Book Review: A book for school aged kids that explains pregnancy and birth.
Nonnie Talks About Pregnancy and Birth by Mary-Jo Podgurski is the perfect book for older kids who need more information about pregnancy and birthing than a picture book can provide.
This is one of the many books in the Nonnie Series, which is a collection of books that approach tough conversations with kindness and respect. She has also written:
I am a huge fan of these books as they are the sort of book that you can sit down and read together with your child, and complete the activities at the end of each chapter. Plus they lead into the topic very gently in a non-confronting way. These books are all based around the story of 2 children whoa re best friends and a grandmother who helps them to understand tough topics.
This book provides an extensive discussion of conception, pregnancy and the birth process. As with all of the Nonnie books, it discusses this topic gently and sensitively, handling topics like infertility and miscarriage with sensitivity. Labour and birthing (vaginal and Caesarian) are nicely explained with many child-friendly illustrations.
Sexual intercourse is briefly mentioned and discussed as 2 people having baby-making sex. The other methods for making a baby, like IUI and IVF, are also explained.
This is a lovely book that isn’t just a storybook, but a workbook as well. It is divided into chapters, with an activity at the end of each chapter. Which means that you can then talk about what was just discussed and apply it to your child and family.
This is an expensive book but it really does provide a guided opportunity for parents to talk with kids about pregnancy and birthing. Especially if they are curious and wanting to know more than what a picture book can provide them with.
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Nonnie Talks About Pregnancy and Birth by Mary Jo Podgurski is ideal for children between the ages of 8 - 12 years of age. Possibly younger if they are a good reader or if you read through the book together. This is a book for you to read together.
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