Best Puberty Books for Boys Reviewed in 2018

Growing up is a scary process and one that can be challenging to understand. For decades, parents have turned to puberty books, otherwise known as “body books” to help their children understand all the changes their bodies are or will be going through. It’s a sensitive subject something that no child should be ashamed of, regardless of how embarrassing or unnatural it might seem at first. While turning to books such as these can often feel like an unusual choice when it comes to something we’ve all gone through and can explain in our own words, it’s sometimes the easiest and most helpful thing you can do for your child. There’s a difference between having a parent explain something that’s uncomfortable and life-changing, and a book explaining things in such a way that’s neutral, easy to understand, and descriptive.

Puberty books have saved many parents the awkwardness of ending up in a discussion where both parties feel a sense of unease and while this isn’t an excuse to avoid talking to your child about puberty, it is a way to make it a bit easier. These books include detailed introductions that break the process of puberty down in understandable terms and explain it in such a way that it’s not feared or the cause of anxiety. Your child will also find helpful diagrams and pictures while receiving reassurance the whole time that everything they’re experiencing is normal and part of growing up and getting older. By the time they’ve read these books, they’ll feel much more confident in who they are and what they’re going through, and you’ll be able to provide moral and emotional support.

10 Best Puberty Books for Boys Reviewed

 

1. It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends

This serves as a gentle introduction for kids who might not be familiar at all with puberty and the changes it brings. It starts off easy and explains things in a gentle way so that your child won't be overwhelmed with information.
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Every child needs to learn about where babies come from at some point because simply saying the "stork brings them" or that they're "born out of love" simply won't cut it as they get older. While these explanations can get them through their childhood, once they get into middle school, they'll be learning about the process of reproduction and how it works with various animals, including human beings. When their questions arise, it's a good idea to have a book such as this on-hand. It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends breaks down nearly everything they need to know about the biology involved in growing up and does so in a clever and innocent way. Author Robie E. Harris and illustrator Michael Emberley have come up with a genius way of describing reproduction and puberty to children; Through a serious of slightly humorous illustrations and loveable characters, nothing seems as scary as you'd think.

Benefits
This book features something that many body books don't, and that's the gift of humor. While puberty itself is no joking matter, this book has been written in such as way that comic relief is laid out perfectly to break up moments that can often become too serious.

What We Like About It
What makes this book so spectacular are its illustrations that keep children from feeling like they're reading something that's hardcore and upsetting. Rather, they'll feel like they're reading a descriptive and at times, uplifting, story about what it's like to grow up and what to expect.
Pros

Provides comic relief

Fun and cartoon-like illustrations

It's written in a way that's easy to understand

Makes puberty a positive thing

It's appropriate for kids as young as four-years-old

Cons

Might be a bit too immature for kids over the age of eight

2. The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to know for Growing Up YOU

For all things that are boy-specific, this body book contains anything relevant to growing up that your little boy needs to know. When it comes to explaining puberty, you can't go wrong with a book like this.
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The Keeping of You series has a long-standing reputation for providing valuable information that's kid-friendly and educational. This book, in particular, is designed for boys who aren't just going through puberty but are experiencing changes in every area of their lives. As adults, we often forget what it's like to be an adolescent child and having to deal with puberty as well as all the things that go on around us during that time; Not only is your child experiencing heavy body changes, but they'll also notice differences in their emotions and interactions toward others, their likes and dislikes, and how they carry themselves overall. These changes come on rapidly during middle school and can be overwhelming for a boy who doesn't know quite how to handle it all. The good news is that this is why body books were created and their purpose is exactly this: To educate, reassure, and make certain that your child is confident in who they are. This book touches on things that some parents might not know how to or be aware they need to address, such as peer pressure, having crushes, being intimate, good hygiene, and how to handle family and friendships while dealing with all of these changes.

Benefits
There's no denying that growing up is challenging and being a boy is hard work. The uncertain time between elementary and middle school is when many boys experience all of these changes, and this book is ready to help guide them through it all.

