- Hardcover: 36 pages
- Publisher: Triangle Square (May 7 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609804856
- ISBN-13: 978-1609804855
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 0.9 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What Makes a Baby Hardcover – May 7 2013
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"The playful illustrations and simple but intelligent text illuminate the basic biology of reproduction while honoring today’s diversity of families, of genders and gender identities, and of how kids can come into a family."—Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org
"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
About the Author
Raised by a children’s librarian and a sex therapist, CORY SILVERBERG grew up to be a sexuality educator and writer. He received his Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, and was a founding member of the Come As You Are Co-operative. He teaches across North America on topics including sexual communication, sexuality and disability, technology, access, and inclusion. Cory is the Sexuality Guide for About.com and the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability with Miriam Kaufman and Fran Odette. What Makes a Baby is the first book in a series of kid’s books Cory is writing for Seven Stories Press about sexuality, sexual health, and gender. He has eight nephews and nieces, all of whom know where babies come from.
FIONA SMYTH is a Toronto-based painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her first graphic novel, The Never Weres, was published by Annick Press in 2011. Fiona’s comic Cheez was published in Exclaim! magazine for almost ten years, and her comic Fazooz was in Vice for eight years. Fiona teaches illustration and comics at OCAD U in Toronto.
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They all know about babies now, but it certainly leaves many questions unanswered for them, haha.
example: "How do I get the sperm to come out", "Can I see my sperm", "Can I see your sperm"
Makes for fun conversations. I hope other parents in school don't mind our kids telling them about babies.
In an extremely inclusive way, it guides children through a basic, colourful, non-gender-conforming understanding of the elements required to create a baby, without even ONCE making reference to a pronoun. I didn't know how they'd do that, but the end result is amazing. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone seeking an honest, accurate no-fuss description of the components required to make a baby. It gets the child to ask themselves who in their lives were waiting for their arrival - a great chance to discuss with ALL children the different ways of being born - from full-term with a biological parent, to adoption, to surrogacy, to surgical deliveries - its a well thought out beginning to many, many doscussions. My son is 4, and I can see that we can go back to this book for several years and just add on different layers as he's ready for them. I am *so* glad I saw this book on an online list, because I knew I wanted nothing religious, nothing that minces words, all while being aware of - and open to things other than - gender-normative terms.
As a Birth Doula I especially appreciated the time to mention both vaginal and surgical deliveries. It was a nice touch.
Overall this is a great starting point for discussions with a young child, even though my family's CIS-ness made other similar books "accessible". I wanted to do better than that.