Books for Tweens and Teens

I’ve been collecting books for tweens and teens on *all of the things* for many years now – for the various schools I have worked at and for my own children. I am not a doctor, psychologist or high school teacher (definitely no expert) but between a shelf full of books with *all of the things* and hopefully good communication, I’m going to give the  parenting of teens my best shot.

Books give us the words when we have none or are wanting to ensure we say the right things. Books which deal with being a teen, written by authorities in the area, are a far more reliable source of accurate information than peers or the vast, unfiltered, murky sea of information online.

As well as being written by those with experts, I also have a personal criteria for puberty books – I like them to be informative, engaging, authentic and research based. Below is my list of ‘must-haves’ for the bookshelf of your tween or teen

I first gave some of the books below to PudStar with a Biome skincare kit and my favourite deodorant in the world (why did I not know about this dry deodorant business a long time ago?!) so she could start a simple face and body routine with ethical and no-fuss products. Mostly she just uses them to make her side of the bathroom bench look classy – but, like the books, they are there when she wants or needs them.

Many of these books appear marketed to a female audience. Publishers make decisions about cover design and content in order to best position their product in a competitive market. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – books are books and books are for all. The information in these books is solid and frankly, I think these books could/should be read by all young people.  Understanding the way bodies of all persuasions work is information that we should be arming all our young people with.

If you are looking for some books for younger children, you absolutely MUST own ‘The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made’ for a totally no nonsense look at bodies and reproduction. It’s like an updated version of ‘Where Did I Come From’ and my full review is here. For even younger children I really love the board books ‘Boys Will Be…’  and ‘Girls Are Pretty…’.

 

‘The Amazing True Story of How Babies are made’

by Fiona Katauskas

 

 

‘Girls are pretty…’

by Susann Hoffmann

 

 

‘Boys will be…’

by Susann Hoffmann

 

 


 

 

Books for Tweens

 

(please review content for suitability for your child)

 

 

‘Girl Stuff  for Girls Aged 8-12’

by Kaz Cooke

Buy from Apple Books

 

 

‘Good Selfie’

by Turia Pitt

 

 

‘Love Your Body’

by Jessica Sanders. Illustrated by Carol Rossetti

 

 

‘You Are Awesome’

by Matthew Syed

Buy from Apple Books

 

 

‘You Are Awesome Journal’

by Matthew Syed

 

 

The Gutsy Girl’

by Caroline Paul

Buy from Apple Books

 


 

Books for Teens

(please review content for suitability for your child)

 

 

‘Welcome to Consent’

by Yumi Stynes & Dr Melissa Kang.

Buy from Apple Books

 

 

‘Girl Stuff  for Ages 13+’

by Kaz Cooke

 

 

‘The ‘S’ Word: A Boy’s Guide to Sex, Puberty and Growing Up’

by James Roy

Buy from Apple Books

 

 

‘Welcome to Your Period’

by Yumi Stynes & Dr Melissa Kang

Buy from Apple Books

 

 

‘You Are Awesome’

by Matthew Syed

Buy from Apple Books

 

 

‘You Are Awesome Journal’

by Matthew Syed

 

‘The Confidence Code for Girls’

by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Buy from Apple Books

 

‘Good Selfie’

by Turia Pitt

 

‘Respect: Everything a Guy Needs to Know About Sex, Love and Consent’

by Inti Chavez Perez

Buy from Apple Books

 

‘Be Brave: Be Your Best Self Every Day’

by Teen Breathe

 

‘What is Consent? Why is it Important and Other Big Questions’

by Louise Spilsbury & Yas Necati

 

Expect Wonderful Things’

by Meredith Gaston

 

Finally…one thing PudStar and I did with a group of friends a little while ago was make some of our own skincare products – tweens and teens need to actually shower and I don’t know about yours…

We used some of the books below to make our own lotions, potions and generally darned great smelling things. Raw products were from Biome’s range of DIY ingredients here. We had a second day of making *all of the things* with the cousins and also made soap and beeswax wraps. Best.holiday.fun.ever and everyone smelt pretty amazing.


 

 

DIY home and Bath Products

 

The Natural Soapmaking Book for Beginners’

by Kelly Cable

 

Beeswax Alchemy’

by Petra Ahnert

Buy from Apple Books

 

Adorkable Bubble Bath Crafts’

by Brittanie Pyper

Buy from Apple Books

 

Handmade Beauty’

by Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton

 


 

 

This post was originally published in September, 2019 and has recently been updated.

3 Comments

  1. Briony Walker

    Thank you for this awesome list! Just loaded up my Book Depository and will stand by the mail box….

    Reply
  2. Ruby Nash

    These all look great! I can steal some of these for Christmas! I got them a couple book by Patrick Matthews, Dragon Run and The Boy With the Sword. I think my kids will really enjoy them, they are into fantasy and the like. pat-matthews.com for his info!

    Reply
  3. Janice Chilcott

    Thank you Rebecca. This list will be very valuable. Brilliant work and sharing! More power to you for your ongoing, down-to-earth and much valued support to we Teacher-Librarians. Much appreciated.

    Reply

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I’m passionate about children’s literature and am the author of ‘Raising Readers’ and ‘the Beehive’ and editor of ‘Teacher, Teacher’.
I am also a multiple award-winning teacher librarian, speaker, podcaster, widow, beekeeper, literary judge and wearer of bright colours.

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