Wednesday, July 19, 2017

L'arc en ciel des familles

L'arc en ciel des familles 
written and illustrated by Muriel Douru 
Language: French 
Dunkerque : Ailes sur un tracteur, 2014. 
1 vol. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9791090286153 
Summary: L'arc en ciel des familles propose une galerie de portraits de familles, croquées dans leur quotidien, avec les mots de la réalité pour expliquer comment elles se sont construites, ce qu'elles aiment, ce qui fait leur différence et leur quotidien. À la fin, toutes les familles se retrouvent devant l'école qui célèbre leur diversité. Chaque enfant sera également amené à dessiner son propre arbre généalogique, selon ce qu'il vit et non les modèles imposés. Lorsqu'on explique aux enfants comment on fait les bébés, on leur ment ! Et « nous », « on ne ment pas aux enfants » ! Ou plutôt, on ne veut plus leur mentir, parce qu'il existe tellement de manière de « faire famille », qu'on peut très bien leur expliquer d'où ils viennent VRAIMENT dès le plus jeune âge. C'est-à-dire pas dans des choux et des roses. Enfin, si l'on considère cette flore comme des stéréotypes sexistes : si l'on les imagine comme des métaphores de la PMA et de la GPA, que la cigogne est une mère porteuse, que l'on parle d'adoption et de familles recomposées, variées, diverses dans toutes leurs dimensions (origines sociales, ethniques, de procréation, de couples, de structure familiale...). Sans nier les familles majoritairement hétérosexuelles, nos enfants s'inscrivent dans une société plurielle, un arc-en-ciel de vies, d'origines et d'expériences. Ce livre explique sans détour leurs parcours, les inclut et les rassemble... Le livre ne s'adresse pas uniquement aux familles homoparentales (même si elle en montre toutes les possibilités, elle n'en oublie aucune, là est la différence avec les autres livres pour enfants), mais bien à tous les enfants qui, dans leur école ou famille élargie, ont connaissance de la réalité des différentes formes de « faire famille. 
Available: https://www.amazon.fr/Larc-ciel-familles-Muriel-Douru/dp/B00N0YJU6S/

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tenemos dos mamás

Tenemos dos mamás 
by Violeta Morales Luelmo 
illus. by Jara Morales Luelmo
Language: Spanish 
[S.l] : Crececuentos, 2013. 
28 p. : il.col. ; 19x19 cm. 
ISBN: 9788461622764 ; 8461622766 
Summary: Los mellizos son los únicos niños del cole que tienen dos mamás. Los demás les hacen muchas preguntas acerca de esto, pero ellos tienen muy claras las respuestas. Su familia es diferente, pero sus vidas son tan normales y felices como las de cualquier niño o niña de su clase. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Pea That Was Me: Volume 8: A Single Mom's Egg and Sperm Donation Story

The Pea That Was Me: Volume 8: A Single Mom's Egg and Sperm Donation Story 
written and illustrated by Kimberly Kluger-Bell
Language: English
CreateSpace, 2017. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1545051836 ; 9781545051832 
Summary: The Pea That Was Me (Volume 8) is a charming introduction to sperm and egg donation for children of single moms by choice (age 3 and up). Whimsical drawings explain the simplified facts of conception, emphasizing how much the child was wanted and how many people helped to bring them to life! 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Pea-That-Was-Me-Donation/dp/1545051836/

Tad the Squirrel

Tad the Squirrel 
by Matthew Chatterton 
illus. by Breanna Stenger 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1530518342 ; 9781530518340 
Summary: After battling infertility for years and discovering cancer was the cause, the dream of having children would only be possible with a third party donor for the Chattertons. This is the case for many families and that's the origin of this children's book. Tad the Squirrel helps to simply explain that there are many ways families come to be, and parent/child connections are more than just skin deep. It's a story of realizing differences but also seeing that "family" is more than just DNA. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Tad-Squirrel-Matthew-Chatterton/dp/1530518342

