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9 Months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share

About 2 ½ years ago, Courtney and I met with the lovely Rachel Williams (publisher of Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln children’s books, and creative brain behind a whole lot of amazingly beautiful children’s publications), and she asked us the following question: if we were to write one non-fictional book for the children’s market, what would that book be about?

We didn’t have to think long. Before our cappuccinos were finished, we knew that the book would be about pregnancy. But it wouldn’t be anything like the children’s pregnancy books we knew — the sort that discuss storks and cabbages before finally coming to the point: babies actually magically develop in the mother’s belly. Or the sort which are more daring; where sex is courageously reviewed (oh dear!), yet approached as a bit of a freak show, with sperms that have enormous eyes and huge grins, swimming with swagger to the grand prize: a big, fat, cosy looking egg.

No, our book would be straightforward and to the point — written with consideration and respect to the beauty of the creation of life, and gorgeously illustrated. Our book would be kept proudly on the coffee table, to read and talk about together as a family. It would help to explain a new pregnancy to siblings, but also be an amazing resource older children, helping them to understand human reproduction and how a baby develops in the womb, factual and fascinating. Because we strongly believe that the way it is, is beautiful. No silly language or euphemisms needed.

The question was followed with a proposal (which of course we accepted with glee!) and the process was set into action. We started researching and writing, learning about new and known facts, and time after time we were in awe over the amazing and truly wondrous way in which life is created and formed. Courtney and I spoke for hours over Skype, working with consensus on an indefinite number of shared documents, always in agreement on how this book would be written and what it would eventually look like.

We were so happy when we found an illustrator who would do justice to our concept. Lizzy Stewart is such a talented artist, she really brought our book to life. The manner in which she illustrated the growing baby in the womb alongside the lifestyle images of the expecting parents made our book truly beautiful.

Now, 2 ½ years later, we’re holding our book in our hands with pride! A few copies were sent by airmail, so we could take photos and make our video, while the rest of the prints are slowly making their way to various warehouses in the UK, the US and Australia. In about a month, our book will be available in bookstores, brick and mortar as well as online ones, and hopefully make their way to your coffee tables quickly.

We can’t wait to get your feedback, to hear what it was like to read our book with your children. We hope they will love it as much as ours do!

xxx Esther

PS To make sure you get your hands on a much coveted first print, you can order your copy now! –> For the UK, you can do so here . For the US, click here ! And to order in Australia, just follow this link here. Thank you!

PPS: You might like to read Would you let your children watch you give birth and How to survive the first months of pregnancy.


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Comments (38)

Sarah
April 4, 2017

It looks wonderful and comes at the most perfect time! Is there a chance to pre-order in mainland Europe?
Thank you!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

You can follow the UK link, or check your local Amazon! Thank you 🙂 x


Vanessa in Scotland
April 4, 2017

I am SO excited to see this book! Looks like you’ve taken such a fascinating subject (to young little minds) and made it as incredibly beautiful as it should be. And I love the little video too. Can’t wait to see it. Congratulations! xx


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Thank you!! 😘


Marie from Paris
April 4, 2017

Hello, love it ! Do you sens in France ?


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

There is no French version yet — hopefully soon! You can order the English version through Amazon.fr. Thank you!!! x


pepi
April 4, 2017

Wish you all the best with this new little Treasure!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Thank you Pepi!! x


Maria Rilo
April 4, 2017

Great! What about preordering to Spain? I’m 14 weeks pregnant and would love to share this book with my 6 years old daughter!!!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

For now you can pre-order through Amazon.es! Hopefully a Spanish version will follow!


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Fwei
April 4, 2017

Hi I’ve ordered ! Looking forward .. it looks beautiful and I can’t wait to share it with my children. Congrats !!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Thank you so much!! x


Chiara
April 4, 2017

I’m translating the Italian edition of this lovely book: I’m so proud!!!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Oh Chiara, how lovely!!!! Thank you! Ciao!! xx


Chelsey
April 4, 2017

Please let this be available in Canada too! I can’t wait to preorder copies for my kids and my friends kids!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

It will definitely be available in Canada!


Esther Hancock
April 4, 2017

Congratulations and what a beautiful book! I will definitely be buying this to share with my three sons xx


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Thank you ☺️


Emilie in Paris
April 4, 2017

Super excited about it! it looks absolutely beautiful!!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Love you!! xxxxx


Jennifer
April 4, 2017

I can’t wait to get this gorgeous book! Congratulations Courtney and Esther, I am so happy for you both. I look forward to reading this with my children. I don’t have time to sit and look at social media regularly but for the past 4 1/2 years I have always made time to read your posts and view your instagram because you two are that inspiring. Thank you xox 🙂


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Thank you Jennifer, that is so sweet to say and so lovely to hear!!! xxxx


Meander
April 5, 2017

Dearest Girls, Congratulations. i ordered 2 on amazon.fr and so looking forward to it! Lots love Meander


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Merci!!! xxx


Adi
April 5, 2017

It looks beautiful! Congratulations! :)) yet, I do have a question… I zoomed in a bit, I wanted to read the larts on the photographs and I see that you are refering to a baby just as a he… not as a she… and not as an it – which would be better option?


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Hi Adi, good point! We thought about this a lot. We decided that a baby shouldn’t be an ‘it’ — it is either a he or a she. For this book, we chose a he, but there is a note in the beginning of the book, that of course this baby might as well be a she! (In that case, we suggest just using ‘she’ instead of ‘he’). Thank you!! xxx


Alba Rosique
April 5, 2017

Hello! Congratulations! Looks like this book will be beautiful! How can I preorder it from Catalonia? thank you very much!


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

It’s on Amazon.es! Thank you! x


Lisa
April 5, 2017

Just ordered it! So excited to get it!!!!!! Congratulations it looks so beautiful and I love how babyccino is so tasteful and sweet and not vulgar. You always get it right. Can’t wait to see it. Xoxoxo


Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

Thank you!!! It means a lot!! 😘


Sulisula
April 13, 2017

Hi,
I want to order this beautiful book – is it able to send it to germany? And do you know there will be a germany version?
Congratulations! 🙂


Esther in Amsterdam
April 13, 2017

Hi Sulisula, Thank you!! You can pre-order the English version on Amazon.de — hopefully there will be a German translation soon! xxx


Rose Cope
May 1, 2017

I would love to carry this in my shop!


Rose Cope
May 1, 2017

How can I get in contact with you lovelies about wholesale for this amazing book?


Esther in Amsterdam
May 8, 2017

Thanks Rose! For wholesale enquiries, you can contact our publisher, Quarto.com (our contact there is Katherine.Josselyn[at]
quarto.com) xxxx


May 4, 2017

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ángela
September 28, 2017

I can´t find the spanish versión on amazon.es, could you help me??

Thank you


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