It's HERE!

THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK 2008 is available in bookstores and online.

This new edition is not only linked with this website, but also features a special Teen Advisory Panel of teen volunteers ages 12-21 who advised us about what teens really want to know and who have written comments and sidebars in this new edition.


Samantha H., 12, a 7th grader from Los Angeles. She loves shopping, watching t.v. and talking to friends on the phone and online

Billie K., 13, an 8th grader from New York City. She loves all kinds of sports as well as writer and hopes to become a writer as well as to play professional women's baseball.

Kati, 15, from San Francisco and is in the 10th grade. She says "I love being my age, feeling a ton more independent but my parents are still there to lean on!"

Alexis Reiff, 15, is a 9th grader in San Francisco and is an outgoing sports lover. She plays basketball, soccer and volleyball. But friends come first and foremost. She says "I am making friends now I hope to stay in touch with the rest of my life."

Francesca (Franny) El-Attrash, 16, is an 11th grader in Ashland, Ore. She is a very talented classical singer and writer, but also dreams of making a difference in environmental issues. She loves being a teen: "My body is young and I'm not afraid to dream big. And I still have a good excuse for behaving like a goofy kid when I want to!"

Gabe S., 16, is from Mill Valley, CA and is in the 11th grade. He is a multi-talented dancer, actor and pianist who says his age allows him "to be confused, searching, exploring."

Jeff P., 17, is a high school senior in San Francisco and is a top athlete in his school's soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. He also loves music. But friends mean the most: "My friendships are one of the best part of my life and I hope they will last all my life!"

Kayla, 17, is an 11th grader from San Francisco and is into running, dance and soccer. She feels the best of times is now: "We're all at the best and most free times of our lives."

Molly, 18, is a senior in high school and is from Phoenix, AZ. She is an aspiring screenwriter, feeling that "film is a monument of my generation's culture. I would like to change the world for the better and one day be written about in history books!"

George Sun, 19, is a student at New York University but home and family are in Los Angeles. His passions range from water polo to psychology, from musical theatre to writing. He says that he has learned that being a real man means being able to express the full range of his emotions.

Ryan Grady, 21, is a junior psychology major at California State University, Northridge. Ryan has had many challenges in life and his shares his history and insights with readers in the book. He is planning to earn a Master's in Social Work so that he can help others as he has been helped.

These teens have helped us update THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK for a new era!

Many of today's parents remember reading THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK when they were growing up. But this isn't your mother's TEENAGE BODY BOOK! It's still reliable and reassuring...but it's in tune with the times for a whole new generation of teens!


The Teenage Body Book
Winner of American Library Association's "Best Book for Young Adults" Award


The Teenage Body Book has sold hundreds of thousands of copies since its initial publication in 1979. There have been five U.S. editions for three different publishers and several foreign editions - a modified British "Body Book" as well as foreign language editions in German and Chinese.

Now there is a new 2008 edition, just out from Hatherleigh Press/Random House.

But this isn't a book your mother might have read way back then! And it's different from a lot of other books about physical development. Three things set it apart:

* It is written by two health professionals: Kathy McCoy, Ph.D., a psychotherapist, and Charles Wibbelsman, M.D., an adolescent medicine specialist. The book -- and its authors -- have been featured a number of times on both OPRAH and THE TODAY SHOW.

* Teens themselves give the book its direction by the questions they ask. (You can be a part of the next edition - just click on "From You" at the top of this page and ask a question or make a comment!)

* THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK covers much more than physical development -- or even sex! It's a comprehensive guide to teenage health that covers questions you and your parents have about puberty, sexual choices, living with chronic conditions like diabetes, epilepsy and asthma to healthy diet and exercise, hair, skin and nail care and how to talk to a doctor and find the best possible medical care.

THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK is responsible, factually correct and easy to read. Though it is written for teens, the book has been, in fact, a starting point for many good parent-teen discussions!

This book has become a cultural classic during its many years in print. It has been seen, variously, as a valuable preventive health tool and also as controversial. For example:

... Supermodel and t.v. host Tyra Banks has told interviewers that THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK was a major reason that she did not experiment with drugs or with sex at an early age.

... The 1987 edition of THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK is #22 on the list of the Most Frequently Banned Books of the 1990's (between Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "Little Red Riding Hood") because of its frank discussions of sex.




Click on the "From You" option at the top of this page. It will take you instantly to our reader response page where you can ask us a question or make a comment without leaving this website

We'd love to hear from you. We're here to help.

Selected Works

Books for Teens
The Teenage Body Book
This American Library Award-winning book has been a world-wide best seller. It not only covers adolescent development and sexuality but also health concerns like diet and exercise, dealing with chronic diseases such as diabetes and with common challenges of living -- like stress!
Growing and Changing
Real answers to important concerns about the physical and emotional changes of puberty for tweens and younger teens 8-13 years old.
Life Happens
This is a compact guide that helps teens to meet some of life's greater challenges.

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