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What Makes a Baby Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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"This is a solid, occasionally quirky book on an important topic."—School Library Journal
“It’s an informative and entertaining read for kids of all parents, straight or queer. And, hey, even if your kids were conceived the old-fashioned way, they should know not everyone was—and why.”—Queerty
"What Makes a Baby aims to be just about the most inclusive sex ed book for kids you've ever come across[...] it has none of this mommy and daddy love each other and he watered her flower with his watering can and then a baby was born stuff; What Makes a Baby is for kids around four to eight years of age, teaching them about"conception, gestation, and birth" using really specific language."—Jezebel
"What Makes a Baby is a delightful, touching, brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated book that really is ‘for every kind of family, and every kind of kid.’ It creates space for parents to answer questions about reproduction in an age appropriate way and in a way that also speaks to the reality of their family and those around them. Kids and their grown-ups will love this book!"
—Jolanta Scott-Parker, Executive Director, Canadian Federation of Sexual Health
"What Makes a Baby offers a combination so rarely captured in children's books; beauty and meaning, fact and nuance, and most importantly the opportunity for all of us to see ourselves in these pages. A book explaining pregnancy and childbirth that accounts for the wonderfully diverse ways babies are made is a gift."—Nadya Burton, PhD, Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University
“The book talks about where babies come from in a way that encompasses kids who are adopted, conceived using reproductive technologies, through surrogacy, or the old-fashioned way, and regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender, and other identity, or family composition. Author and sex educator Silverberg nails it, as does award-winning Canadian artist Fiona Smyth, who illustrated the book.”—The Advocate
"Designed for all kinds of children in all kinds of families, this will be particularly welcome in adoptive and non-traditional families but is, uniquely, an appealing and informative complement to early sex-education discussions with any child.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Smyth’s cartoons recall the work of Todd Parr, with a bright crayon-box palette. Silverberg’s writing is informative yet sufficiently general to let adults tailor the accompanying conversations as needed. A useful springboard for conversations about childbirth, no matter the family.”—Publisher's Weekly
"Silverberg’s quest to exclude no one means he omits much in the book – including any mention of sex. The point, he says, is to get children asking questions but letting parents answering them with however much detail they see fit."—The Globe and Mail
"What Makes A Baby presents factual information on conception on a kid's level. With text that is open to personal embellishment, this book is sure to cater to many families and birth experiences.”—Green Parent Chicago
“The new book What Makes a Baby offers an origin story for all children, no matter what their families look like."—The Atlantic
"LGBT parents—and any others who have ever struggled to explain reproduction to their young children in a way relevant to their families—will rejoice at the new picture book What Makes a Baby. In 32 vibrant pages, Toronto-based author Cory Silverberg explains how babies are made—in a way that works for all family structures, ways of family creation, and parents’ gender identity."—Bay Windows
“Our family needed this book. Your family needs this book. In fact, I can’t think of a family that doesn't."—Philadelphia Family Pride
"Now parents can have easy-going, straightforward, and (hopefully) painless discussions with kids about the miracle of birth!”—Parents
Top Customer Reviews
If you have little kids, buy this book. It also makes a great baby present.
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.Read more ›
The illustrations are absolutely fantastic and the story line is open enough to incorporate every individual family's birth experience.
We positively adore this book and have told all our friends and family about it, asked for it at our local bookshops, and requested a copy be added to our local library's collection for everyone to enjoy.
What a treasure!
This book covers how babies are born and talks about the emotional side of having a baby, but completely skips the part about how the sperm gets to the egg...you know, the part about sex. In this book, at the point in the story where sex happens, the sexless cartoon figures are on opposite pages, not touching, apparently thinking happy thoughts about babies. Not helpful.
Worse, this book invents new euphemisms about the interaction between sperm and egg---do a dance and tell each other stories? Oh, please!
Sending it back.
The book accomplishes its goal of allowing parents to incorporate the family's own experience into the discussion. We have friends that have adopted or have blended families, friends who required fertility treatments of varying degrees, and gay and single parent friends; because this book doesn't follow the typical "a mommy and a daddy love each other" model, none of these families is excluded. Its general explanation also allows parents to discuss intercourse as much or as little as they choose. My husband and I have decided to introduce sex in very technical terms with our kids (4 and 2), but a friend of mine who bought the book has chosen not to; it's equally appropriate for both of us.
This has now become my go-to book purchase when a family with a preschooler is expecting a baby, and the future big brothers and sisters I have given it to so far have all enjoyed it too.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with children in the age range, and I'm eagerly awaiting the author's planned books for the 7 - 9 and 11 - 13 age groups.
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We adore this book. It was very helpful for our toddler as we awaited his new sibling, becoming one of his favorite books. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Organic Vegan Ithacan
Finally something approiate my three year old can understandPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Exactly what I was looking for, pictures and content are superb! Recommend HIGHLY!Published 20 days ago by Erin Brooks
downloaded it on kindle app and its so small even my 9 year old cant see it, would love a refundPublished 1 month ago by M. Levin
This book is the equivalent of an abstract piece of art; it explains nothing in solid terms. Not a great book if you want to give your kid the truth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bstarrmom
Such a great book! My 3 year old was asking lots of questions about the pending arrival of his little brother so we got this on a recommendation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lauren H
This book is terrible. My 7 year old son started really digging into the question, how are babies made? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tiffany Tuetken
My six year old and I read this book yesterday and while he's well above the reading level necessary to understand this book, he was able to learn a lot from the topics discussed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sam