Puberty Books for Girls. My daughter will turn nine next month. I know gasp, where did the time go. I’ve noticed a few of her friends showing signs of puberty. Yes, it’s the reality we live in, puberty is occurring much earlier for both girls and boys. That’s why it is very important for children to know what to expect as puberty begins among them and their classmates.
I attended boarding school, so I didn’t get the puberty talk from my parents, but in retrospect, I wish someone had warned me about it. Luckily, I didn’t get my period till I was about 14/15 years old which means I was a tad bit older and could handle things better. However, with our girls, we are doing things differently; by explaining the coming changes in a positive manner we hope it will help them accept and handle the changes effortlessly and in turn empower them.
When you’re ready to approach the subject, I wouldn’t recommend giving your daughter the book and walking away. If you’ve some time, pick up a few of these books and read it together with your daughter as a conversation starter, but also keep in mind that, dealing with puberty is an on-going conversation. FYI, these books don’t talk about the birds and the bees, I believe that chat will come at a later time.
Puberty Books for Girls – Books to teach girls about puberty
The Girls Body Book. Everything You Need To Know For Growing up YOU,. by Kelli Dunham, R.N I understand there is a new version of this book but we have the 3rd edition and it offers a detailed explanation of what girls encounter from basic hygiene to dealing with peer pressure. The only issue, I had with this book was on page 79 – expert says, where it recommended reaching out for help outside the household, besides that little tidbit the book is a great resource. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
Ready, Set, Grow! A What’s Happening to My Body Book for Younger Girls,.by Lynda Madaras, a Great book that offers an interesting approach to puberty for preteen girls. It also talked a bit about sexual harassment, inappropriate touching, etc. It’s recommended for ages 10 and older.
Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume, if your daughter is a fan of Judy Blume’s novel, this would be a great addition. It’s a story about an 11-year old girl who struggles with moving into a new city, boys, puberty, and religion. Recommended for ages 9 and older.
The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls, by Valorie Schaefer, this is an updated version of the highly-rated The Care and Keeping of you: The Body Book for Young Girls. We’ve both books, however, I felt the newer version isn’t quite as graphic as the first. Case in point, the first version illustrated a teen using a tampon, that’s a bit too much for us. At that age, a pad would be more appropriate. Besides that, it’s a great book that covers a wide range of topics including healthy eating, pimples, and everything in between. The best part, it offers tips, how-to guides, and facts from experts. Recommended for girls age 8 and older.
The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls by Dr. Cara Natterson. A follow up to The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls this advise book offers more detail. It covers the hormonal changes during puberty, it also addresses self-image issues, and the importance of having a strong and healthy relationship with the family. Recommended for girls age 10 and older
There you’ve it, a few books that both you and your daughter will feel comfortable reading without any awkward silence. I know it’s not an easy conversation to have, but it’s a MUST.
If you’re interested in books that have nothing to do with puberty but a fun read for 3rd and 4th grader, check out these 10 Books Your 3rd and 4th Grader Will Enjoy Reading This Summer
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