Parents' Guide to

Welcome to Your Period

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Empowering, educational, gender-inclusive primer on periods.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

I love this book about periods!

This is a great book! It is conversational, frank, inclusive, and friendly. It has lots of fun illustrations, and not too many words per explanation. I love how diverse the people are in the illustrations - in size, shape, color, ability, etc. The attitude is positive and affirming without feeling fake. It also does not pass judgment about how a person decides to manage their flow, and instead simply shares the options. I'm so glad that books like this are being published and was thrilled to share it with my 13 year old daughter.

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This cheerful, information-packed guide to having a period is like curling up on the couch with a cool auntie and getting all the goods about menstruation. Welcome to Your Period also covers ample and sometimes surprising ground, including interesting and useful topics that aren't often seen in more general books about puberty. Jenny Latham's bright, often silly pictures coupled with a clever, attractive layout that varies longer text with text boxes and subsections will engage readers at different levels.

What really sets this book apart is the authors' attention to their audience. Stynes and Kang use gender-inclusive language like "most adolescents" and "people with uteruses" and illustrations include gender-nonspecific young people. Don't miss the awesome end pages, which include a well-designed, teen-friendly glossary, an empowering "period boss" pledge, and snappy slogans to build period pride, like "Anything you can do, I can do bleeding!" This comprehensive guide is highly recommended for any kid with a uterus and their loved ones.

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