cover of The Facts of Life: Three-Dimensional, Moveable Illustrations Showing the Development of a Baby from Conception to Birth by Jonathan Miller and David Pelham

The Facts of Life: a 3D book by Jonathan Miller and David Pelham

Inside:  A vintage book with the most amazing pop-ups of the reproductive organs.

About this book

The Facts of Life: Three-Dimensional, Moveable Illustrations Showing the Development of a Baby from Conception to Birth by Jonathan Miller and David Pelham is a vintage 3D pop up book that provides an illustrated educational overview of reproduction and conception ie how babies are made.

I love this book that was published in the 80's. I was so excited when I finally found a copy of this book! And I was even more excited when it arrived in the mail! Even my kids (who find 'yet another sex ed book' a little boring) actually got a little bit excited and sat down and had a good look at it too!

Inside you'll find 6 huge popups of the baby inside the uterus, the male reproductive organs, the female reproductive organs, the egg being fertilised, the fetus developing, and the baby inside the uterus pushing it's head down ready for birth. Plus there are lots of little lift the flap sections, with tabs to pull that will make things move.

The images are medicalised and lifelike but aren't too threatening. The 3D element just makes it so much more fun and interesting to look at!

This book is a nice alternative to Being Born by Sheila Kitzinger and Lennart Nilsson.

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Ideal ages

The Facts of Life by Jonathan Miller and David Pelham is ideal for children between the ages of 4-13 years of age (and even older).

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of The Facts of Life by Jonathan Miller and David Pelham from AmazonEbay (or the Australian Ebay) or Book Depository.  AbeBooks is another option.

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

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Resources

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, Let's Talk 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. Let's Talk 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 your're unsure about how to answer your child's questions about sex, then 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. 

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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