Earlier this year we shared with you a “sex ed” or body book for boys and girls that’s a really great option for teaching your children all they need to know about their bodies. When I was talking to my friends about it, they said that the American Girl makes a great body book for girls too. They even told me that since Zoe has already seen this other book, that getting her the second American Girl book would be the next place for her to go to learn. Now for my son, we haven’t even found that first book that he’s willing to read so I’m excited to see that tomorrow American Girl will have a new book for boys: Guy Stuff: The Body Book For Boys.
Building on their trusted partnership with parents and the phenomenal success of The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls series (nearly 6 million sold to date), Guy Stuff tackles everything boys need to know about their developing bodies and minds-from healthy eating, bad breath and shaving to pubic changes, moodiness and expressing emotions. Written by Dr. Cara Natterson, board-certified pediatrician, NY Times bestselling author of AG’s Care & Keeping of You series, and mom of a 12-year-old son and 14-year-old girl, tackles every subject in a down-to-earth and approachable manner that will help spark conversations between parents and their sons, including those most reluctant to talk about what they’re going through! I’m really hoping this book makes a difference for my son.
Guy Stuff, priced at $12.99, is a head-to-toe guide, covering a wide range of physical and emotional topics, including:
« Body Basics: Breaks down basic facts about boys’ bodies and explains the common changes of puberty (“You Will: Grow taller, sprout hair, sweat more, develop muscles, see changes in skin and hair texture, get a deeper voice, see changes to private parts, and experience new emotions.”) and discusses the importance of establishing healthy habits and having a good attitude.
« Heads Up: This chapter covers everything boys need to know to keep their heads and face in tip-top shape, including hair care, acne, sun protection, and oral hygiene.
« Reach: Explains the essentials of nail care and maintaining healthy hands, underarm hair and controlling body odor, plus breaks down the changes boys’ chests will undergo.
« Belly Zone: Acknowledges that bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and shares detailed information on healthy hydration, food, nutrition, and essential vitamins and minerals.
« Big Changes: Tackles changing hormones, private parts (including erections), moods, and voice.
« Get Going: Covers legs, height and growing pains, feet, fitness and exercise, sport safety, the importance of good sleep, and even bed-wetting.
« Your Inner You: This section delves into new feelings and emotions boys may be experiencing during puberty, including topics on peer pressure and bullying, plus letting guys know that it’s not only okay, but healthy, to express their emotions.