Resources for the Male Child

Here are a some suggestions of useful resources to help in parenting your young male child. These are only suggestions and are provided as additional tools for your consideration and should not be construed to mean our implicit or explicit endorsement of their content. Please use your parental discretion.

What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons

by Lynda Madaras

About this title: Written for pre-teens and teens (with a special introduction for their parents), this in an introduction to the physical and emotional changes most boys go through during puberty. Topic covered include body hair, acne, sexuality, and what happens to girls during puberty. Illustrations accompany the text.

My Body, My Self for Boys: The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Workbook

by Lynda Madaras, Area Madaras

About this title: This fact-filled and fun journal/activity book, inspired by thousands of letters from boys all over the world, encourages boys to address their concerns about puberty head on. Includes illustrations & quizzes.

What’s Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask

by Karen Gravelle, Ph.D.

About this title: Describes the physical and emotional changes that occur in boys (and, to a lesser extent, in girls) during puberty and discusses sexual activity, homosexuality, AIDS, and other related topics.

AMA Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen

by American Medical Association, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer, Amy B. Middleman (Editor)

About this title: Becoming a teen is an important milestone in every boy’ s life. It’s even more important to get answers and advice to the most common health issues boys face from a trusted source. The “American Medical Association Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen” is filled with invaluable advice to get you ready for the changes you will experience during puberty. Learn about these important topics and more: Puberty and what kinds of physical and emotional changes you can expect— from your developing body to your feelings about girls The importance of eating the right foods and taking care of your body Pimples, acne, and how to properly care for your skin Your reproductive system— inside and out Thinking about relationships and dealing with new feelings.

The Teenage Guy’s Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Girls, Growing Up and Other Guy Stuff

by Jeremy Daldry

About this title: A humorous guide for boys ages ten to fourteen, offering advice on dating, sex, body changes, and social life.

The Guy Book: An Owner’s Manual: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Boys

by Mavis Jukes

About this title: A humorous yet informative look at the changes and pressures that adolescence brings into the lives of boys. Topics covered include hygiene, nutrition, personal relationships, and sex. Illustrations accompany the text.

From Boys to Men: All about Adolescence and You

by Michael Gurian, Daphne, Brian Floca (Illustrator)

About this title: Answers questions about the physical, emotional, sexual, and social changes that teenage boys undergo during adolescence.

Changes in You and Me: A Book about Puberty Mostly for Boys

by Paulette Bourgeois, Louise Phillips (Illustrator), Kam Yu (Illustrator)

About this title: As natural as puberty is, boys 10 to 13 are often confused and hesitant about the changes they can see and feel going on in their very own bodies. Changes in You and Me provides easy-to-understand information, colorful illustrations, and acetate overlays that lift the mystery to show the changes. Over 50 line drawings.

Puberty Boy

by Geoff Price

About this title: An invaluable source of information for growing boys, parents, and caregivers, this beautifully packaged guide offers pre-teen boys an appealing and fresh take on entering adolescence. Straightforward, conversational advice presents young boys with answers to the questions they may be too embarrassed to ask. This celebration of maturing bodies and spirits is invariably positive and provide factual information on acne, sexual development, body odor, and other physical changes. Also honestly detailed are the emotional changes that young boys encounter, as well as advice on interacting with girls. Complete with real-life stories from other boys and grown men, this book includes colorful photographs of real boys that create a sense of shared community, while instructional illustrations teach young boys about their changing bodies.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: A Christian Health and Puberty Guide for Preteen Boys and Girls

by Lori Stubbs, Robert Earl Stubbs (Illustrator)

About this title: A Health Guide for preteens stressing abstinence and Christian principles.

For Parents

Real Boys. Rescuing our Sons form the Myths of Boyhood.

by William Pollack

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