Hattie Peck: The Journey Home

Hattie Peck: The Journey Home 
written and illustrated by Emma Levey 
Language: English 
Sky Pony Press, 2017. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1510713905 ; 9781510713901 
Summary: Hattie Peck adores eggs of all kinds. However, she cannot make any of her own. No worries—Hattie has collected eggs from all over the world, hatched them, and raised her blended family of cockatoos, storks, owls, anything from an egg—even reptiles. But now it’s time. They all need to leave her big loving nest. So off the flock goes, on their biggest—and saddest—adventure. Even though, in her heart, Hattie knows it’s best. A poignant story about family and differences, making hard decisions, letting go and inclusion. It’s not all sad, though, due to a nice twist ending as in the first book. Bright colorful and lively illustrations and lots of information about egg-bearing animals round out the story. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Hattie-Peck-Journey-Emma-Levey/dp/1510713905

The Magic of a Dream

The Magic of a Dream 
written and illustrated by Faye Wills 
Language: English 
Crystal Publishing, 2017. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1942624239 ; 9781942624233 
Summary: Where Do I Come From? When your child asks that inevitable question, you now have the answer for the Ivf child. This touching bedtime story,written by a mom who's been there, done that, is one you can read over and over again. Come snuggle up with me. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Dream-Faye-Wills/dp/1942624239

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Scarlett's Story: A Tale About Embryo Donation

Scarlett's Story: A Tale About Embryo Donation 
by Linda Stamm 
illus. by Joan Clipp 
Language: English 
Graphite Press, 2017. 
20 p. ; col. ill. : cm. 
ISBN: 1938313178 ; 9781938313172
Summary: Scarlett’s mom tells her the wonderfully unique story of how she came into being through embryo donation. Along the way, Scarlett hears about the challenges her mom and dad faced in trying to have a baby, as well as the ultimate good news of her birth into a warm and loving family. This vividly illustrated children’s book is a perfect way for kids to learn about their distinctive beginnings. It’s great reading for children of all ages, but written for children ages 5–10. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Scarletts-Story-About-Embryo-Donation/dp/1938313178/

The Flowers' Missing Piece

The Flowers' Missing Piece 
by Kari Boeckermann 
illus. by Tina Green 
Language: English 
Blurb, 2017. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1389850862 ; 9781389850868 
Summary: A book for young children to assist in explaining creating a family through the use of donor egg or sperm. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1389850862/

Making Violet: A Sperm Donor Story

Making Violet: A Sperm Donor Story 
written and illustrated by Erin DeVore 
Language: English
CreateSpace, 2017. 
24 p. ; col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1546353828 ; 9781546353829 
Summary: Violet and Mommy discuss the way Violet was created using the help of a sperm donor, through the metaphor of mixing paints like red and blue to make purple. As the mother of a child conceived via sperm donor, I found that there weren't simple children's books to explain our unique family story the way there were for adoption and other alternative family creation methods. This story is the honest and simple telling that I've used with my own children and I hope helps your family share and learn too. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Violet-Sperm-Donor-Story/dp/1546353828/

Building My Family: A Story of Egg Donation and Surrogacy

Building My Family: A Story of Egg Donation and Surrogacy
by Carrie Eichberg 
illustrated by Elizabeth Parkinson 
Language: English 
BookBaby, 2017.
col. il. ; 26 p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1543901611 ; 9781543901610 
Summary: Written by a reproductive psychologist, this book is for children conceived through egg donation and surrogacy. It serves as tool to help parents talk about the special way their child came into their lives. With pride and honesty, a young boy explains in child friendly terms how his parents used assisted reproductive techniques to build his family. The goal of the book is to get parents talking openly and honestly to their children about their unique conception story. Based on the theme that relationships are more important in families than genetic connection, this book opens the door for parents to have their own forthright discussions with their children. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Building-My-Family-Donation-Surrogacy/dp/1543901611/

