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Books for Children Conceived through Fertility Treatments, Egg Donation, Sperm Donation, and Surrogacy

Books for Children Conceived through Fertility Treatments

  • What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg (ages 3-7)- This book it provides a way for young children to understand how reproduction works, using scientific terminology (sperm, egg, uterus). The pictures are not gender specific, and the book teaches children that while you need a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not every has a baby in the same way, so it should be able to be used by every family. The author is planning on writing a book covering the same material for older readers.
  • I Can't Wait to Meet You by Claudia Santorelli-Bates (ages 4-8)- Story of couple who used IVF to conceive child. Uses some technical language, so it is probably better for somewhat older children.
  • How Babies and Families Are Made: There Is More Than One Way! by Patricia Schaffe (ages 5-9)- This is a basic sex ed book for families formed in alternative ways. It includes a discussion of miscarriage, cesarean delivery, twins, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, adoption and stepchildren. Surrogacy and donor egg are not discussed, but the book in inclusive enough to open the door for this discussion. The book may be too technical for the younger end of the range, but it is still a worthy addition to your sex ed library/all families are different and the same collection.
  • The "Before You Were Born" series of books, by Janice Grimes RN, pretty much covers the waterfront of ways a child can join the family through assisted reproduction. The illustrations are the same for each book with the text changing to fit the specific conceptual situation. The characters are a family of bears and the gender of the adult and child bear is not apparent. You can see a sample of one book online. The following is a list of titles that are available about IVF:

    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of An IVF Baby - A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization using the sperm and egg of the parents. The child is genetically related to both parents. This book does not use the words sperm or egg. The terms "test tube baby" and in vitro fertilization are used.
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of A Frozen Embryo - A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization using the sperm and egg of the parents. The embryo is frozen, thawed at a later time, then placed inside the mother. The child is genetically related to both parents. This book does not use the words sperm or egg.
  • Miracle Baby: How Babies Are Made The IVF Way by Jennifer Bennett (ages 3-7)- This book explains IVF to younger children, and is meant for the parent and child to read together.
  • My Beginnings by Tim Appleton is a story of a mommy and daddy who want a baby. After wanting and waiting they finally have a baby through IVF. This book can be customized with all the details specific to your story, but the price is hefty (about $150). You can get a CD to go with this book, but I personally favor the curl up with book and child on lap. However, the CD also includes the story I'm a Little Frostie, which details IVF using a frozen embryo. This book has to be shipped from the UK, so I'd start with some of the other books I've listed first to save money on shipping.

Books for Children Conceived through Egg Donation

  • The Donor Conception Network has a book called Our Story that discusses egg donation. It is available for purchase here.
  • One More Giraffe by Kim Noble (under age 5)- Perfect for introducing very young children to egg donation.
  • Tabitha and Timothy Grow a Flower by Sarah Shackleton and Gillian Coulson (under age 5)- A story for younger readers that is intended to introduce egg donation, but is written broadly enough that it can be used for any type of third-party reproduction.
  • "Before You Were Born" series of books, by Janice Grimes RN, on egg donation:
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of A Donor Egg - A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization using the father’s sperm and a donated egg. The embryo is placed into the uterus of the mother, who then carries and delivers the child. The child is genetically related to the father and the egg donor, but not the mother. This book does not use the words egg or sperm. The term donor is used.
    • Single Mom - Donor Sperm/Donor Egg - A child conceived for a single mother by choice via IVF, using donor sperm and donor eggs. The embryo is transferred into the single mother, who then carries and delivers the child. This child is not genetically related to the single mother. The story does not contain the words donor, sperm, or egg. There is no reference to a father.
  • A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life, An Egg Donor Story by Carmen Martinez Jover (ages 2-6)- Picture book for young children. Two rabbits long for a child, but the mommy rabbit doesn’t have any eggs. Then one day a kind lady rabbit gives them “a tiny itsy bitsy gift of life” that allows them to have their baby.
  • Hope and Will Have a Baby by Irene Celcer- Written for ages 5-8, this series of books tells birth stories about surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. The beginning and end of each book is the same, but the middle section is specific to each topic. Contains some religious overtones.
  • Sometimes it Takes Three to Make a Baby by Kate Bourne (ages 3-6)- Highly recommended book for the under six set on explaining their conception via egg donation. It can be downloaded here from Melbourne IVF in Australia.
  • Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big? by Carolina Nadel (under age 5)
  • A Part Was Given and an Angel Was Born by Rozanne Nathalie (ages 4-8)- Picture style book explaining conception through donor egg. This is a bit pricey ($20), even for a hardcover book.

