Blume, Judy, Just As Long As We're Together, Dell Publishing, New York, 1987.
Three friends explore the issues of puberty and adolescence together, including tests of their friendship.
Blume, Judy, Tiger Eyes, Bradbury Press, Scarsdale, New York, 1981.
A young teenager moves to a new town and a new school, and there must figure out how she fits in and who she is.
Bode, Janet, New Kids on The Block, Franklin Watts, New York, New York, 1989.
Adolescents who have recently immigrated to this country talk about their lives here compared to their native countries. They present a wonderful multicultural view of adolescence.
Childress, Alice, Rainbow Jordan, Coward, McCann & Geoghegen, Inc., New York, 1981.
A black girl learns about what her values really are as she faces difficult decisions in school, at home, and with her friends.
Cormier, Robert, The Chocolate War, New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegen, Inc., 1974.
A powerful book about a young boy who dares to defy the school bully, and a school-wide power struggle ensues.
Cosby, Bill, Fatherhood, New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 1987.
A humorous account of parenthood by Bill Cosby, written primarily for adults.
Crew, Linda, Children of the River, Delacorte Press, New York, 1989.
A young Vietnamese teen struggles with the conflicting pressures of her traditional home, a non-Vietnamese boyfriend, and her developing self concept.
Doherty, Berlie, Dear Nobody, Orchard Books, New York, 1991.
A poignant account of a pregnant young girl and her relationship that resulted in her getting pregnant. The Story is old from the standpoints of the girl writing to her unborn child, and from the boy writing to the girl.
Fine, Anne, Flour Babies, Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 1992.
A class of boys choose to do a parenthood simulation activity, during which a young boy learns how strong the ties and feelings of parenthood can be.
Frank, Anne, The Diary Of A Young Girl, Bantam Books, New York, 1967.
A poignant diary of a young Jewish girl, most of it written while hiding from the Nazis in Germany during the 1940s. Her thoughts range from family, puberty, boys, and life within the confines of their hiding place, to the world outside and being Jewish.
L'Engle, Madeleine, Camilla, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1965.
A young teen explores her impressions of her parents, her emerging sense of self, through her experiences with friends who offer a different perspective.
L'Engle, Madeleine, Wrinkle In Time, New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Inc., 1962.
A teenage girl, her brother, and a school friend go in search of her father. Part of finding him means she must come to terms with her feelings of being different from her peers, and understanding what is most important to her in her life and in her relationships with family and friends. A wonderful science fiction adventure.
Levitin, Sonia, Annie's Promise, Atheneum, New York, 1993.
A Jewish girl goes to camp where she learns about self-reliance and resourcefulness and begins to understand her family.
Townsend, Sue, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 34, Avon Books, New York, 1982.
A wonderful, funny, lighthearted diary of a boy coming of age. He worries about all the things adolescents worry about-acne, his yearnings for the things he can't have, the contradictions of adulthood and childhood, his feelings for girls, and more.
Wolff. Virginia Euwer, Make Lemonade, Scholastic, Inc., New York, 1993.
A girl takes a baby-sitting job for a single mom with two children. Together they learn about the difficulties of single parenthood and what it takes to survive.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer, The Mozart Season, Scholastic, Inc., New York, 1991.
A gifted violinist prepares for a statewide Mozart competition, and in the process learns about her family, and how she must bring out the art of performance and music.
Bell, Ruth, Changing Bodies, Changing Lives, Vintage Books, NY, 1981.
An excellent resource book for teens (geared to high school students, but also appropriate for junior high/middle school students), full of quotes from peers around the country. Well-written and well-organized, this book talks frankly about the changes and challenges of adolescence and sexuality.
Fenwick, Elizabeth, and Walker, Richard, How Sex Works, Dorling Kindersly, New York, 1994.
An excellent overview of puberty, sexuality and issues in adolescence. Great use of illustrations and quotes.
Harris, Robie, It's Perfectly Normal, Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA, 1994.
