Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mommy and the Love Child : A Solo Mom - Child Family is Created

Mommy and the Love Child : A Solo Mom - Child Family is Created 
by Signe Fjord 
illustrated by Mikkel Brandt Møller 
Language: English 
Inspire & Empower Publishing Ltd., 2014. 
ISBN: 9788792584441 
Available as an ebook from: http://www.SoloMomtoaDonorChild.com
Available in Danish here: http://www.selvvalgtsinglemor.dk/morogkaerlighedsbarnet/

Friday, November 7, 2014

Meus pais e eu: a história de Max

Meus pais e eu: a história de Max 
by Helena Prado Lopes 
illus. by Alessandra Tozi 
Language: Portuguese 
Helena Prado Lopes, 2014. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
Available: helenaprado@globo.com

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wie Lotta geboren wurde

Wie Lotta geboren wurde 
by Ka Schmitz and Cai Schmitz-Weicht 
Language: German 
Atelier 9¾, 2013. 
22. p. : col. ill. ; 14 x 14 cm. 
Summary: Dieses Buch erzählt, wie Lotta von ihrem Papa geboren wurde. Wie das geht? Ganz einfach: Er hat eben auch eine Babyhöhle im Bauch… Das Buch bietet kindgerechte Worte und Bilder zu Samenspende, Ein-Eltern-Familien und Transgeschlechtlichkeit an. Für Kinder ab etwa zweieinhalb Jahren. 
Available: http://www.atelier-neundreiviertel.de/bilderbuecher-regenbogenfamilien/wie-lotta-geboren-wurde/

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dragon loves penguin

Dragon loves penguin 
written and illus. by Debi Gliori 
Language: English 
London : Bloomsbury, 2013. 
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781408839492 1408839490 
Summary: It's bedtime in the land of ice and snow. "Night, night," says Bib's mummy. "Sleep tight," says Bib's daddy. But Bib has a better plan. "Please," says Bib, "can I have a story? The one about dragons." And so begins the heartwarming tale of a dragon in need of an egg and an abandoned egg in need of a mummy. It seems like the perfect fit, but what happens when that egg hatches and the little baby doesn't look like all the other dragons (in fact, he looks remarkably like a penguin)? Of course, his mummy loves him no matter what. But the other babies aren't so sure. Little do they know that being different can be good and soon their little feathered friend is saving the day. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Loves-Penguin-Debi-Gliori/dp/1408839490/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414597902&sr=8-1&keywords=dragon+loves+penguin

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trip en Tux

Trip and Tux 
by Menno Malta 
Language: Dutch 
2014
44 p. : col. ill. cm.
ISBN: 9087593945 ; 9789087593940  
Summary: Trip en Tux is vooral een vrolijk kinderboek, maar het is ook geschreven om het onderwerp van eicel/sperma donatie bespreekbaar te maken bij jonge kinderen. All proceeds from the book go to Unicef. 
Available: http://www.tripentux.nl/

La Búsqueda de Somy, un cuento de madres solteras por elección

La Búsqueda de Somy, un cuento de madres solteras por elección 
by Carmen Martínez Jover 
illus. by Rosemary Martínez 
Language: Spanish 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 6070084209 ; 9786070084201 
Summary: Este libro es para ayudar a las madres solteras por elección a compartir con su hijo como fueron concebidos. Es un cuento de una ardilla, Somy y su deseo de ser madre. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/B%C3%BAsqueda-cuento-solteras-elecci%C3%B3n-Spanish/dp/6070084209/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414317593&sr=1-14

La Quête de Somy, l'histoire d'un choix de devenir mère célibataire

La Quête de Somy, l'histoire d'un choix de devenir mère célibataire 
by Carmen Martínez Jover 
illus. by Rosemary Martínez 
Language: French 
Carmen Martínez Jover, 2014. 
32. p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 6070084217 ; 9786070084218 
Summary: C'est une histoire charmante d'un choix délibéré de devenir mère célibataire, une des nombreuses manières de fonder une famille. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Qu%C3%AAte-lhistoire-devenir-c%C3%A9libataire-French/dp/6070084217/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414317217&sr=1-11

Somy's Search, a single mum by choice story

Somy's Search, a single mum by choice story 
by Carmen Martínez Jover 
illus. by Rosemary Martínez 
Language: English 
Carmen Martínez Jover, 2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 6070083970 ; 9786070083976 
Summary: This is a story to help single mothers by choice to share with their child how they were conceived. Its is a story of a squirrel, Somy, and how she become a Mum. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Somys-Search-single-choice-story/dp/6070083970/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414316995&sr=1-13

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Perché hai due papà?