Spectacular You: An IVF Love Story

Spectacular You: An IVF Love Story 
by Kate Pache 
illustrated by Gina Song
Language: English
Authorhouse, 2017. 
col. ill. ; p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1524695610 ; 9781524695613 
Summary: Spectacular You: An IVF Love Story is a wonderfully crafted book that lovingly explains in vitro fertilization (IVF) to children through the eyes of the parents. It explains to children the magic of their unconventional conception and the overall desire the parents had to bring that child into their lives. Beautifully illustrated and tenderly written, this story is a must for any child who was conceived through IVF. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Spectacular-You-Ivf-Love-Story/dp/1524695610/

The Sweetest Blessing: A Story of a Couple Conceiving Via Donor Insemination

The Sweetest Blessing: A Story of a Couple Conceiving Via Donor Insemination 
written and illustrated by Elaina Leigh 
Language: English 
Elaina Leigh, 2017. 
Summary: Explaining to a child how he or she was created with the help of a donor is not easy. Not only is it hard to explain, but it is quite difficult for a little one to comprehend. A picture book that tells the story can help tremendously. The Sweetest Blessing was written for the express purpose of helping parents explain in a loving manner, with simple terms, how and why a sperm donor was needed to help them conceive. In this book, no official medical language other than "egg" is used, although a picture of sperm moving toward an egg and others of a fetus in various stages of growth are included. Sperm is referred to as "seeds," and the sperm donor is called a "donor." 
Available: https://elainaleigh.com/

Dream Come True: The Story of a Single Woman Conceiving via Donor Insemination

Dream Come True: The Story of a Single Woman Conceiving via Donor Insemination 
written and illustrated by Elaina Leigh 
Language: English 
Elaina Leigh, 2017. 
Summary: Explaining to a child how he or she was created with the help of a donor is not easy. Not only is it hard to explain, but it is quite difficult for a little one to comprehend. A picture book that tells the story can help tremendously. Dream Come True was written for the express purpose of helping single mothers explain in a loving manner, with simple terms, how and why sperm donors were needed to help them conceive. In this book, no official medical language other than "egg" is used, although a picture of sperm moving toward an egg and others of a fetus in various stages of growth are included. Sperm is referred to as "seeds," and the sperm donor is called a "donor." 
Available: https://elainaleigh.com/

Monday, April 17, 2017

Meeting my brother

Meeting my brother 
by Jennifer L. Dukoff 
illus. by Charles Berton 
Language: English 
Jennifer L. Dukoff, 2017. 
24 p : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0692874038 ; 9780692874035 
Summary: Meeting My Brother is a heartwarming, one of a kind children's book about donor conceived siblings meeting and becoming family. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692874038/ref=sr_1_2

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mummy's journey: a sperm donation fairy tale

Mummy's journey: a sperm donation fairy tale 
written and illus. by Anja Reiler 
Language: English 
Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2017.
Summary: The author of this book is the mother of a girl that was conceived with the help of a donor, at a fertility clinic in Denmark. She wanted to start early on to explain to her daughter why she didn’t have a father, but she struggled to find age appropriate literature. She therefore decided to write her own book. The book uses simple language and colourful illustrations to explain that it is possible to have a child as a single mother, without a father. It is about donor conception and assisted reproduction, explained to young children. It is tried and tested on her daughter, a number of children of different ages and their parents, as well as child care professionals. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Mummys-journey-sperm-donation-fairy-ebook/dp/B06XF53WFS/

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dancing on Daddy's shoes

Dancing on Daddy's shoes 
by Gabriel Dietsch 
illus. by Ashley Lucas 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2017. 
52 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1545240698 ; 9781545240694
Summary: Knowing how to talk to your children about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may be awkward, but this book allows you to share a beautiful story of how Ella came to be and hopefully open dialogue among your family. Even if IVF is not a topic in your house then share the love story between a father and his daughter. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Daddys-Shoes-Gabriel-Dietsch/dp/1545240698/

