Does anyone have any recommendations for good "where babies come from" type books for preschoolers? Especially one that shows the baby developing in the uterus? DD will be 3 in January and is fairly advanced for her age, and is really into "why?"s right now. I was thinking that in addition to satisfying her curiosity about the baby itself that it would be good to go ahead and get her a book that is also about reproduction itself. I don't think it's ever too early to start learning a little about the birds and the bees so that she grows up seeing sexuality as a natural part of life and not a shameful secretive sort of thing.
baby development/human reproduction books for preschoolers?
Real words like penis and vagina are used in the text. Talks about how male and female bodies change and grow hair in new places. Talks about sex and how it feels good and we do it in private. Shows how the baby starts out the size of a dot and grows in the womb and shows baby's head emerging at the birth. The illustrations are nice and I think you can look at a bit of it on amazon.
So, if you're open to that...
we got AMAZING YOU,, also got it on amazon.com, my son loved it, i have a soon to be 3 years old too and he liked it as well. My son brought something to my attention though, after a few times of reading the book he asked why the kids penises on the book where different than his... ( my son is intact) and the ones on the book are all circumcised ... I felt bad cause i didn't noticed before, and it raised some questions, so i had to research how to explain to him about circumcision as well....But, other than that i think its pretty good for kids 5 and under...
We just got Amazing You and It's Not the Stork. I put Amazing You away for now (seems slightly more focused on older kids and their body changes), and my 5 yo and 3 yo are focusing on It's not the Stork. there is a little blurb in there on uncircumcised penises vs. circumcised ones and most of the characters are mostly drawn with sort of nebulous-looking ones. No clear foreskin, no clear glans on most illustrations that I can recall.
My 5 yo picked and chose the "chapters" she wanted to read, then halfway through, she'd say "booo-ooring" and ask to switch. so we spent a little time on the differences between people, a little time on the egg/sperm deal, and the most time on the placenta and umbilical cord because that is her main question these days "how does the baby eat." the 3 yo just sat through the whole thing looking at pictures and announcing that the naked picture of the full grown man was her and her penis. <shrug>
I left the book out and they can browse. We'll see if they want to include it in their bedtime book stack for tonight. :) I got both books based on strong AP-friend recommendations and I am pleased. There are no graphic birth illustrations, however (and while home birth is mentioned, the depictions are of a hospital birth, which may or may not be relevant to you). I have been showing them YouTube videos for that.
As I recall, Amazing You discusses different families, but just from adoption/race type differences. I "think" It's Not The Stork has a more GLBTQ-friendly interpretation (though I think it still only gets like a paragraph or two, so if that's not your thing, you can mostly overlook it).
Oh, and your remark about the birds and the bees made me laugh...the book starts out with a bird and a bee discussing where babies come from and the whole book has them sort of in the margins making color commentary or puns, or whatever. It's funny, especially for slightly older kids...maybe 8-10, who get that sort of thing.
We have Before I Was Born (http://www.amazon.com/Before-Was-Born-Gods-Design/dp/1600060145) and The Wonderful Way Babies Are Made (http://www.amazon.com/Wonderful-Way-That-Babies-Made/dp/0764223410). We also (all of us) enjoy the Nat'l Geographic video & accompanying book called "In The Womb" (http://www.amazon.com/Womb-Witness-Journey-Conception-Astonishing/dp/142620003X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347757992&sr=1-1&keywords=In+The+Womb).