What Makes a Baby
When we fist saw this book we were just thrilled to see a honest, easy to understand book about reproduction that was written in a gender-affirming manner. My kid loved the illustrations and the fact that it didn't reenforce binary-norms (my words, not hers!). As parents we appreciated the way they talked about conception and birth that helps kids understand without creating too many additional questions. What truly makes this unique and trans-friendly is that fact that there is no association between gender and body parts - using phrases like "Some people have a uterus" "Some people make sperm" rather than boys have sperm, girls have eggs. Brilliant!
From the publisher:
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.