Own Your Own Period

A Fact-filled Guide to Period Positivity

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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 14 Sep 2021

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This fact-filled guide to periods is bursting with positive, honest advice on managing and understanding menstruation. Having a period is an incredible thing – Own Your Period celebrates what the body can do and provides young people (age 9+) with everything they need to be prepared… and empowered. 

Includes the fascinating science behind why things happen, with all the details of menstruation through to the menopause. Answers all essential questions like what’s a vulva and what does it look like, what do periods actually feel like, and what happens if blood stains your clothes? Chella Quint’s witty text slays superstitions, busts common myths, and fights period shame, while providing practical information about menstrual products, tracking cycles, and sharing her own personal stories.

Funny, insightful, and warm illustrations with friendly chatty text makes this an everything-you-need-to-know essential handbook, which pre-teens can refer to before their periods start, and will appreciate when their cycle is more established. 

This fact-filled guide to periods is bursting with positive, honest advice on managing and understanding menstruation. Having a period is an incredible thing – Own Your Period celebrates what the...

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What a joy this book was! I wish I had something this colourful, informative and inclusive when I was younger.
Chella Quint has done a fantastic job!

There is a lot of information, but because of the colourful illustrations it breaks it all up and makes it easier to digest. The great thing about this book is that it is truthful. It doesn't patronise, or doesn't brush over some of the more hard-hitting/controversial topics just because it is aimed at children. I have read some books in the past that do this, and it's just not beneficial for some children that will be using this as their only guide to all things period and puberty.

Definitely recommend, and think all schools should have this in their school libraries.

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It's basically a guide on anything and everything period. It goes over anatomy, the science behind periods, the attitudes around periods, the menstrual cycle, hormones, hygiene, pads, pain, etc etc.
It's informative but digestible and doesn't get lost in scientific terminology that might alienate a young reader. It's inclusive and the tone is very warm and open.

It's littered with little 'My Story' segments which adds to the warm tone. The illustrations are diverse and nice additions.

I learned a few things reading and wish I had a book like this when I was growing up. I think it would be an asset to any younger reader.

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I loved this book for a few reasons:
- It’s inclusive, with illustrations depicting a lot of different people.
- It’s very informative but never boring, makes things understandable for young readers and made me wish I had this type of book to educate myself when I was younger… I probably wouldn’t have struggled as much as I did!
- It’s positive, especially in the way that it doesn’t show menstruation as something to hide or keep for yourself, but as something that everyone needs to be educated on, even people who don’t menstruate, because it’s part of biology.
- It really covers many subjects and is a perfect tool for kids and teens.

I really love this idea of owning your period. To me, menstruation has always felt like something that suddenly happened to me. I knew a few basic things beforehand but I was still very confused the day it first happened and I had no idea it would be so present in my life. For years, it really felt like I had absolutely no control over my own body, and the fact that I hadn’t been prepared and informed enough beforehand made me hate parts of my own anatomy and try to blank them out. I would’ve loved to read a book like this one when I was younger, it would’ve made my teenage years very different! Mostly I loved that it gives the reader the tools and the knowledge to be able to own their body, make informed decisions and have a certain autonomy and independence.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for this eARC!

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A really excellent book introducing periods. Inclusive, fun and wide-ranging, it really goes a long way to encourage period positivity. I'll be recommending to all my friends with kids coming up to the age that this will be most useful for. I thought the sections on anatomy were particularly well done, and the illustrations were a delight. Thank you for putting this book on the market!

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This book really caught my eye as I have a 12 year old daughter. I love the graphics, it's really bright and colourful. It's not a book that's going to be hidden at the back of the shelf in sombre, medical pastels, embarrassed at itself for being about periods! I love that one of the aims of the books is to get rid of the shame of periods. Half of the population have them, they're a fact of life. I remember from my own teenage years, being mortified at having to ask for sanitary towels and the like.

The author includes her own period experiences in this book, as well as how they feel, what they can look like, how someone can learn to chart them,as well as the different phases throughout the month, and a diagrams of a girls anatomy. It's aimed for girls aged 9 and over, and I think that some of it is perhaps a little too detailed for such a young age, but that's just my personal opinion. It's a great starting point, and a book that can be dipped into over the years of puberty and beyond. It briefly explores the phases beyond puberty ad talks about fertility, pregnancy and the menopause.

I love the positivity message in Own Your Period, and I'm all up for that.

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