Recommended Children’s Books

Recommended Children’s Books for Children of Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Compiled from Various Sources as of June 2012 by Colleen M. Quinn, Esq., The Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center, Fellow – AAAA & AAARTA, http://www.reproductionattorney.com

A Mother for Choco

Recommended by Diane Hinson as her favorite book to read after adopting her own children, which was particularly helpful when she adopted her daughter as a single mother. It is also a great book for showing that families need not look alike or be formed in traditional ways. A Mother for Choco never uses the word “adoption” so it is suitable for use in ART families.

  • By: Keiko Kasza
  • Publisher: Puffin (March 19, 1996)
  • Intended for Children Aged 2+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy

This book tackles a very difficult, complicated subject in a sweet, whimisical way. A lighthearted picture book on surrogacy.

  • By: Carla Lewis Long
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 8, 2010)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies

Why I’m So Special, A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies, tackles a very difficult, complicated subject in a sweet, whimsical way. It is a lighthearted picture book on surrogacy with two daddies. The book is a story that all parents who used a surrogate may share with their young children to let them know just how special they are. This story is ultimately about hope, perseverance, and lots of love.

  • By: Carla Lewis Long
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 15, 2011)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Before You Were Born … Our Wish For A Baby

This is a series of books written for preschoolers that explore the different ways babies are conceived, including IVF, single parents, same-sex parents, surrogacy, and donor sperm and egg. The illustrations in each book are the same, but the text changes depending on the subject.

  • By: Janice Grime
  • Publisher: X, Y, and Me (2004)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Mommy Was Your Tummy Big?

Lovely storybook for younger children. A mother elephant explains the story of her child’s conception through donor egg and IVF. Nice illustrations and simple language will appeal to children.  

  • By:CarolinaNadel
  • Publisher: Mookind Press; 2nd edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3-5+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

My Beginnings: A Very Special Story

A book for younger children that can be put together in different ways to cover IVF, IVF with ICSI, IVF with Donor Sperm, IVF with Donor Egg, donor insemination, donor embryos and frozen embryo transfers. Tells the story of a couple who lead unfulfilled lives before the birth of their child through donor conception. The latest edition of the book has a CD with more information for older children, including “I’m a Little Frostie” which refers to frozen embryos. Recommended by Donor Conception Network, especially for children created by embryo donation.

  • By: Tim Appleton
  • Publisher:IFCResourceCenter(2005)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3-6 years
  • Available at Mybeginnings.com

My Story

Written for children up to age 6 who were conceived through donor insemination used by heterosexual couples. Very simple language. Engaging illustrations.

It Takes Three to Make A Baby

There are three sections to the book, the first is a story about donor conception to be read to the child; the second is a “My Very Own Book about Me,” which can be used to fill in the child’s personal conception story; and the third section provides advice and reassurance for parents on how to tell children their stories and answer their questions. Highly Recommended by Donor Conception Network in the U.K.

And Tango Makes Three

Based on the true-life tale of the 2 male penguins in Central Park who “adopted” a baby penguin. This book is a wonderful resource that shows children how families are made in all different ways.

  • By: Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (April 26, 2005)
  • Intended for Children Aged 4+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Our Story

Three versions of the book include children who were conceived by sperm donation, children conceived through sperm donation to single parent families, children conceived through sperm donation into lesbian families.

My Story: A Child’s Introduction to Donor Insemination

This is an older book that gives an overview of donor insemination for younger children.

  • By: Sheila Cooke
  • Publisher: J W Northend Ltd (October 1991)
  • Intended for Children Aged 4-8 years
  • Out of Print; May Be Hard to Obtain

Mommy Did I Grow in Your Tummy?: Where Some Babies Come From

This story explains the different ways babies are made. It includes IVF, egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy, and adoption.

  • By: Elaine R. Gordon
  • Publisher: Em Greenberg Pr
  • Intended for Children Aged 4-8 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Butterflies and Magical Wings

Written by the mother of two children conceived through donor egg, this story focuses on a butterfly couple who receive help another butterfly with magical spots. Includes very colorful illustrations.

  • By: Amy Margolis
  • Publisher: Any Margolis Publishing (2006)
  • Intended for Children Aged 4-8 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Hope and Will Have A Baby

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.

  • By: Irene Celcer
  • Publisher: Graphite Press (2007)
  • Intended for Children Aged 5-8 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

How Babies and Families are Made: There is More than One Way!

This is a basic sex-education 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 is inclusive enough to open the door for this discussion. The book may be too technical for the younger end of the intended age group, but it is still a worthy addition to your “sex-ed” library or “all families are different and the same collection.”

  • By: Patricia Schaffer
  • Publisher: Tabor Sarah Books (January 1, 1988)
  • Intended for Children Aged 5-9 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Let Me Explain: A Story About Donor Insemination

A little girl explains how she was conceived through artificial insemination and that although she has genes from her mother and a donor, her dad is her only father.

