It's Not the Stork!

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Curious kids will appreciate the honest facts-of-life book.

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 5+

Fantastic, comprehensive book that is age appropriate for young children

It’s Not the Stork is a great, comprehensive, positive and age-appropriate book for children to learn about ”how babies are made”. The drawings and information are very straightforward and are not sexualized at all. This is a fantastic resource for parents who have answered questions honestly but in a piecemeal manner as it pretty much covers the all the knowledge young children are looking for when they’re ready to learn about sex and sex differences.

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age 4+

Excellent fact-based introduction for young kids

This is one in a series of books by Robie Harris carefully targeted for specific age groups. In our experience, the earlier you start these conversations and the more you can normalize talking about the penis and vulva just the same as you would talk about the elbow or nose, the less fraught the conversations are. We added this to our regular rotation of books and started reading with our 4-year-old and it has been a really great resource! She has a very matter-of-fact understanding of these topics and isn't grossed out by any of it. Definitely more uncomfortable for *us* at times than for her, but that's because adults have hangups about sex that young children don't have until we teach them they should! There are two cartoon characters -- a bird and a bee -- that guide you through the chapters, with lots of comments about the content. One character is curious and the other is squeamish, great avatars for how different kids (or parents) might approach the content and helpful for diffusing some of the awkwardness. We also referenced this often when I was pregnant (my daughter was 5) and my daughter was fascinated by the great info and illustrations about babies! We also really appreciate the inclusiveness of the text and illustrations -- all kinds of families are represented and all kinds of relationships. It does a great job of including and representing without being preachy about it -- everyone is simply there (as they should be). I heartily recommend this book and plan to introduce the other books in the series as my daughter gets older -- they add more details and begin to go into more depth about puberty and other topics as kids become ready for more detailed information.

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