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Growing up

Reserve any of the following books to explore the themes of growing up with our list of recommendations for children. Click on the links to reserve them from our online catalogue, visit any of our libraries, contact us on 01473 351249 or email help@suffolklibraries.co.uk.

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The List

Respect: consent, boundaries, and being in charge of you by Rachel Brian

Your body belongs to you and you get to set your own rules, so that you may have boundaries for different people and sometimes they might change. Like when you hi-five your friends and kiss your kitten, but not the other way round. But consent doesn't need to be confusing. From setting boundaries, to reflecting on your own behaviour and learning how to be an awesome bystander, this book will have you feeling confident, respected, and 100% in charge of yourself and your body.

Brilliant questions about growing up: simple answers about bodies and boundaries by Amy Forbes-Robertson, Alex Fryer, Ava Puckett

Everyone knows how it feels when they're asked a question by a child and haven't been sure about how to respond. It might have been: What are belly buttons for? What happens to me next? Or even - do I have to kiss grandma if I don't want to? This book is written by two experts who have delivered sex and relationships lessons in over 200 schools and have collected the best questions asked by the children that they've met.

They've created a big book of answers to help support conversations about growing up, sex, birth, sexuality, pregnancy, gender, relationships, consent, emotions, friendship, being online, puberty and more! This book takes a modern, inclusive and non-judgemental approach to all of those difficult, funny and (sometimes) embarrassing questions in a way that facilitates honest and comfortable conversations with children.

Puberty in numbers by Liz Flavell

This entertaining guide to puberty gives you all the information you need to know, but in a bright, colourful and fun way. Puberty need not be scary and unknown. Using bite-size text with attention-grabbing numbers and visuals, find out the facts and stats behind growing up, from how much extra hair you'll grow to what happens when puberty hormones kick in.

Written in a straightforward, down-to-earth way, this book will give you all the information you need to understand and be reassured by any changes puberty throws at you. The book emphasises body positivity and reassures you that everything you are experiencing is totally normal! It also includes a section on gender identity and sexuality.

Dr Christian's guide to growing up: boys' & girls' questions answered by TV's favourite doctor by Christian Jessen, David Semple

Finally, TV's favourite doctor, Dr Christian, comes to the rescue of parents, boys and girls to answer all their questions about adolescence, sexuality and puberty. In his assured, no-nonsense fashion Dr Christian allays the fears and uncertainties of growing youngsters (and helps parents find answers) about puberty, sex, personal and emotional health, and body image.

My body's changing: a girl's guide to growing up by Anita Ganeri, Teresa Martinez

This easy-to-understand, straightforward book gives clear advice for young readers who want to understand more about the changes in their body that happen during puberty. The clear, friendly approach explains what puberty is, what changes might happen from getting hairy to growing breasts, as well as explaining all about periods.

The book answers the many questions girls might have about periods, such as: how long do periods last; what are period pains; how do I use sanitary products? The book focuses purely on the changes happening to a girl's body during puberty with no mention of sex, which some younger children aren't ready to learn about.

My body's changing: a boy's guide to growing up by Anita Ganeri

This easy-to-understand, straightforward book gives clear advice for young readers who want to understand more about the changes in their body that happen during puberty. The clear, friendly approach explains everything about puberty, from getting hairy, growing taller, and what wet dreams are. There is sensible advice about heathy eating, exercise, and keeping clean as well as how to tackle any emotional ups and downs and tips for boosting self-esteem. Questions and answers throughout will help dispel any myths and give gentle advice.

The girls' guide to growing up by Anita Naik and Sarah Horne

A friendly and reassuring guide for girls as they approach puberty, explaining the changes that will happen to their bodies as they grow up and how these changes might make them feel. Covering everything from periods and breast development to body hair and personal hygiene, the author anticipates any worries that girls may have relating to what is 'normal' and about feeling different. It gives them the information they will need to reassure them and boost their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty.

The boys' guide to growing up by Philip Wilkinson and Sarah Horne

A friendly and reassuring guide for boys as they approach puberty, explaining the changes that will happen to their bodies as they grow up and how these changes might make them feel. Covering everything from physical changes like body hair and testicle growth to emotional ones like mood swings and self-esteem, the author anticipates any worries that boys may have relating to what is 'normal' and about feeling different. It gives them the information they will need to reassure them and boost their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty.

The girls' guide to growing up great: changing bodies, periods, relationships, life online

This text is about thriving during puberty - not simply surviving it. A positive, empowering guide for girls aged from 10 years. Covering everything from bodies and bodily changes, friends, feelings, and sex (with all its different meanings and connotations) as appropriate for the age group, as well as vital information about the Internet, cyberbullying, and how to stay safe online.

What's happening to Ellie?: a book about puberty for girls and young women with autism and related conditions by Kate E. Reynolds, Jonathon Powell

Ellie notices that her body is changing. Hair is growing in new places and there are other changes happening too. Ellie's mum helps her understand that she has started growing into a woman. Following Ellie as she begins to notice changes to her body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach girls with autism and related conditions about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as periods. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.

What's Happening to Tom?: A Book About Puberty for Boys and Young Men With Autism and Related Conditions by Kate E. Reynolds, Jonathon Powell

Tom notices that his body is changing. Tom's voice is different and hair is growing in new places. There are other changes happening too. Tom learns that he has started growing into a man.

Following Tom as he begins to notice changes to his body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as wet dreams. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with boys and young men with autism or special needs.

A-Z of growing up, puberty and sex by Lesley D.E Meza, Stephen De Silva

This is a ready-reference guide for older kids and teenagers to get the info they need on growing up, puberty and sex.

Periods

Welcome to your period by Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang, Jenny Latham

Getting your period for the first time can be mortifying, weird and messy - and asking questions about it can be even worse. But it doesn't have to be like that! Packed with honest advice on managing Aunt Flo like a boss, this book inducts pre-teens into the secret society of menstruation: from demystifying what cramps feel like, to whether you can feel it coming out, to what you should do if your pad leaks on to your dress.

The hormone diaries: the bloody truth about our periods

When Hannah Witton started documenting her journey coming off the pill and re-getting her period, she wasn't anticipating the reaction, from people of all ages, that talking about it would bring. It exposed a glaring gap - the resources and the spaces to talk honestly about periods just aren't there. And with more and more research showing that your period and your hormones can affect literally every area of your life, this is a problem.

Inspired by her YouTube series of the same name, 'The Hormone Diaries' draws on Hannah's own experiences and, through crowdsourcing on her social media platforms, those of her fans too. With her trademark honesty and humour, Hannah explores and demystifies topics surrounding periods, hormones and contraception, to offer readers support, information and advice.

Helloflo: the guide, period by Naama Bloom

From the founder of 'HelloFlo,' comes a modern and insightful guide to periods and puberty for a new generation. Honest, funny, and unafraid of the messy, real-life facts about a girl's changing body, this is definitely not your mother's puberty book.