  •  By: Jane T. Schnitter
  • Publisher: Perspectives Press (December, 1995)
  • Intended for Children Aged 6+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Making Miracles

This story book details the friendship between a frog and a young boy, while referring to the topic of assisted conception, leaving it to parents to fill in the details.

  • By: Mal Leicester
  • Publisher: AceBabes (2001)
  • Intended for Children Aged 6+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Where Did I Really Come From? Sexual Intercourse, DI, IVF, GIFT, Pregnancy, Birth, Adoption and Surrogacy

A sex education books that tells about different ways to create a family. Contains nudity.

  • By: Narelle Wickham
  • Publisher: Learn to Include; 2008 edition (September 18, 1992)
  • Intended for Children Aged 6-12 years
  • Out of Print; May Be Hard To Obtain

An Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life: An Egg Donor Story

A touching children s egg donor story about a happy couple of rabbits, Pally and Comet who have everything in life except a baby bunny, you accompany them in their longing for this child, the waiting and the moment the mother is informed she has no eggs to conceive. One day a good lady rabbit brings her a tiny itsy bitsy gift of life, which is the egg, the half, she needs to conceive. The rabbit s tummy then begins to grow and finally her baby bunny is born and the happiness of how this family is formed is shared. The book is very colourful and ideal for children even before they can read, because the pictures are so full of details it easily captures the child s attention. It is my intention that the book should be easy for parents to read to their child so that gradually, as the child grows they will begin to understand their origins, in an easy and amusing manner.

  • By: Carmen Martinez Jover
  • Publisher: Carmen Martinez Jover (2005)
  • Intended for Children Aged 9-12 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

How I Began: The Story of Donor Insemination

This story explains how a couple uses donor sperm to conceive a child. It contains nudity and descriptions of sex, so it is better suited for older children.

  • By: New South Wales Infertility Social Workers Group
  • Publisher: Fertility Society of Australia(1988)
  • Intended for Children Aged 10-14 years
  • Available only in Australia

Special thanks by Colleen Quinn to those who compiled before me:

Dawn Davenport – Creating a Family. http://www.creatingafamily.org/

The Education Committee, Spring 2007, of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproduction Medicine (ASRM): Kim Kluger-Bell, MFT, Chair, Jana Frances Fisher, Ph.D. Jennifer Adams, Ph.D. (based on the Children’s Bibliography compiled by Elaine Gordon, Phd, and Ellen Speyer, MFT)

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Recommended Children’s Books for Children of Assisted Reproductive Technologies


Compiled from Various Sources as of June 2012 by Colleen M. Quinn, Esq., The Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center, Fellow – AAAA & AAARTA, http://www.reproductionattorney.com

A Mother for Choco

Recommended by Diane Hinson as her favorite book to read after adopting her own children, which was particularly helpful when she adopted her daughter as a single mother. It is also a great book for showing that families need not look alike or be formed in traditional ways. A Mother for Choco never uses the word “adoption” so it is suitable for use in ART families.

  • By: Keiko Kasza
  • Publisher: Puffin (March 19, 1996)
  • Intended for Children Aged 2+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy

This book tackles a very difficult, complicated subject in a sweet, whimisical way. A lighthearted picture book on surrogacy.

  • By: Carla Lewis Long
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 8, 2010)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies

Why I’m So Special, A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies, tackles a very difficult, complicated subject in a sweet, whimsical way. It is a lighthearted picture book on surrogacy with two daddies. The book is a story that all parents who used a surrogate may share with their young children to let them know just how special they are. This story is ultimately about hope, perseverance, and lots of love.

  • By: Carla Lewis Long
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 15, 2011)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Before You Were Born … Our Wish For A Baby

This is a series of books written for preschoolers that explore the different ways babies are conceived, including IVF, single parents, same-sex parents, surrogacy, and donor sperm and egg. The illustrations in each book are the same, but the text changes depending on the subject.

  • By: Janice Grime
  • Publisher: X, Y, and Me (2004)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Mommy Was Your Tummy Big?

Lovely storybook for younger children. A mother elephant explains the story of her child’s conception through donor egg and IVF. Nice illustrations and simple language will appeal to children.  

  • By:CarolinaNadel
  • Publisher: Mookind Press; 2nd edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3-5+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

My Beginnings: A Very Special Story

A book for younger children that can be put together in different ways to cover IVF, IVF with ICSI, IVF with Donor Sperm, IVF with Donor Egg, donor insemination, donor embryos and frozen embryo transfers. Tells the story of a couple who lead unfulfilled lives before the birth of their child through donor conception. The latest edition of the book has a CD with more information for older children, including “I’m a Little Frostie” which refers to frozen embryos. Recommended by Donor Conception Network, especially for children created by embryo donation.

  • By: Tim Appleton
  • Publisher:IFCResourceCenter(2005)
  • Intended for Children Aged 3-6 years
  • Available at Mybeginnings.com

My Story

Written for children up to age 6 who were conceived through donor insemination used by heterosexual couples. Very simple language. Engaging illustrations.

