DAY 4: May 18th
It’s Not the Stork
by Robie H. Harris (author) & Michael Emberley (illustrator)
With gratitude to Denise Wakeman for donating this book. It has been a life changing book for many – including my own daughters!
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It’s Not the Stork is the first in a trilogy for youth, ages 4, 7 and 10. These books are often used to support the Our Wholes Lives (aka “OWL”) curriculum at UU and UCC churches in the US. I was a student in an early version of this curriculum as a 6th grader. As an adult, I have been trained in the revised curriculum, and have coordinated programs for middle and high school youth in Austin with this curriculum. All of the students in these classes, and my own children have read one or more of this trilogy of books.
While I have noticed some middle school youth express some embarrassment about reading the books, I also noticed that they all came back with questions and insights. Additionally, I clearly remember how so many of the youth – ranging in age from 3 to 17 – all specifically liked the bird & bee characters that flit and buzz throughout each of the books.
Yes, someone has actually made books about “the birds and the bees” fun – and apparently not too corny – for kids and teens. Additionally, this trilogy is a big relief for parents who want a comprehensive book to share with their kids – either for reading together or separately.
Check out this video clip where author Robie Harris is interviewed by a mother of 3 sons:
“If anyone gets upset [about the images],
it’s the adults, not the kids.”
(on Michael Emberley’s anatomically specific illustrations)
My Favorite Quote
Bird and Bee Go to the Zoo
Bird: I think I know where babies come from! Maybe the mommy swallows a watermelon seed and it grows so big it grows into a baby!
Bee: It does???
Bird: Or maybe the daddy types on the computer “Send a baby!” And that’s where babies come from.
Bird: Or maybe the stork drops the baby down the chimney and the mommy or daddy catches it.
Bee: Babies DON’T come from the stork do they?
Bird & Bee together: “So where do babies come from?”
Having the Talk Before They Can Talk
One of the reasons this book is often challenged and banned is that some people question if 4 years old is too young to talk with a child about sexuality and gender. I would argue that it’s never too early to start – especially to help the parents get comfortable with this important parenting topic!
Here, a guest From Censored to Celebrated, Remi Newman, MA, talks about some easy ways to approach early childhood sexuality education by Having the Talk Before They Can Talk.
In Parenting Tip #2, Remi suggests:
“Start early when they are babies to increase your
comfort level with the topic.
Make it an ongoing conversation.”
How Do You Celebrate Diversity?
- Do you have a favorite book that celebrates the Diversity of Sexuality & Gender?
- Have you read the It’s Not the Stork?
- Why do you think it’s been challenged so often?
Share in the comments how this, or another book, has changed – or even saved – a life. I will be highlighting your celebratory quotes about books I feature in my a-book-a-day blog.
Thank you for your generosity!