Let's Talk about Sex, Baby: Kids' Books About the Birds and the Bees

Aug 12 2011 - 5:28am

Where do babies come from? This simple question, asked by almost every inquisitive child at some point, can render the most composed parent, a stammering fool. In itself, that one question isn't so terrible — it's what it signifies: that a sweet, innocent lil one is growing up.

This is the moment where parents really wish they had put a little more thought into how this conversation would take place. Will this be a strictly biological discussion? Or will love and marriage play a key role? Some parents will hold tight to the stork scenario until their kid leaves for college. How parents answer this universal situation will differ from family to family — all 5-year-old maturity levels are not created equal, and parents' comfort levels and religious beliefs will also inform the dialog. For the many moms and dads out there who don't feel quite as prepared as they'd like, the following books will help get the conversation started.

So That's How I Was Born! ($6)

Parents not ready to get into the nitty gritty details of baby making will like So That's How I Was Born! [1], which describes the moment of conception as "a special hug" between mommy and daddy that makes a baby grow in mama's tummy. Reading with a straight face might be a challenge for some parents.

It's Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends ($9)

It's Not the Stork [2] gives children straightforward, but age-appropriate, non graphic explanations for the never ending stream of questions that tend to begin around preschool age. There is frank discussion of body parts of text about the "kind of loving that happens when . . . the man's penis goes inside the woman's vagina," that some parents won't be comfortable with.

Where Did I Come From? ($10)

Where Did I Come From? [3] is another one for parents who want to explain sex in a matter-of-fact way. The book begins with the physical differences between men and women — with the scientific names for male and female anatomy — and moves through the act of making love, conception(sperm and eggs included), different stages of fetal development, and the birth process in a comprehensive manner.

Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts ($7)

Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts [4] is a good choice for young — preschool age — tots who are starting to ask questions about body parts, and where babies come from, but aren't ready to hear about sexual intercourse.

It's So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families

It's So Amazing! [5] is geared towards elementary-school children. Told by a curious Bird and a squeamish Bee, this book tells the amazing story of how babies are made — from the moment an egg and sperm join, through pregnancy, to birth.

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