It’s time for another episode of the DFG Podcast! This week’s guest is Kelly Olson: author of the highly-acclaimed puberty book, 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝑶𝒖𝒕 & 𝑺𝒕𝒐𝒑 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝑾𝒆𝒊𝒓𝒅: 𝑨 𝑮𝒊𝒓𝒍’𝒔 𝑺𝒖𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝑮𝒖𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝑬𝒙𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒊𝒓𝒆. Listen Now
Kelly is passionate about helping youth navigate coming-of-age challenges through storytelling – and formerly as a reproductive health educator. 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝑶𝒖𝒕 draws on two decades of classroom experiences (plus science-based info and plenty of humor) to tell a heartwarming “growing up” tale that normalizes, de-stigmatizes and celebrates the ups and downs of puberty.
Tune in as we dive into the inspiration behind the book, the message she wants to convey to youth about their changing bodies, and how she hopes to “rewrite the future story for young women.” Link in bio! @kellyolsonbooks
Leigh Haber – Oprah Magazine
Leigh Haber is the Books Editor for O, the Oprah Magazine, and the coordinator of Oprah’s Book Club. She has also worked as a book editor for a variety of publishing companies, where she acquired and edited books by Steve Martin, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Al Gore, Richard Hell, Terry Gross, and many others.
“Thank you, Kelly, for the opportunity to read this groundbreaking work. The infamous “issues” of puberty are discussed in real lifetime and in a straightforward yet natural way. There were times I laughed until I cried and at other times felt embarrassed and concerned for Maddie. This book belongs in the hands of every female tween. I plan to share it with my 12-year-granddaughter.”
Pamela Wesala, PMHNP
-Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
‘Olson’s fictional yet information-filled account of Maddie’s steps into puberty is a funny and honest read for kids and parents alike who are approaching this sometimes awkward period. This manual disguised as a novel showcases Olson’s breadth of experience as a teacher, functioning as a class-within-a-book with straightforward language, a compilation of tips and tricks and discussion questions. With its pink cover and subtitle (“A girl’s survival guide extraordinaire”), it is targeted toward girls, but if a boy stumbles upon it, he will pick up some helpful information too.”–Emily Watkins, Publisher, Rochester Women Magazine
Author Kelly Olson’s “Chill Out & Stop Making This Weird: A Girl’s Survival Guide Extraordinaire” hit the market last month and shot to No. 1 on Amazon in “Children’s Health and Maturing” books in its first week.
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