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Growing Up


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A modern and inclusive guide to help every child understand their journey from childhood to being a grown-up.

Table of Contents

Spread 1: IntroductionSpread 2: Biological sex and gender identity
Spread 3: Hormones and mood swings
Spread 4: Getting taller, growing body hair, starting to experience body odour, spots
Spread 5: Changes experienced by people born with a vulva: breast growth and other physical changes
Spread 6: Changes experienced by people born with a vulva: periods and how to cope with them
Spread 7: Changes experienced by people born with a penis: body hair and facial hair growth, penis and testicle growth, vocal changes
Spread 8: Changes experienced by people born with a penis: more frequent erections, wet dreams
Spread 9: Dealing strong feelings (both positive and negative), changing friendships, respecting differences. Attraction is framed through the prism of friendship as opposed to romantic/sexual attraction.
Spread 10: Boundaries, consent and taking responsibility for your own behaviour in day-to-day social interactions
Spread 11: Online safety, including taking responsibility for your own behaviour online
Spread 12: Conclusion/summary
Spread 13: Further reading/extra questions: more detailed information about biological sex and gender identity, more detailed information about online safety including understanding your digital footprint, and more detailed information about the seriousness of cyberbullying. This spread also includes a recommendation of safe places/organisations a child can reach out to for help if they do not feel they can ask questions or express themselves/be listened to at home, at school or in the community.
Spread 14: Glossary

About the Author

Rachel Greener (Author)
Rachel Greener is a children'sbooks editor from London who hasedited fiction, non-fiction andpicture books about everythingfrom the ancient Egyptians andocean plastics to teenage detectivesand zombie goldfish. She wrote thisbook because she thinks it isimportant that all children have achance to see their family storyreflected in a book about wherebabies come from.

Clare Owen (Illustrator)
Clare is a UK-based illustrator,who graduated from art school in2009 and has been working as afreelance illustrator ever since!Clare works on a big variety of funprojects, creating pictures andpatterns for home products,stationery, story books, magazinesand packaging. All influenced by herlove of colour, nature and midcentury design.Originally fromCornwall, she now lives in Bristolwith her boyfriend and two cats

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