What We Like About It
The Boy's Body Book goes so far beyond what a normal puberty or body book can and introduces themes that many boys face as a reality at some point or another. It can help provide support, advice, as well as encouragement for all of those body problems and so much more.
Pros

Addresses issues outside of puberty

Published by a well-known adolescent literature company

It's very detailed and provides answers to commonly asked questions

Strictly for boys

It provides support and helpful tips on safety while growing up

Cons

There aren't many details in the way of reproduction

3. About You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts

This book is a great way to show boys both the parts they were born with as well as girls. It's helpful to understand both, especially when they start learning about reproduction in school.
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Sometimes, kids are more curious about the parts of themselves that are hidden from plain view. In a world where kids seem to mature faster and faster each day, a book such as this can be helpful for kids who are still young; preschool ages and above. This book contains mostly illustrations that provide enough detail to be understood but not enough to be truly explicit and shocking for a child so young. It does a great job of explaining every part of your "private parts" with accuracy and in a way that encourages kids to be knowledgeable, but not embarrassed. Both girls and boys are discussed in this book with accompanying illustrations so that both are aware of what they have going on as well as what the opposite sex goes through. For parents who seek a book that is uplifting, positive, and encouraging, this book is a wonderful option for helping your child understand all the parts they're new to. The best part is, they'll be able to refer back to this book as often as necessary which is helpful as they work their way through puberty.

Benefits
A picture book is often helpful in ways that traditional books aren't, because as opposed to reading about "private parts", kids will have the chance to see them for themselves and relate easily to pictures rather than words. When children see that there's nothing unusual or different about them, they'll feel a lot more confident and comfortable in their own skin knowing that everyone else has these parts, too.

What We Like About It
We love that this book isn't too rough or mature for kids who are just starting to learn about their bodies. It's just the basics of all the parts kids are often ashamed or embarrassed to have and it teaches them that all of this is normal, natural and that their bodies are exactly how they should be.
Pros

Contains plenty of helpful illustrations

The text is easy to understand by all ages

Encourages body positivity

Helpful to answer uncomfortable questions

It can be referred to throughout puberty for both boys and girls

Cons

Some parents might not be ready for their kids to learn about the opposite sex

4. What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys

Preteens and teens sometimes need a little bit of guidance too, and all the answers to the questions they might have can be found in this book. It's extensive but informative and will rid them of any anxiety they might be feeling toward growing up.
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Not everyone learns about puberty and life changes at age 10 and below which is why books that are targeted for an older age group, such as this one, are so important. This book is intended for kids age 10 and up and includes a bit more detail than a normal puberty book in order to comply with what preteens experience at that age. It goes very into detail as far as changes your child will experience and how his emotions will also change as far as romantic interests go. While something this highly detailed might make some parents nervous, the book explains things in such a way that make it less scary to boys, even though it's very descriptive. With the help of real-life accounts as well as facts about STDs, acne, and other puberty and sex-related topics, preteens, as well as teens, will take plenty of knowledge with them after reading this book. It doesn't beat around the bush or sugarcoat things which, again, makes it perfect for older learners who are already experiencing changes and ready to learn about everything that happens during and after puberty.

Benefits
This book has been written by a health educator which means that your child is getting the facts and nothing but. You can be sure that everything in this book is accurate, descriptive, and coming from a place of knowledge and experience.

What We Like About It
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys is a wonderful way for older kids to get the inside scoop on what they're dealing with. While it does touch on topics that can be very uncomfortable, it does so in a way that makes them aware and not afraid.
Pros

For older kids, preteens, and young teenagers

Provides tons of detail

Explains things that go outside the topic of puberty

Written by a health educator

Perfect to go hand-in-hand with ad middle school health class

Cons

This book is difficult for kids under the age of 12 to understand

5. American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen

The American Medical Association definitely knows what they're talking about when it comes to all the changes a boy's body goes through as they get older. This book serves as a guide but also a source for reassurance from a certified medical association.
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The Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen by the American Medical Association is the perfect transitionary book for kids who are just entering their preteen years. It provides enough info about the changes their body is beginning to go through, but not in the mature, explicit way that others do. It's a great way to ease kids into learning about their own bodies while mentally preparing them for what to expect, especially if they already have a hunch that their body is changing. In addition, this book goes one step ahead and includes helpful tips about diet and exercise in order to ensure that not only is your child healthy and strong, but that their bodies continue to remain that way through puberty. Many forget that puberty is exhausting and your body does need all of its vitamins and nutrients in order to grow normally, and hydration and eating right are a big part of that. Overall, your child will learn how to care for his body in the right ways to make puberty a smooth and natural process.