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Penny's Pocket: a tale about bringing a sibling home through gestational surrogacy

Penny's Pocket: a tale about bringing a sibling home through gestational surrogacy
written and illus. by Elizabeth K. Hebl, M.D. 
Language: English 
Doctor Mom Books, 2017. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 0692847723 ; 9780692847725 Summary: A tale of a family of o'possums who use a gestational surrogate to bring home their second child. This is a children's book to help understand infertility and gestational surrogacy. It is intended for children under the age of 8. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Pennys-Pocket-sibling-brought-gestational/dp/0692847723/

All you need is love: celebrating families of all shapes and sizes

All you need is love: celebrating families of all shapes and sizes 
by Shanni Collins 
Language: English 
London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1785922513 ; 9781785922510
Summary: All families come in different shapes and sizes, but they are all special when they love and respect each other. These rhyming stories are a celebration of the diversity of families and encourage inclusion and acceptance in a child's relationships. By promoting diversity and understanding in family life and elsewhere, these stories support a positive approach to life at a young age, which fosters strong mental health and well-being. Each page is dedicated to a different family, with stories exploring adoption, fostering, disability, race, gender, and illness. Filled with humour and delightfully illustrated, children will love reading these stories with friends, family and in school again and again. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/All-You-Need-Love-Celebrating/dp/1785922513/

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blib, Blob, and Blub

Blib, Blob, and Blub 
written and illus. by Bianca Neumann-May
Language: English 
Bianca Neumann-May, 2017. 
24 p. ; col. ill. ; cm. 
Available: http://lifegavemelemons.co.uk

Saturday, January 14, 2017

It took three to make me

It took three to make me 
by Jacqui Cooper 
illus. by Bill Wood
Language: English 
[Australia] : Carlton, Vic. Jacqui Cooper, 2017. 
34 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781863959773 ; 1863959777
Library catalog record: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/7296364?lookfor=title:(it%20took%20three%20to%20make%20me)&offset=1&max=99211 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Somos familia

Somos familia 
edited by Elizabeth Ormart 
illus. by various 
Language: Spanish 
[Argentina]: Molinos de Viento, 2016. 
59 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9789874511133 
Summary: Este libro aborda la temática de las nuevas conformaciones familiares a partir de las técnicas de reproducción asistida. Los diferentes relatos de este libro, bajo la forma de cuentos son un oportunidad para que los padres compartan con sus hijos, historias acerca de cómo sus familias, u otras familia, fueron conformadas. 
Available: http://www.librerianorte.com.ar/9789874511133/Somos+Familia/

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ole er laget av et Magisk rumpetroll

Ole er laget av et Magisk rumpetroll 
by Tone Bråten 
illus. by Selma Iren Arnø
Language: Norwegian 
Tone Bråten, 2014. 
31 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9788230011560
Summary: Denne boken forteller ved hjelp av barnespråk om biologisk opphav ved hjelp av sæd donasjon. Ole er kommet til verden ved at hans foreldre har lånt et magisk rumpetroll, som de har fått hos legen. Ole vil at mamma skal fortelle om da han ble laget av det magiske rumpetrollet. Ole er ikke laget av et rumpetroll fra pappa, men et magisk rumpetroll! Bamsen Bosse og pappa får også lov til å høre, vil du høre? Foreldrene til Ole har benyttet seg av åpen donor i Norge. Boken inneholder en egen veiledningsdel i forordet, som omhandler forskning og lovverk knyttet til sæddonasjon. Boken kan benyttes som veiledningsmateriell for foreldre, fertilitetsklinikker, helsestasjoner, familievernkontor, gynekologer og legekontor. Denne boken er skrevet med tanke på at barnet skal føle seg spesielt, ønsket og takknemlig for alt som foreldrene har gjort for å bli foreldre. Denne boken kan være en motivasjon for pasienter som går igjennom sæddonasjons behandling. 
Available: http://xn--ufrivilligbarnls-zxb.no/boker/

