What Makes A Baby

What Makes A Baby

A Book for Every Kind of Family and Every Kind of Kid

Book - 2013
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"..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."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Seven Stories Press, [2013], c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781609804855
1609804856
Branch Call Number: j 612.6 S5874w 2013 Parenting
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Smyth, Fiona - Illustrator

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Where do babies come from? This is a very good book to use with little kids (perhaps 3-7) who want to know the answer to this question. Unlike many other books which focus on the mommy-and-daddy model, this is a book that will also be perfect to use with adoptive children or children from nontrad... Read More »

Realizing most kid’s books that explained where babies came from left many types of families out, Silverberg wrote a story that is completely all-inclusive, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability. Best of all, it has a section for parents to tell the child the specifics of... Read More »

PS-Gr 2 - This book 'emphasizes that not everyone goes about having a baby the same way....The bold, stylized illustrations show non-gender-specific people in a rainbow of hues, some with internal parts to make a baby and others without. The final spread asks, "Who was waiting for you to be ... Read More »


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VaughanPLKasey Nov 15, 2016

A beautiful, colourful and thorough explanation of how babies are made, without discussing sex at all. Appropriate for all ages, and inclusive of all kinds of babies and families by being simple and straight-forward, instead of focusing on the one 'normal' mode of baby-making and then listing exceptions.

A fetus is made when an egg and sperm get together (only some bodies have eggs, and only some have sperm), and must have uterus to grow in (again, only some bodies have a uterus). The fetus grows into a baby and is born. Simple as that!

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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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