A series of innovative and groundbreaking picture books from exciting new writer and illustrator Alex Waldron. With funny, engaging text and cool, hand-drawn illustrations, these read-together (or read-alone) books are perfect for initiating honest and realistic conversations about our bodies, the issues of consent and staying safe, relationships and families, and bereavement.

THAT’S MY WILLY

• Staying safe and consent – it’s your body!

• Learning the word penis (while knowing that willy and other
  nicknames are fine to use) and breaking down any stigma
  around naming and talking about our bodies.

• Feeling confident about your body; and knowing that it’s
  normal to want to touch your body, but understanding when
  and where this is appropriate.

Choosing The Titles for The First Two Books:

From Alex Waldron, author of the Fred & Woody books series:

"I wrote That's My Willy to teach my sons about the appropriateness of when and where they can explore themselves and to install in them the idea that it's their body and they get to choose who gets to see or touch it. The That's My Willy line is a fun, repetitive shout on each chorus encouraging kids to join along. With What's Down There? I wanted to deal with the same topics for girls but address the issue of the 'correct' terminologies. Confusion between the names Vulva and Vagina is current at the moment and it was an opportunity to insert the right names early on for a preschool audience within the story of the book. Through the guidance of Mandy Lancaster (PSHE trainer) and the publisher (Ruby Tuesday) we did the same with the boys' book, making sure penis and testicle were in the text."

From Ruth Owen, Ruby Tuesday Books:

"As the publisher we were amused and excited by Alex’s original book – That’s My Willy – that he’d written for Fred and Woody. When we then decided to also publish a book for girls, our starting point was that there really was no comparable word to “willy” when it came to the female body. We had all used/heard different words growing up and with the exception of Mandy Lancaster (who is a professional in this area) we’d never (or rarely) used the term vulva. When we asked friends and colleagues, every parent of girls was using a different “family” name, while across the board, boys were using the words “willy” or “penis”. Both Mandy and I (we’re both early 50s) also had memories of being told to “wash down there” and take care of “down there”. So, as Alex says, starting with the question “What’s Down There?” seemed a very good place to begin the conversation about the female body and introduce the correct names for the vulva and vagina.

The words “penis” and “testicles” appear in “That’s My Willy” (“penis” also features in “What’s Down There”). And while the characters in the book for girls start out questioning, they all end the book understanding and using the words “vulva" and “vagina” correctly."


BIG NAN’S LAST ADVENTURE

• Breaking down stereotypes that old people are boring, frail
  and need to be looked after.

• Introducing a strong, matriarchal female role model who’s
  fun and adventurous.

• Breaking down taboos around discussing death and grief.

• Understanding that there are many different views about
  what happens after death and it’s fine to discuss this openly
  and to learn that there is uncertainty.

• Keeping people “alive” by remembering them and
  celebrating their lives.

OUR UNCLES THE GUNCLES

• Celebrating that there are many different kinds of
  relationships and families.

• Learning that relationships are about love, companionship
  and respect for someone that you can go through life with.

• Understanding that all couples have ups and downs that
  lead to healthy, resilient relationships.

• Sexual orientation and challenging stereotypes in same
  sex relationships.

WHAT’S DOWN THERE?

• Staying safe and consent – it’s your body!

• Learning the words vulva and vagina (while knowing that
  nicknames are fine to use) and breaking down any stigma
  around naming and talking about our bodies.

• Feeling confident about your body; and knowing that it’s
  normal to want to touch your body, but understanding when
  and where this is appropriate.


What's Down There?
Pbk: 978-1-78856-134-1
Hbk: 978-1-78856-133-4


That's My Willy
Pbk: 978-1-78856-132-7
Hbk: 978-1-78856-131-0


Big Nan's Last Adventure
Pbk: 978-1-78856-138-9
Hbk: 978-1-78856-137-2


Our Uncles The Guncles
Pbk: 978-1-78856-136-5
Hbk: 978-1-78856-135-8

SPECIFICATIONS:
* Size: 210 x 210 mm
* Pages: 32
* Format: Pbk Hbk

KEY SELLING FEATURES:
* Engaging, laugh-out-loud text
* Wonderful hand-drawn illustrations
* Stylish design with a crafty feel

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
* RSE
  (Relationships and Sex
Education)

PRICE:
* Pbk £7.99
* Hbk £12.99