Lily – From the other side of the rainbow

Lily – From the other side of the rainbow
written and illus. by Tone Bråten
Language: English
Tone Bråten, 2016.
37 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 9788299965217
Summary: In a child’s own language, this unique book tells the story of conception through egg donation. This is the story of how Lily’s mom and dad travelled far, far away to that special land to find the magical egg that would give them the baby they wanted more than anything in the world. Would you like to hear the story? Written by Tone Bråten a Norwegian family counsellor, writer, and speaker specialising in infertility.
Available: http://xn--ufrivilligbarnls-zxb.no/boker/

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A family is a family is a family

A family is a family is a family 
by Sara O'Leary 
illus. by Qin Leng 
Language: English 
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2016. ©2016. 
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm. 
ISBN: 9781554987948 ; 1554987946 
Summary: "When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby"--Publisher.
Subject headings:
  • Families -- Juvenile fiction
  • Picture books
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1554987946/

All you need is love: the great explanation

All you need is love: the great explanation 
by Orran George 
illus. by Cindy Booher 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
52 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1540631311 ; 9781540631312 
Summary: All You Need Is Love - The Great Explanation is a story about a little boy who is conflicted about the family situation of his friends, Isabel and Timmy. His Mother realizes that her son was comparing his family with “non-traditional” families, and so she tells a story to help bring clarity to her son. She tells him the story of a chicken that had laid precious eggs, but she could not take care of all of them. She decides to seek help by finding others that would like to start a family no matter if they were a chicken and a rooster, two chickens or two roosters! Although some chickens disagreed, she finds great support as she makes the difficult decision regarding the well-being of her chicks in providing the best possible life for them. This book is a great resource for parents and little ones in families that have been formed through adoption or surrogacy. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/All-You-Need-Love-Explanation/dp/1540631311/

Harry the helper: a family uses a gestational carrier to have another baby!

Harry the helper: a family uses a gestational carrier to have another baby! 
by Linda Stamm 
illus. by 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1540542564 ; 9781540542564 
Summary: Harry is a beautiful and touching story about a little boy and his family who use a gestational carrier to have another baby! The book captures not only the mechanics but also the emotional beauty of surrogacy, all at a level your child can understand. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Harry-Helper-gestational-carrier-another/dp/1540542564

Thursday, November 24, 2016

An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy

An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy 
by Jerry and Jordan Windle 
illus. by Hollie Hibbert
Jerry Windle, 2011.
20 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 9780578095592
Summary: An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy: chapter one celebrates the concept that love is love. Rodney has long dreamed of being a parent. Although he is told that he cannot be a parent alone, fate has much more in store. Rodney discovers that a selfless act of protection actually becomes his first step toward fatherhood. Little Jordy, an orphaned duckling, has discoveries of his own: he learns the meaning of love, of family, and what it's like to feel the pain of being different. Through a bedtime story, Jordy learns of his namesake, a little boy named Jordan, who was also orphaned as a baby. Will similar beginnings lead to similar fates? Only time will tell. 
Subject headings:

  • Roosters -- Juvenile fiction
  • Ducklings -- Juvenile fiction
  • Orphans -- Juvenile fiction
  • Adoption -- Juvenile fiction
  • Fathers and sons -- fiction
  • Jerry Windle -- Juvenile fiction
  • Jordan Windle -- Juvenile fiction 

Available: http://anorphannomore.com/

Esta es mi historia

Esta es mi historia 
by María Pereído 
illus. by Núria Fortuny 
Language: Spanish 
Bellaterra, 2016. 
ISBN: 9788472907799 
Summary: Las casualidades de la vida, hicieron que a través de una iniciativa radiofónica de la Librería de la Tolerancia en Onda Verde, María nos conociera en persona y nos dejara que el prólogo de este bellísimo cuento lo realizáramos nosotras. Permanentemente en las librerías y en los rincones de las bibliotecas existen cuentos que explican de dónde venimos y cómo se produce ese fenómeno tan asombroso que es la vida. 
Available: http://libreriaolacacia.com/tienda/libros-diversidad-familiar/esta-es-mi-historia/

