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Growing Up Great!: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Encouraging puberty guide covers emotional growth, too.

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This puberty book for boys is an engaging, funny, and comprehensive guide for tween boys. Unlike other puberty books that focus on body changes, author-educator Scott Todnem takes a whole person approach to physical, emotional, and mental health. Its informal and upbeat tone will pull readers in and there's lots of clear, science-based information. Unlike its companion book for girls (Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!)), Celebrate Your Body, Growing Up Great! briefly and age appropriately covers masturbation, sex, crushes, and romantic relationships. Boys will be able to see themselves reflected in the illustrations, which portray boys of many shapes, skin colors, hair styles, and gender expressions.

Areas of concern include no mention of gender identity (trans or nonbinary genders), and the illustrations don't capture the full range of body diversity: There are some "stocky" boys, but none are large or fat. Finally, reproduction is defined as the "act of a man and a woman creating new life," which might cause raised eyebrows in readers with same-gender or single parents who relied on donor sperm/eggs to create a family. But the rest of the book uses inclusive language and generally avoids presuming heterosexuality. Critiques aside, the confidence-boosting focus of this book and its accurate information make this a wonderful go-to source for boys entering puberty.

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