My kids are 10 and 12, and puberty is sneaking into our home. There are conversations about how old my husband and I were when we hit our puberty milestones, and when things like bodies, skin, hair and feelings start to change. We began the reproduction and puberty conversation years ago, and we found books to be great supplemental information for the kids. Books allow kids to process the information at their own speed and use the diagrams and photographs to better understand the complicated reproductive systems of both men and women.
Many parents dread the puberty and sex talks. It can be awkward for everyone and confusing for kids, but we live in an age where you can find a well-written book that appeals to kids and adults delivered to your door in no time. These are the books you'll want to have on hand for when "the talk" goes down.
When dealing with conversations about puberty, make sure to be open and honest, and reassure your kids that the changes they'll experience are perfectly normal. It's also important to have these conversations before the changes begin happening; experts suggest kids know about the physical and emotional changes that come with puberty by the time they are eight years old.
An expanded and revised edition of the popular flip book for preteens, one half of the book is filled with questions commonly asked by girls entering puberty, and the other half with questions asked by boys.
Things can get rocky during puberty. That's where the Boy's Body Book comes in. The updated fifth edition of this No. 1 bestselling book made just for boys contains everything they need to know about growing up, even the embarrassing stuff. It also includes topical issues like school safety and consent. Author and nurse Kelli Dunham covers everything from body changes to planning for college, giving preteen boys the answers they need to prepare for puberty and beyond.
Becoming a teen is an important milestone in every boy's life. It's even more important to get answers and advice to the most common health issues boys face from a trusted source. The "American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen" is filled with invaluable advice to get you ready for the changes you will experience during puberty, like physical and emotional changes, the importance of eating healthy and taking care of your body, skin care, the reproductive system and relationships and feelings.
The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls
For Girls 8 and Up
With all-new illustrations and updated content for girls ages 8 and up, this incredibly popular and respected book about puberty for girls features tips, how-tos and facts from the experts. You'll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples and everything in between.
The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls
For Girls 10 and Up
A follow up to the first Care and Keeping of You book, this is a thoughtful advice book that will guide girls through the next steps of growing up. With illustrations and expert contributors, this book covers new questions about periods, your growing body, peer pressure, personal care and more! Written by Dr. Cara Natterson 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.
It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends
For Kids Pre-K Through Elementary School
"It's Not the Stork!" helps answer the endless and perfectly normal questions that preschool, kindergarten and early elementary school children ask about how they began. Two cartoon characters, a curious bird and a squeamish bee, provide comic relief and give voice to the full range of emotions and reactions children may experience while learning about their amazing bodies. Vetted and approved by science, health and child development experts, the information is up-to-date, age-appropriate and scientifically accurate—and always aimed at helping kids feel proud, knowledgeable and comfortable about their own bodies. It also talks about how they were born and about the family they are a part of.
"It's So Amazing!" provides the answers to questions like "how does a baby begin?" "what makes a baby male or female?" and "how is a baby born?" with fun and accurate comic-book-style artwork and a clear, lively text that reflects the interests of children age seven and up in how things work, while giving them a healthy understanding of their bodies.
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
For Tweens and Teens
With a brand-new chapter focusing on safe Internet use, this book is a great resource for kids, parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else who cares about the well-being of tweens and teens. Providing accurate and up-to-date answers to nearly every imaginable question, from conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS, "It's Perfectly Normal" offers young people the information they need—now more than ever—to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.
Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the photos in this book that give a detailed glimpse of life inside the womb. This awesome journey from fertilization to birth, which was written nearly 40 years ago, is completely revised for a new generation with amazing photos and new and updated text.
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