What Makes a Baby

What Makes a Baby What Makes a Baby is a children s picture book about where babies come from written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg and illustrated by award winning Canadian artist Fiona Smyth Geared to reader

  • Title: What Makes a Baby
  • Author: Cory Silverberg Fiona Smyth
  • ISBN: 9780985320102
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What Makes a Baby is a children s picture book about where babies come from, written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg and illustrated by award winning Canadian artist Fiona Smyth.Geared to readers from pre school to about 8 years old, it teaches curious kids about conception, gestation, and birth in a way that works regardless of whether or not the kid in question wasWhat Makes a Baby is a children s picture book about where babies come from, written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg and illustrated by award winning Canadian artist Fiona Smyth.Geared to readers from pre school to about 8 years old, it teaches curious kids about conception, gestation, and birth in a way that works regardless of whether or not the kid in question was adopted, conceived using reproductive technologies at home or in a clinic, through surrogacy, or any of the other wondrous ways we make babies these days, and 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 most parents and families will find that it leaves room for them to educate their child without having to erase their own experience.

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    About “Cory Silverberg Fiona Smyth

    • Cory Silverberg Fiona Smyth

      Cory Silverberg is a sexuality educator, author, and trainer He received his Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and trains across North America on topics including access and inclusion, sexuality and disability, and sex and technology He was a founding member of the Come As You Are Co operative and served as the chairperson for sexuality educator certification for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Cory is the Sexuality Guide for About, a Huffington Post blogger, and the co author of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability.He is currently writing a series of three inclusive books for children about gender and sexuality with Fiona Smyth The first, What Makes a Baby, was self published in 2012 and released in May 2013 by Seven Stories Press Their second book, Sex Is a Funny Word, was published in 2015, and was an ALA Stonewall Honor Book, and won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children s Non Fiction Their third book is forthcoming.

    885 thoughts on “What Makes a Baby

    • I kind of love the bad reviews for this book, because they are almost all written by people who clearly just don't get it. A book that explains conception without conflating sex and gender, that is inclusive of trans folks and folks who conceive through non-traditional means, is sorely needed. It's not difficult to understand and I have seen plenty of kids "get" it after reading this, so I have to believe that the grown adults who report problems are over-thinking, and over-reliant on the sexed- [...]


    • I adored this book. I love the fact that the author completely bipasses any gender binary that society clings to as truth. Silverberg talks about the fact that not all people have eggs, only some do; and not all people have sperm, but some do. (Clearly this welcomes trans-parents into the conversation here, too.) Silverberg talks about the egg and sperm meeting to make a baby, but does not tell how they meet. This opens a wonderful opportunity to talk about how we were born (Did our parents have [...]


    • What Makes a Baby is an absolutely worthwhile book to add to your children’s literature library. As the book states on the front cover, What Makes a Baby really is “a book for every kind of FAMILY and every kind of KID.”The wonderfully inclusive language works to pare the explanation down to the essentials of what all children really do have in common regarding their origins: the combination of an egg and a sperm, which then grows into a baby in a uterus. The book assumes no more about the [...]


    • Ghastly, ugly, vague, confusing. I wish someone would write a book for preschool children that explains various ways that human reproduction occurs without nonsensical depictions of tree stumps inside of sperm or unspooled film inside of eggs and such. We need a book people can use to answer children's questions. We don't need this one.


    • This is a beautifully designed, illustrated and written book. I'm thrilled that it exists! Families and children need What Makes a Baby. It's direct, quirky and lively approach to how babies are really made--the full diversity of this reality--is refreshing.


    • wow, this book rules. it's about the most basic way babies come into the world, and it's inclusive of basically every kind of family and conception story.


    • The strength of this book was that it made the topic into a narrative and gave it that kind of logic. So the book does something unique beyond the information you could just get from , and justifiex its own birth as a paper, hard-cover, four-color book. Fiona Smyth's color scheme and some of the patterns and juxtapositions are downright psychedelic, and there was a lot done in the illustration to avoid any sense of realistic portrayals--it is not a biology book, it is a book about -talking to yo [...]


    • On What Makes a Baby's very cute and colorful pages float androgynous jelly beings, with no gender markings save a cartoon egg or a gigantic sperm. Men don't have sperm; women don't have eggs. "Some bodies" have sperm; "some bodies" have eggs. As if in our gender-confused society one might determine which type one would like to manufacture within one's body.What kind of book can use the words "vagina" and "uterus", but can't say the word male or female? Who will show both a natural and cesarean [...]


    • I'm a little conflicted on this one. I read it because I loved Silverberg's other kids' book, Sex is a Funny Word. I do love that this book completely avoided binaries, both in words and illustrations. The idea that "some people" have eggs and some have sperm might be confusing to a less open mind, but it's the truth. To say that only men have sperm and only women have eggs would be inaccurate, whether we're talking about sex or gender or both.I didn't love the description of sperm and egg meeti [...]


    • I appreciate what the author was attempting to do with this book, but I think it fell way flat. The illustrations are extremely disturbing and I, who HAVE EXPERIENCED CHILDBIRTH, was left utterly confused at the way conception and childbirth were described. If I, a grown up and a parent, was confused by this book, how are kids supposed to grasp these concepts?


    • Absolutely horrible. I have no idea how this is a good way to start teaching children about reproduction. It's completely unrealistic and there are enough issues surrounding this topic already. I thought "How Babies Are Made" was bad and that was the book my mother gave to me!


