Healthy Ireland at your library - Phase 3


In Phase 3 we have included a number of titles on Sexual Health, designed to support parents discussing this topic with their children.    


The great big book of families

The Great Big Book Of Families by Mary Hoffman

This fun and fascinating treasury features all kinds of families and their lives together. Each spread showcases one aspect of home life - from houses and holidays, to schools and pets, to feelings and family trees. Ros Asquith's humorous illustrations perfectly complement a charming text from the acclaimed Mary Hoffman; kids will love poring over these pages again and again. A celebration of the diverse fabric of kith and kin the world over, The Great Big Book of Families is a great big treat for every family to share.

and Tango makes three

and tango makes three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children's book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.


Consent: The new rules of Sex Education: Every teen's guide to healthy sexual relationships  by Jennifer Lang

A contemporary guide to sex education that answers the most pressing questions teens and young adults have about dating, relationships, consent, and sexual safety.

The care and keeping of you 1

The Care and keeping of you: The Body Book for younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer

This best-selling body book for girls just got even better! With all-new illustrations and updated content for girls ages 8 and up, it features tips, how-tos, and facts from the experts. Girls will find answers to questions about their changing bodies, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once they feel comfortable with what's happening, they will be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!

The care and keeping of you 2

The Care & Keeping of you: The Body Book for Older Girls by Dr. Cara Natterson

This thoughtful advice book will guide older girls through the next steps of growing up. With illustrations and expert contributors, this book covers new questions about periods, your growing body, peer pressure, personal care, and more! Written by Dr. Cara Natterson for girls 10 and up, The Care & Keeping of You 2 follows up the original bestseller with even more in-depth details about the physical and emotional changes girls are going through.

You are awesome

You are Awesome by Matthew Syed

If you believe you can't do something, the chances are you won't try. But what if you really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? In fact, what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to? You Are Awesome can help you do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling author Matthew Syed, uses examples of successful people from Mozart to David Beckham to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired.

Growing up for boys

Growing Up for  Boys by Alex Frith

Growing Up for Boys covers all the topics that boys want to find out about, including moods and feelings, what happens to girls, diet, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, contraception, sexual health, self-confidence, drinking and drugs, exam stress, cyber-bullying, and staying safe – both out and about and online.

Let's talk

Let's talk about where babies come from: a book about eggs, sperm, birth and families  illustrated by Michael Emberley

How does a baby begin? What makes a baby male or female? How is a baby born? Children have plenty of questions about reproduction and babies—and about sex and sexuality, too. It’s So Amazing! provides the answers—with fun, accurate, comic-book-style artwork and a clear, lively text that reflects the interests of children age seven and up in how things work, while giving them a healthy understanding of their bodies.

Spare me 'The Talk'!

Spare me 'The talk'! A Guy's guide to Sex, Relationships and Growing up. By Jo Langford.

Unflinchingly honest, unfailingly complete, immensely readable (and often funny), "Spare Me The Talk!" is the first book of its kind by a guy, for guys ages 12-24, and for parents of boys as young as 8. With real-world stats and tips for both parents and their sons, this is not the typical, what’s happening down there? book with a blue cover instead of a pink one. It’s a comprehensive crash course for boys on staying safe emotionally, mentally, and physically while navigating the danger-laden worlds of teenage sex and sexuality in a digital age.

It's perfectly normal

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health written  by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley.

Now offering a brand-new chapter focusing on safe Internet use — one of parents’ key concerns — this universally acclaimed classic by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley is a cutting-edge resource for kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone else who cares about the well-being of tweens and teens. Providing accurate and up-to-date answers to nearly every imaginable question, from conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS, IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL offers young people the information they need — now more than ever — to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

What's happening to me

What's happening to me? (Boys) by Alex Frith.

A sensitive, detailed and informative guide to male puberty, this book will prove invaluable for both young boys and their parents alike, tackling key subjects from the physical changes that occur at this time to the emotional upheaval this can cause.

What's happening to me 2

What's happening to me? (Girls) by Alex Frith

What's Happening to Me? Girls.  A sensitive, detailed and informative guide to female puberty, this book will prove invaluable for both young girls and their parents alike, tackling key subjects from the physical changes that occur at this time to practical matters, such as buying your first bra. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams reveal everything young girls need to know about the changes they will experience as they approach puberty.

Where Willy went...

Where Willy went....... by Nicholas Allan

Never before have the facts of life been presented in such an accessible—or novel—way. Our hero is Willy, a little sperm who lives inside Mr. Browne with 300 million friends. Every day Willy practices for the Great Swimming Race. And when the day arrives, he swims faster than his 300 million friends to win the prize—a marvellous egg. Then something wonderful happens, and eventually Mr. and Mrs. Browne have a baby girl who has the same winning smile as Willy and who grows up to be a great swimmer.