Monday, December 9th, 2013


A powerful new Australian children’s book is breaking a long held taboo by tackling the issue of menstruation and menarche (the first menstrual bleed by a woman).

Cycling to Grandma’s House is written by award winning community development practitioner, teacher and writer Jac Torres-Gomez, with illustrations by Erin-Claire Barrow.

Jac Torres-Gomez wrote the book to help parents, carers and teachers start talking to children about menstruation in an interesting, open and positive way.

Currently, there is a lack of educational, mainstream information and dialogue around menstruation throughout the world. Too often, young girls receive no information at all about menstruation and are left to cope alone and, often, in fear.

 “As a mother to a young daughter myself, my dream is that she, as well as other children, can pick up and read Cycling to Grandma’s House and finally hear something positive about what it means to grow into a woman, instead of only hearing about the negatives,” Jac said.

Cycling to Grandma’s House is a cheerful and adventurous story that follows Luna on her quest to discover the most incredible thing about being a girl.

The delightful picture book allows children to become more familiar with the meaning of menarche and helps reduce any anxiety and fear related to this time. It also introduces children to some basic cultural celebrations related to menstruation.

Cycling to Grandma’s House includes helpful tips and notes for parents and educators to make starting this crucial discussion with children that much easier.

The picture book has already captured global interest, with requests received to translate the book into Portuguese, Spanish and Slovakian.

Cycling to Grandma’s House is self-published and will be available to order online through Lulu and Amazon from February 1, 2014.

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