good book ideas for preteen boys?

(7 Posts)
emmetbrown Sun 24-Feb-13 12:16:14

My ds1 will be 9 soon. I do try & be open & honest about bodies, emotions & sex. Does anyone have any recommendations for good books for boys this age?

lljkk Sun 24-Feb-13 12:26:58

You are lucky to have a boy who is mature enough to talk about those things.

Do you mean general book recommendations, or suggestions for books about puberty & sex ed?

emmetbrown Sun 24-Feb-13 17:31:14

Ah, sorry should have made it clearer. Yes I meant about puberty & sex ed.
We were having the 'how babies are made' conversation & I had to tell him what sex was. He wasn't impressed! I figured its best to tell him when he's asking rather than wait till he is older & doesn't want to talk to me about these things.
I also said to him, if anyone talks about sex and stuff in the playground & you don't understand, you can ask me. He replied 'why would people talk about that in the playground?' Lol. (as opposed to ds games & moshi monsters, I presume!)

Puberty: "What's happening to me?" from Usbourne is quite good. Different versions for girls and boys, so make sure you get the right one. smile It goes into a reasonable amount of detail, so read it yourself first to help you decide what age you're happy for him to read it.

Sex ed: in my opinion, nothing measures up to the "Let's Talk About" series by Robie Harris. Three staged books aimed at different age ranges, very comprehensive and accurate information.
We give our children the first book in the summer holidays before Y3, the second book the summer before Y5, and the third book the summer before secondary school.

The first book is called "Let's talk about girls, boys, bodies, babies, families & friends" (or something like that).

The second book is "Let's talk about where babies come from"

The third book is called "Let's talk about sex"

emmetbrown Sun 24-Feb-13 21:42:53

Thanks so much. Am off to Amazon!

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