The longlist for the 2022 UKLA Book Awards were announced yesterday – and we’re absolutely thrilled that Making A Baby: An Inclusive Guide to How Every Family Begins, written by Rachel Greener and illustrated by Clare Owen, has been recognised in the Information 3-14+ category! Now in their 14th year, the awards aim to highlight children’s books that reflect all identities and promote diversity, and are the only awards judged entirely by teachers.
In this honest, accessible illustrated guide to how babies are made, young readers can find out exactly what is needed to grow a baby, from introducing the basic building blocks of life such as sperm and eggs, to explaining the different ways that these building blocks can be put together to create a family.
Working closely with a leading national LGBT organisation, this inclusive guide covers sex, sperm and egg donation, IUI, IVF, surrogacy and adoption, as well as explaining how a baby grows in the womb and about different kinds of births.
Written in gentle and accessible language that can be shared with younger children or read alone by confident readers, we hope this book and its charming illustrations will provide the stepping stone for every parent to have an open conversation with their child about how babies are made, and their family began.
You can take a look inside the book below:
You can find out more about the UKLA Book Awards and view the full longlist, here. The winners will be announced next year.
Congratulations, Rachel and Clare!