Books all about puberty

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Puberty is a confusing time. These helpful books not only explain the changes that happen to children’s bodies and emotions, but can also empower them as they grow into teenagers and beyond. Encompassing mental health, friendship issues, navigating the online world, and much much more, we hope these books will be a comfort and a support.

  • Boys Will be Human

    Author: Justin Baldoni
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 10+

    An excellent all-encompassing guide to being a boy, covering essential topics in a conversational tone. Sensible, sensitive and searingly honest.

  • We Need to Talk About Vaginas

    Author: Dr Allison K Rodgers Illustrator: Anika Le Large
    Publisher: Neon Squid
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    A comprehensive guide to vaginas and the changes, experiences and feelings that go with them.

  • Friendship Survival Guide

    Author: Caroline Young Illustrator: The Boy Fitz Hammond and Helen Lang
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 9+

    A warm, practical book offering tips for what to do when friendships have problems, while celebrating all that is great about good friends.

  • You Are Awesome

    Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph
    Publisher: Wren & Rook
    Interest age: 10-16
    Reading age: 9+

    An accessible, funny self-help manual for pre-teens and teenagers, based on Carol Dweck’s growth mindset theory: how to train your mind and take a more positive, proactive attitude to life. 

  • How to Grow Up and feel amazing!

    Author: Dr Ranj Singh Illustrator: David O’Connell
    Publisher: Wren and Rook
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    An all-encompassing guide to puberty, including body changes, family and friendship issues and navigating the online world. Warm, practical and useful.

  • Clicks: How to be your Best Self Online

    Author: Natasha Devon Illustrator: Rubyetc
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 10+

    Friendly and practical, this guide to navigating online life and its joys and perils is a must-have for secondary pupils.

  • Ten Ways to Build a Brilliant Brain

    Author: Nicola Morgan Illustrator: Risa Rodil
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    We all have a brain, but it’s likely that, ironically, we very rarely ever think about what it’s doing for us all day long (and at night). But it’s doing some pretty amazing things: keeping us breathing, giving us dreams, regulating our blood pressure and all manner of other complicated things.

  • A Different Sort of Normal

    Author: Abigail Balfe
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 8+

    Abigail, the author and illustrator of this exceptional non-fiction book, spent most of her life not knowing she was autistic. Insightful, accessible and easy to navigate, this is an essential book for autistic and allistic (non-autistic) readers of all ages, including adults.

  • Love Your Body

    Author: Jessica Sanders Illustrator: Carol Rossetti
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 7-13
    Reading age: 7+

    Written specifically for girls and full of lovely, diverse illustrations, this reassuring, inclusive book has a message for all about self-acceptance and body positivity - that building a loving bond with oneself is the most important relationship we will ever have, and, when we can be kind to ourselves, we can also be kind to others who are also learning to…

  • You Grow Girl!

    Author: Dr Zoe Williams Illustrator: Luna Valentine
    Publisher: Wren and Rook
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    An all-encompassing guide to puberty, including periods, healthy eating and navigating the online world. 

  • A Better Day: Your Positive Mental Health Handbook

    Author: Dr Alex George Illustrator: The Boy Fitz Hammond
    Publisher: Wren & Rook
    Interest age: 9-11

    An upbeat and positive book which feels perfectly pitched at lower secondary school kids and will no doubt be hugely helpful for many.