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Puberty is a difficult time for children, and for the grown-ups around them too! As kids approach adolescence, they have a lot of questions and it is our job, as adults, to prepare them for the changes they will experience.

Children’s books about growing up and what to expect are a helpful way of tackling the issue. Often, kids are more comfortable having a book they can refer to themselves in private, and books are also a useful tool for prompting important conversations.

There are many specific puberty books for girls and for boys, as well as lots of general books about adolescence and it can be hard to know where to start. 

We have put together a list of our top 10 puberty books for tweens and teens. These are not just sex education books or body books, they also talk about relationships, mental health, staying safe online, consent and many other important issues too.

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2021-06-01
Best Books About Puberty
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What's Happening to Me? For Boys

Growing up is a whole lot easier if you have some idea what to expect. This book describes exactly what will happen to your body in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way, and it explains some of your feelings too - all you need to know for this important time in your life.

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What's Happening to Me? For Girls

A sensitive, detailed and informative guide to female puberty, invaluable for young girls and parents alike, tackling key subjects from physical changes to buying their first bra. Bright, stylish original colour illustrations and diagrams reveal everything young girls need to know about the changes they experience as they near puberty.

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How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing!: The No-Worries Guide for Boys

The nation's favourite doctor, Dr Ranj, is here to explain everything you ever wanted to know about puberty - plus lots more.

What does it mean to be a boy? And I'm not just talking about what you have between your legs, but what life is really like for boys. Growing up is a real minefield! So I've put everything I've learned both from my career as an NHS doctor and my own life experiences into this twenty-first century guide to being a boy.

It covers the obvious things like the physical changes you'll go through during puberty and adolescence (hello, pubic hair and voice breaking!), but also helps you to figure out how to manage your emotions, deal with friends and family and learn about healthy relationships.

Filled with easy-to-understand explanations and down-to-earth advice this growing-up guide by trusted paediatrician Dr Ranj is perfect for readers aged 10+ who want to discover the confidence to be the very best version of themselves.

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The Girls' Guide to Growing Up

A friendly, reassuring and positive guide for girls as they approach puberty, explaining the changes that will happen to their bodies as they grow up and how these changes might make them feel. Covering everything from periods and breast development to body hair and personal hygiene, puberty and parenting expert Anita Naik addresses any worries that girls may have relating to what is 'normal'. She reassures readers and boosts their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty. The book also includes lifestyle advice on topics like healthy eating and exercise, and information on how puberty affects boys.

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The Boys' Guide to Growing Up

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Help! Why Am I Changing?: The Growing-Up Guide for Pre-Teen Boys and Girls

A no-nonsense guide that equips children for the many challenging and confusing physical, emotional, and social issues they will face in adolescence.

Children are reaching puberty at a much earlier age and therefore face many "teen" issues long before their actual teenage years. Aimed at 9-12-year-olds , Help! Why Am I Changing? helps children prepare for puberty and adolescence by informing them about a wide range of issues and addressing common concerns. It covers physical changes such as starting periods and growing body hair, emotional changes such as mood swings and feelings for the opposite sex, and social issues such as cyber-bullying. With an accessible Q&A approach, it focuses directly on the concern at hand, providing practical factual information and advice and reassurance. Examples of some of the questions tackled are: "Why am I starting to get spots?" / "Why am I putting on weight?" / "Why do I feel like an outsider at school?" / "How can I deal with textual harassment?" / "Why are my parents so strict?" / "Why do I get angry all the time?"

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Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Growing Up

What's the point of belly buttons? When will my voice go deep? Why do I have to go to bed? Curious children can find out about growing up and puberty, hormones, periods, shaving and much more in this entertaining book with over 60 flaps to lift. There are helpful tips on coping with growing up, and links to websites with more information, too.

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Brilliant Questions About Growing Up: Simple Answers About Bodies and Boundaries

A modern and inclusive toolkit about growing up, filled with real questions from real children, answered by experts.

Everyone knows how it feels when they're asked a question by a child and haven't been sure about how to respond. It might have been:

What are belly buttons for?
What happens to me next?
Or even - do I have to kiss grandma if I don't want to?

This book is written by two experts who have delivered sex and relationships lessons in over 200 schools and have collected the best questions asked by the children that they've met.

They've created a big book of answers to help support conversations about growing up, sex, birth, sexuality, pregnancy, gender, relationships, consent, emotions, friendship, being online, puberty and more!

This book takes a modern, inclusive and non-judgemental approach to all of those difficult, funny and (sometimes) embarrassing questions in a way that facilitates honest and comfortable conversations with children.

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Growing up for Boys

A frank and friendly book offering boys advice on what to expect from puberty and how to stay happy and confident as they go through physical, psychological and emotional changes. Covers a range of topics, including moods and feelings, what happens to girls, diet, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, self-confidence, alcohol and drugs.


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Help Your Kids with Growing Up

Covering everything from the menstrual cycle to sexting and even cyber-bullying, this visual guide to puberty and adolescence is a must-read for all parents and tweens embarking on those scary teenage years. Help Your Kids with Growing Up is the only guide to cover contemporary issues such as internet safety, whilst also tackling key topics such as sexuality and body image. Expert-written content by Professor Robert Winston offers a straight-forward, unpatronizing approach to tricky topics, with special chapters on puberty by Dr Radha Modgil. Stunning graphics and illustrations make this invaluable for tweens and teens alike, whether as a quick-reference guide or cover-to-cover read. Non-judgemental and up to date, this is the essential illustrated guide to adolescence for both parents and their teens.

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The Every Body Book: The Lgbtq+ Inclusive Guide for Kids About Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families

AASECT Book Award for Children under 18 years old

American Library Association 2021 Rainbow Book List Top 10 Title for Young Readers

This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book teaches children sex, gender and relationships education in a way that is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Covering puberty, hormones, pregnancy, consent, sex, babies, relationships and families, it uses gender-neutral language throughout and celebrates diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, faith, bodies, gender and sexuality. For use with children aged 8-12, it will help answer their questions and spark open discussion with parents, carers and teachers.

With informative illustrations and further resources and a guide for adults, The Every Body Book is the ultimate sex, gender and relationships education resource for children.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH - From comedian, actor, rapper and screenwriter Ben Bailey Smith comes the biggest middle grade debut of the year – a blazingly funny, big-hearted story about family, friendship and how far one boy will go to get a laugh.

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