It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris is an informative and interesting book about going through puberty. It explains the physical, psychological, emotional, and social changes that occur during puberty. The book includes information on sexual reproduction, sexual desire, sexual intercourse, heterosexuality and homosexuality, the human body, female and male puberty, growing and changing bodies, masturbation, pregnancy, family planning, sexual abuse, and more.
When I was in middle school, my mom brought home It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris for my brother and I. I remember acting disinterested at first (I was embarrassed!), but soon I found myself devouring the book’s contents. The book contains so much information and this information is handled respectfully. It discusses many subjects that parents might have a tough time talking about themselves. For example, masturbation, homosexuality, contraception, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases. Also, the colored pencil illustrations are wonderful; they depict people of all shapes, sizes, races, and ages. When I read this book as a tween it answered the many questions I had, and even some I didn’t know I had! It’s a book that I would recommend every parent purchasing for their tween.
Genre: informational guide
Reading/interest level: ages 9 and up
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Association of Booksellers for Children Booksellers’ Choice
New York Times Notable Book of the Year
ALA Notable Children’s Book
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