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What Makes A Baby

“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 JournalGeared 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.

Lexile Measure: AD740L (What's this?)

Hardcover: 36 pages

Publisher: Triangle Square; 1 edition (May 7, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1609804856

ISBN-13: 978-1609804855

Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #13,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #9 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Sexuality #43 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Baby #366 in Books > Parenting & Relationships > Parenting

Age Range: 3 - 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 2

I got this book as a part of the Kickstarter campaign. When it arrived, I was pregnant with my donor conceived baby girl and read it to her several times through the belly. As a single mom by choice, it is important to me that I have a book that's inclusive of her path into this world and into my life. I love that it allows for me to tell her her unique conception and birth story (when she's old enough), and is NOT a series of "ways" adults can bring babies into the world. As a social justice educator, I am also impressed with how gender isn't emphasized: the figures are gender-neutral in shape and colors are not gender-specific (i.e. the moms/women aren't all pink), and this book is also very inclusive of LGBT families. This truly does work for ALL families and I'm looking forward to reading it to my girl when she's out of infancy. (I did read this to my nine and five year old nieces -- they both liked it a lot especially the younger one, and it led to a discussion of both their births (to a straight married couple) and how I wanted my birth to go; so this is a book that sparks bonding, self-awareness, and conversation!)April 2015: I started reading this book to my girl when she was almost 2. She LOVES it and it is one of her favorite books. She even came up with a sign for uterus -- she holds her arms up like fallopian tubes and balls her fists into ovaries. When she sees pregnant mamas she says, "She has a baby in her uterus!" Everyone thinks it's adorable, and I like that she knows babies don't grow in your tummy. When we get to the uterus page, I point to the ovaries, and say "These are ovaries and this is where the eggs are. When sperm comes into the uterus, and there's an egg in the uterus, sometimes they get together and become a baby.

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