    • This book is a great introduction to reproduction for young kids. I read it with my 4 year old to help him understand where he came from. It's both factual and simple to understand without giving too much information. I highly recommend it!


    • What a great book! My husband and I have started the adoption journey for the second time and this prompted our three-year-old son to start asking questions about where babies come from. I purchased What Makes A Baby after a friend recommended it, and the book was exactly what I was looking for! It covers reproduction in a very "matter of fact" way while still managing to be age appropriate for younger children. It's also inclusive of families that have children via adoption, surrogacy, co-paren [...]


    • I only paged through this book, but I'm so glad that I did before I started reading it to my 6 and 3 year olds! It looks like it will be a great reference for when they finally start asking questions like this.


    • What a great idea! This book is designed for any child who is interested in learning about how babies are made. It's not overly graphic--it has a little bit of artsy interpretation--but it's done in a way that encourages the parents to discuss things further with the child. This is also appropriate for lots of different families and isn't completely het. There are LGBT families shown and the book emphasizes that a baby is made through having a sperm, an egg, and a place for the baby to grow. The [...]


    • There are a myriad of books on the subject of reproduction for children, all of which follow the typical "when a mommy and a daddy love each other very much" narrative. I can remember reading some of them when I asked my mom where babies came from. Her response was, "Let's go to the library." It would have been delightful to be introduced to the concepts of baby making with a book as considerate asWhat Makes a Baby.This book's strength lies in its gender neutral and scientifically accurate langu [...]


    • Опитах се да я прочета от гледна точка на дете и като цяло останах доста объркан, особено в момента, където двете ухилени човечета лежаха едно до друго, а ОКОЛО тях се рееха сперматозоиди и яйцеклетки, малко ми напомни на оня разказ на У Цин, дето малкият У Цин твърдеше, че мъж [...]


    • If you are looking for a book about where babies come from for young kids, this is a fantastic choice. It truly is a book for all kinds of families and all kinds of kids. The people in the book are not specifically male or female. They are also a wide variety of colors, such as blue, green, pink, etc. Accurate terms such as egg, sperm, and uterus are used, but this is not a technical book. The text is lovely and answers the basics without being more detailed that most kids need. My kids loved th [...]


    • Definitely a contender. There are no gender pronouns in this book. Added bonus is it includes an opportunity to explain induction.


    • Holy shit! A gender neutral book about baby making! Amazing! It is a little vague because of it, but then it prompts discussion about one's own family with questions like "Who was happy that it was YOU who grew?"


    • Recommended from amightygirl (check it out!). The illustrations are gorgeous.This is a fantastic little read that had my two-year-old entranced. It gently discusses the basics behind how conception, pregnancy, and birth occur. While it identifies various concepts of conception and birth (sperm, egg, uterus, vagina), the act of sex isn't discussed in itself. Basically, the book shares the following information: you need a sperm and an egg to make a baby; they meet, share their "stories"/DNA, and [...]


    • This book was completely uninformative. Never once does the book say which sex has sperm and which has eggs. The drawings on the multicolored (and by multicolored I mean green and blue) people were slightly disturbing. I realize that this books is for all families, which is wonderful, but even a lesbian couple still needs sperm from a man and only a woman with a uterus can carry a child. I think that by trying to be all encompassing, the author lost the point of the book, which is to educate chi [...]


    • This book was perfect for my family. It was clear and direct without going into too much detail. It was broad enough that I could say, "For example, Mommy had an egg in my tummy, but nobody in our family has sperm" when trying to explain how her baby sister got in my "tummy" (she now knows "uterus" thanks to this book!) My daughter is an avid reader and has many favorite stories, but she often chooses this book for her bedtime story!


    • Well, I thought it was great. Very inclusive. Managed to explain how babies are made without using any gendered terms (girls, boys, mommy, daddy, etc), which means it's a little vague, but in a good way. For example, to make a baby, you have to get the sperm to meet the egg and they share their information!


    • This is a great book for toddlers and up to get an accurate, age appropriate, diverse explanation of how babies are made. My (almost) four year old is going to be a big brother and this book has given us all a tool for a great discussion.


    • Told in brightly colored cartoony whimsical illustration, this book explains conception to small children. Because it's "A book for every king of family and every kind of kid," the information provided is extremely non-specific. According to this book, making a baby requires a sperm from one body, an egg from another body, and a uterus. This explanation is great if you don't want go into details about the mechanics of sexual intercourse (or IVF, or gestational surrogacy, or artificial inseminati [...]


    • This is such a necessary and inclusive book. Some bodies have sperm. Some bodies have eggs. You need both to make a baby. I’m glad this book exists. My critique is in the description of the sperm and egg dancing and telling stories and becoming one brand new thing. I’m okay with not giving kids details they haven’t asked for, but I think it would be simpler and less confusing to say that the sperm and the egg combine and create something that can grow into a baby. The metaphor is too glib [...]


    • I love that this book uses inclusive language when talking about body parts and for that reason I really wanted to enjoy this book. However, I did not like the "special dance" bit or some of the other wording used. Also, I made the mistake of reading this to children around Halloween and they were convinced that the sperm were ghosts.


    • A near perfect book, the most inclusive book on this subject I can find. The section where the sperm and the egg do a special kind of dance and talk to each other was out of place. I would have preferred the entire title to be factual, but otherwise a totally necessary purchase.


    • Awesome, Awesome book.Very to the point, inclusive, and informative.I think this is a great way to start the conversation around where babies come, specifically for those families that may be expecting an additional bundle of joy in the future.


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