If you're getting ready to give "The Talk" to your daughter, giving her a good book about the changes she can expect lets her know that you want her to be informed and that you're there for her if she has questions. Here are a few well-written books, handpicked by Kotex.com, about what your daughter can expect from puberty and her period, and how to fully embrace being a girl.

  • Ashby, Dr. Eve Anne. Puberty Survival Guide for Girls. iUniverse, Inc., 2005.
    Using a question and answer format, Dr. Ashby tackles acne, periods, growth spurts, the female anatomy, and diet and exercise. It's an easy-to-read "owner's manual" for her changing body.
  • Finlay, Fiona; Jones, Rosemary; and Kreitman, Tricia. The Period Pocketbook: Honest Answers with Advice from Real Girls. Ulysses Press, 2006.
    Focused completely on the menstrual cycle, this book answers real questions asked by real girls and busts period myths. It delivers advice on every aspect of her period, from what it will be like the first time to which products are best for her.
  • Gravelle, Karen. The Period Book, Updated Edition: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know). Walker Books for Young Readers, 2006.
    This book is a must-read for every girl about to have her period that covers topics from puberty to body image. From the most common questions to the most embarrassing ones, it answers them in a way that's super easy to understand.
  • Jukes, Mavis. Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1998.
    In this book, your daughter will learn about the important "firsts" that come with puberty through the story of the author's journey into adolescence. She covers her first bra, first shaving experience, first period and more.
  • Schaefer, Valorie. The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls. American Girl, 1998.
    This every-girl's guide will answer all your daughter's questions about her body – from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bra buying, pimples to periods.