Meidän pihan perhesoppa

Meidän pihan perhesoppa 
by Riina Katajavuori; Riikka Toivanen; Maiju Tokola 
illus. by Christel Rönns 
Language: Finnish 
Helsinki : Tammi, © 2015 
34 s. : kuv. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN: 9789513185022 ; 9513185028
Summary: Pontus the Penguin Goes Visiting is a reference book skilfully disguised as a picture book, designed for all families. The story naturally takes the reader from one family to the next as Pontus, the nursery’s soft toy penguin, goes home for the evening with one child in turn. First he visits Kirsikka, then Ilona, Kauri and Malviina. The story amusingly and simply explains how all of them were made in a way that small listeners can easily understand. Along the way we learn about in vitro fertilisation, egg and sperm donation, a two-mum family and adoption. 
Subject headings:

  • perheet
  • erilaisuus
  • koeputkihedelmöitys
  • adoptio

More information: http://www.bonnierrights.fi/books/pontus-the-penguin-goes-visiting-how-we-made-our-families/

Friday, November 11, 2016

Treasure Babies: How two under-the-sea families came to be

Treasure Babies: How two under-the-sea families came to be 
by Whitney Williams 
illus. by Danielle Escamilla 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
34 p. : col. ill. cm. 
ISBN: 1537151541 ; 9781537151540 
Summary: Join Strive, Ora, and their fishy friends as they struggle against the tide through the pain of infertility and discover the hope that doctors can bring, the miracle of new life, and the beauty of shared treasure. "Treasure Babies: How two under-the-sea families came to be" was written to help children understand the basic concepts of infertility, conception through IVF/fertility treatments, and the beauty that is embryo donation/adoption. Great for families who have donated their embryos and for recipient families! Written and illustrated by two moms who've been there, this book, which includes a dedication page, uplifting Bible verses, and a designated area to share your own child's story, is sure to be a helpful tool and true treasure for years to come. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/6507401

To a loving family

To a loving family 
by Dr Jayanthi Raman and Kausalya Raman 
illus. by Lava Raman and Kausalya Raman 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1533023964 ; 9781533023964 
Summary: Children are born and families are formed in a variety of unique and wonderful ways. This book features many ways that families can be created, to help children and young people gain understanding and celebrate diverse family life in the 21st century. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/6244708

Our family, our story: an egg donation story

Our family, our story: an egg donation story 
by Robyn Bowman 
illus. by Gillian Mackie and Angus Mackie 
Language: English 
Fisher King Publishing, 2016. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1910406511 ; 9781910406519 
Summary: Robyn was motivated to write this book when she and her husband were lucky enough to conceive their longed for baby through egg donation. Counselled to explain the process to children at an early age, she searched for a book with the idea that this could be part of his early reading material. His understanding of the concept would grow as he got older. Nothing was exactly what she wanted so she decided to write her own. The result is Our Family, Our Story, a simple, fun to read book which children can access from a very early age. It is an aid to parents who have been through egg-donation to help them develop their child's understanding and sense of self-worth. It is child friendly, wonderfully illustrated and can be personalised. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Our-Family-Story-Egg-Donation/dp/1910406511/

You began as a wish

You began as a wish
by Kim Bergman
illus. by Irit Pollack
Language: English 
More information: http://www.iritpollak.com/you-began-as-a-wish-2

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Our dream come true: an IVF story

