A letter from Kaz Cooke.
Girl Stuff 8–12 (Your Real Guide to the Pre-Teen Years), my new book, is now available. It’s the ‘little sister’ of my award-winning (ooh la) book for teenaged girls, Girl Stuff: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years.
Parents often worry that their girls enter puberty ‘too soon’. Girls wonder if they’re ‘normal’ and what to expect. Girl Stuff 8–12 has fun cartoons and a friendly style, and tells girls all they need to know about first periods, body hair, moods and other changes, as well as dealing with friendship groups and bullies. It has lots of helpful info on confidence, body image, staying healthy, phones & social media and family harmony.
Girl Stuff 8–12 gives girls their own pages for notes and daydreams, and has curated lists of good movies, TV shows, books and heroines for girls. (It doesn’t have the chapters on sex, alcohol drugs, and other important info for older girls that’s in the big sister Girl Stuff.) Girl Stuff 8–12 has age-appropriate info that’s properly researched with medical and other consultants.
As girls are bombarded with inappropriate messages and hard-sell commercialism, please help provide them with independent, inclusive, practical and kind information with their best interests at heart. You can help spread us the word on social media (#preteengirlstuff). And please let your favourite pre-teen girl know that she now has her very own new book to put under her pillow!
Author of Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy, Kidwrangling: Looking After Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Girl Stuff, Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years, among other best-selling books.