Non-Fiction: The Growing Up Book for Boys

Title: The Growing Up Book for Boys
(What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know!)

Author: Davida Hartman
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

source: Netgalley

The Growing Up Book for Boys explains the facts behind the growth spurts, body changes and mood swings of adolescence for boys aged 9-14 on the autism spectrum.

The pre-teen and teenage years are a confusing time when bodies start acting with a will of their own, friendships change and crushes start to develop. Using direct literal language and cool colour illustrations, this book tells boys all they need to know about growing hair in new places, shaving, wet dreams and unexpected erections. It’s full of great advice on what makes a real friend, how to keep spots away, and how to stay safe online. Most importantly, it explains that every body is amazing and unique and encourages young boys with autism to celebrate difference!

I am thankful to the publishers for this opportunity to read a book that focuses on boys with special needs like Autism. I actually requested for this book in the hopes to understand my friend’s son who’s got autism spectrum, and also to help my friend on how to cope with her son, Brent. Together, we read the book to him, and thoroughly explained the stuffs he needs to do with his body while growing up. I like that the book also contains important information and advice for parents and guardians in order to properly provide for the physical and emotional well-being of the kids. He’s learning a lot, thanks to the valuable pieces of information as well as the illustrations in the book. Definitely a book that growing up boys will enjoy, love and keep at heart!

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