Books About Puberty

The physical and emotional changes that come with puberty can be challenging for tweens, but these books can help. From expert guides filled with biological facts to the funny Wimpy Kid installment in which Greg freaks out about zits, body hair growth, and B.O., these titles address the anxiety and confusion that boys and girls feel at this sensitive time. And the experts know how to talk about these issues in kid-friendly, age-appropriate ways. For more great stories about growing up, check out our Coming-of-Age Books and Books That Promote a Healthy Body Image.

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The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls Book Poster Image
Helpful American Girl guide for girls starting puberty.
By Valorie Lee Schaefer
(2017)
(2012)
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Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls Book Poster Image
Pitch-perfect, body-positive puberty guide for young tweens.
By Sonya Renee Taylor
(2020)
(2018)
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Growing Up Great!: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys Book Poster Image
Encouraging puberty guide covers emotional growth, too.
By Scott Todnem
(2020)
(2019)
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Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys Book Poster Image
Frank, funny boys' guide to growing up is packed with tips.
By Dr. Cara Natterson
(2017)
(2017)
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The Period Book: A Girl's Guide to Growing Up Book Poster Image
Very informative -- but limited -- sex ed book for girls.
By Karen Gravelle
(2017)
(2017)
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The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless Book Poster Image
Friendly, factual book helps girls appreciate their bodies.
By Charlotte Markey
(2020)
(2020)
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What's Going on Down There? A Boy's Guide to Growing Up Book Poster Image
Modern update improves empowering sex ed classic.
By Karen Gravelle
(2017)
(2017)
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Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. Book Poster Image
Classic coming-of-age story rings true decades later.
By Judy Blume
(2003)
(1970)
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The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls Book Poster Image
Deeply informative, reassuring puberty handbook for girls.
By Dr. Cara Natterson
(2017)
(2013)
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Celebrate Your Body 2: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Preteen and Teen Girls Book Poster Image
Encouraging, body-positive guide for older girls.
By Dr. Lisa Klein, Dr. Carrie Leff
(2020)
(2019)
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The Girl Guide: 50 Ways to Learn to Love Your Changing Body Book Poster Image
Wonderfully candid, body-positive tips to inspire girls.
By Marawa Ibrahim
(2018)
(2018)
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Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up Book Poster Image
Modern, nuanced sex-ed guide fantastic for tweens, teens.
By Heather Corinna, Isabella Rotman
(2020)
(2019)
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Welcome to Your Period Book Poster Image
Empowering, educational, gender-inclusive primer on periods.
By Yumi Stynes, Dr. Melissa Kang
(2021)
(2021)
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Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular Book Poster Image
Lots of knowledge and positivity in girl-power advice book.
By Mayim Bialik
(2017)
(2017)
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It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health Book Poster Image
Informative, updated, explicit sex ed book.
By Robie H. Harris
(2017)
(2014)
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S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties Book Poster Image
Fantastic inclusive, progressive sex guide for teens and up.
By Heather Corinna
(2020)
(2016)
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