When You Became You is a beautifully illustrated children's book by Brooke Stanton and Christiane West. The authors are affiliated with Contend Projects, "a secular, nonpartisan, science education nonprofit with the mission to spread accurate information and awareness about the biological science of human embryology and when a human being begins to exist."
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Hazzard poses with a copy of
When You Became You
I do have one quibble with When You Became You, which is that it doesn't directly answer the question implied by the title. The only reference to the moment of fertilization is a blurb on the back cover. I was expecting an explanation of conception, even if it required childlike language like "a teeny tiny bit from Mom called an egg and a teeny tiny bit from Dad called a sperm." Perhaps the authors wanted to avoid their work being pigeon-holed as yet another sex education book for kids, which is fair enough. That said, there are some lovely watercolor images of very early life that parents could use to embark on a more detailed conversation.
When You Became You is a great addition to the small but growing canon of pro-life children's literature. It officially releases on November 10 and is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Books-A-Million.