What Makes A Baby

What Makes A Baby

Book - 2012
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" What Makes a Baby is extraordinary! Cory is a Dr. Spock for the 21st century."--Susie Bright

"A Truly Inclusive Way to Answer the Question 'Where Do Babies Come From?': The new book What Makes a Baby offers an origin story for all children, no matter what their families look like." -- The Atlantic

"This is a solid, occasionally quirky book on an important topic." --School Library Journal


Geared to readers from preschool to age eight, What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a twenty-first century children's picture book about conception, gestation, and birth, which reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender and other identity, or family composition. Just as important, the story doesn't gender people or body parts, so most parents and families will find that it leaves room for them to educate their child without having to erase their own experience.

Written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg, and illustrated by award-winning Canadian artist Fiona Smyth, What Makes a Baby is as fun to look at as it is useful to read.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, ©2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781609804855
1609804856
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Smyth, Fiona - Illustrator

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aprill13
Apr 25, 2016

This book gets big points from me for its gender neutral language. I absolutely love that it portrays reproduction outside of cis-gendered, heteronormative convention. Some bodies have uteri, some don't- it's just a plain scientific fact. So it then confounds me that the author gets horribly unscientific in other places. Kids can handle (and deserve!) real explanations of how our bodies work, and it frustrates me that a book that is smart enough to take the gender out of reproductive function gets unscientific enough to feel regressive.

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Incarnadine
Aug 05, 2015

A beautiful and whimsical treat. This book is not a typical birds and the bees book. It is a poetic book. It is suffused with wonder, and is age-appropriate for young children, though older children will also enjoy it.
It's "a book for every kind of FAMILY and every kind of KID" --not just "traditional" families.
Adults can tailor discussions on the topics the book covers. If you want more specific content, or medical content, pair this with another book.

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alleypea
Jun 25, 2015

This book is so vague! To avoid using gender terms the phrase "some bodies" is used throughout. I understand the intentions of the author, but it's just confusing.

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 11, 2015

Not the best book I'd recommend , too vague and doesn't have a good way of explaining. There are better books than this one out there .

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K22022014561987
Mar 14, 2015

KATRINA

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Samuel_29
Mar 09, 2015

Vague and strange. Not recommended. _It's Not the Stork_ is a much better alternative.

ksoles Jan 16, 2014

In the self-published "What Makes a Baby," a sex educator and a graphic artist team up to craft a refreshingly flexible explanation of baby-making. Silverberg's text and Smyth's illustrations answer questions about where babies come from and, more importantly, allow caregivers to share as much or as little about their children's history as they wish.

As the book opens, eggs and sperm come together and share their stories. Later pages feature a uterus to grow in, people awaiting the child's birth and even two possible ways for the baby to exit the womb: through the vagina or via C-section. The narrative leaves room for child listeners to discover their own stories and it even invites conversation, asking: "Who was waiting for you to be born?" Lovely cartoonish illustrations done with heavy lines and extensive colour feature children and adults of varying ages, skin colours and apparent abilities.

A particularly welcome addition to adoptive and nontraditional families, this book would serve as a unique, appealing and informative resource for early sex-education discussions with any child.

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elloyd74
Jul 22, 2013

"When grown ups want to make a baby they need to get an egg from one body and sperm from another body"...this book about what makes a baby without any "mommy" or "daddy" or family assumptions made originated as a Kickstarter project.

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