- Young Children (Ages 3 & up)
- Preteens (Ages 9 & Up)
Young Children (Ages 3 & up)
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Mommy Laid an Egg! Or, Where Do Babies Come From? by Babette Cole J PARENT 612.6 COL
After their parents give them nonsensical explanations for where babies come from, two children use their own illustrations to convey the real reproductive facts to their parents.
Everybody Has a Bellybutton: Your Life Before You Were Born by Laurence Pringle
J PARENT 612.6 PRI
Everybody has a bellybutton, but what is its purpose? Laurence Pringle provides the answer in this look at life from a single cell to birth.
Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz J PARENT 612.6 SAL
Clear and age-appropriate information is given about reproduction, birth, and the differences between boys' and girls' bodies.
When You Were Inside Mommy by Joanna Cole J PARENT 612.63 COL
Young children are introduced to the concepts of pregnancy and childbirth.
How Are Babies Made? by Alastair Smith J PARENT 612.63 SMI
Discover how a baby forms inside its mother. Lift the flaps on the pages to see the baby changing as it grows.
What’s Inside Your Tummy, Mommy? by Abby Cocovini J PARENT 612.647 COC
This book uses life-size illustrations to show the growth and development of a baby inside the womb from the first month until birth.
My Mom’s Having a Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler J PARENT 618.2 BUT
A child learns all about a baby's development, and she traces his growth month by month. This book gently answers all sorts of questions any sibling-to-be may have.
Being Born by Sheila Kitzinger J PARENT 618.2 KIT
Fetal development is explained from the developing baby’s point of view. Excellent photos of the developing fetus are included.
What to Expect When Mommy’s Having a Baby by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff
J PARENT 618.24 MUR
Questions about how a baby is created, how it grows, and how it comes out to join the family are answered.
Baby on the Way by Dr. William Sears J PARENT 618.24 SEA
Some of the changes that take place in a family that is expecting a new addition are explained including the conflicting feelings of love and jealousy.
It’s NOT the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends by Robie H. Harris J PARENT 649.65 HAR
By the author of It’s So Amazing, this book explains the differences between boys and girls as well as where babies really come from.
Preteens (Ages 9 & Up)
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It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris
J PARENT 612.6 HAR
Using bird and bee cartoons, Harris presents straightforward explanations of sexual development, love, reproduction, adoption, sexually transmitted diseases, and more.
“Where Did I Come From?” The Facts of Life Without Any Nonsense and With Illustrations by Peter Mayle J PARENT 612.63 MAY
The differences between men and women, as well as intercourse, pregnancy, and childbirth are explained.
What’s Going on Down There? Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask by Karen Gravelle
J PARENT 612.661 GRA
The physical and emotional changes that occur in boys (and, to a lesser extent, girls) during puberty are described including a discussion of sexual activity, homosexuality, AIDS, and other related topics.
Growing Up: It’s a Girl Thing: Straight Talk About First Bras, First Periods, and Your Changing Body by Mavis Jukes J PARENT 612.661 JUK
Pre-adolescent girls are given an explanation of the changes that puberty brings to their bodies, including information about menstruation.
It’s A Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe and in Charge by Mavis Jukes
J PARENT 612.661 JUK
This is a candid discussion about female development and sexuality in a conversational style covering topics ranging from body changes, drug abuse, and sexuality to sexually transmitted diseases.
Let’s Talk Puberty for Boys J PARENT DVD 612.661 LET
This DVD is a concise overview of puberty and its effects on a boy's body.
Let’s Talk Puberty for Girls J PARENT DVD 612.661 LET
Topics such as the physical and emotional changes of puberty, maturation, and the importance of good hygiene and healthy habits are introduced.
What’s Happening to Me? by Susan Meredith J PARENT 612.661 MER
This book provides a discussion of the mental and physical changes that take place during puberty.
Puberty Boy by Geoff Price J PARENT 612.661 PRI
This book offers a concise overview of puberty and its effects on a boy's body.
Changing You! A Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality by Gail Saltz J PARENT 612.661 SAL
This picture book guides curious youngsters through anatomy, body changes for boys and girls, sexual intercourse, reproduction, and emerging sexuality.
The Period Book: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask (But Need to Know) by Karen Gravelle
J PARENT 612.662 GRA
This book explains what happens at the onset of menstruation, information about going to the gynecologist, and how to handle various problems.
The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls by Valorie Lee Schaefer
J PARENT 613.04242 SCH
This is a preteen girl’s guide to basic health and hygiene from braces to bras, pimples to periods, and hair care to healthy eating.
It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris J PARENT 613.907 HAR
Children’s questions about their developing bodies are answered in a reassuring and responsible way.
The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons by Lynda Madaras J PARENT 613.953 MAD
Detailed information for boys is presented on body changes (male and female), sexuality, and hygiene.
The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Girls: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Daughters by Lynda Madaras J PARENT 613.953 MAD
Detailed information for girls is presented on body changes (male and female), sexuality, and hygiene.
The Birds, the Bees, and Me for Girls J PARENT DVD 649.65 BIR
The Birds, the Bees, and Me for Boys J PARENT DVD 649.65 BIR
These videos introduce puberty, sex, and childbirth to kids.
It’s Your Rite: Girls’ Coming of Age Stories J 305.235 ITS
Beginning with “The Bra” and including “PMS and Other Girl Things,” girls ages 11 – 18 share their own coming-of-age stories.
