There are so many fabulous books available; these are just a few we have read recently & recommend:

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(Most of these books are also available in the Auckland Library system)


Puberty (Younger audience - Tweens)
these books cover basic puberty education for the younger reader

 Hair in funny places     Hair in funny places
by Babette Cole
Cycling to Grandma's House
by Jac Torres-Gomez and Illustrations, Erin-Claire Barrow

A powerful new children's book that breaks the taboo around menstruation and menarche (the first menstrual bleed by a woman). Join Luna on her quest to discover the most incredible thing about being a girl! Cycling to Grandma's House is a beautiful inter-generational and intercultural story that will create profound conversations with your family and friends that will last for days.

 

 The care and keeping of YOU by Valerie Schaefer (Illustrator Josee Masse) Simplistic pubertal change book for girls. Lovely illustrations and positive, age appropriate topics and language. Some American phrases and spelling that may need translating. Published by American Girl. See Book 2 listed below.

 


Puberty & more (Tweens to Young Teens)
these books cover puberty education and sometimes extend to the very basic biology of sex education. There may also be information on masturbation:

 whats happening to me    

What's happening to me?
'A guide to puberty, from the authors of "where did I come from?"
by Peter Mayle
100 Me

100% Me: 'the how, why and when of growing up'
by Elinor Greenwood & Alexander Cox DK book

The Care and Keeping of YOU Book 2 by Cara Natterson (Illustrator Josee Masse) Book 2 in this American Girl series. Covers new questions about periods, your growing body, peer pressure, personal care, and more! Designed for girls 10 and up, The Care & Keeping of You 2 follows up the original bestseller with even more in-depth details about the physical and emotional changes you're going through.

just for boys

Just for boys 'a book about growing up'
by Matt Crossick and Rob Davis
on your marks get set grow

On your mark, get set, Grow! 'A "What's Happening to My Body?" Book of younger boys' by Lynda Madaras
puberty boy

Puberty boy by Geoff Price
puberty girl

Puberty girl by Shushann Movsessian (An extremely thorough and well set out book also covering body image & personal safety).
the smart girls guide to growing up

The Smart Girls Guide to Growing Up by Anita Ganeri
girlology

Girlology's there's something new about you 'a girls guide to growing up' by Melisa Holmes & Trish Hutchison
the period book

The Period Book 'Everything you don't want to ask (but need to know)' by Karen Gravelle & Jannifer Gravelle

wise guides periods


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Wise Guides - Periods by Charlotte Owen

 

 

 

 

 Sex is a funny word by Cory Silverberg (Illustrator: Fiona Smyth) 

(A modern comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities: about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 12. Much more than the "facts of life" or “the birds and the bees," providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy).

 

       

 

Fiction (puberty related)

 are you there god its me margaret  
 
Are you there God, it's me Margaret by Judy Blume
(fiction: a girl joins a group, anxious to fit in; discovering bras, getting their first period, boys etc!)
girl v the world waiting for it Girl V the World: 'Waiting for it' by Chrissie Keighery
(fiction: one of a new series (2012) for tween & early teens. A 13 yr old girl waiting on her period, fitting in, boys and learning to 'just be yourself!')

 


Puberty & more (Teens +)
these books cover puberty education, sex education, an introduction to media awareness/body image, contraception, STI information & drug awareness:

 the puberty book  
 
The Puberty Book by Wendy Darvill & Kelsey Powell

its ok to be you

It's ok to be you! 'Feeling good about growing up' by Claire Patterson & Lindsay Quilter
Whats happening to me  boys

What's happening to me? Boys. Usborne. by Alex Frith (aimed at younger teens)
whats happening to me girls

What's happening to me? Girls. Usborne. by Susan Meredith (aimed at younger teens)
bonafide

Bona Fide '53 True Kiwi Stories about Life as a Teen' by Denise Gallonagh-Wood & Jenny Campbell
girls stuff Girls Stuff 'A full on guide to the teen years' by Kaz Cooke
(aimed at mid to older teens)

 


Self Esteem / Media Awareness (Teens - Girls)

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The Feelings Book by Dr. Lynda Madison (Illustrator Josee Masse) Another 'American Girl' book: The Feelings Book is designed to help you understand your emotions, and deal with them in positive ways. You'll get tips on how to express your feelings and stay in control, plus get sensitive advice on handling fear, anxiety, jealousy, and grief. Learn how to stay in the driver's seat of your own emotions!

 strong beautiful girls  
 
Strong Beautiful Girls: Mixed Messages 'Interpreting Body Image + Social Norms' by Thea Palad (there are several books by various authors in this fantastic series to check out)
the girl with the butterfly tattoo

The Girl with the butterfly tattoo 'a girls guide to claiming her power'. by Dannielle Miller
girls against girls

Girls against girls by Bonnie Burton
please read if at all possible

Please read (if at all possible) The Girl Project by Kate Engelbrecht
 find your tribe Find your tribe 'and 9 other things I wish I'd known at high school'

 


For the Parents:

 from birth to puberty  
 
From birth to puberty 'Helping your child develop a healthy sexuality'. A NZ book by Gill Lough & Max Saunders
talking to tweenies

Talking to Tweenies 'Getting it right before it gets rocky with your 8 -12 year old' by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
Your Daughter's Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women 'By Joyce T. McFadden

Offering a fresh perspective on the fraught mother-daughter relationship, McFadden shows how mothers can create the right environment for their daughters to grow into self-assured women. Your Daughter's Bedroom is an essential resource for women who want to establish a more open and positive relationship with their daughters.

the butterfly effect

The Butterfly Effect 'A positive new approach to raising happy, confident teen girls'. by Dannielle Miller
growing great boys

Growing great boys by Mary & Ian Grant
 growing great girls Growing great girls by Mary & Ian Grant

 


Fertility Awareness:

 cycle savvy  
 
Cycle Savvy: 'The smart Teen's Guide to the mysteries of her body' by Toni Weschler
taking charge of your fertility

Taking Charge of your Fertility: 'The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement  & Reproductive Health' by Toni Weschler
my little red book

My little red book 'an anthology of stories about first periods, collected from women of all ages from around the world' by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (Editor)
the prenatal person The Prenatal Person' 'Ethics from conception to birth' by Norman M Ford

 


 Menopause:

Menopause Breakthroughs Gimmick-free advice from expertscovering   physical and mental effects of menopause Menopause Breakthroughs looks at both traditional Western medicine and alternative therapies, providing a wide-ranging overview of available treatments to ease the symptoms of menopause and ensure a smoother transition. 
You're Still Hot to Me : The Joys of Menopause by Jean Kittson A fact-filled conversation starter on menopause by comedian and health campaigner Jean Kittson. 
Menopause : change, choice and HRT by Barry Wren, Margaret Stephenson Meere.  This guide provides some direction and a new understanding of menopause. The book covers the mental, physical, and emotional effects of menopause, and outlines the case for and against HRT and alternative therapies and the choices available to women to treat the symptoms of menopause. 
Making Friends with the Menopause : A Clear and Comforting Guide to Support You As Your Body Changes by Sarah Rayner & Patrick Fitzgerald
Rushing Woman’s Syndrome by Dr Libby. Describes the biochemical and emotional effects of constantly being in a rush and the health consequences that urgency elicits.
   

 

 

 

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