Perché hai due papà? 
by Francesca Pardi 
illus. by A. Sanmartino and G. Torelli 
Language: Italian 
Milano : Lo Stampatello, 2014. 
32 p. : col. ill. : cm. 
ISBN: 8898312121 ; 9788898312122 
Summary: La vera storia di una famiglia nata dall'amore di due uomini, con l'aiuto della gestazione di sostegno. Con parole semplici e lineari si spiega come nascono i bambini quando in famiglia nessuno può avere il pancione. Un racconto che aiuta a chiarirsi le idee, adulti e bambini. Età di lettura: da 6 anni. 
Available: http://www.lostampatello.com/catalogo21.html

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Piccola storia di una famiglia : perchè hai due mamme?

Piccola storia di una famiglia : perchè hai due mamme? 
by Francesca Pardi 
illus. by BUM 
Language: Italian 
[Milano] : Lo stampatello, 2011. 
[6] c. ill. 15x15 cm. 
ISBN: 9788890579905 ; 8890579900 
Summary: Meri e Franci si amavano, proprio come un uomo e una donna, e volevano avere una famiglia... Con parole semplici e chiare si racconta come nasce una famiglia omogenitoriale, cosa significa procreazione assistita e come succede che un bambino abbia due mamme. Età di lettura: da 6 anni. 
Available: http://www.lostampatello.com/catalogo1.html

Friday, October 17, 2014

Your story: How some special babies are made

Your story: How some special babies are made 
written and illus. by Gina Hashrard 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2014. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 150077474X ;9781500774745 
Summary: This is a book for young children who have been conceived by egg donation. Professional guidance dictates that the parents of egg-donor children may like to raise their child with the knowledge that they are from an egg-donor pregnancy. That way, the children can grow up with the knowledge of where they come from, and the fact will always be there, ready to be processed when they start to understand the facts of life. This book is intended to help parents with this task. It is targeted at very young children (aged 2 to 4 years), with lots of big pictures and few words. It explains how their parents fell in love but did not have a baby, so they went to the hospital and someone special gave them an egg. As with all books in the 'Your Story' series, there is a space for a picture of the child concerned on the last page. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/150077474X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ruby's Story: An Embryo Adoption Journey

Ruby's Story: An Embryo Adoption Journey 
by W. Kathryn Clark and Joann Curtrara 
illus. by Steve Kim 
Language: English 
40 p : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0990348202 ; 9780990348207 
Summary: This heartwarming story describes the journey of how one family comes together through the miracle of Embryo Adoption. We join a mother recounting her embryo adoption journey to her daughter, Ruby, who is now around 5 years old. The mother is a single woman who was never able to find her "special someone" to start a family with; she is introduced to the donating family through a friend. The story provides an age-appropriate explanation of IVF, embryo adoption and genetic relationships, and also focuses on the social aspect of adoption. In the US alone there are half-a-million frozen embryos in storage that have been created for IVF. Once family building is complete, many parents struggle with the decision of what the next steps are for their frozen embryos. Embryo Adoption is a unique opportunity for couples and individuals experiencing infertility to build their own family by giving these embryos a home. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Rubys-Story-Embryo-Adoption-Journey/dp/0990348202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413548614&sr=8-1&keywords=Ruby%27s+Story%3A+An+Embryo+Adoption+Journey

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Di mamma ce n'è una sola

Di mamma ce n'è una sola 
by Isabella Paglia 
Language: Italian 
Casalecchio di Reno (BO) : Fatatrac, 2012. 
1 vol. (non paginato) : ill. 
ISBN: 9788882222765 ; 8882222764 
Summary: La parola mamma all'orecchio di ogni bambino suona magica. Ma chi è una mamma? Quante mamme può avere un bambino? Quanti modi esistono per venire al mondo? Una storia tenera, che scalda il cuore e fa sorridere e riflettere sulle diverse maniere che esistono per "arrivare" in una famiglia: il concepimento naturale, quello in provetta e l'adozione. Il tutto spiegato ai piccoli uditori da buffi bambini coloratissimi usciti dall'allegro pennello di Francesca Cavallaro con linguaggio semplice e comprensibile. Un libro divertente per educare ad argomenti importanti e attuali. Età di lettura: da 4 anni. 
Available: http://www.amazon.it/Di-mamma-n%C3%A8-una-sola/dp/8882222764

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children

The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children 
written and illustrated by Kimberly Kluger-Bell 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013. 
24 p. col ill. cm. 
ISBN: 1482621525 ; 9781482621525
Summary: The Very Kind Koala is a charming picture book for young children which provides an introduction to surrogacy through the simple story of a koala bear and her husband who needed the help of a very kind koala to carry their baby in her pouch. Parents can begin reading this story to children as young as 3 years of age to begin the dialog about their own helpful surrogate. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4184368

