What Makes A Baby

What Makes A Baby

Book - 2012
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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 21st century children's picture book about conception, gestation and birth, which reflects the reality of the modern era 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 people can apply their own family experience to the text.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781609804855
Branch Call Number: 612.6 SIL J
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smyth, Fiona - Illustrator


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Nov 09, 2017

This was exectly what my families was looking for! Trying to find information that is suitable for my inquizative 6 yr old and "not interested" 12 year old has been tough. The book was perfect! Enough information that the 6 yr old didn't get to goofy and, as scientific as my older son likes to be, not too specific that my 12 yr old is horrified.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

Mar 14, 2015


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.

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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Jul 07, 2018

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