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A modern picture book about where babies come that it fits for every kind of family and every kind of kid.
A modern picture book about where babies come that it fits for every kind of family and every kind of kid.
1,954 backers pledged $65,516 to help bring this project to life.

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Sex Is a Funny Word is now available!

Posted by Cory Silverberg (Creator)

It's almost exactly three years since a whole lot of strangers helped me make What Makes a Baby happen by supporting my Kickstarter campaign. After the campaign and the first print run of 4,000 copies, Fiona and I signed a three book deal with Seven Stories Press, and now our second book is out.  

Sex Is a Funny Word is comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities.  It's the first sex education book for kids that is inclusive of gender non-conforming and trans bodies and experience.   Much more than the "facts of life" or “the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy. 

Here's what others have had to say about it:

"You could send your kid to college and graduate school, and years of therapy, to learn how to lovingly come to terms with their gender and sexuality. Or you could simply read this book with them—it's that thorough, and that good."
—Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook

“Sex Is a Funny Word is a book that brilliantly reminds us of our shared humanity. Whether you are LGBTQIA or any other letter in the alphabet (including “U" for undecided), this book contains everything you ever wanted the kids in your life to know about sex.“
—James Lecesne, Co-founder of The Trevor Project

"Sex Is a Funny Word is a wonderful resource for parents and educators who want to talk with kids about sex and sexuality in a positive, loving, inclusive, and joyful way. For people who care about social justice and want to raise our kids to be healthy, safe, and strong, this is the book we have been waiting for!"
—Eveline Shen, Executive Director, Forward Together

"Sex Is a Funny Word opens a portal to a world where gender is exactly what we say it is rather than simply the sum of our ‘middle parts.’ Silverberg provides the template for all of us to see the simplicity with which we can step out of today’s binary gender paradigm." —Aidan Key, author, educator, speaker, and founder of the Gender Odyssey Conference

"This deliciously illustrated book fills a huge need for interactive sex education that parents can feel comfortable reading with their kids. It will result in some very interesting conversations. I wish the teenagers that I treat had been able read this book with a parent when they were younger!"
—Miriam Kaufman, MD Head, Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto)

"I read Sex is a Funny Word with my 10 year old daughter who immediately got it! She saw herself, family, and friends in the characters. It's an amazing resource and makes what could be a difficult conversation, quite easy. I wish I had this book as a child." —Aiesha Turman, Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girl Project

"Inventive, inclusive, and inspiring Sex is a Funny Word is a fantastic new resource for young people to learn about sex and so much more! Brilliant in color and content, the protagonists Zai, Cooper, Mimi, and Omar provide children with the means and the encouragement to explore their feelings, to ask questions, and to be who they are. This is a book that puts diversity and justice at the center of sexuality education - exactly where it should be!"
—Al Vernacchio, MS Ed, and author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health

"In Sex is a Funny Word, Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth have added an important and original resource to the world of sex education for young people. Flexible in design, engaging for kids, and culturally responsive, their work represents a new generation of sex education materials. With the themes of respect, trust joy, and justice, Sex is a Funny Word represents the experiences of young people across the gender spectrum; while geared towards preadolescents, it nonetheless presents a nuanced and inclusive way for talking about this important and sometimes confusing subject."
—Joel Baum, MS Senior Director, Professional Development and Family Services, Gender Spectrum

What You Helped Build

Posted by Cory Silverberg (Creator)

When we launched our Kickstarter campaign in February 2012 I genuinely believed I would be hustling for 30 days just to try and raise the $9,500 we needed to print 1,000 copies of What Makes a Baby. We raised more than that the first day, and I did hustle for the next 30 days, ending our campaign with over $65,000.

One of our promises back then was that we would use some of the money to donate books. We’ve been doing that since the book came out, and while we aren’t through yet, I thought it was time to offer everyone a tally of sorts. By my count we’ve donated more than 300 copies to over 100 individuals, organizations, and libraries.

We couldn’t have done any of this without all 1,954 of you. Some of you gave us $1, one of you gave us $1,000, and most of you gave us something in between. In return we asked you for suggestions as to where the books should go. Below is a partial list of the places we donated books on your behalf.

And we aren’t done yet. In addition to the multiple translations of What Makes a Baby (six so far), our next book is on its way this summer. Sex Is a Funny Word, the sequel to What Makes a Baby, is 160 pages of full colour comics and stories about bodies, gender, and touch. I’ll be sending you an email with information about how you can get the next book at a discount, plus some other extras for our Kickstarter backers.

