cover of The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas

Book Review:  A book that explains how babies are made. 

Book Review

The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made by Fiona Katauskas, is the book that replaces the book that many of us grew up with as kids -  Where did I come from?

Do you remember that book from your own childhood? Or the video? (If you want a good chuckle, go and watch it now!)

The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made is the modern day guide to the facts of life. It is factually correct, a contains nearly everything that a child needs to know about baby making. It is ideal for children aged between 7 and 11 years of age.

This book DOES talk about sexual intercourse.

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The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made talks about:

  • the fact that babies are made by us all - animals too
  • the silly stories that kids may hear about how babies are made
  • the differences between boys and girls ie boys have a penis and girls have a vulva (it doesn't talk about intersex and where a baby is born and the genitals don't tell you if they are a boy or a girl)
  • drawings of penises and vulvas (+ inside them ie the reproductive organs)
  • how we become an adult
  • what happens during puberty
  • how boys become fertile - sperm
  • the menstrual cycle or ovulation ie what happens each month that makes a woman fertile
  • sexual intercourse ie traditional penis in vagina (man on top) baby making
  • fertilisation - it talks about the in and out motion of penetration building up to orgasm (I don't know of any other book that does this, other than Where did I come from?.
  • fertilisation ie sperm into the egg
  • different types of egg joining - twins, triplets,
  • IVF, egg and sperm donation
  • how the baby grows - what the baby does whilst it is growing, how big it is as it develops
  • cutting the cord and our belly button
  • premature babies
  • baby feeding - breast and bottle
  • summarises up with how amazing our bodies really are

Reading tips

Make sure you have a look inside the book, The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made first, before you read it to your child! That way you will know what to expect, as there is a detailed description of what sexual intercourse is (well the 'man + woman = baby'  or 'penis in vagina' type of sex).  You can find some tips on how to read ‘sex ed’ books here.

The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made does give a rather detailed description about sex. It won't harm young children to know this stuff, but it is probably a lot more detailed than what most parents are comfortable explaining (so do make sure that you are comfortable talking about this before you actually read this book with your kids). Most books just say that the man puts his penis inside the woman's vagina. This book takes it to the next step, by talking about the rhythmical movement of sex and the build up towards orgasm - just like  in the book, Where did I come from?.

This book covers a lot of sex education topics but it isn't too wordy, so you could quite easily read it in the one sitting or break it up into smaller parts. You could also just give it to an older child to read by themselves - just make sure that you have a chat with them about the book, later on. And let them know that they can come and ask you any questions.

The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made by Fiona Katauskas is a great book and really is the modern-day replacement to "Where Did I Come From?'.

Ideal ages

The Amazing True Story of How Babies are made  is ideal for children between the ages of 7 - 10 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can find a copy of The Amazing True Story of How Babies are made  from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

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My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.

My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.

My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.

You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents! 

If you're looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, How to Talk to Kids About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural converasations with your child about their body. 

You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.

If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that  take the stress out of explaining!

If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the  The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands. 

If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions  that kids commonly ask parents,  including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.

About the Author Cath Hakanson

I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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