Our dream come true: an IVF story 
by Gilly-Elle Wiltshire 
illus. by Tiana Rua 
Language: English 
Lilly Pilly Press, 2016 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0994536631 ; 9780994536631 
Summary: Our Dream Come True is written by the mum of an IVF miracle, this story perfectly captures the IVF journey for young children. Beautiful, rhyming text and adorable illustrations are guaranteed to help children better understand their beginnings and feel proud to be an IVF baby. 
Subject headings:

  • Fertilization in vitro, Human -- Juvenile fiction
  • Conception -- Juvenile fiction
  • Picture books for children
  • Australian

Available: https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Come-True-Gilly-Elle-Wiltshire/dp/0994536631/

Special Me - for IVF Families

Special Me - for IVF Families
by Tara Mitchell 
illus. by Joy Holt 
Language: English 
ISBN: 0995356319 ; 9780995356313 
Summary: Special Me – for IVF Families, is a book for all parents and children who have experienced the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process. It is a poetic story, teamed with beautiful 'Joy Holt' artwork, and gives a non-technical overview of the IVF process, from a child-like story-telling perspective. With emotion and light-heartedness, its themes are ones that IVF parents, whatever their circumstances can relate too; hope, persistence, patience – and it is an easy read that children will love. 
Available: https://specialmebook.com/

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Puntito y su camino a casa (Dotty's way home: a story about surrogacy)

Puntito y su camino a casa (Dotty's way home: a story about surrogacy)
by Carla Vidal
illus. by Aurora Portillo
Language: Spanish and English
More information: http://www.babygest.es/libro-infantil-sobre-gestacion-subrogada-puntito-y-su-camino-a-casa/ 
Website: https://mylittler.com/en/

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sueños de familias: hijos concebidos por técnicas de reproducción asistida

Sueños de familias: hijos concebidos por técnicas de reproducción asistida 
by Marianela Casanova 
illus. by Bellina et al.
Language: Spanish 
Cien Lunas Editorial, 2016.
Available: http://www.idea.me/proyecto/45450/suenos-de-familias

Una historia especial : para hijos de madres soltera por elección

Una historia especial : para hijos de madres soltera por elección 
by Marianela Casanova 
illus. by Victoria Cuello
Language: Spanish 
Cien Lunas Editorial, 2016. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9789873396403
Summary: Pensado para niños de entre 3 y 5 años de edad, el libro ilustrado Una historia especial busca ser una herramienta para el momento en el que una madre soltera por elección le cuenta a su hijo cómo fue concebido, mediante técnicas de reproducción asistida, llamando "a las cosas por su nombre" (no se habla de "semillita" sino de "óvulo" o "espermatozoide", por ejemplo). Este es el primer libro de la región sobre la temática y está basado en una historia real. Cuenta con el aval de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Medicina Reproductiva, de la Sociedad Argentina de Medicina Reproductiva, la Red Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Personas Infértiles (Trascender) y Concebir Asociación Civil. Un día, la madre ve a su hijo jugando a la mamá y al papá, con muñecos que tienen un bebé. A partir de ese juego, su hijo le pregunta cómo llegó al mundo, sin tener un papá. Se destaca además por su calidad editorial, fue ilustrado con técnicas artesanales y sus textos fueron supervisados por la psicóloga especializada en Infertilidad Estela Chardon.
Available: http://shop.galerna.net/

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Verdens sejeste Sebastian

Verdens sejeste Sebastian
by Heidi Pedersen Vestnes
illus. by Oscar Lykkegård Jakobsen
Language: Danish
[S.l.] : [Heidi Pedersen Vestnes], [2016].
27 sider : alle ill. i farver
ISBN: 9788799901517 ; 879990151X
Available: http://www.lfub.dk/naestformand/

Grown in another garden: a surrogacy book for young children

Grown in another garden: a surrogacy book for young children 
by Crystal Falk 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1535559683 ; 9781535559683 
Summary: Grown in Another Garden introduces young children, ages 2 years old to 8 years old, to surrogacy. Follow the story of Mikey and his family as he learns about the unique way he was born into a loving family – through the kindness of a surrogate. Join with him discovers that “sometimes the sweetest and most beautiful creations are grown in another garden.” Mikey's story helps to explain why some families choose surrogates to help grow their families and why surrogates choose to help other families that way. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Surrogacy-Book-Young-Children-Another/dp/1535559683

