A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A thorough explanation of periods and what to expect during puberty for adolescent girls, as well as a brief chapter on male puberty.
Normalizes puberty and periods and empowers girls to feel more confident and knowledgeable about their changing bodies.
Positive Role Models
Nearly half of the book is dedicated to positive "my first period stories" from a very diverse array of girls.
Girls of many different races and cultures are depicted, as well as girls and women with disabilities.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
"One day, when you are much older, these eggs and sperm together are what help to make a baby."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Girl's Guide to Puberty & Periods is an illustrated book written by adolescent health experts at Columbia University with the goal of comprehensively teaching girls about what to expect during puberty. The tone is body-positive and appropriate for pre- and early-teen girls. The list of topics covered include body changes, personal hygiene, periods and how to care for them, and male puberty. Sex is not covered, with the exception of a small section that states, "One day, when you are much older, these eggs and sperm together are what help to make a baby." Nearly half of the book is dedicated to "my first period stories" from a very diverse array of girls, all of which are framed in a positive light.
Is It Any Good?
Going above and beyond the standard information covered in most puberty books, this illustrated guide explains female puberty in a fresh and inclusive voice. The authors of A Girl's Guide to Puberty & Periods are experts in the field of public health, and it shows. Filled with graphic-novel-style illustrations and language perfectly suited to pre- and early-teens, this is a book parents can leave out and feel confident that the girls in their life will willingly pick it up. Everything from wings vs. no-wings pads and how to wash period underwear to "the ABCs of bra sizes" and healthy sleep habits are discussed. Girls and women of many cultures and abilities are represented in both the stories and illustrations. Instead of focusing on embarrassment, the period stories emphasize how adults in each girl's life helped and provide the reader with encouraging tidbits of advice. The sum effect is a comprehensive and inviting reference that normalizes puberty and empowers young women.
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