A positive and empowering guide for girls who are going through puberty or are curious about in what's in store.
Packed with facts and thoughtful advice, plus words of wisdom from older women and quotes and questions from girls who are also going through it, The Girls' Guide to Growing Up Great covers every aspect of going through puberty for girls.
From body basics like breasts, acne and periods, to the questions with no easy answers (Does how you look matter? Is a crush ever wrong? Is it bad to be jealous of your best friends--and does having a best friend even matter?) Plus, of course, clear and empowering information on sex, sexuality and gender and a whistle-stop guide to the wonderful world of online resources.
The Girls' Guide to Growing Up Great is filled with quirky illustrations from the fabulous Flo Perry, coupled with space to scribble your own thoughts and ideas. With additional contributions from Laura Chaisty, a trained psychotherapist, as well as medical input from GP Maddy Podichetty, this well-balanced book gives a modern reflection of what it's like growing up today.
Sophie Elkan has a background in Marketing and PR and now works in communications. She started her career working on women's magazines, including Marie Claire, as well as teen titles Mizz and 19.
Laura Chaisty is a qualified Art Psychotherapist with over fifteen years of experience working in the National Health Service.
Dr Maddy Podichetty is a GP based in Oxford.
All three are mothers of girls.
Flo Perry is a freelance illustrator and writer. She's a former editor at BuzzFeed, and has a passion for drawing funny pictures, especially about boobs and cats. She lives in London with her girlfriend, her best friend and a large, annoying, deaf cat.
“Funny, kind and wise.” —Daisy Buchanan
“Brilliant, accessible sensitive and funny – get this book for your children, your godchildren, your grandchildren and then everyone else's children!” —Emily Maitlis
“This book frees girls from any ill-conceived myths about what they should or shouldn't be feeling as they go through puberty. It says that you are ok the way you are - a message that could not be more important particularly during this crucial time where our bodies are going through a revolution.” —Brita Schmidt, Women for Women International -UK
“Wise, kind, non-judgemental and empathetic. This book should be within every girl's arm's reach” —Sali Hughes, columnist, mother and author