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Making a baby: an inclusive guide to how every family begins by Rachel Greener and Clare Owen

Making a baby: families of all shades and combinations surround the titleA Review by Emma Streeton

For any parent whose younger children are, every now and then, asking questions about how babies are really made, this is the book for you! Aimed at younger readers, this is an honest and accessible guide to what is needed to make a baby and the different ways it can happen.

What makes this such a great book is actually hard to narrow down as everything about it works. The simplicity of the illustrations and the accessible language tell a young reader everything they need to know. The amount of text is at no point overwhelming and the pictures are never too graphic. It is a beautiful balance of information and description.

We live in diverse communities and I love that this book celebrates this in detail. It explores how families can start in all different kinds of ways, covering sex, sperm and egg donation, IUI, IVF, surrogacy and adoption, as well as explaining how babies grow in the womb and the different ways they can be birthed.

The verdict

I can not rate Making a Baby highly enough. It deals with what can be a very tricky topic to navigate in such a charming and gentle way. I actually had fun working my way through the book with my two girls and so did they – who would have thought?! There were a few moments where they looked at me in disbelief. We were able to talk their questions through and have a giggle together. I came from a family where questions around babies and sex were not asked. I want to do things differently for my two and this book has set the foundation for us to be open and honest with (hopefully) little embarrassment. An important stepping stone as they continue to grow and ask more questions.

Book details

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Category: Young adult non-fiction
ISBN: 9781788008013
Imprint: Nosy Crow
Format: Hard Cover, 32 pages
Released: June 2020
Category: children, non-fiction

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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