolescence. It's a great book.

nonmember avatar JulieV

Our favorite book(s) are all of the Girlology books. FOr Puberty, they have Girlology: There's Something New ABout YOu. It was all about puberty and nothing about sex. I also liked the fact that they give medically accurate information (its written by two mom-doctors) but they DON'T tell you how your hair and fingernails should look (like the American Girl book). I think it's only available through their website (www.girlology.com) although it used to be on Amazon. To follow that, they have one from middle school girls that gives accurate information in a way that my girls really appreciated and understood. I like the way they give medically accurate facts but stress that values have to come from home.

ashjo85 ashjo85

I got the "What's Happening To My Body" Book For Girls when I was growing up. I guess it did a decent job of the whole puberty/anatomy thing. It glossed over sex, devoting about 1 page to the actual act. This was mid 90s thought, not sure what the revisions have done. It was a good book though, I still have it. I never got a TALK, and to be honest, that would have mortified me anyway. I'd much rather be left to research on my own than receive a lecture, but I suppose that depends on your kid and how they learn best.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

"Are you there God?  it's me, Margaret." was always my favorite as a kid.

nonmember avatar Dena

Girls bodies are changing sooner than they were when I was growing up! I have a 10 yr. old daughter who is showing some signs of hormonal changes both physically and emotionally. We have a very close relationship and she knows that she can talk to me (and dad) about anything. Timing is everything, as is the approach. My goal is to speak with her about typical body changes, empower her to embrace her body image, and celebrate the next phase of her life. I never got "the talk" from my parents, but learned a lot from my older sister, and ultimately learned the details from the dreaded 5th grade talk at school. It was dreadful. Today, things are a little different, information is readily available with the internet, friends who are developing sooner, friends who have older sisters, etc. My goal is to approach the subject in a way that offers support, guidance, and taking out the fear of what happens when the period arrives. (apparently, there are some friends who thought it is a continual flow, like a waterfall...) I hope that other parents will step out of their comfort zone and speak to their children and open the lines of communication before they learn from another source and give you the old, "I know that already" response. Afterall, as their mother, we can speak from experience, not just from a book.:)

Traci... Traci_Momof2

I'm glad to see that there are books out there for the boys.  I always hear about good books for the girls but it's like 'what about the boys?'  They go through puberty too.

I'm going to be getting one or two of those for my 9 year old son.  It's not like I'm just going to give him the book and that's the end of it.  But I think the books make a great starting point.  Then parent and child can get together afterwards and discuss what was read and address add'l questions, etc.  It also becomes a reference for him to go back to later because I don't expect him to remember everything after reading it just once.  I expect he'll keep going back to the books as his own body changes start happening.

nonmember avatar raomegha

Its a cute little video on puberty in Girls and Boys
click here http://www.howtotellyourchild.com/puberty-in-girls/

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