Benefits
It's tough enough having "the talk" with your little boy let alone finding the right time and way to do it. This book allows you to stress about one less thing and provides helpful advice and tips for getting through puberty in the best way possible.

What We Like About It
The American Medical Association is a group you can trust as far as health and education source go which will put your mind at ease when gifting this book to your child. Many parents don't know what to expect when it comes to puberty books and this one has no surprises.
Pros

From a trusted association

Detailed and informative

Great transitionary book

Provides helpful advice and suggestions

Includes topics outside of strict puberty

Cons

Some readers think the book is a bit too mature for preteens

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

For all the questions your child has, this book has answers. It's comprehensive, appropriate for any preteen age, and contains informative sources that describe everything they need to know in-detail without being too much.
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Although this book came out a decade ago, its relevance is still easily seen in the pages of this 160-page puberty book. It works well to suit those are in grades five to ten and the best way to describe this book is to say that it answers every question kids could possibly have with ease, simple detail, and just enough description. Not only does this book answer common questions that boys often have, but it gives them a thorough explanation of sex, pregnancy, and how to handle sort through new romantic feelings. However, this book also touches on issues that aren't embarrassing such as when to shave and what to expect when your voice changes. This book is simple with no filler or sugarcoating but it's also not explicit or inappropriate in any way for the age groups mentioned. It goes hand-in-hand with what your child will learn in school as well as all the things he's afraid to ask in class.

Benefits
This book is a confidence-booster. Boys will feel like they're much more familiar with their bodies and what's going on once they've read it and, in turn, they'll be well-prepared and ready to handle whatever puberty throws at them.

What We Like About It
The relevance that this book still maintains is what makes it such a solid choice as a puberty book. It holds ten decades of success in its title which makes it golden as far as our booklist goes.
Pros

Covers topics that are both sensitive and part of growing up

Ten years of success with readers

Good for many in-between ages

Contains progressive info such as same-sex relations

Descriptive without being explicit

Cons

Some parents might disagree with the material offered

7. The Body Book For Boys

Filled with quizzes, Q&A, and answers for all the things your child is probably wondering but too afraid to ask, this book is one of a kind in puberty education. It'll hold your child's attention while encouraging them to be proactive and test their knowledge on what their bodies are going through.
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There's no reason that learning about puberty can't be fun as well and the Body Book For Boys knows exactly how to incorporate that into learning. This book is rather straight-forward with all of its info on puberty and body changes but includes things such as quizzes and even a question and answer section to keep things interesting. It stands apart from other books in this category simply because it's not strictly just reading; it allows readers to interact and engage in the information that they're learning about. Boys can be especially challenging to talk to when it comes to puberty and this book is a great way to rope them in. By taking the quizzes, they'll be more invested in what they're learning and by reading the question and answer section, they'll learn that they're not so alone in what they're curious about. It's the perfect way to take puberty from a unique and proactive standpoint and parents will find that this book is surprisingly entertaining.

Benefits
There's nothing better than when you find a way to engage your child in something that they normally wouldn't have any interest in. This book takes all the discomfort and awkwardness out of providing your preteen with pertinent info to what their body is going through.

What We Like About It
The Body Book For Boys also offers advice and tips that are well-received at the end of the reader and truly help to make puberty issues bearable. It's nothing but the straight facts and something parents will really appreciate.
Pros

There's no unnecessary filler or sugarcoating

Provides helpful quizzes and a Q&A section

It includes essential information about puberty and body changes

Encourages kids to embrace growing up

Good for grades five to eight

Cons

Some parts are unnecessary casual or immature

8. Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

This helpful guide was created with boys specifically in mind. It'll help them to understand everything from how their body parts work to understanding all of the feelings they're probably having for the first time.
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While it sounds similar to the last title, they are actually two very different books. The author of this book is a pediatrician and her method of explaining puberty changes are accompanied by helpful advice as well as how to embrace the changes your child's body is going through. In this book, boys will find helpful suggestions on how to care for every aspect of their body in addition to finding helpful ways to deal with things they can't necessarily control. It's a great way to prepare them and ensure that they're ready for this bump in the road of growing up and do so in a positive and encouraging light. This book serves much more as a guide or introduction than a "this is what your body is doing, this is what will happen" type of book, which can get boring and feel impersonal. What sets this body book apart is its way of discussing individual topics and relating them to the average boy rather than sounding like a health class lesson.