101 Questions About Sex and Sexuality: With Answers for the Curious, Cautious, and Confused by Faith Hickman Brynie J 306.7 BRY
A question-and-answer format is used to present information about the physical, emotional, and social topics surrounding sex and sexuality.
101 Questions About Reproduction: Or How 1+1=3 or 4 or More by Faith Hickman Brynie
J 612.6 BRY
Uses a question-and-answer format to present information about physical, medical, and social issues surrounding human reproduction, including birth control, pregnancy, and childbirth.
The Reproductive System by Kerri O’Donnell J 612.6 ODO
The issues of puberty, how the reproductive system works, pregnancy, and birth control are discussed.
The Reproductive System by Pam Walker J 612.6 WAL
This introduction to the reproductive system includes information about the structures that make up the reproductive system, how they work, and the diseases of the reproductive system and their treatments.
The Female Reproductive System by Sophie Waters J 612.62 WAT
This title includes information on reproduction, pregnancy, and birth control.
On the Spot: Real Girls on Periods, Growing up, and Finding Your Groove by Karle Dickerson
J 612.661 DIC
From PMS to first bras to fluctuating feelings, this sassy yet safe book reaches out to girls in their own words, helping them to understand the changes happening in their bodies.
The Boy’s Body Book by Kelli S. Dunham J 612.661 DUN
This book discusses the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty in boys and suggests ways to ease the adjustment to these changes.
The Girl’s Body Book by Kelli S. Dunham J 612.661 DUN
This book discusses the physical and emotional transitions that girls undergo during puberty, including growth spurts, sexual development, peer pressure, dating, and new relationships within the family.
Everything You Need to Know About Growth Spurts and Delayed Growth by Lesli J. Favor
J 612.661 FAV
This book outlines routine physical and emotional changes that are typical of any period of adolescence for both male and female children.
Ready, Set, Grow! A “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Younger Girls by Lynda Madaras J 612.661 MAD
The changes in younger girls’ bodies as they grow older are discussed, including understanding what puberty is, weight and height changes, and menstruation.
Menstruation by Ann Byers J 612.662 BYE
This is a straightforward look at the facts about menstruation including how you may feel and what you need to do to care for yourself.
Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen by Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer J 613.04233 PFE
This book covers topics like height, self-care, the reproductive system, sexuality and relationships.
Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen by Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer J 613.04243 PFE
This book covers topics like menstruation, height, self-care, the reproductive system, relationships and sexuality.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! A “What’s Happening to My Body” Book for Younger Boys by Lynda Madaras J 613.04232 MAD
This book discusses issues younger boys face during the onset of puberty.
Is This Normal? Girls’ Questions, Answered by the Editors of The Care and Keeping of You
J 613.04242 IS
This book provides answers to letters from real girls with concerns about their changing bodies, plus tips to help readers talk with their parents about puberty and other touchy topics.
Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up by Anne Katz J 613.04242 KAT
This is a book for girls about health and hygiene with life skills guides for puberty.
Don’t Sweat It! Every Body’s Answers to Questions You Don’t Want to Ask by Marguerite Crump J 613.0433 CRU
This is an introduction to the common concerns of adolescence, such as acne and body odor, and other physical changes of puberty. It also offers tips on caring for oneself from head to toe.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Faced with the difficulties of growing up, an almost twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.
Me, In Between by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Twelve years old and in eighth grade, Lacey has developed faster than everyone else around her. What should she do?
The Amazing Life of Birds: (The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech) by Gary Paulsen
As twelve-year-old Duane endures the confusing and humiliating aspects of puberty, he watches a newborn bird in a nest on his windowsill begin to grow and become more independent, all of which he records in his journal.
Teens (Many of the resources in the Preteens section may also be helpful.)
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The Teenage Guy’s Survival Guide by Jeremy Daldry J PARENT 305.235 DAL
This is a humorous guide for boys offering advice on relationships, body changes, and social life.
Sexual Health Information for Teens by Sandra Augustyn Lawton J PARENT 613.9 SEX
This book provides a comprehensive overview of many issues in reproductive and sexual health for teens, including information about contraception, sexuality transmitted diseases, medical care, and issues as varied as testicular cancer, date rape, and other sensitive topics.
Your Sexuality by Kris Hirschmann J 306.7 HIR
This book includes chapters entitled “Your Changing Body,” “Getting Comfortable with Your Own Sexuality,” “Dating,” and “Big Feelings, Big Choices.”
Is This Really My Body? Embracing Physical Changes by Holly Saari J 613.04243 SAA
This book discusses the physical changes that occur during puberty using true-to-life stories and advice from a child and adolescent development specialist.
J PARENT COLLECTION
Flight of the Stork: What Children Think (& When) About Sex & Family Building by Anne Bernstein J PARENT 612.607 BER
Just how differently do children think about sex and birth than adults? This is examined with suggestions for discussing these issues with them, including adoption and assisted reproductive technology.
A Chicken’s Guide to Talking Turkey With Your Kids About Sex by Kevin Leman
J PARENT 649.65 LEM
Family commentator and humorist Dr. Kevin Leman and human sexuality expert Kathy Flores Bell teamed up to write a book for parents on teaching their pubescent children (ages 8 to 14) about sex