It Takes Three to Make A Baby

There are three sections to the book, the first is a story about donor conception to be read to the child; the second is a “My Very Own Book about Me,” which can be used to fill in the child’s personal conception story; and the third section provides advice and reassurance for parents on how to tell children their stories and answer their questions. Highly Recommended by Donor Conception Network in the U.K.

And Tango Makes Three

Based on the true-life tale of the 2 male penguins in Central Park who “adopted” a baby penguin. This book is a wonderful resource that shows children how families are made in all different ways.

  • By: Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (April 26, 2005)
  • Intended for Children Aged 4+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Our Story

Three versions of the book include children who were conceived by sperm donation, children conceived through sperm donation to single parent families, children conceived through sperm donation into lesbian families.

My Story: A Child’s Introduction to Donor Insemination

This is an older book that gives an overview of donor insemination for younger children.

  • By: Sheila Cooke
  • Publisher: J W Northend Ltd (October 1991)
  • Intended for Children Aged 4-8 years
  • Out of Print; May Be Hard to Obtain

Mommy Did I Grow in Your Tummy?: Where Some Babies Come From

This story explains the different ways babies are made. It includes IVF, egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy, and adoption.

  • By: Elaine R. Gordon
  • Publisher: Em Greenberg Pr
  • Intended for Children Aged 4-8 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Butterflies and Magical Wings

Written by the mother of two children conceived through donor egg, this story focuses on a butterfly couple who receive help another butterfly with magical spots. Includes very colorful illustrations.

  • By: Amy Margolis
  • Publisher: Any Margolis Publishing (2006)
  • Intended for Children Aged 4-8 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Hope and Will Have A Baby

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.

  • By: Irene Celcer
  • Publisher: Graphite Press (2007)
  • Intended for Children Aged 5-8 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

How Babies and Families are Made: There is More than One Way!

This is a basic sex-education 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 is inclusive enough to open the door for this discussion. The book may be too technical for the younger end of the intended age group, but it is still a worthy addition to your “sex-ed” library or “all families are different and the same collection.”

  • By: Patricia Schaffer
  • Publisher: Tabor Sarah Books (January 1, 1988)
  • Intended for Children Aged 5-9 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Let Me Explain: A Story About Donor Insemination

A little girl explains how she was conceived through artificial insemination and that although she has genes from her mother and a donor, her dad is her only father.

  •  By: Jane T. Schnitter
  • Publisher: Perspectives Press (December, 1995)
  • Intended for Children Aged 6+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Making Miracles

This story book details the friendship between a frog and a young boy, while referring to the topic of assisted conception, leaving it to parents to fill in the details.

  • By: Mal Leicester
  • Publisher: AceBabes (2001)
  • Intended for Children Aged 6+ years
  • Available at Amazon.com

Where Did I Really Come From? Sexual Intercourse, DI, IVF, GIFT, Pregnancy, Birth, Adoption and Surrogacy

A sex education books that tells about different ways to create a family. Contains nudity.

  • By: Narelle Wickham
  • Publisher: Learn to Include; 2008 edition (September 18, 1992)
  • Intended for Children Aged 6-12 years
  • Out of Print; May Be Hard To Obtain

An Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life: An Egg Donor Story

A touching children s egg donor story about a happy couple of rabbits, Pally and Comet who have everything in life except a baby bunny, you accompany them in their longing for this child, the waiting and the moment the mother is informed she has no eggs to conceive. One day a good lady rabbit brings her a tiny itsy bitsy gift of life, which is the egg, the half, she needs to conceive. The rabbit s tummy then begins to grow and finally her baby bunny is born and the happiness of how this family is formed is shared. The book is very colourful and ideal for children even before they can read, because the pictures are so full of details it easily captures the child s attention. It is my intention that the book should be easy for parents to read to their child so that gradually, as the child grows they will begin to understand their origins, in an easy and amusing manner.

  • By: Carmen Martinez Jover
  • Publisher: Carmen Martinez Jover (2005)
  • Intended for Children Aged 9-12 years
  • Available at Amazon.com

How I Began: The Story of Donor Insemination

This story explains how a couple uses donor sperm to conceive a child. It contains nudity and descriptions of sex, so it is better suited for older children.

  • By: New South Wales Infertility Social Workers Group
  • Publisher: Fertility Society of Australia(1988)
  • Intended for Children Aged 10-14 years
  • Available only in Australia

Special thanks by Colleen Quinn to those who compiled before me:

Dawn Davenport – Creating a Family. http://www.creatingafamily.org/

The Education Committee, Spring 2007, of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproduction Medicine (ASRM): Kim Kluger-Bell, MFT, Chair, Jana Frances Fisher, Ph.D. Jennifer Adams, Ph.D. (based on the Children’s Bibliography compiled by Elaine Gordon, Phd, and Ellen Speyer, MFT)

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