A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Definitions of terms and explanation of ideas related to assigned sex, gender, puberty, physical, emotional and brain health, sexuality, and bodies. Topics covered include: sexual orientation, self-esteem, self-confidence, whole body care, parts of genitals, PMS, ovulation, reproduction, hormones, tech addiction, etc.).
Puberty is normal and every kid goes through it,but everyone's experience is also unique. Difference is good; appreciate it! Your body knows what to do in puberty; trust it and you'll get through it just fine. Take good care of your whole, amazing self. Beauty is much deeper than what you can see. Be your own kind of beautiful and shine from the inside out. It's OK to fail. Learn how to fail and keep trying.
Positive Role Models
Illustrations show girls of many skin colors, body shapes and sizes, gender expressions, hair styles, etc. Most of the book is body positive and inclusive of many differences, though the discussion of sex for reproduction is heteronormative/does not cover the fact that some people of all genders are capable of becoming pregnant or contributing sperm for conception.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Intercourse and masturbation are described in an educational, shame-free manner.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Use of substances is covered briefly in a subheading about "bad habits."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Celebrate Your Body 2: The Ultimate Book for Preteen and Teen Girls, by medical doctors Lisa Klein and Carrie Leff, follows up Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls. This guide offers an in-depth treatment of many topics from the first book and includes new content (like social media, online porn, romantic relationships, masturbation, and sex) that will help older girls and teen girls grow up healthy and strong. Educational content includes the differences between assigned sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, body changes, menstruation, and brain development. Positive messages stress that puberty is not just about the body; the mind and heart grow, too; that puberty is normal; and that all girls deserve to feel good in their bodies. Color illustrations show girls of a variety of skin colors, body shapes and sizes, gender expressions, hair styles, etc. Masturbation and sex are discussed in shame-free, age-appropriate language. Older tween and teen girls will enjoy having this book to refer to as they tackle puberty and beyond.
Is It Any Good?
This informative, kindhearted guide has almost everything a great puberty book should cover. Written by two knowledgeable doctors and moms, Celebrate Your Body 2: The Ultimate Book for Preteen and Teen Girls features content missing from the first book (purpose of the clitoris, masturbation, romantic feelings, and sex) and delivers unexpected but important ideas about the developing brain and technology use. Parents will appreciate the warm, supportive approach and accurate information, while girls will appreciate the body-positive language and the candid, detailed discussions about menstrual products, masturbation, sex, consent, and dealing with the intense emotions of puberty.
Some parents and teens may find the section on reproduction to be uncomfortably heteronormative. Sex between a man and a woman is described as the way babies are made, which excludes same gender and single parents who used reproductive assistance to create families. It also ignores the fact that people of all genders can and do choose to get pregnant or contribute sperm to the effort. Still, this is an excellent resource on puberty and sexuality for older tween and teen girls. Highly recommend.
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