What Makes a Baby:
A book for every kind of family and every kind of kid.
Written by Cory Silverberg,
Illustrated by Fiona Smyth
Seven Stories Press
What Makes a Baby is a children’s picture book about where babies come from that is written and illustrated to include all kinds of kids, adults, and families. 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 the old fashioned way (you know, with two people and some sexual intercourse), 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.
Available everywhere, May 2013 from Seven Stories Press
Find out more:
- What Makes a Baby Official Website (read reviews, find out about public readings, and get in touch with the author or illustrator)
- Subscribe to What Makes a Baby Newsletter (monthly news, starting in April 2013).