The Seed, The Egg, and The Magic Love Tummy

The Seed, The Egg, and The Magic Love Tummy 
by Grandpa 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2014. 
74 p. cm. 
ISBN: 1499193696 ; 9781499193695 
Summary: An illustrated first storybook, for under fives, designed to explain, in simple childlike terms, the process of IVF donor conception to children conceived as the result of sperm or egg donation. Fuzzy Bobbit is an inquisitive little rabbit who wants an answer to the question: "Where do babies come from?" He quizzes his little playmates, Frisky Rufus the red squirrel, Smartypants Slipper the weasel, and Bumble Firkin the shrew, but they are no use. So Fuzzy sets out to question the grown ups. His quest takes him far and wide through the forest. Along the way he meets a host of woodland creatures - Mr and Mrs Burrows, the moles, Colonel Knocker the woodpecker, Mr Skitter the squirrel, Doctor Barcode the badger, Nurse Prickles the hedgehog, and the Right Reverend Dr Plumage the kingfisher Bishop of Ash Grove. After an encounter with the French fox, Monsieur Renard and the Spanish dove, Signora Paloma, Fuzzy finds himself standing in front of his headmaster, Professor Hoot the owl. With the professor's help the little rabbit is finally able to unravel the mystery of The Seed, The Egg, and the Magic Love Tummy. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4767853

The extra button

The extra button
by Jules Blundell 
illus. by Fefe 
Language: English 
Surrey Hills, Vic. : Michael Hanrahan Publishing, 2014.
44 p. cm. 
ISBN: 9780992418212 
Summary: Benny and Rose wanted more than anything to have their own family. This is their journey. In this gorgeous picture book Jules uses a story about a gingerbread couple as a metaphor to explain the difficult concept of donor conception to young children. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/The-Extra-Button-Jules-Blundell/dp/0992418208#

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Zak's safari : a story for donor-conceived kids of two-mom families

Zak's safari : a story for donor-conceived kids of two-mom families
by Christy Tyner
illus. by Ciaee
Language: English
Available: http://www.zaks-safari.com/

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Pea That Was Me : A Two Dads' Egg Donation and Surrogacy Story

The Pea That Was Me : A Two Dads' Egg Donation and Surrogacy Story 
written and illus. by Kimberly Kluger-Bell 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2014 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1499746695 ; 9781499746693
Summary: Reading this book to your child is a wonderful way to introduce them to the idea that a doctor, a nice egg donor, and a very kind surrogate helped to bring them into their loving family. The very basic facts that to make a baby you need an egg, a sperm and a tummy for the baby to grow in are introduced in an age appropriate manner. Emphasis is on how much these children are wanted and cherished, and how many other people were happy to help! 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4834676

The Pea That Was Me : A Two Moms Sperm Donation Story

The Pea That Was Me : A Two Moms Sperm Donation Story 
written and illus. by Kimberly Kluger-Bell 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2014 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1495290042 ; 9781495290046 
Summary: The Pea That Was Me is wonderful introduction for children to the fact that a donor helped to bring them into the loving arms of their "two moms." The basic fact that it takes an egg ("from a lady") and a sperm ("from a man") to make a baby that "grows in mommy's tummy" is introduced in a gentle and light-hearted way. Reading this one of a kind book opens the door to further talk about donors, how happy you are to have these special children, and how grateful you are to the doctor and the donor who helped! 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4631754

Monday, July 21, 2014

It takes love (and some other stuff) to make a baby

It takes love (and some other stuff) to make a baby 
by L. L. Bird 
illus. by Patrick Girouard 
Language: English 
Catadon Press, 2014 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: It Takes Love (and some other stuff) to Make a Baby is a book for kids in two-mom families born via donor insemination. Using bright illustrations and simple, concrete language, It Takes Love explains the basics of reproduction and introduces the concept of the donor. 
Available: http://www.catadonpress.com/

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I am extra special: an IVF story

I am extra special: an IVF story 
by Belinda Messer and Rosie Luik 
illus. by Jessica Smith 
Language: English 
2014 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9780992538705
Summary: Our first children's book in the "I Am Extra Special" series. An IVF story is aimed at children aged 4-10 years and explains how they were conceived using IVF. It is a beautifully illustrated story book dedicated to all the "Extra Special" babies of IVF. 
Available: http://www.iamextraspecial.com/

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nora y Zoe: dos mamás para un bebé

