Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mom and Me...the Way It Should Be!

Mom and Me...the Way It Should Be!
by Tina Rella
illustrated by Monica Meza
Produced by Molly Summer
Language: English
CreateSpace, 2010.
Summary: Shalisse is shopping for groceries with Mom, practicing some of the new words she learned to read in school. She sees some balloons at the checkout counter that spell out "Happy Father's Day." "Mom," she asks, "Why don't I have a father?" Mom tells Shalisse about the unforgettable journey she took to have her, using a sperm donor.
Available: http://lovemakesafamilybooks.com/books-assisted-reproduction.html

Daddy and Pop

Daddy and Pop
by Tina Rella
illustrated by Monica Meza
Produced by Molly Summer
Language: English
CreateSpace, c2010
26 p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 21 cm.
ISBN: 1450554113; 9781450554114
My annotation: When Jessie’s first grade class is asked to draw pictures of their families, Jessie is the first to offer to share hers. When she is all done talking about her two daddies, a girl in her class asks, “Where’s your mom?” to which Jessie replies that she does not have one. “You have to have a mom,” the little girl says. “How could you be born if you didn’t have a mom?” When her daddies pick her up from school and ask her about her day, Jessie asks, apparently for the first time ever, “Am I supposed to have a mom?” to which she does not get an immediate answer from her fathers, but rather a “why do you ask?” question. When she asks where she came from, her daddy replies, “Now THAT is a very special story.” And so they tell her about the “pretty girl” who gave them an egg and the “lovely lady” who carried her to term. The story is partially told in a rhyme that in some parts does not make sense and detracts from the story. The book takes a family-building approach and employs the “helper” script. Recommended for children ages 5-8.
Library of Congress subject headings: 

  • Children of gay parents -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction
  • Gay fathers - Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction
  • Children of gay parents

Available: http://lovemakesafamilybooks.com/books-assisted-reproduction.html
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Daddy-Pop-Tina-Rella/dp/1450554113

One More Giraffe

One More Giraffe
by Kim Noble
illustrated by Stephanie Gibson
Language: English
[United States] : [s.n.], ©2009.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 16 x 18 cm.
ISBN: 0692005781; 9780692005781
Summary: There are many giraffes in Africa. Over 100,000 of them! But, there were two giraffes that wanted there to be one more giraffe. They wanted their own family. They tried and they tried. But a baby giraffe never came. They were very sad. Then they met a kind lady giraffe who wanted to help them. She gave them a very special gift. A doctor helped them with the gift so that they could try to become a Mommy and a Daddy. Not much later, the doctor told them that they were going to have a baby. They were so excited! They patiently waited for the baby to come. They waited... and they waited. Finally, the day came! The baby giraffe was born. They were a proud and happy family. The new Mommy and Daddy loved their baby more than anything else in the whole world.
Available: http://www.onemoregiraffe.com/
Available: http://www.amazon.com/One-More-Giraffe-Kim-Noble/dp/0692005781/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338463324&sr=1-1

Surrogacy, a Magical Delivery

Surrogacy, a Magical Delivery
by Tamra Martin
illustrated by Jason Tinker
Language: English
Durham, CT : Strategic Book Group, ©2011.
27 p. ; col. ill. ; 28 cm.
ISBN: 9781609762100; 160976210X
Summary: A comforting and tender tale of an opossum family longing for a baby of their own. When they learn that they are unable to have a baby the conventional way, they embark on a mission to seek out other alternatives. As the opossum family continues on their quest, they persevere through many obstacles to reach their goal.

The Egg Lady

The Egg Lady
by Nance Ellen
illustrated by Lon Eric Craven
Language: English
Bittersweet Books, c2009.
33 pages
ISBN: 9780615305981
Reading level: Ages 3-6
Review: A “loving couple” wishes and hopes for a baby to share their love with but no baby comes. One day a beautiful woman who calls herself “the egg lady” appears at their door and offers to help them have a baby in the form of a basket of eggs. The couple is encouraged to pick one beautiful egg which the Egg Lady assures them will help them have their baby. Includes an “Our Story” section for readers to share with their children.
Available: http://www.bittersweetbooks.net/

A very special baby (for donor conceived children)

A very special baby (for donor conceived children)
by Amanda MacLeod
illustrated by Sam Taylor
Language: English
[Napier, N.Z. : A. MacLeod, 2010]
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 9780473178062; 0473178060
$95.00 for the set of 5
Summary: Simple introductory stories for young children who are born with the help of egg, sperm and embryo donation.