A special little lamb: a story about donor-assisted conception

A special little lamb: a story about donor-assisted conception 
by Mandy Vorwerg 
Language: English 
Summary: A special little lamb is a children’s story written for children from age 3 up about a sheep named Charlotte who wants a baby lamb of her own but does not have a man sheep to help make a baby. So she goes to a special doctor who together with a kind man sheep help her make a special little lamb of her own grow in her tummy. The story helps to explain why children conceived by donor sperm don’t have a dad.
Available: http://giftovlife.com/resources/reading-material/

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The yearnling - a queer feminist children's book

The yearnling - a queer feminist children's book 
by Susanne Scheerer 
Language: English and German 
Summary: This book is intended for anyone who wants to support love and families of choice seeking to create loving environments for all children. All female lovers with kids, those with the wish to start a family using sperm donation and looking for a new narrative, and all kids (and parents) who are curious to explore the diversity of life, including hetero-normative parents wanting to raise more accepting and diversity-embracing children. 
Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/193272643/the-yearnling-a-queer-feminist-childrens-book

Sunday, June 26, 2016

All our wishes

All our wishes 
written and illustrated by Charles Danziger 
Language: English 
Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2016. 
Summary: Daddy and Papa tell Alouicious the exciting story of how he was born! 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/All-Our-Wishes-Charles-Danziger-ebook/dp/B01GU0Y2R0/

We wished for you

We wished for you 
by Jamie Diestelhorst 
illus. by Hannah Ziemke 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2015. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1530918855 ; 9781530918850 
Summary: A children's story about the surrogacy journey between two families.
Available: https://www.createspace.com/6183528

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Milo's adventures: a story about love

Milo's adventures: a story about love 
by Frankie Nelson, BJ Barone, and Debbie Donsky 
illus. by Debbie Donsky 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
34 p. : col. illus. : cm. 
ISBN: 153284042X ; 9781532840425 
Summary: Told from Milo's perspective, Milo's Adventures is a story of surrogacy, love and becoming a family. The hoping, waiting, excitement, and love are universal experiences of a loving family but Milo's story is unique as he has two daddies, a surrogate and a whole world who celebrates his birth on World Pride Weekend. We hope that this story helps everyone understand that Family is About Love! 
Available: http://familyisaboutlove.com/

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Family Stew: Two moms use a sperm donor to build their family!

Family Stew: Two moms use a sperm donor to build their family! 
by Linda Stamm, Psy.D. 
illus. by Fatima Stamato 
Language: English 
Family Stew, 2016. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0692712305 ; 9780692712306 
Summary: Olivia's moms tell her the charming story of how they became a family through sperm donation. This vividly illustrated and humorous children's book is a wonderful way for children conceived via donor sperm to learn about their origin.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Stew-sperm-donor-family/dp/0692712305/

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The special suitcase: a story about surrogacy

The special suitcase: a story about surrogacy 
by Kari Rosenkrantz 
Language: English 
2013.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hattie Peck

Hattie Peck 
written and illus. by Emma Levey 
Language: English 
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 2016. ©2015. 
27 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm. 
ISBN: 9781634501705 1634501705 
Summary: All Hattie the hen wanted was an egg of her own, so one day she left her cosy coop to go on an adventure to find all the abandoned eggs in the world. 
Subject headings: 

  • Chickens -- Juvenile fiction
  • Eggs -- Juvenile fiction
  • Adoption -- Juvenile fiction
  • Adventure stories
  • Humorous stories
  • Animals -- Farm animals -- Juvenile fiction

Available: http://www.amazon.com/Hattie-Peck-Emma-Levey/dp/1782444785