Welcome to our guide to Back-to-School Success : 31 days of tips, apps, recipes, and more to help you make this your family's best school year yet. Today, day 17, is all about explaining the birds and the bees to your tot.
Where do babies come from? This simple question, asked by almost every inquisitive child at some point, can render the most composed parent a stammering fool. While some parents are prepared to tackle the topic down to the biological details, other moms and dads need a little more time and a lot more help. Well, you may not be able to get a few more minutes (or years), but you can get some assistance from kid-friendly books. Here are seven books to help you talk about the birds, bees, and everything in between.
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What’s the Big Secret?
Written by a husband and wife, What's the Big Secret?  ($7) blends text and cartoons to make this big topic a lot less scary for kids — a perfect guide for kids who are old enough to know the basics but still too young to know it all.
It's Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends
It's Not the Stork  ($7) gives children straightforward but age-appropriate (nongraphic) explanations for their never-ending stream of questions.
Where Did I Come From?
If you're looking for a blunt way to explain the birds and bees, look no further than Where Did I Come From?  ($7). The book begins with the physical differences between men and women — with the scientific names for male and female anatomy — and moves through the act of making love, conception (sperm and eggs included), different stages of fetal development, and the birth process in a comprehensive manner.
Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts
Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts  ($4) is a good choice for preschool-age tots who are starting to ask questions about body parts and where babies come from but aren't ready to hear about sexual intercourse.
It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families
Told by a curious bird and a squeamish bee, It's So Amazing!  ($16) tells the amazing story of how babies are made — from the moment an egg and sperm join, through pregnancy, and to birth.
Asking About Sex and Growing Up
Described as a "question-and-answer book for boys and girls," Asking About Sex and Growing Up  ($7) acts as an encyclopedia for all things sex. It also makes kids feel more comfortable going to adults about the topic.
Let's Talk About S-E-X
Geared toward tweens, Let's Talk About S-E-X  ($7) uses appropriate terminology and accurate diagrams to explain everything from puberty to sex to respecting oneself.