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It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  148 reviews
From the expert team behind IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL and IT'S SO AMAZING! comes a book for younger children about their bodies — a resource that parents, teachers, librarians, health care providers, and clergy can use with ease and confidence.

Young children are curious about almost everything, especially their bodies. And young children are not afraid to ask questions. What m
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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Nente It also talks briefly about the C-section, noting that the mommy gets a shot of medicine so she doesn't feel pain, and about cutting the umbilical cor…moreIt also talks briefly about the C-section, noting that the mommy gets a shot of medicine so she doesn't feel pain, and about cutting the umbilical cord. But it's all very gently touched upon.(less)

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Jen Winckler
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all parents of school age children
This is a great book for parents to use as a starting point to talk about bodies, changes, boys/girls, differences/similarities, and where babies come from. If you've ever had that "uh......well......" conversation, this is a great tool. Very descriptive without being over the top. Conversational context. My 6 year old is VERY interested and seems to be soaking it up - I can see the wheels turning. We talk about how not all families may be ready to talk about these words and to not use them at s ...more
Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, science, picture-book
We got this book when Logan was 4 and we look at it off and on. The first couple times, we just read it straight through. Now we use it more as a reference book when he has a question. I especially like the first part that shows the differences between boys and girls and the section on "Okay Touches, Not Okay Touches." The only part the Logan was really confused by was the double-page spread on the sperm and the egg coming together. It's all cartoons, so the egg and sperm are given expressive fa ...more
Mary Ann
May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is aimed at ages 4 - 8, and has lots of cartoons and short parts as part of the description. I like the way it starts with real basic questions, like how are girls and boys the same and different. It has a conversational tone, but clear information with lots of illustrations - drawings that look realistic. It shows special parts on the outside of boys and girls bodies, and on the inside of their bodies. It does talk about sex, but in a way I'm comfortable with: "When grownups want to m ...more
This was once a really solid book but it DESPERATELY needs an update to take into account trans experiences. I had to do a lot of editing on the fly, because it's very essentialist in terms of conflating sexual organs with gender. I would love to see the author take a cue from Cory Silverberg. I'm still giving it three stars because it offered a good basic starting place and I was able to edit to make it more relevant, but it's pretty disappointing that this is still considered by a lot of peopl ...more
Crystal Peterson
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my daughter after she had a lot of questions about where babies came from. I read her the book and answered questions. The book is meant for ages 4 and up. My daughter is 4. Some of it went into a lot of details and pictures, but she had questions. She wanted to know why boys stood up when they pee (after seeing a kid at daycare) and other questions like that. She kept wanting to look ahead at the book but I told her she had to wait to look at it until we finished reading it. We a ...more
Sheena Maxwell
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-kale
Perfect for my 5 year old son and i to read together. He was full of questions and i was just so awkward answering some of them ("What?! What do you mean the penis goes in the vagina?! are you joking?! What if the daddy has to pee when the mommy and daddy are attached?"). This book helped!!! ...more
Ela Meadows
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me (as an adult) to address some of the trauma I experienced as a child and learn what sex and consent are actually about. I also read through it with my son who enjoys asking questions about his body.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This was an actual conversation I had with one of my *8th grade* students today, during Social Studies class, to settle a dispute she and her friend were having:

Student: Mrs. Franklin, a girl has three holes, right?
Me: uh, yes. Urethra, vagina, and anus.
Student (to her friend): see?
Student (to me): and the blood and the baby come out of the vagina, right?
Me: yes. And that’s different from where pee comes out.

Pretty sure my 7 year old is clear on the three hole situation. She was happy to skip th
Courtney R.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents, Teachers, Child psychologists, Doctors
Shelves: own
I minored in human sexuality, and have read through many books about sex and sexuality, including a few explaining "how babies are made" for kids. This book is hands-down one of the BEST that I have seen; not only was it written through a collaborative process with doctors, educators, parents/grandparents, scientists/researchers, and coordinators of all kinds of children's programs, amongst other individuals, but it is the first in a series of books designed to grow with your child in terms of t ...more
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent sex ed book. I would advise some caution in recommending it to parents, however, because it is one of the most challenged children's books. This is probably because it has pretty explicit images given the fact that it's recommended for ages 4 and up. For example, in the section about sex, it shows a mom and dad in bed having sex (albeit with blankets on--in the ages 12 and up version it shows the same couple without blankets). It also has pictures of vaginas and penises, and ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I realized I needed to educate my six-year-old son when I found him pinching his nipples before a shower and when I told him not to, he asked, "These are nipples?" That same day, I noticed him adjusting himself and looking uncomfortable. After some questioning, we discovered he had been experiencing a normal fact of life for some time!

Thankfully, I heard about this book, which I ordered from B&N (yay for free membership shipping!), along with its companion book for older kids: It's So Amazing!.
Dustin Roberts
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great informational book for children and parents looking to explain the long dreaded question: "Where do babies come from?" With this book parents can be prepared and ready to answer without any confusion or lies. The book is very straight forward in its descriptions and kid-friendly illustrations about the bodies of girls and boys. It's accurate, comforting, and positive in its approach to the topics of the sex, the similarities, and the differences of boys and girls, and most definitely des ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you get my updates you know I've been looking for books to help my husband and I teach our children about sexuality, growing up, puberty, intimacy, etc., etc., etc. I'm in the middle of reading this book with my 2 girls, ages 7 and 8. It's been great to have as a guide and starting point for discussions. They've laughed at many things and taken it all in stride. I feel like they're learning and gaining an appreciation for their wonderful bodies.

I also want to emphasize to them the spiritual
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids
Shelves: younger-kids
Well, I'll be honest: the text was a little too wordy to read straight through to my very active five year old. So we looked at the pictures, discussed it, and I paraphrased some of the text.

