“All About Before You Were Born”
Young children are often surprised when they find out that thatâ€™s where they grew before they were born and where all of us grew before we were bornâ€”an astonishing fact even for adults. The story of pregnancy is about all of us and I feel that itâ€™s one of scienceâ€™s most amazing stories. The truth is that young children see pregnant women all the timeâ€”their mommy, a friendâ€™s or cousinâ€™s mommy, a mommy on the bus, walking a dogâ€”pregnant mommies everywhere. So it made sense to me that a book featuring siblings Gus and Nate, whose mommy is pregnant and gives birth to a new sibling for Gus and Nellie, is a book young children would find fascinating and fun. This also seemed like the perfect topic for illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcottâ€™s and my five-book series of nonfiction books for young children. My sense is that the matter-of-fact text and conversations between the Gus and Nellie, and the warm, accessible, and utterly charming illustrations that Nadine has created have come together in a book that can help young children feel and understand that bring pregnant and giving birth to a new baby are perfectly normal and totally wonderful events!