Parents' Guide to

It's Not the Stork!

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

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

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 6+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

Should not be a kids' book.

The book itself is well written, but this is completely inappropriate for young kids. Please protect your child's innocence. This book is enough to traumatise an unknowing powerless preschooler for sure, yet you'll never know until they're an adult.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Yes, this book does what it sets out to do in a very straightforward manner that all kids will appreciate -- they're not talked down to for a second. The book covers a lot of ground, and is a good one to skip around to different chapters as different questions arise. Young kids awaiting a new sibling will get a lot out of the baby portion, especially. The one thing that seems to be missing is a mention of periods (it's covered in the next in the series, It's So Amazing, but it's pretty much guaranteed a child will come across some feminine products in the bathroom before they're old enough for that book).

Two cartoon characters, a bird and a bee, are present throughout, having their own side conversation that may mirror any questions kids may have before they know the facts. These characters are charming for the most part but sometimes make the presentation a little too busy. It's a small trifle in an otherwise well-thought-out tool for parents ready to finally answer all those "embarrassing" questions.

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