by Marni Sommer, Margaret Schmitt, and Christine Hagstrom
Grow and Know
A Girl's Guide to Puberty and Periods is a body-positive illustrated book that helps girls, ages 9-14, understand what to expect about puberty and everything that goes with it. The book shares "my first period" stories from girls across the U.S. of all backgrounds to help your child understand that everything they are going through is okay and normal. Parents will appreciate that the book also incorporates factual health content and practical tips developed by health experts at Columbia University. The goal is to empower girls to feel more confident and knowledgeable about their changing bodies.
Target Age: 10 to 13
"A helpful, inviting breakdown of what puberty looks like for girls, with an emphasis on the uniqueness of every body." -- BookLife
"An important point of differentiation from other popular puberty books is that this new offering provides "my first period" stories and advice from diverse girls across the U.S. to help young women understand that everything they're going through is normal. Parents will appreciate that the book incorporates factual health content and practical tips developed by adolescent health experts at Columbia University." -- L.A. Parent
About the Contributors:
Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, is a Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Her areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual health, and the implementation and evaluation of adolescent-focused interventions. She founded Grow and Know, Inc. in 2010.
Maggie Schmitt, MPH, is an Associate Program Director at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University for over 10 years, working on a range of menstrual health, water and sanitation, adolescent health and health systems strengthening research programs in low-income countries. Her recent work has focused on the inclusion of menstrual health within humanitarian emergencies.
Christine Hagstrom, MPH, is a Program Director at Cardea Services, where she supports school districts and youth-serving organizations across Washington State with sexual health education implementation and planning. While attending Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Christine served as a Lerner Centre Research Fellow, supporting qualitative research on puberty and menstruation.