Welcome to Your Period!

Candlewick/Walker. Jan. 2021. 176p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536214765.
Gr 5-8–This colorful, informative guide explains getting and managing one’s period. The experience can be scary, exciting, or fun—it’s never without some kind of emotional response. The assuring and candid text helps demystify this bodily rite of passage. From providing readers with the basics of anatomy and the reproductive systems to clearly explaining the differences between pads, tampons, and menstrual cups, this comprehensive title will assist readers through the whole process. The section “Be Prepared with a Period Pack” encourages readers to have a special bag with period supplies ready at all times. Overall, this title is very inclusive. The illustrations depict many different body sizes and skin tones, and the text mentions girls with disabilities and people who are transgender.
VERDICT This guide, with its frank and upbeat style, will be a welcome companion for those on the cusp of puberty and help them realize that they are not alone.

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