Books

Why Books?

Looking up information online about health issues, particularly about ones having to do with reproductive health (because that's what periods are about!) is tricky. Plus sometimes you really need to take your time and be able to come back to certain chapters in a book or an illustration a few times. Maybe you want to read it in private or maybe you want a friend or family member to read it too so you can talk about it - books are great for that! These are some of the best books to come out in the past few years, including chapter books with stories of girls and their periods - and about kids fighting for period power!

Learning More and Getting Books

Click on the image of the book to read reviews in GoodReads. Look for a book that covers the topics important to you and that approaches them in a way that is comfortable for you and your family. There is something for everyone!

Availability of books through the Beverly Public Library or as ebooks through the Sora app for Beverly Middle School students is noted, as of March 2021. And don't forget about our great local bookstores! In Beverly, MA we have two: Copper Dog Books and The Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Books geared toward girls

These books are aimed at kids in upper elementary or middle school who are expecting to begin menstruating, or have recently begun. These are all books that have been published or updated since 2015. Some older books are listed below for your reference.

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods

Bunk 9's Guide to Growing Up: Secrets, Tips, and Expert Advice on the Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of your Pelvic Region

By Women's Health Foundation (2015)

Available through the Beverly Public Library

Celebrate Your Body: (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls

Celebrate Your Body 2: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Preteen and Teen Girls

By Carrie Leff and Lisa Klein (2019)

Available through the Beverly Public Library

Celebrate Your Feelings: The Positive Mindset Puberty Book for Girls

By Lauren Rivers (2020)

The Girl Guide: 50 Ways to Learn to Love Your Changing Body

By Marawa Ibrahim (2018)

Available through the Beverly Public Library. - Also as an ebook on Hoopla

The Girl's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for a Healthy, Happy You!

By Kelli Dunham (5th Ed., 2019)

Available through the Beverly Public Library.

HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl

Is This Normal?: More Girls' Questions, Answered by the Editors of the Care & Keeping of You

By Darcie Johnson (Revised 2015)

Available through the Beverly Public Library

Love Your. Body: Your Body Can Do Amazing Things...

By Jessica Sanders (2020)

Available through the Beverly Public Library

Available with Sora as an ebook

The Period Book: A Girls' Guide to Growing Up

By Karen Gravelle & Jennifer Gravelle (Revised 2017)

Available through the Beverly Public Library.

Welcome to Your Period! Your Easy, No-Dumb-Questions Guide to Handling It Like a Boss

Your Moontime Magic: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Your Period and Loving Your Body

Books geared toward boys

Most of the information in this site geared around menstruation and for people who menstruate - but we know that there are some parents of boys (and some interested girls!) who may also find a few books that are geared toward puberty for boys helpful.

The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for a Healthy, Happy YOU

By Kelli Dunham (5th Ed., 2017)

Available through the Beverly Public Library

Growing Up Great!: The Ultimate Puberty Guide for Boys

By Scott Todnem (2019)

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

By Cara Familian and Micah Player (2017)

Available through the Beverly Public Library

What's Going on Down There?: A Boy's Guide to Growing Up

Books for any gender

Most puberty books are written for either a female or male audience, but these are for both, which can be great to let kids understand what they are going through in common, and what the other gender is experiencing that may not!

Does This Happen to Everyone?: A Budding Adult's Guide to Puberty

By Jan von Holleben and Antje Helms (2014)

Available through the Beverly Public Library

The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families

Puberty Is Gross But Also Really Awesome

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?: Real Answers to Real Questions from Preteens about Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff

Chapter Books

These books all feature middle school kids getting or dealing with periods. Some are touching and some are funny. Fiction can be a great way to delve into complex and fraught experiences in a way that nonfiction cannot. Of course, the classic middle grade book about characters getting their periods is Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Fifty years later, it's still a great book, but we wanted to give you a list of some more contemporary titles that could resonate with today's middle schoolers.

Go With the Flow

By Karen Schneeman and Lily Williams (2020)

Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs, or worse, squirms, at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change. Graphic novel.

