There are some great books out there to help you on your journey from child to teen, for both girls and boys. We've added a few of our faves here and ones that have had top reviews.
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by Naama Bloom Founder of HELLOFLO
This amazing book by Naama Bloom, does a fantastic job at explaining and reassuring girls at just the right level of detail in a completely honest and funny way. As well as periods, it also covers body and mood changes and there is also a chapter on friendships. What makes it so relatable, is the inclusion of quotes and concerns that have been raised by other girls and lots of answers to questions that you may be afraid or embarrassed to ask (and probably some questions you didn't even think of asking!) Also, just to warn you, it doesn't hold back from talking about any messy business, which I think is why we liked it. We all learnt something new!
Rated 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon.co.uk
by Dr Ranj
One for the boys! We do love Dr Ranj, and I couldn't think of anyone better to support and guide boys through these tricky years than the nation's favourite doctor. (I can still remember the theme tune to Get Well Soon!)
Boys also go through many changes when approaching and during puberty, some are similar to girls, such as emotional changes and mood swings.Their bodies are also changing, and this is all a natural part of growing up. The book covers body hair and looking after your skin, to forming good friendships and taking care of your mental health to help boys grow confident and become the best version of themselves!
Rated 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon.co.uk
by Dr Emily MacDonagh
This beautifully illustrated book is packed full of facts to reassure girls about the physical and emotional changes that happen during puberty. It covers all the why's and how's such as:
When and why will your body start to change?
How will you feel different and why?
What's happening to the boys?
Plus there are lots of tips on healthy eating, body positivity, self-esteem and lots more all written in a simple and friendly way.
Dr Emily is a practising NHS doctor and popular Health and Parenting columnist for OK! magazine, a mother of 2 and step-mother to teenagers. This book has been written in collaboration with a Consultant Paediatrician and a school nurse.
Growing up for Boys is also out soon!
Rated 4.6 out of 5 on Amazon.co.uk
by Dr Sharie Coombes
Mindful Kids is an interactive self-care activity book collection for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence. The encouraging and simple activities and exercises tackle anxiety, sadness and stress; children will enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing. Featuring the charming and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey, a UK-based illustrator. Her quirky pictures will keep the reader entertained and focused as they work through the book, or simply dip into the pages for ten minutes of calm colouring.
Each book includes an introduction and notes for grown-ups by consultant Dr Sharie Coombes, Child & Family Psychotherapist and former primary teacher, headteacher and local authority adviser.
No Worries! For children that sometimes feel anxious or stressed.
Hello Happy! For children that sometimes feel sad or angry.
Stay Strong! For children who are experiencing bullying.
Be Brave! For children that sometimes feel scared or afraid.
These books can be purchased individually or as a set of 4 from our very own V.Shop.
Rated 4.8 out of 5 on Amazon.co.uk