– Sophie Elkan with Laura Chaisty & Dr Maddy Podichetty. Illustrated by Flo Perry
Imprint: Green Tree
Navigating through puberty is no easy ask and often it seems tweens heading into teens can be quite overwhelmed despite all intentions to help them be informed and comfortable. For some, in this instance, girls it can be a very beneficial adjunct to whatever home and school offers to have their own relatable ‘reference’ book and this one is a great example.
Aimed to empower girls through its sensitive, wise and often humorous take on issues that can be of real concern to young women it covers a wide array of topics including basics about body changes, care and comfort, relationships and friendships, information on sex and sexuality plus some input regarding safety on the internet. All this is couched in accessible straightforward text accompanied by some very quirky illustrations.
The main author’s clear information is supported by both a psychotherapist and a medical doctor which is helpful and provides a very balanced viewpoint. The illustrator has also included some space for girls to record their own thoughts or feelings which is a very nice touch indeed.
Whether you are looking to provide your own girl with a reliable source or perhaps seeking to support the teaching of Personal Development in your collection, this would be an outstanding addition.
I highly recommend it to you for girls aged from around ten years upwards.
Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Icon Books
Published: March 2015
Tanith Carey has had a long successful career as a journalist working with a wide variety of some of the world’s leading newspapers and journals. She is also a highly successful author of books particularly several related to parenting, the latest of which is Girls Uninterrupted.
Her work in this area has attracted high praise including endorsement by the likes of Steve Biddulph and her books translated into 12 languages to date.
As I am now working in an all girls’ college, I am seeing firsthand many of the issues which parents of teen girls face today so this book could not be timelier. It will certainly be one I will promote with our college community and parents.
- Why are girls self-harming and suffering eating disorders in record numbers?
- Why do girls feel they have to ‘little miss perfects’ who are never allowed to fail?
- Why are girls turning against each other on social media?
- What should we tell girls about how to deal with the challenges of everyday sexism and violent misogynistic pornography?
- How can parents, teachers and grandparents inoculate girls so they can push back against the barrage of unhealthy messages bombarding them about what it means to be female?
Formatted in easy ‘chunked’ steps the book offers practical advice, anecdotes and real help with the increasing pressure of raising happy healthy girls into strong positive women.
This was firstly a series of articles in the New York Times and the resulting publication into a widely praised book is testimony to its usefulness.
As a grandmother now raising a ten year old granddaughter it will also be a ‘go to’ book for me as I help this little one become a Mighty Girl over the next few years.
Highly recommended for anyone who is in the challenging role of bringing up 21st century girls, whether parents/family or educators.