Other books in the series:
- egg donation

- sperm donation

- embryo donation

- sperm donation to a single woman

- sperm donation to a same sex couple

Available: http://www.dreambaby.co.nz

I can't wait to meet you

I can't wait to meet you 
by Claudia Santorelli-Bates 
illus. by Caleb Sawyer 
Language: English 
Santa Monica, Calif. : So No Wonder Pub., 2010. ISBN: 9780615319353; 0615319351
p. cm. 
Reading level: 6-9.
Summary: Grace and Charlie, a married couple, want to have a baby, but the pregnancy test always shows Grace is not pregnant. So, the couple conceive a baby through in vitro fertilization. Provides a step-by-step description of this method of conception.
Available: http://www.icantwaittomeetyou.com/ Available: http://www.amazon.com/I-Cant-Wait-Meet-You/dp/0615319351/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338462686&sr=1-1

I loVe my Family: A Book about Assisted Conception for Young Children

I love my family: a book about assisted conception for young children
by Tammy Troute-Wood
illus. by Brent Patrick Gough 
Language: English 
[United States] : www.myIVFbooks.com, ©2011. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN: 9780986810701; 0986810703
Reading level: Ages 3-5
Summary: I loVe my Family: A book about assisted conception for young children provides an age-appropriate story for 3 to 5 year olds. The book’s use of diverse pictures, inclusive language, accurate anatomy and family activities provide a tool to explain all manners of assisted conception for all families. The book offers parents information on how to prepare, set the stage and answer questions. The colouring pages provide an opportunity to engage in conversation about values including love, hope and family. A glossary provides alternative words to use for those who prefer plain language rather than medical terminology. The reproductive puzzle allows all families to piece together and celebrate their own family story.
Available: http://myivfbooks.com/
Available: http://www.amazon.com/loVe-Family-assisted-conception-children/dp/0986810703/ref=lh_ni_t

Miracle Baby: How Babies Are Made The IVF Way

Miracle baby : [how babies are made the IVF way] 
by Jennifer Bennett 
illus. by Ailsa Hitton 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, ©2010. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN: 9781452811574; 1452811571
Summary: "This beautifully illustrated and fun to read book explains, in a simple and loving way, how babies are conceived with the help of in vitro fertilization" -- Cover back.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Baby-How-Babies-Made/dp/1452811571/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353842054&sr=8-1&keywords=9781452811574

Why I'm so special : a book about surrogacy

Why I'm so special : a book about surrogacy written by Carla Lewis-Long
illustrated by Jean-Claude Michel 
edited by Bryna Jean-Marie. 
Language: English 
Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, ©2010. 
1 v. (unpaged) ; col. ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN: 143899656X; 9781438996561
Reading level: 2-5
Summary: "This book tackles a very difficult, complicated subject in a sweet, whimisical way. A lighthearted picture book on surrogacy."--Cover p. [4].
Available: http://carladanielle.com/
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Why-Im-So-Special-Surrogacy/dp/143899656X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338462022&sr=8-1

Then there was you : an IVF story

Then there was you : an IVF story 
by Karly Wegner 
illus.by Deanna Bresnehan 
Language: English 
Greenslopes, Qld. : Explaining Conception, 2010. 1 v.
ISBN: 9780980823301; 0980823307
$25.00 AUD
Reading level: Preschool age
Summary: It is a beautifully illustrated, detailed story of IVF which is designed to be read to children from a young age through to the time they can read it themselves.
Available: http://www.explainingconception.com.au/

And Tango makes three

And Tango makes three 
by Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell
illus. by Henry Cole 
Language: English 
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©2005. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm.
ISBN: 0689878451; 9780689878459
Readling level: Ages 4-8
Summary: At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
Review: Central Park Zoo penguins Roy and Silo act like their male/female counterparts and do everything together. Watching the other penguin pairs build a nest, they too build a nest, but unlike the other penguins, their nest remains empty until one day their zookeeper finds an egg that needs to be cared for and brings it to their nest, where it eventually hatches, and Roy and Silo become parents together. Wonderful and clear illustrations. Included on this list because this story can be used as a metaphor for embryo donation and for same sex couples. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Tango-Makes-Three-Justin-Richardson/dp/0689878451/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353843299&sr=1-1&keywords=and+tango+makes+three+by+justin+richardson+and+peter+parnell