What do you do when your adolescent boy or daughter hits puberty, and you’re left scratching your head over the toughest questions? The information in these 7 best books for boys who are experiencing puberty will help your teen navigate the murky waters of adolescence.
All parents must begin discussing their children’s physical growth and development early and using the correct terminology. When their body odor becomes noticeable, begin the dialogue. A trusted adult may be a great source of advice for your child, even if they have already talked about these topics with their friends.
The following are seven books that parents can feel good about reading to their tweens. There is a wide range of puberty-related subjects covered in each of these novels, which most guys will find relatable:
Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys (American Girl) by Cara
According to Cara Natterson’s website, she is a pediatrician, a mother, and the “go-to authority” on puberty. These books for tweens are a great way to give them the confidence they need to take on this new stage of life.
American Medical Association Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen: Getting Used to Life in Your Changing Body
The AMA has put together a comprehensive guide about puberty that includes both physical and emotional aspects of adolescence. Topics covered include anything from acne to healthy relationships, physical changes, and the importance of self-care.
What’s Going on Down There?: A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up by Karen Gravelle
You could call it a classic now since it has been around for more than two decades and sold more than 150,000 copies. With its humorous and relevant pictures and talks with real preteen boys, it has been described as a hybrid of a guidebook and an elder brother.
It contains all the information a boy needs to successfully transition from boyhood to manhood. Body image, sexual harassment, consent, and safe use of social media are among the topics covered in the new edition.
Sex, Puberty, And All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up by
This is a good option because it allows guys to learn about the changes in their female friends’ bodies and their own. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach respect and sensitivity. ‘ Sex, STDs, and Pregnancy: Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff are aimed at adolescents between 11 and 16. You needn’t worry, though; the authors do an excellent job of defusing any awkwardness in the dialogues by incorporating humorous drawings.
Middle School Makeover by Michelle Icard
In order to help parents and teachers better understand the difficulties that boys encounter as they transition into adolescence, this book focuses more on parents and teachers. To help parents and teachers better understand and engage with the amazing tween and adolescents in their lives, Icard combines personal experience with the most recent research on how children’s brains grow and evolve.
The Body Book For Boys by Rebecca Paley, Jonathan Mar, Grace Norwich
For boys as young as 10, this engaging, hands-on book on puberty in male bodies will be a welcome introduction to all things big and little (and stinky and odd). The body book covers five stages of development from the ages of 10 to 17 and provides males with factual knowledge, humor, quizzes, and Q&A-style involvement.
It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris
All three books in this series are geared for children, and this is the concluding one. Despite its enormous popularity, this book has sparked controversy among parents because of the serious subjects it addresses. From abortion to sexual assault to gender identity to masturbation and HIV/AIDS are just a few of the subjects addressed by the contributors in this book.
There are times when parents may be stumped for words when explaining complex issues to their children; in these cases, having an expert steer the discussion can help boys sort out fact from fiction as they progress through the tween and adolescent years.