Books for Teaching Kids About Puberty, Sex, and Growing Up

Written by dad - 5 Comments

We’ve been meaning to have “the talk” with Son #1 for quite awhile now, but just haven’t gotten around to it. He’s ten years old, in between 4th and 5th grade, and quite curious about the birds and the bees.

Beyond sitting down and talking things through with him, we also wanted to get him some books to help satisfy his curiosity. Unfortunately, the pickings are pretty slim at our local library, so…

Now that we’re back from vacation and things are settling down, my lovely and talented wife and I spent some time last night perusing Amazon.com for suitable titles. As it turns out, there are a ton of books available on the subject, and it’s pretty hard to tell what’s good and what isn’t without being able to look through them. We picked through the reviews as best we could, wound up picking three that sounded pretty good and were targeted to kids his age.

» It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health

» What’s Going on Down There? Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask

» The American Medical Association Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen

If anyone out there has already been through this, we’d love to hear your recommendations. And, of course, we’ll be sure to post our thoughts on the books listed above after we’ve had a chance to pick through them.

Published on July 2nd, 2008 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Health,Milestones
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  1. I have 5 kids ranging from 12 years down to 4, along with a 10 year boy.
    My wife and I have been providing information as applicable since they have been young but I did have occasion to have the “talk” with 10 year old based on some things that had come up.
    I think you are in the best position to determine the information on sexuality that is timely and suits the sensibility of the child.
    It’s kind of a living dialog in the sense that he feels free to pull me aside to ask me questions about sexual intercourse and sexuality and he sees, hopefully, a healthy model within our marriage and our family.
    Good luck!

    Comment by FatherOfFive — Jul 2nd 2008 @ 4:49 pm
  2. For whatever reason, I had never thought about this before but we have two boys so I am very much looking forward to reading about your experience with this. Even though my boys are young, I can use all the preparation help I can get! Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Chief Family Officer — Jul 5th 2008 @ 9:35 am
  3. As a nurse midwife and mother of 3 young boys, I was in search of a good book to help with this sort of discussion. I found a book by the American Medical Association listed above and have to say this is by far the best book out there for my boys and then for my young female patients.

    Comment by rb — Jul 8th 2008 @ 10:52 am
  4. rb: I think that’s the same as the third one that I listed (above).

    Comment by dad — Jul 8th 2008 @ 11:18 am
  5. the book “where did I come from” is great for younger kids. my mom read it to me when I was about 5. then there is a book for older kids called “what’s happening to me” that is really good for before and during puberty. these books are very basic and wonderful, not to mention cute cartoons as well. I guess that times have changed and they now have videos as well.

    good luck!

    Comment by april — Aug 29th 2008 @ 2:17 pm

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