The illustrations are VERY good, with lots of multiculturalism. It talks about the similarities between boys and girls, then their physical differences. It talks about sperm meeting the egg. It says there are different kinds of families, includings ones with two daddies. It talks about okay touches and bad
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a book to read to my 4.5 year old (and very curious) son about "where babies come from." A friend recommended this book to me. It's terrific. Informative without giving too much information and definitely age-appropriate for children over age 4. Even though we had already talked about the differences between boy and girl bodies and about how a baby is made from a sperm and an egg, this book really helped to clarify things in an non-scary way. I also very much appreciated the se ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
We didn't set out reading this book because we thought it was time our kids learned where babies come from. I just picked it up on a recommendation--and my kids can't get enough of it. They love learning about the human body--always have. Hopefully because they're learning these things at such young ages, we'll avoid the "one big awkward talk" about sex. They will have just always known and it won't be any big deal. We can hope right? :)

Anyway, I recommend this book--but I don't have anything t
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's that time for us. I thought this book did a good, clear job of explaining things in an accurate, matter-of-fact, not weird or scary way. My 8 year old and I will be reading this tomorrow. I knew I wanted to teach my children in a simple clear way, but I was kind of lost about how to do it well. How to make it accurate, without being mysterious or weird. I think this book finds that balance, so I don't have to. ...more
Sara Harrison
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
This is a great sex-positive book. It talks about bodies and sex and babies in an age-appropriate way. I read it with my almost 4-year-old and it was great. She asked a couple of questions and we talked about it a couple more times. I feel like this has really helped set the tone for future conversations.
Emi Bevacqua
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before my kids started school we checked this book out from the library and I let them look through it and ask me questions, we mostly just read the headings until somebody would find something interesting and ask to hear more about whatever it was. I really wanted them to learn the truth about reproduction at home and factually.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn’t read this to the kids. I just looked it over. There’s a cartoon picture of a man and woman in bed having sex. One reviewer said the way they word the good touch and bad touch sets it up perfectly for a kid to be molested. I would much rather just be open with my kids then use this book and confuse them. You could consider it cartoon soft porn.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A common-sense, down-to-earth introduction to anatomy, sex, and reproduction for youngsters. I actually enjoyed reading this to my 6-year-old son, and it opened up a level of conversation between us that I hope will help make talking about sex and related topics with similarly easy as he grows.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully appropriate and captivating for my 4 year old and I am sure it will continue to be so for the next few years to come.
Cassandra Gelvin
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's not the stork. Maybe it's a penguin?

The only drawback I found in this book is its lack of mention of transgender or intersex people, but that may just be because it was published in 2006, and much has happened on that front in the last 12 years. This is otherwise a very thorough book. It's got cute little illustrations, but they're usually fairly realistic. At the beginning, it just says that girls and boys can do the same things, but girls and women have a vagina, and boys and men have a p
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. Very educational.

Not overly graphic but I'm not sure seeing the other genders private parts are something I'd show to a 4 year old. (The book is for age 4 and up). I also don't know many 4 year olds who would be able to sit through this book. I'd probably gear this towards 10 year olds. If you want to read this to a kid even with all the explanations you're going to have to stop a lot to explain.

The book teaches a lot.

Inside and outside parts (including a picture of circumcised v
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, children
I borrowed this from the library as a preview, to see how suitable it would be for a young child. It's marked for age 4 upwards, which is probably a little young work work on the book itself, but about the right age to start talking and answering questions. (You know, those awkward ones that are always asked in a piercing voice in the middle of a checkout line or in a crowded bathroom?)

Anyway, I loved it! There was detail but not too much, fun illustrations and clear text. It explained the corre
Elizabeth D
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This is a book every progressive parent should have on their bookshelf. For ages 4-8, it is a basic body understanding book as well as basic sex education, and answering the question honestly and truthfully of where babies come from to young children. It is a solid honest start for parents who do not wish to shelter their children from the facts of life. It is all cartoon drawings.

Parts I especially liked
- that it is honest and uses actual names of body parts.
- That it begins with explaining
Anne Elaine
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some parts were kind of silly. I really liked it so much. I learned some stuff from the book, that's why I really like it. I learned that boys can do girl stuff and girls can do boy stuff, that is one thing I want to tell you. I learned that you can make a lot of things with sand when it's dry. I learned things about the parts of your body, that is one thing I also want to tell you, OK? I learned some times that you need to clean since you're super dirty. I learned cool stuff about your body and ...more
Lots of detail about boys and girls bodies, very clearly written. It discusses some body changes, but focuses on the whole lifespan. This book gives information on sex and conception and the details of how a fetus grows. It discusses birth and how little babies might act and what they need. It ends with a description of different types of families and body safety/boundaries.

The book is advertised for kids as young as 4. All of the content is appropriate for that age (and the pictures of bodies
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know that boys needed to sleep with girls to make babies. Thank you Mommy for reading the book to me. I heart you Mommy. Babies are actually in a little bag, I didn't learn that from the book, I just learned that from my mom. Gigi and Buppy and Nana and Papa were babies when they were little, too. Also, my mom and dad were in my grandparents' tummies. Also, mammals are also just like people, they also need to sleep with a boy and girl to have a baby. Thank you, book, for teaching me all ...more
Sara Burriesci
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book covers a lot of ground, in a manner appropriate for young children. It describes male vs. female anatomy, explains in very basic terms how babies are made, and coaches kids on the concept of "bad touches." It even describes IVF and adoption and different types of families: 1 mom and 1 dad, 1 mom, 1 dad, 2 moms, 2 dads. (It describes these family types without delving into the details of same-sex physical relationships.) Illustrations show families of many colors, including multiracial ...more
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