Parents Talk to Their Kids About How Babies Are Made
Impossibly charming revelations about the biological realities behind the birds and the bees.
By Maria Popova
Children’s tendency to ask questions so simple as to border on the philosophical is among their most endearing qualities — except when it comes to the question every parent dreads: “Where do babies come from?” Last year, artist and author Sophie Blackall addressed it with great elegance and charm in The Baby Tree, one of the year’s best children’s books. Now comes this absolutely disarming micro-documentary of parents telling their kids about the biological realities and scientific facts behind the “poetic truth” of the birds and the bees:
Complement it with The Little Red Schoolbook, a vintage Danish guide to teenage sexuality so radically honest that it was banned for decades, and sex educator Cory Silverberg’s inclusive modern-day reproduction primer What Makes a Baby, then revisit Jacqueline Woodson’s lovely tale of coming to terms with being an older sibling.
Published January 12, 2015