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Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?

by Julie Metzger, RN, MN and Robert Lehman, MD

Expanded and revised version of the popular flip-book for preteens contains updated information about gender identity, consent and sexuality. This flip book for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 has questions asked by girls in one half of the book; flip it over and questions asked by boys are on the other side. Contains honest, informative, and reassuring answers to questions pre-adolescents have about puberty, friends, feelings, sex, pimples, babies, body hair, menstruation, bras, and much more.

Straightforward, age-appropriate answers to REAL questions from preteens are provided by an experienced nurse-and-physician team who have been giving popular seminars to moms and daughters, and dads and sons, in Seattle and Palo Alto for more than twenty years. Each of the questions in the book has been asked–many of them frequently!–by kids during their seminars. Filled with fun, full-color illustrations throughout.

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This is Me: A Girl’s Journal

by Julie Metzger, RN, MN

An inspiring journal filled with girl power to help preteen girls understand themselves, express their creativity, and unlock their feelings, hopes, and dreams. Much more than a journal, This Is Me contains thoughtful questions, useful advice, quotes, musings, and positive, encouraging ideas from author Julie Metzger, a respected nurse, lecturer, and authority on preadolescent girls. Beautifully illustrated and designed to appeal to girls who are in the tender time between childhood and adolescence—years marked by complex and dramatic physical and emotional changes. This journal will help guide, reassure, inspire and comfort young girls ages 10 and up as they embark on a new leg of their growing-up journey.

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For an autographed copy, please purchase below:

The New York Times

“The Best Way to Fight with a Teenager,” by LISA DAMOUR – MARCH 16, 2016

Educational Videos for preteens and teens


“The World Has Teenage Girls Totally Wrong,” by JENNY ANDERSON – MAY 5, 2016

The New York Times

“Why Teenage Girls Roll Their Eyes,” by LISA DAMOUR – FEBRUARY 17, 2016


“3 Common Myths About the Teen Brain,” by STEPHANY TLALKA – APRIL 9, 2014

Scientific American

“How Dads Influence Teens’ Happiness,” by PAUL RAEBURN – MAY 1, 2014

The New York Times

“When Did Porn Become Sex Ed?,” by PEGGY ORENSTEIN – MARCH 19, 2016

UW Today

“Family Technology Rules: What Kids Expect of Parents,” by JENNIFER LANGSTON – MARCH 8, 2016

Huffington Post Parents

“What The Modern-Day Sex Talk Should Sound Like, According To The Latest Research,” by REBECCA ADAMS – NOVEMBER 18, 2014

TEDx Talks

“Eight is Great: Melisa Holmes at TEDxGreenville 2014”

The New York Times

“Parents of Teenagers, Stuck Taking Out the Emotional Trash,” by LISA DAMOUR – DECEMBER 16, 2015

Our Class Booklist and Online Resource Guide for Preteens and their Families

This list is a sampling of the many books and online resources available on puberty and sexuality for preteens and grown-ups. Visit a library or bookstore to take a look at these books and decide on those that best fit your family.

For All Pre-Teens

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?

Metzger, Julie and Lehman, Rob, 2012, Sasquatch Books

This is Me: A Girl’s Journal

Metzger, Julie, 2014, Sasquatch Books

Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen

American Medical Association, 2006, Jossey-Bass

Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen

American Medical Association, 2006, Jossey-Bass

It’s Perfectly Normal

Harris, R.H., 2004, Candlewick Press

It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families

Harris, R.H., 2004, Candlewick Press


Loulan, J., et al, 2001, Volcano Press

Puberty Boy

Price, Geoff, 2006, Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods

Steward, R., Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2019

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls

Schaefer, V., 1998, American Girl Library

The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions

Madison, L., 2002, American Girl Library

The Growing up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know

Hartman, D., Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2015

The Period Book: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask (But Need to Know)

Gravelle, K. and Gravelle, J., 2006, Walker Publishing

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

Gravelle, K, 1998, Walker Publishing

What’s Happening to Me?

Mayle, P., 2000, Lyle Stewart

For Grown-Ups

Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ Go-to Person about Sex

Roffman, D., 2012, Perseus Publishing and Da Cap Lifelong Books

Untangled. Guiding Teenage Girls through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Damour, L., 2017, Ballantine Book

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain

Walsh, D., 2005, Free Press

Online resources and blogs:

Amaze educational videos for preteens

Developmental guidelines for talking to children about puberty and sexual health

General health information for kids and teens

Healthy Bodies – A Parent’s Guide to Puberty for Youth with Disabilities: Boys
Healthy Bodies – A Parent’s Guide to Puberty for Youth with Disabilities: Girls

HPV vaccine information from the Center for Disease Control

Seattle Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic Books and Resources

Healthy Bodies – A Parent’s Guide to Puberty for Youth with Disabilities: Colorful, easy to follow books for girls and boys. Covers hygiene, growth and changes during puberty. Appendix includes storyboards and visuals to support what is covered in the book. (Links to individual guides below)

Puberty, Sex, and Sexuality: An Introduction for Autistic Teens and Adults Toolkit

Mind Positive Parenting – general parenting

Lisa Damour PhD – general parenting

Aha Parenting – general parenting

Girls Leadership – resources for parents and supporters of girls

The Teen Brain – information on the teen brain and how it works

Center on Media and Child Health – Boston Children’s Hospital – resources on Media

Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education – developmental guidelines on sex education

Talk with your Kids – California Family Health Council – In English

Talk with your Kids – California Family Health Council – In Spanish

LGBTQ Youth Resources

Healthy Children – American Academy of Pediatrics – In English

Healthy Children – American Academy of Pediatrics – In Spanish

Young Men’s Health – Boston Children’s Hospital

Young Women’s Health – Boston Children’s Hospital

LGBTQ Youth Resources – American Academy of Pediatrics

Go Ask Alice – Columbia University – resources for older teens

Teen Health – general health topics