Books for kids on making babies

Posted by Barbara F. Meltz  June 26, 2012 06:00 AM

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Hi.

I'm trying to find an age appropriate book for my 6 year old boy. He saw a clip of a tv show where a man and woman were in bed without clothes and asked why are they naked and what are they doing and how does the baby get in the mommy's tummy? Help!!! I was stumped on how to answer and I told him we will find a book for kids that can explain it better than mommy can. What do you suggest?

From: Robin, Brandon, Mississippi


Hi Robin,

There are some wonderful books for young kids on this subject. Here are my favorites:

1. "Where Did I Come From?" by Peter Mayle. First published in 1977, this is still considered the "go-to" book for parents just like you. There's also a video. I think it's the most accessible for a young child, partly because it's cartoons, it's got a sense of humor and it's direct and no-nonsense ("Making love is like skipping. You can't do it all day long."). I also think it answers every "why?" a young child can come up with.

2. "Mommy Laid an Egg, or: Where do babies come from?" by Babette Cole tells a story of clueless parents trying to tell their children about making babies.

3. "How You Were Born" by Joanna Cole is heavy on the science and comes across as more "serious," with photographs, not cartoons, including some in vitro.

4. "but how'd I get in there in the first place? Talking to your young child about sex," by Deborah Roffman. This book is for parents, not kids, but it will help you through all the stages of your child's development.

Readers, do you have other favorites? Please weigh in, I'd love to know about them.

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3 comments so far...
  1. It's Not the Stork by Robie Harris.

    Posted by momof2 June 26, 12 02:23 PM
  1. I like the "What's Happening To My Body" series by Linda Madaras. There are boy and girl editions and intro and comprehensive editions. The intro version is great for late elementary to prep for changes that are coming. The comprehensive edition is for a more mature child who can discuss such topics as STDs and rape.

    Posted by 2 boys June 28, 12 08:04 AM
  1. My parents had "Where Did I Come From?" and I remember reading it when I was a kid (around age 5 or so). I absolutely recommend that one; it's honest and comprehensive without being inappropriate or graphic.

    Posted by phira June 28, 12 11:33 AM
 
3 comments so far...
  1. It's Not the Stork by Robie Harris.

    Posted by momof2 June 26, 12 02:23 PM
  1. I like the "What's Happening To My Body" series by Linda Madaras. There are boy and girl editions and intro and comprehensive editions. The intro version is great for late elementary to prep for changes that are coming. The comprehensive edition is for a more mature child who can discuss such topics as STDs and rape.

    Posted by 2 boys June 28, 12 08:04 AM
  1. My parents had "Where Did I Come From?" and I remember reading it when I was a kid (around age 5 or so). I absolutely recommend that one; it's honest and comprehensive without being inappropriate or graphic.

    Posted by phira June 28, 12 11:33 AM
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