- December 1, 2007 at 2:01 pm #243886
Although my son is only 10 years old, I already have some books in mind
for him when the time is right. I would first urge you to read the
books completely yourself before giving them to your son. If he is the
shy/private type (like my son!), perhaps just a post-it note on the
book, letting him know it’s from you and that you are available if he
has questions or wants to talk, so that he’s not embarassed.
I would recommend anything by Michael Gurian. A good starter might
be “The Good Son: Shaping the Moral Development of Our Boys and Young
Men”, but he has several books that would all be helpful. Mr. Gurian
even has a book which recommends other books as well as movies for
morally shaping our young men.
Although my daughter is a bit young for this right now (she’s only 7),
she will be getting “The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for
Girls” (American Girls Library) when the time is appropriate. I’ve
found a few books that are similar to this for boys:
“What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: The New Growing-Up Guide
for Parents and Sons”
by Lynda Madaras, Area Madaras (Introduction), Dane Saavedra, Simon
Sullivan (Illustrator), Jackie Aher (Illustrator), Martin Anderson
“What’s Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to
by Karen Gravelle, Nick Castro, Chava Castro, Robert Leighton
You might want to consider going onto Amazon.com to do some research on
books. I find that Amazon.com is a helpful tool, even if I don’t
purchase the books from their site. They have publisher’s notes, user
reviews and sometimes you can even look inside the book.
If you are
frugal (and who in this group isn’t?) then Amazon.com is great because
you can purchase used books, sometimes for as little as a penny. (I
bought lots of Christmas presents on Amazon.com last year for that very
Hope this info helps!
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