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A Girl's Guide to Puberty & Periods

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Experts explore girls' puberty in fun, relatable guide.

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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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