Child Development and Parenting

A Book and Online Resources Guide for Preteens and Their Families

This list is a sampling of the many books and online resources available on puberty and sexuality for preteens and grown-ups. Visit a library or bookstore to take a look at these books and decide on those that best fit your family.

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?
Metzger, Julie and Lehman, Rob, 2012, Sasquatch Books

This is Me: A Girl's Journal
Metzger, Julie, 2014, Sasquatch Books

Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen
American Medical Association, 2006, Jossey-Bass

Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen
American Medical Association, 2006, Jossey-Bass

It's Perfectly Normal
Harris, R.H., 2004, Candlewick Press

It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families
Harris, R.H., 2004, Candlewick Press

Loulan, J., et al, 2001, Volcano Press

Puberty Boy
Price, Geoff, 2006, Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods
Steward, R., Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2019

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls
Schaefer, V., 1998, American Girl Library

The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions
Madison, L., 2002, American Girl Library

The Growing up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know
Hartman, D., Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2015

The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know)
Gravelle, K. and Gravelle, J., 2006, Walker Publishing

What's Going on Down There? Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask
Gravelle, K, 1998, Walker Publishing

What's Happening to Me?
Mayle, P., 2000, Lyle Stewart

For Grown-Ups

Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' Go-to Person about Sex
Roffman, D., 2012, Perseus Publishing and Da Cap Lifelong Books

Untangled. Guiding Teenage Girls through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
Damour, L., 2017, Ballantine Book.

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain
Walsh, D., 2005, Free Press

Online Resources

Information in these books does not necessarily reflect the philosophy or practice of Seattle Children's Hospital.