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This sensitive, informative guide to puberty for girls tackles everything from body image to mood swings, hormones and first bras. Bright, cartoon-style illustrations and scientific diagrams explain the physical and emotional changes of growing up in a simple and reassuring way, while the contents and index pages make key topics easy to find.

Book information

Key Stage
ISBN: 9780746069950
Extent: 48 pages
Dimensions: 225 x 150mm
Library edition hardback
ISBN: 9781409599593
Extent: 48 pages
Dimensions: 225 x 150mm
Susan Meredith
Nancy Leschnikoff

Reader reviews

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“What's happening to me ( girls )”
Just the book I was looking for! Informative without being inappropriate. Excellent!
Amazing! 😁
This is such a helpful book for all girls! It's helpful because it doesn't go into too much detail, isn't rude or inappropriate as some puberty books can be. I borrowed it from the library and enjoyed reading this helpful guide. What more can I say, except, buy it for your children!
“Best Book Ever”
I now know what to expect when I grow up and how to tackle periods and how buy a suitable bra. 10 out of 10.
“this book was great!”
It helped me a lot,and now I know what to expect so I won't freak out.
“What's happening to me”
This book is great for needing help on your future.
I really loved this book. It is a big help, to my next stages in life!!! Rock on Usborne and thank you!
“Now I know what's happening to me!”
Know I know what to expect and won't be as a shocked when it happens!
I think it is a great book because it helps me know what I'm doing later on in my life!!!
“Great help!”
This book was such a great help to me. I am growing up faster than my mates and I was worried about it. The book showed me that people grow up at different ages and I'm not worried anymore.
“It really helps you in life”
The first time I got this in the car I was reading it on the way home. I couldn't put it down me and my mum read it together. My favourite page is about feelings cause it helps you with parents and fancying other people and friends (who I fight with alot).
“This really helps you!”
I read this with in a week! Before I was nevous about me having my period but after reading that book I dont feel as nevous now! I really love this book!
“This bookm really helped me with everything”
I recommend this to girls aged 9 to 15 because I'm 11 and I've read the whole book in 2 days and I've had all the things in the book happen to me already and it really helped me.
“This is great”
This book is great and i love it, its got all you need to know about growing up inside and is the right book if you are changing and don't know what is happening to you and what it is!!!
“this book is sooo cool”
this book is so cool because it tells you every thing you need to know about growing up and it is small so you can take it with you if you need to like on holiday or just if you are staying over somewhere at the weekend also it has great advice on your period or hormones.
“What's happening to me?”
I love this book, I recommend it. Usually, I use it like my puberty counsellor.
“I really like it”
I really enjoyed this book because I am starting to change and all my friends are growing up faster than me and I get really jealous. Thanks so much for putting this out I think it's a great way for me and other people to learn, because I am only 9 coming up to 10.
“whats happening to me?”
I love this book and I'm really glad I read it.
“I really like this book!”
Although I am 15 years old now, this book actually has taught me a lot of things! Seriously, you will have no regrets buying this book! It is fun too because there are pictures in it and the information was very fruitful! I would like to buy the boys' one too! Probably I will buy it for my brother! Remember, its worth it! Oh yes, thanks!
“What's happening to me”
At the schl bk fair we could choose a bk 2 buy. I didn't want 2 buy this bk, 'cos I thought it was silly. But when the bks came in, I wanted 2 read the bk with my friends and they let me, 'cos they thought it was so good they thought I should read it. I really liked it so my mum ordered it so I didn't have 2 read my friends! PLUS - she thinks it will help me when I get stuff like that! X
“What's happening to me?”
This book is very interesting! My school did a puberty project it really helped me I recommend this book for 10 and onwards.
“Brilliant Book”
I am 13 years old and my mum brought this for me and I found out everything I needed to know. I don't like to read but I found that this book was easy to read and understand!! If you are thinking of buying this book 'Go for it' x
“Whats Happening to Me?”
I bought this for my daughter when she was age 9, it was a great book to start the discussion of how and why her body is changing, it was so easy to read and understand. I have recommended it to many friends who are also looking for a book to bring up the subject but felt that many other books on the market go into far too much depth for a child of this age.
“Fantastic Book”
I read this book with my daughter initially. She likes it so much that she will often pick it up to read on her own. I appreciated the book's discussion of all issues surrounding puberty,including healthy eating, exercise, peer relationships, and acceptance of one's body. I also liked the way the book touched on topics such as same-sex relationships, and the changes boys go through.
“what is happening to me?”
I think this helped me understand why I needed a bra and periods I think all KS 2 girls should read it.
“Loved this book”
This book was really good. I was doing a puberty project for school and got all my information from it. It is a good guide for girls and a very useful book to use. I would definitely recommend this book because it is really good.xx
“what's happening to me?”
It is a very good book for KS2 children. You can find out about the facts of life of the girls. It tells you about, how to get rid of spots, when they will need a bra, what periods are like, why do i feel moody? and getting their hairy parts. It is a very good book and I think any ks2 girl should read it.

Press reviews

“Look no further: the What’s Happening to Me? Books are nothing short of brilliant. They aim to help children aged nine and above understand bodily changes and they do this extremely well. Susan Meredith answers the questions young girls want to ask but might feel afraid to. It’s all there: getting measured up for a bra, periods, using towels and tampons, feeling, diet, health and hygiene and there is also a section on what happens to boys. The text is informal, chatty, full of useful facts and packed with considerate advice and support. A book like that wouldn’t work as well without graphics and diagrams, and the illustrations are colourful and engaging as well as informative.”

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