Parents' Guide to

What Makes a Baby

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Great book about babies for every kid and every family.

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age 3+

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age 3+

Breaks it down perfectly

Sometimes it can be hard to put things in a way kids will understand. Human reproduction is so complicated it can be confusing to know what to edit out and what to leave in. This book puts it very simply and lays a great foundation for understanding human biology later in life without going into territory that would leave kids with more questions than answers. My 3 year old and 6 year old wanted to read it over and over.

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While this book is valuable for its factual accuracy, what sets it apart is its truly inclusive nature. Though some adult readers may at first find the avoidance of gender in What Makes a Baby odd ("Some bodies have eggs, and some do not"), the strength of this approach is that it allows parents to explain as much or as little about gender and bodies as they want. By dispensing with the standard mother-father model to describe how babies are made, this guide also affirms kids and families with single parents, same gender parents, grandparent caregivers, and so forth. Digital artist Fiona Smyth's heavily lined cartoon illustrations use bold, bright colors in the tradition of Todd Parr. Young kids will love exploring the visually rich and exciting pictures, while also learning about bodies, babies, and their own origin story.

At a time when what makes a family and what makes a baby are as varied as they've ever been, this book simply and powerfully can spark conversations about family history in all its unique beauty.

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