Written to the junior high school level, this book reviews the changes of puberty, sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases. The hand-drawn illustrations provide a warm tone and informal presentation.
Katchadourian, Herant, The Biology Of Adolescence, 1977.
An excellent overview of the biology of adolescence-good background material for units on puberty. It is currently out of print, however, so must be found in a library.
Parker, Steve, The Body Atlas, Dorling Kindersley, New York, 1993.
Beautiful full-color illustrations of the body's inner workings, organized by sections of the body and body functions. Not only does this book review how things work, but also offers fun anecdotes about body parts, some history, and some fun facts to know.
Stein, Sara, The Body Book, Workman Publishing, New York, 1992.
An energetic review of how the body works. It is written for the lay person-a light hearted, but very detailed look at how the body functions. Middle school students would appreciate the tone, but would need some guidance on the detailed content.
World Almanacs: Excellent sources of information about population demographics around the world, and interesting facts about world countries and cultures. Published annually.
It's hard to recommend the most up to date resources, when they change so quickly. Below we list a few favorites, but suggest that you subscribe to a catalogue that will keep you up-to-date on resources available to you. Some good catalogues include:
7434 Trade Street
San Diego, CA 92121-2410
This catalogue also publishes some good articles on using computer technology and educational software.
101 Castleton Street
PO Box 100
Pleasantville, NY 10570-0100
SchoolHouse Mac: A resource tool for K-12 teachers that use Macs in the classroom. It offers some good ideas about teaching tools and programs available to teachers for free on the Internet, and offers teachers a way to communicate with each other. SchoolHouse Mac, 5326 Coats Grove Rd., Hastings, MI, 49058. On the Internet, firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also explore the possibility of subscribing to America-On-Line, which offers a lot of good resource listings and public domain (freeware or shareware) material on various topics. The cost runs about $10 per month.
Miracle of Life, NOVA,
I have AIDS: A Teenager's Story. 3-2-1 CONTACT Extras, Children's Television Workshop
A Child Is Born, Lenart Nielsson.
Anatomy and Physiology, Videodiscovery and HarperCollins, 1-800-548-3472. Appropriate for high school and college students. An in-depth exploration of body functions and anatomy. More detailed than you need, but would help students visualize what they are learning about.
Software/CD ROM Programs
World Geograph (MECC)
MacGlobe or PCGlobe (Broderbund)
Countries of the World (CDRom from the State Department)
A.D.A.M. Essentials, A.D.A.M. Software, $119.95 School edition. (1-800-777-3642) Interactive exploration of the human body.
3-D Body Adventure: Knowledge Adventure, 1-818-542-4200.
Interactive, guided tours of the body and its functions. Great graphics, easy to use.
The Human Body, National Geographic (1-800-624-2926) Uses pictures and sound effects to explore the human body.
Body Scope, MECC, School version, 1-800-777-3642. Self-directed exploration of the body systems, and good feedback on questions.
Center For Early Adolescence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provide excellent resource materials, information services, training, and publications for parents and people working with young adolescents.
Center for Early Adolescence
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
D-2 Carr Mill Town Center
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
919/966-1148 FAX 919-966-7657
Don't be S.A.D.: A Teenage Guide to Handling Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Susan Newman. Messner, 1992, 122 pp., $12.98
This book reviews strategies for coping with stressful situations and difficult outcomes. Using real-life scenarios, this book offers preventive strategies as well as suggestions on how to take apart a situation or problem to make it more manageable.
Postponing Sexual Involvement: Grady Memorial Hospital. Teen leaders from senior high schools work with 8th graders to identify and talk about pressures that lead to sexual involvement. Peer counseling has been very effective in a variety of programs around the country.
Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Butler Street, SE
Atlanta, GA 30035
P.O. Box 1830
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830
Publishes numerous excellent brochures and catalogues about issues in adolescence and puberty. Titles include: Puberty Facts, Growing Older: Facts and Feelings, Abstinence.
Teen Hot Line
Yellow Pages of the phone book
Local, State, and Federal representatives
District school offices