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October 11, 2013
Today is the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day!
National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out! NCOD was founded in 1988 and the date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Celebrate National Coming Out Day by reading one of our titles that celebrate love and acceptance!
Trevor: A Novella by James Lecesne (now out in paperback with a foreword by David Levithan)
The story that inspired The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth.
Trevor is an exuberant, sociable, and witty thirteen year old. So how come, when he takes that nerve-wrecking turn toward his locker at school, does he feel scared and alone? Trevor mixes humor and realism in an urgent look at what it is like to feel alienated from everything around you.
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June 9, 2013What Makes a Baby Toronto Book Launch Sunday, June 9th @ 3pm The Academy of the Impossible 231 Wallace Ave Toronto, ON
Join author Cory Silverberg and illustrator Fiona Smyth on Sunday, June 9th at the Academy of the Impossible for the Toronto book launch of their new picture book What Makes a Baby.
Geared to readers from pre-school to 8 years old, it teaches curious kids about conception, gestation, and birth in a way that works regardless of whether or not the kid in question was adopted, conceived using reproductive technologies, at home or in a clinic, through surrogacy, or the old fashioned way, and regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender and other identity, or family composition. Just as important, the story doesn’t gender people or body parts, so most parents and families will find that it leaves room for them to educate their child without having to erase their own experience.
June 1, 2013What Makes a Baby New York Book Launch Saturday, June 1st @ 2:30pm Bank Street Books Broadway & 112th St New York, NY
On Saturday, June 1st, Cory Silverberg will be at Bank Street Books to celebrate the launch of his new book, What Makes a Baby.
Most books about where babies come from leave many of us out. They tell a nice story (mommy + daddy + intercourse = you!) but the truth is that more and more of us are acknowledging the help we get to bring children into our lives. That help might be a doctor, fertility clinic, adoption or foster agency; it might be a turkey baster and a friend; it might be a sperm donor or a surrogate. What Makes a Baby helps parents tell children a story about where they came from that isn’t just true for them, but true for everyone.
Join Cory for a kid-friendly afternoon filled with reading, coloring (pulled straight from the pages of What Makes a Baby), food, drink, and discussions about where babies—all babies—come from.
What Makes a Baby: “A story about where we’re from tells us where we are—and where we should be going”
May 7, 2013
What Makes a Baby, on sale May 21st, written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, offers answers to every child’s question about how they came to be— however it is they came to be!
In a recent review by Noah Berlatsky in The Atlantic, Silverberg is praised for “includ[ing] all children, regardless of whether they have a mommy and daddy who had sex, or adopted them, or whether they have two mommies, or two daddies, or (as Silverberg mentioned in the guide) a trans daddy who gave birth to them, or any of a myriad of other possibilities. The book, then, tries not to impose one truth, but rather to open up possibilities and conversations.”
To read the full review, go to The Atlantic online. This truly inclusive explanation of the birds and the bees is available in stores in two weeks!
March 22, 2013
Fiona Smyth, illustrator of the forthcoming What Makes a Baby?, will appear tomorrow, Saturday March 23, at the Comic Arts for Kids Expo (CAKE) in Toronto. CAKE is a day-long celebration of image-based storytelling for readers 2 – 13, and takes place at Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College Street, at Spadina). Fiona will be signing and sketching in her books, and will also lead a workshop in which kids create giant comic panels with their favorite artists.
March 11, 2013
There are a lot of books out there that explain the facts of life. Why did you want to write one?
Partly because I disagree with the facts as they are usually presented! The“facts of life”usually mean the facts of only some people’s lives, and really they end up meaning the facts of some idealized life that no one actually lives. So I wanted to write a book for kids about where they came from that would more closely represent the actual story. I’d like to think this is the book Mrs. G would write.
What Makes a Baby is surprisingly funny in parts (I hadn’t ever thought of the uterus as funny before your book). Was it important to you to make the book humorous?
I wanted to write a book that both adults and kids would actually want to read. So much sex education is well meaning but has a feel of required reading to it.
March 8, 2013
Download the PDF. Reader’s Guide for Cory Silverberg’s What Makes a Baby. Great for parents and educators!