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What Makes A Baby Hardcover – 2 September 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, Brain Pickings

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 aboutconception, gestation, and birth using really specific language. --Jezebel

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. --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. --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, starred reviews

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 answer 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

"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 certified 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 is certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and 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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SEVEN STORIES PRESS; 1st edition (2 September 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 36 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1609804856
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1609804855
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.62 x 0.89 x 23.62 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Families Unite - a witty and genderless explanation of baby making!
By Bess Hepworth on 8 April 2021
As a rainbow family, my wife and I have been searching for inclusive books to help begin to explain baby-making to our 2 young kids.. Look no further than this brilliant witty and genderless book. It only takes minutes to read but the journey you will go on with your kids sets you up for much longer conversations. Our hearts sing to find such a wonderful book and one that brings with it a sense of humour, diversity and simplicity in the descriptions and illustrations and above all holds space for kids from diverse families to answer some very special questions that will make them and their family formation seen. Thank you to Cory Silverberg for this wonderfully nurturing gift to families and to Fiona Smyth for your beautifully playful and inclusive illustrations We will be promoting and buying this book over and over for intended parents and new parents alike!
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