Available through the Beverly Public Library - Available with Sora

The Moon Within

By Aida Salazar (2019)

Eleven-year-old Celi Rivera is secretive about her approaching period; she is horrified that her mother wants to hold a traditional public moon ceremony to celebrate the occasion; she must choose loyalty to her life-long best friend who is contemplating an even more profound change of life or the boy she likes.

Available through the Beverly Public Library - Available with Sora (Also in Spanish)

The Places We Sleep

By Caroline DuBois (2020)

Twelve-year-old Abbey's world is turned upside-down by both personal and national events of September 11, 2001, when she gets her period the same day of a terrorist attack. In the aftermath she finds greater strength through art, friendship, and family in this novel in verse.

Available through the Beverly Public Library - Also Available with Sora

Revenge of the Red Club

By Kim Harrington (2019)

When middle school journalist Riley Dunne learns that an important and beloved club is being shut down, she uses the power of the pen to instigate much-needed social change.

Available through the Beverly Public Library - Also available with Sora

Other books published before 2013

Geared toward girls - published in 2013 and earlier

  • Burningham, Sarah O’Leary, and Alli Arnold. Girl to Girl : Honest Talk about Growing up and Your Changing Body. Paw Prints, 2013.

  • Jukes, Mavis, and Debbie Tilley. Growing up It’s a Girl Thing Straight Talk about First Bras, First Periods, and Your Changing Body. Paw Prints, 2008.

  • Katz, Anne, and Monika Melnychuk. Girl in the Know : Your Inside-And-out Guide to Growing Up. Toronto, Kids Can Press, 2010.

  • Loulan, Joann, and Bonnie Worthen. Period : A Girl’s Guide. Minnetonka, Mn, Book Peddlers, 2001. 6 in Noblenet. 2000.

  • Madaras, Lynda, et al. The What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls. New York, NY, William Morrow, An Imprint Of Harpercollinspublishers, 2012. - Noble Overdrive (272276)

  • Madaras, Lynda, and Linda Davick. Ready, Set, Grow! A What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Younger Girls. Paw Prints, 2008.

  • Natterson, Cara Familian, and MasseJosée. The Care & Keeping of You 2 : The Body Book for Older Girls. Middleton, Wi, American Girl, 2013.

  • Pfeifer, Kate Gruenwald, and Amy Middleman. Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen. San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass, 2006.

  • Rangarajan, Aruna. Discovery Girls’ Guide to Growing up : Everything You Need to Know about Your Changing Body. Los Altos, Ca, Discovery Girls, 2013.

  • Schaefer, Valorie Lee, and Josee Masse. The Care and Keeping of You 1 : The Body Book for Younger Girls. Middleton, Wisconsin, American Girl, 2012

  • Weiss, Marisa C, and Isabel Friedman. Taking Care of Your “Girls” : A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens. New York, Ny, Three Rivers Press, 2008.

  • Weschler, Toni. Cycle Savvy the Smart Teen’s Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body. Paw Prints, 2008.


Geared toward boys - Published 2012 and earlier

  • Madaras, Lynda, et al. The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys. New York, NY, William Morrow, 2012

  • Madaras, Lynda, and Paul Gilligan. On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! : A “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Younger Boys. New York, Newmarket Press, 2008.

  • Mar, Jonathan, and Grace Norwich. The Body Book for Boys. Scholastic Paperbacks, 2010.

  • Pfeifer, Kate Gruenwald. Boys’ Guide to Becoming a Teen : Getting Used to Life in Your Changing Body. San Francisco, Calif., Jossey-Bass ; Chichester, 2006.

Resources for Parents

Articles for Parents About Puberty Books


Books for Parents

  • Greenspan, Louise, and Julianna Deardorff. The New Puberty : How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls. New York, Rodale, 2014. Find at Public Library

  • Haffner, Debra. Beyond the Big Talk : A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens--from Middle School to High School, and Beyond. New York, Newmarket Press, 2008. Find at the public library