Books for Children Conceived through Sperm Donation

  • The Donor Conception Network has a series of books called Our Story that discuss the use of donor sperm. My Story covers donor sperm for a heterosexual couple, while two books titled Our Story cover sperm donation for single mothers and lesbian couples.
  • Hope and Will Have a Baby by Irene Celcer- Written for ages 5-8, this series of books tells birth stories about surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. The beginning and end of each book is the same, but the middle section is specific to each topic. Contains some religious overtones.
  • "Before You Were Born" series of books, by Janice Grimes RN, on sperm donation:
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of Donor Insemination - A baby conceived by intrauterine insemination using donor sperm. The child is genetically related to the mother and the donor, but not the father. The story does not use the words sperm or egg. The terms donor, mommy, and daddy are used in the book.
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of Donor Sperm (IVF) - A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization using the mother’s egg and donor sperm. The child is genetically related to the mother and the donor, but not the father. This book does not use the words sperm or egg. The term donor is used.
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: A Baby Conceived For Female Partners - A baby conceived for female partners by intrauterine insemination using donor sperm. The child is genetically related to the partner that uses her egg and the sperm donor. This book does not use the words sperm, egg, or have any reference to sexual preference. The term donor is used.
    • Single Mom – Donor Insemination - A child conceived for a single mother by choice using insemination with donor sperm. The story does not contain the words sperm or egg. The term donor is used. There is no reference to a father.
    • Single Mom – IVF using Donor Sperm - A child conceived for a single mother by choice using in vitro fertilization with the mother’s egg and donor sperm. The story does not contain the words egg or sperm. The term donor is used. There is no reference to a father.
    • Single Mom - Donor Sperm/Donor Egg - A child conceived for a single mother by choice via IVF, using donor sperm and donor eggs. The embryo is transferred into the single mother, who then carries and delivers the child. This child is not genetically related to the single mother. The story does not contain the words donor, sperm, or egg. There is no reference to a father.
  • Just the Baby for Me by Barbara Sue Levin- Story of a single mother who has a child using donor sperm
  • How Babies and Families Are Made: There Is More Than One Way! by Patricia Schaffe (ages 5-9)- This is a basic sex ed book for families formed in alternative ways. It includes a discussion of miscarriage, cesarean delivery, twins, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, adoption and stepchildren. Surrogacy and donor egg are not discussed, but the book in inclusive enough to open the door for this discussion. The book may be too technical for the younger end of the range, but it is still a worthy addition to your sex ed library/all families are different and the same collection.

Books for Children Conceived through Embryo Donation

  • The Donor Conception Network has a book called Our Story that discusses embryo donation. It is available for purchase here.
  • "Before You Were Born" series of books, by Janice Grimes RN, on embryo donation:
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of A Donor Embryo - A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization using the egg and sperm of another man and woman. The embryo is then donated to the mother and father. The embryo is placed into the uterus of the mother, who then carries and delivers the child. This child is not genetically related to either the mother or the father. This book does not use the terms sperm or egg. It does use the term embryo donation.
    • Single Mom - Embryo Donation (Adoption) - A child conceived for a single mother by choice using an embryo donation or adoption. The embryo is transferred to the single mother, who then carries and delivers the child. This child is not genetically related to the mother. The story does not contain the words donor, sperm, or egg. There is no reference to a father.
  • Hope and Will Have a Baby by Irene Celcer- Written for ages 5-8, this series of books tells birth stories about surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. The beginning and end of each book is the same, but the middle section is specific to each topic. Contains some religious overtones.
  • Training Wheels by Chris Barrett and Sally B. Hunter (ages 4-8)- A five-year-old boy named Miles learns about his birth through and open embryo donation from a couple in California.

Books for Children Conceived through Surrogacy

  • "Before You Were Born" series of books, by Janice Grimes RN, on surrogacy:
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of A Gestational Carrier - A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization using the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm. The embryo is placed into the uterus of another woman called a gestational carrier. This woman carries and delivers the baby. The child is genetically related to the mother and father, but not the gestational carrier. This book does not use the terms sperm or egg. It does use the term gestational carrier.
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of Surrogacy - A baby conceived via intrauterine insemination, using the sperm of the father and the egg of the surrogate. The surrogate carries and delivers the baby. The child is genetically related to the father and the surrogate, but not the mother. This book does not use the words sperm or egg. The term surrogate is used.
    • Before You Were Born... Our Wish for a Baby: A Baby Conceived For Male Partners - A baby conceived using the sperm of one male partner and the egg from a surrogate via intrauterine insemination. The child is genetically related to the donating male partner and the surrogate. This story does not use the terms sperm, egg, or have any reference to sexual preference. The term surrogate is used.
    • Single Dad – Traditional Surrogate - A child conceived for a single father by choice via intrauterine insemination, using the single dad’s sperm and the egg from a surrogate. The story does not contain the words sperm or egg. The term surrogate is used. There is no reference to a mother.
    • Single Dad - Donor egg / Gestational Carrier - A child conceived for a single father by choice using in vitro fertilization. This child is created using a donor egg and the single father’s sperm. The embryo is then placed into the uterus of a gestational carrier. This woman carries and delivers the child. The story does not contain the words sperm or egg. The terms donor and gestational carrier are used. There is no reference to a mother.
  • Hope and Will Have a Baby by Irene Celcer- Written for ages 5-8, this series of books tells birth stories about surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. The beginning and end of each book is the same, but the middle section is specific to each topic. Contains some religious overtones.
  • The Twin Kangaroo Treasure Hunt: a Gay Parenting Story by Carmen Martinex Jover- This picture book follows a gay kangaroo couple, Jack and Sam, who have twins though using an egg donor and surrogacy.
  • More than Four by Katie Carone- A family of four, suffering from infertility, adds twins to their family thanks to the generosity of a surrogate.
  • The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children by Sarah Phillips Pellet (6-10)
 
 
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