But for now, here is an up to date, but not complete list of where copies of What Makes a Baby were donated on your behalf:

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Feminist Women's Health Center, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Women Against Abuse, Eureka Valley Public Library, Noe Valley Public Library, Community Services for Children, The Pacific Center, Homeless Prenatal Program, Latin American Youth Center, Forward Together, Pack Memorial Library, River St. Family Shelter, The Diversity Center, The 519 Community Centre, Mission Preparatory School, Lambertville Public Library, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Southern Lehigh Public Library, The Northwest Network, Families Like Ours, John Thomas LGBT Community Center, The Montrose Center, Tyler Area Gays, The Center (NYC), Pride Center San Antonio, Free2Be LTBTQ Resource Center, Identity Center of Anchorage, Phoenix Pride LGBT Center, Family Tree Community Center, Pride Center Florida, The Rush Center, Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation, Affinity Community Services, Center on Halsted, SisterSong, San Diego LGBT Community Center, LA LGBT Center, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, South Florida Family Pride, Rainbow Families DC, LMNetwork, Rainbow Families Great Lakes, The Center Project, Midwest Alternative Family Alliance, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, PFLAG Houston, Our Family Coalition, Dixie Public School, Awo Taan Healing Lodge , Community Health Centre, The Youth Project, Jessie's Centre, Midwives Collective of Toronto, Seventh Generation Midwives, Laura Secord Elementary School, Redwood Shelter, JR Nakogee Elementary School, Sistering.

With our gratitude!  Cory, Fiona, and the What Makes a Baby team.

Free Reader's Guide!

Posted by Cory Silverberg (Creator)

Whether or not you have a copy of What Makes a Baby, if you're looking for help on how to start a conversation with your kids about reproduction, gestation, and birth in a way that's more inclusive, you can download this 50 page guide for free (no newsletters to sign up for, no forms to fill out).  

It's filled with both general and specific tips, examples of language, and suggestions on how to connect the topic of reproduction to other experiences in our kids lives related to gender, race, class, and bodies.  There's also a resource section in the back.

Download the Reader's Guide Here

What Makes a Baby in Stores Now!

Posted by Cory Silverberg (Creator)

In this update news on the re-release of What Makes a Baby, and New York and Toronto book parties!  But first, as always, a joke: 

Q: What’s red and smells exactly like blue paint? 
A: Red paint 

The Seven Stories Press edition of What Makes a Baby has hit the stores! 

It’s available now at all the usual online suspects and is in stock at lots of independent bookstores too. If you’re reading this it means you helped get the book published in the first place, so you should feel as proud of this accomplishment as I do! 

For everyone who asked about how they can help get the word out about the book and support the important work of making more inclusive conversations about making babies and making families, here are three things you can do to help: 

1. Share! Every time you share the book, it helps. 
Tell friends, colleagues, family, that journalist who lives next door and just had a baby, the people at your child’s daycare, your favorite librarian, really everyone you know. 

How ever you share information about things you care about with people you know - twitter, facebook, pintrest, email, talking to people in person –so keep sharing! The easiest thing to share is our book trailer, which is an adapted version of our Kickstarter video. Here’s the link:

2. Ready, Set, Review! 
Go to Amazon or Indigo and rate the book (honestly, please!) 

Whatever you think of the big online retailers, they are where so many people go to learn about new books and sharing your thoughts helps tremendously. 



3. Keep in Touch!
The last way you can help is by staying in touch. If you have any thoughts about the book, about the next books in the series (for kids 7+ and 10+, respectively) or about what I should be doing to support people in talking with their kids about reproduction, sexuality, and gender in ways that work for them, let me know. I love hearing from backers any time.

Without you, I wouldn’t be doing this.

If you want to get in touch here’s how to find me:

Book Launch Parties in New York and Toronto 

This weekend we’re celebrating the launch of What Makes a Bay at Bankstreet Bookstore in New York. In two weeks we’ll be in Toronto. Details below. It would be great to meet you if you can make it, I love to say thanks in person! 

New York Book Launch
Where: Bank Street Bookstore 2879 Broadway, New York (112th and Broadway)
When: June 1, 2:30 – 3:30pm
We’ll be upstairs, but Bank Street Bookstore is wheelchair accessible.
For more information call 212-678-1654 

Toronto Book Launch
Where: The Academy of the Impossible 231 Wallace Ave., Toronto (Lansdowne & Wallace) When: June 9, 3:00 – 5:00pm
 This event is wheelchair accessible and we will have ASL interpretation. 

That's all from here.  Many thanks as always, Cory 

Reader's Guide is Finally Available

Posted by Cory Silverberg (Creator)

Hi everyone,

It's eight months later than I had hoped but thanks to editing, layout, and illustrating volunteers the What Makes a Baby Reader's Guide is finally done.  It's available for free download here:

As always I appreciate comments, questions, corrections, and any thoughts you have on how to improve the guide in it's next version.  You can always email me through Kickstarter or through the contact form on our website.

The Seven Stories Press version of our book will be out May 7th and I'm starting to plan a tour, so you'll be hearing from me once more in April, and in the meantime if you have any thoughts about where I should go with the book or if you're part of a parenting group and you'd like me to come to you, get in touch.

I hope everyone is having a good March 7th. It's Teacher's Day in Albania, so maybe be a bit nicer to the Albanian teacher's in your life today.