Puberty

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Boy puberty: How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween boy

Book
Adolescence
Sexuality education
Puberty
puberty
sex education

Topics: puberty


Non-fiction


For parents/carers of 9 to 13 year olds to help them talk to their sons about puberty and sex. Tells you what topics to cover and gives ideas on how to start conversations.


Age: Parents and teachers of children 9 to 13 years.

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Girl puberty: How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween girl

Book
Adolescence
Sexuality education
Puberty
puberty
sex education

Topics: puberty


Non-fiction


For parents/carers of 9 to 13 year olds to help them talk to their daughters about puberty and sex. Explains what topics to cover and how to start conversations.


Age: Parents and teachers of children 9 to 13 years.

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Girls & boys and puberty

Book
Free book/brochure
Western Australia
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Teacher
Parent
bodies
puberty

A WA Department of Health booklet for both girls and boys addressing the changes that happen during puberty and how to look after yourself during this time. 'Girls and puberty' can be found on one side and then the booklet can be flipped over to read 'Boys and puberty'. Aimed at ages 10-13+.

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Girls like that and other plays for teenagers

Book
Australia
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
adolescence
body image
emotional literacy
LGBTI
sexual diversity
gender diversity
puberty
friendships
bullying
sexting

Topics: sexting, LGBTI, sexual diversity, families, transgender, gender diversity.


Fiction


'Girls Like That' explores the pressures caused by technology when a schoolgirls naked photograph goes viral.

'Banana Boys' is about the challenge of being on the school football team and being secretly gay.

'Holloway Jones' is a about with growing up with a parent in prison.

'Pronoun' is about two childhood sweethearts dealing with the fact that one of them, Isabella, has come out as transgender.


Ages: 13+

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How to talk to kids about bodies

Book
Western Australia
Teacher
Parent
bodies
puberty
reproduction
sex education

Topics: bodies, reproductive organs.


Non-fiction


A 38 page guide for parents showing them how to have shame-free conversations with their child about their genitals.


Age: Parents and teachers of children 0 to 12 years.

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Let's talk about sex

Book
International
Teacher
Parent
adolescence
bodies
LGBTI
puberty
reproduction
families
safer sex
sex education
sexting

Topics: sex education


Non-fiction


Biological and psychological information about sex: from puberty and conception to birth control and STIs, including sections on the body, families and babies, and sexual health. New edition includes expanded information on internet, texting safety, contraception and LGBT.


Age: Parents and teachers of pre-teens and teens.

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Let's talk about the birds and the bees

Book
Western Australia
Teacher
Parent
bodies
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
families
sex education

Topics: puberty, protective behaviours, reproduction.


Non-fiction


Cartoon illustrated book for parents to read to children about differences between male and female reproductive systems, private body parts, sexual intercourse, love, puberty, what touching is ok/not ok, families. Simple facts as a starting point for conversations. 

Book review by Cath Hak 6min (external link)


Age: Parents and teachers of 4 to 11 year olds.

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Let's talk about where babies come from

Book
International
Teacher
Parent
adolescence
bodies
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
families
sex education
STIs and BBVs

Topics: sex education, conception, reproduction, families, bodies.


Non-fiction


Comics and cartoons outlining:  similarities and differences between girls and boys, growing up, reproductive organs, how babies are made, what sex is, what is love, same sex attraction, conception, pregnancy, different types of birth, genetics (e.g. hair colour), different kinds of families, keeping safe (consensual touch), HIV (but not other STI/BBVs). A book that parents/teachers can read to younger children, or older children can read themselves. 

Book review by Cath Hak 4min 36sec.


Age: 7 to 11 years.

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Relationships, sex and other stuff

Free book/brochure
Book
Western Australia
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
bodies
sexual diversity
puberty
friendships

A WA Department of Health booklet for teenagers addressing friends and relationships, sex and pregnancy.

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Secret boys' business (2nd Ed.)

Book
Puberty
puberty

Topics: puberty


Non-fiction


A puberty resource for boys, families, schools and community groups to explain the physical and emotional changes of puberty.


Age: 9 to 13 years.

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Secret girls' business

Book
Puberty
puberty
special needs

Topics: puberty, menstruation.


Non-fiction


Uses simple text and colour illustrations to explain how to manage periods. It includes notes for parents, teachers and carers.


Age: 8+

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So what is a vulva anyway? - FREE

Free book/brochure
Book
International
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
bodies
puberty
reproduction

This UK resource is aimed at educating young people about the vulva (the outside part of the female reproductive system that is often misnamed ‘vagina’). The booklet uses illustrations to normalise the wide range of ‘normal’ when it comes to the appearance of the vulva. It also details the changes which happen during puberty that are often not described.

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Special boys' business

Book
Puberty
puberty
special needs

Topics: puberty. Autism, special needs.


Non-fiction


A puberty resource written for boys with special needs, including intellectual disability, physical disability, communication disorder and Autism.


Age: 8+

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Special girls' business

Book
Puberty
puberty

Topics: menstruation, puberty


Non-fiction


A step by step guide on how to manage periods, including use and disposal of pads. A puberty resource written for girls with special needs, including intellectual disability, physical disability, communication disorder and Autism.


Age: 8+

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Talk Soon. Talk Often: a guide for parents talking to their kids about sex

Book
Free book/brochure
Western Australia
Teacher
Parent
adolescence
bodies
consent
emotional literacy
gender
sexual diversity
gender diversity
media literacy
pornography
preventative health
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
families
friendships
safer sex
special needs

A WA Department of Health booklet developed to support parents to initiate regular and relaxed conversations with their children about relationships and sexuality. Age and stage appropriate information for parents with children birth to teens. First published 2011, updated in 2019.

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The growing up book for boys

Book
Puberty
puberty
special needs

Topics: puberty, Autism.


Non-fiction


What boys on the Autistic Spectrum need to know about puberty. Covers topics: changes during puberty, shaving, erections, wet dreams, crushes, friendships, internet safety, body safety, emotions.


Ages: Parents and teachers.


Book review by Cath Hak 4min 2sec (external links)

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The growing up guide for girls

Book
Puberty
puberty
special needs

Topics: puberty, special needs, Autism


Non-fiction


What girls on the Autistic Spectrum need to know about puberty. Covers changes during puberty, menstruation, emotions, crushes, appropriate behaviours, friends, staying safe online.


Age: Parents and teachers.


Review of book by Cath Hak 4min 9sec (external link)

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The sex education answer book

Book
Western Australia
Teacher
Parent
bodies
consent
sexual diversity
gender diversity
pornography
puberty
reproduction
safer sex
sex education

Topics: sex education, puberty, reproduction, gender diversity, sexual diversity, contraception, romantic relationships, intimate relationships, bodies, consent, pornography, sex education.


Non-fiction


Age appropriate answers to all of the tough questions children ask parents about sex. Set out in ages 3 - 14.


Age: Parents and teachers of 3 to 14 year olds

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Yarning quiet ways

Free book/brochure
Book
Western Australia
Teacher
Parent
bodies
consent
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
families
safer sex

A WA Department of Health resource to help parents and carers of young Aboriginal people yarn about strong, safe and healthy relationships. Age and stage appropriate information for parents of children birth to teens.