July 10, 2013
For anyone who doubts the demand for a children’s book on social justice, with an all-inclusive view of reproduction, the SF Bay Guardian would direct you towards What Makes a Baby author Cory Silverberg’s hugely successful crowdfunding campaign to get the book published – Silverberg raised $65,000 in just one month.
The idea for What Makes a Baby arose from the author’s observation that existing resources for parents to teach their young children where they came from are heterosexual and gender binary-based, and so automatically exclude many families and children. Silverberg’s fundraising campaign allowed LGBT parents to prove the demand for a children’s book inclusive to all families, without qualifiers such as orientation or gender identity.
Dr. Sonja Mackenzie, a faculty member at San Francisco State University and queer parent of two, says that What Makes a Baby “is beyond what we have ever seen represented in children’s books,” and another Bay Area mother, Vicki Hudson, adds that the book ”enables many different types of families to feel represented. Our story was there.”
If you’re in the San Francisco area, check out CORY SILVERBERG: WHAT MAKES A BABY AUTHOR RECEPTION AND “CROWDFUNDING FOR SEX” WORKSHOP at the Center for Sex and Culture on 1349 Mission Street, Friday July 12.