Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kid Konnection: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up & Giveaway

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you a very helpful book for tween girls.

Summary: Discovery Girls’ Guide to Growing Up gives girls reliable facts, clear explanations, and helpful tips about what’s going on inside their bodies and what to expect next… all written in a fun and easy-to-understand way. She’ll also learn how to handle her emotions, have strong self-esteem, and love her body so she’ll be confident, empowered, and ready for all the challenges of puberty. With less wondering and worrying about what’s happening to her body, she’ll have more time to enjoy the changes. Thanks to tens of thousands of girls who were brave enough to share their stories about pimples, periods, bras, body image, emotions, and more in this book, your special girl will know she is not alone. -- Discovery Girls

A few years ago, Booking Daughter was a huge fan of anything Discovery Girls. She anxiously awaited the arrival of the magazine, and she also loved the wide variety of books that offered advice for dealing with many of the issues she faced in her tween years.

The latest advice book that Discovery Girls has published is titled DISCOVERY GIRLS GUIDE TO GROWING UP: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR CHANGING BODY. It should come as no surprise that this book is another great resource for girls (and parents!) to navigate the many changes that are happening to tweens' bodies.

Fortunately, Booking Daughter is a few years past needing this book -- we survived the tween years and the major hormones! However, it is still recent enough for me to remember how difficult a time it was for her... and us. There are so many changes occurring within such a short time period, and they aren't always fun. It's hard growing up and this book helps girls understand that what's happening to them is normal!

What I love about GROWING UP is that the information is extremely useful in so many ways. Not only does this book discuss everything from puberty, to buying bras, to dealing with periods, to handling the emotional ups and downs, but it presents the material in an easy-to-understand way. While it does provide all of the "necessary" information that young girls need, it also provides real-life stories and advice from actual tween girls. I think that "hearing" something from real girls makes it just that much more special.

While GROWING UP deals with many delicate subject matters, it does so in such a fun way. I realize it might sound strange to describe some of these difficult changes as fun; however, this book really is fun to read. There are a variety of ways this book presents information including color photos, cartoon drawings, actual quotations from real girls, charts, graphs, and more. The book also uses a variety of fonts and colors to make it more appealing to tweens!

As a mom, I can't even begin to tell you how great this book is -- I wish I had had this book a few years ago! While reading GROWING UP, I was surprised by how much I didn't tell my daughter -- poor thing. GROWING UP presents things I never even though to mention to her. In addition, it discusses many topics that are rather difficult to just bring up... both for parents and daughters.

DISCOVERY GIRLS GUIDE TO GROWING UP is a wonderful resource for tweens and it is a must-have for every young girl. Highly recommended!

Thanks to Discovery Girls for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!

Giveaway alert: I have a copy of GROWING UP to share with one lucky reader. To enter, just fill out the form below before April 4th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will randomly select an notify the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. addresses only. Good luck!


Stacie said...

I've got a 9 year old. This would be a great book for us!

bermudaonion said...

This sounds like a terrific book!!

Dawn M. said...

This would be great for my niece. We're already having some discussions on these topics and a good guide would be helpful.

Beth F said...

This really does sound like a fantastic resource.