Benefits
The fact that this was penned by a practicing pediatrician means that it's chock full of helpful knowledge in addition to methods of coping with puberty. These are helpful tips that come straight from the doctor's office so you can be sure that your child will feel at ease and comfortable reading them.

What We Like About It
Having a guide when going through a major life change can be tremendously comforting, especially when you can refer back to it in a time of need. This book serves just that purpose and functions as a how-to guide as well.
Pros

Written by a doctor

Well-received by parents

Includes helpful tips and advice

Age-appropriate for preteens

Answers many commonly-asked questions

Cons

It doesn't go too into detail about reproduction

9. Who Has What?: All About Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies

While this body book is targeted a little more toward boys, it'll help them understand both their bodies as well as a girls'. It's filled with helpful illustrations and makes things easier to understand by incorporating their pets and how they, too, have "private parts".
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When the appropriate age comes, boys need to learn about girls' bodies, too. While they will learn some things in school, books can provide more in-depth and thorough explanations as well as ways to cope with all the feelings boys will begin to have. The awesome thing about this body book is that it's appropriate for kids in preschool and older, making it completely age-friendly for a variety of grades. This guide helps boys to realize that all girls have the same parts just like he has the same parts as other boys and that it's perfectly normal to have all sorts of questions about them. Being embarrassed by their bodies is one of the main reasons as to why boys won't ask questions and this book shows them that not only is it okay to ask, but it's okay to learn, too.

Benefits
Through helpful illustrations, boys will learn that boy their bodies as well as girls' are perfectly normal with different parts. This book even helps boys to understand by pointing out that even their pets have those private parts, too.

What We Like About It
We really like how kid-friendly this book is. Not only are the pictures detailed and appropriate, but it's written in such a way that makes learning about the human body completely harmless. It's not embarrassing to read or look at and paints a good picture for young kids.
Pros

Age-appropriate for kids as young as three

It's a short book with easy reading

It's an excellent introductory book

Helpful in learning about boys' body parts

The illustrations are detailed but not too mature

Cons

It's not very thorough as far as learning about a girls' anatomy

10. The Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body

It can be challenging trying to find a body book that doesn't give away too much information and is still appropriate for your little one. This body book, written from a Christian point of view, takes a unique approach to the process of growing up.
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Last but not least, this body book addresses puberty in a somewhat different way than many others. It's often challenging to find books in Christian literature that discuss puberty in such a way that's both appropriate and honest, and this one has managed to do both. It's no different than any other body book except that it conveys thoughts of hope, positivity, and reassurance for those who are faithful. This book is perfect for Christian families who are looking for a book about growing up that's from the same perspective as the faith they follow and this book certainly delivers. This helpful guide maintains a balance between looking to God for help during this common transition and learning about what is happening with your body and the scientific reasoning behind it all. Its down to earth writing and helpful descriptions help to explain without going too far, all while providing a positive message and giving meaning to what boys are going through.

Benefits
This is perfect for religious families who might be struggling to find a way to answer all the questions their boys have. In this book, everything will be appropriately and adequately addressed without crossing a line or indulging too much in unnecessary information.

What We Like About It
Nothing is truly censored in this book which is both surprising and refreshing for a Christian-centered book about puberty. It stands up against all of the books on this list as a good starting point for the discussion that all of us feel somewhat awkward having.
Pros

Adds a positive note to puberty

Centered around Christian lifestyle

Appropriate and not explicit at all

Descriptive yet not overwhelming

Received well by parents

Cons

Some might find it a bit outdated or irrelevant for non-Christian households

Criteria Used in the Evaluation of the Best Puberty Books for Boys

There’s really no easy way to discuss puberty and the act of growing up with your child, but puberty books can help to make it a little bit easier. When researching a topic as sensitive as this one, care had to be taken to think of things from both a parent’s perspective as well as a child’s. To begin the process, we had to address the most commonly asked questions: What’s happening here? What are these parts for? Why is my voice changing? Where is this hair coming from? Why am I feeling all the things I’m feeling? As you can see, boys have a lot of questions regardless of whether they’ve started puberty or not. It then became our job to find books that would not only address puberty but would also address being a boy in general. At some point, boys will need these things explained to them because, simply put, being a growing boy just doesn’t come with an instruction manual. These books can serve as their guide, though; They help to direct boys on how to care for their bodies, what to expect, and, most importantly, they provide an explanation for why all these things are happening. Puberty can be overwhelming and uncomfortable, but it doesn’t need to be something that comes as a surprise or constant embarrassment.

From A Parent’s Point of View

We understand that every parent is different and as such, will have different methods of parenting. Some parents are very open about bodies and all the things that come with them, while others are a bit more reserved and don’t believe everything needs to be laid out in the open. Neither parenting style is wrong and we’ve tried to find books to comply with each. When you break it down, explaining puberty, sex, and anatomy is a tough thing to initiate and can be an even tougher conversation. Regardless of how you fall on the scale of open communication with your child, books can be the saving grace of an uncomfortable situation. By providing your child with this book, you’ll be able to read someone else’s words and won’t need to rely so much on finding the right ones to convey what it is you want to say. Books can sometimes cushion the blow and reassure kids from a third-party voice and, not to mention, you’ll be able to learn with them and they’ll trust any input you have to add to the words on the page in front of them. Books don’t get nervous, tongue-tied, or say things that are hard to understand, which is why a body book can be the perfect segway to the topic of growing up.

The Uncomfortable Stuff

Most of these books will bring up the topic of sex and all the feelings associated with them and while you might think that your preteen is too young to learn about these things, you can’t stop them from feeling something that is a natural human instinct. Puberty doesn’t discriminate when it comes to ages and most kids learn about reproduction by the time they’re in middle school, which means the topic will come up eventually, one way or another. It’s always up to you, as the parent, to decide when they’re old enough to do things such as date, hang out with the opposite sex, go to school dances with dates, etc., however, parents can’t control when their children start having feelings toward others or when they discover that they, too, have “private parts”. It’s uncomfortable but it’s human nature, and that’s exactly what these books are created for — To help you and your child learn, understand, and handle all the changes that puberty brings on.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: At what age is it appropriate to introduce my son to these books?

A: When we began our search for books that would both educate and inform boys about puberty and how their bodies will begin to change, we made sure to include books that would suit a variety of ages. Some are good for boys as young as three, while others are a bit more mature and should be given to teens age 13 or older. There’s a wide variety on our list and we’ve made sure to use our own discretion as well as taking into consideration that of parents, and have included age ranges in each summary of these books.

Q: How closely do these follow what boys will learn in school?

A: They all fall in line with what a boy will learn during his health class. If anything, these books also contain extra bits about shaving, hygiene, and emotions that can only help fill in the voids that school education can leave empty.

Q: Why are these better than watching an educational show?

A: You can control what your child reads in a book. While a show might hold their attention for longer, books allow you the pace and time you need to explain things thoroughly and carefully. Unlike a show, you can pause in the middle of reading, skip pages, and also provide your children with illustrations that are easier to take than things you’d see in show or documentary.

Q: Why do some of these books have information pertinent to girls’ bodies?

A: Boys will learn about both in school. In order for them to fully understand puberty, it helps to understand that both boys and girls go through it. Additionally, they should understand that girls have parts specific to reproduction as well.

Q: What is the reading level for these?

A: The reading level falls in line with the age-appropriate ratings on each one. However, if your child is too young to read one of these books on their own, that allows the perfect chance for you to bond with them over the changes they’ll soon begin to notice.

Q: Are the illustrations too mature for boys under the age of 10?

A: Some of these books do contain more detailed information than others. By using the “look inside” feature for each of these books, you can use your own discretion to decide if it’s age-appropriate. We also have the appropriate ages listed in each summary as well as a caution if the book does contain mature material.

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