Nora y Zoe: dos mamás para un bebé 
by Rosa Maestro 
illus. by Barbara Guillén Feltrer 
Language: Spanish 
Masola.org, 2014. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8461693892; 9788461693894 
Summary: Un cuento infantil, en el que dos mujeres se enamoran y deciden ser mamás. Recurren a las doctora Lola que les regalará una semillita mágica con la que lograr su sueño. Un cuento adaptado a los diferentes modelos de familia y hacer más visible las técnicas de reproducción asistida. 
Available: http://www.amazon.es/Nora-Zoe-mam%C3%A1s-para-bebe/dp/8461693892/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403002435&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=nora+ya+zoe+maestro

Unsere Familie: Ein Buch für Wunschkinder nach Samenspende, die mir ihrer Solomutter aufwachsen

Unsere Familie: Ein Buch für Wunschkinder nach Samenspende, die mir ihrer Solomutter aufwachsen 
by Petra Thorn and Margaret Ritter 
illus. by Tiziana Rinaldi 
Language: German 
Mörfelden: Fam-ART-Verlag, 2014. 
ISBN 9783945275023 
Summary: Immer mehr alleinstehende Frauen setzen ihren Kinderwunsch mit Hilfe einer Samenspende um. Dieses Aufklärungsbuch ist für ihre Kinder geschrieben. Es beschreibt in einfacher Sprache und mit bezaubernden Bildern, wie Solomütter mit Hilfe einer medizinischen oder persönlichen Samenspende ein Kind bekommen und Familie werden können. 
Available: http://wegert.famart.de/shop/kinderbuecher/unsere-familie-ein-buch-fuer-wunschkinder-nach-samenspende-die-mit-ihrer-solo-mutter-aufwachsen/

Thursday, May 15, 2014

כלי נרגש מספור המפגש בין זרעון לבין ביצית : ספור של הפריה חוץ גופית ולדתו של "ילד מבחנה"

כלי נרגש מספור המפגש בין זרעון לבין ביצית : ספור של הפריה חוץ גופית ולדתו של "ילד מבחנה" 
by קריגר, אסתר. 
Language: Hebrew  
א. קריגר, 
2013 
col. ill. ; cm.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome to the family

Welcome to the family
by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith
Language: English
London : Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2014.
32 p. cm.
ISBN: 9781847804617; 1847804616
Summary: This book takes one element of The Great Big Book of Families – the arrival of new members into a family – and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex families and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family. The approach will follow the Great Big Book series, with twelve double spreads each exploring one theme, and including lots of humour, jokes and fun along the way. This is a unique information book, with an important and positive message – every family is different and every family is equally valid and special, no matter how or when the children arrive.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Family-Mary-Hoffman/dp/1847804616

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Daddy and Papa's Little Angels: Acceptance of All Kinds of People

Daddy and Papa's Little Angels: Acceptance of All Kinds of People 
by Mystique Ann U'Nique 
illus. by Jackie Crofts 
Language: English 
Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, 2013 
40 p. : col. ill ; 21.3 x 27.5 cm 
ISBN: 1491846062; 9781491846063 
Summary: This children's book was inspired by Elton John's concern over his son Zachary having two homosexual dads. This book was written to promote love and compassion for homosexual families, those living with AIDS, and those who choose to have children via surrogacy. I also wrote to encourage older people who choose to start families. I wrote this book to help take away any related stigmas. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1491846062/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Slottet med de mange værelser : hvordan er du blevet til?

Slottet med de mange værelser : hvordan er du blevet til? 
by Helene Goldberg and Maruska la Cour Mosegaard 
illus. by Kirsten Gjerding 
Language: Danish 
Århus : Turbine, 2008. 
[36] sider : alle ill. i farver ; 30 cm. 
ISBN: 9788792208958; 8792208959 
Summary: I den tid vi lever i er det ikke alle børn, der er resultatet af en tur i soveværelset. Mange er blevet til på en helt anden måde, og disse børn kar også krav på forklaring på spørgsmålet: Hvor kommer jeg fra? 
Available: http://www.godeboerneboeger.dk/Slottet-med-de-mange-vaerelser.html

Karla leger "mor og børn"

Karla leger "mor og børn" 
by Pia Olsen og Karla Elena Olsen 
illus. by Ina Korneliussen 
Language: Danish 
[Århus] : Siesta, 2012. 
[28] sider : alle ill. i farver. 
ISBN: 9788792893284; 8792893287 
Summary: Hvordan laver man børn, når mor ikke har fundet en far? Det ved Karla godt, også selvom hun kun er 4 år. Karla er blevet til ved hjælp af en sæddonor. Hendes mor har fortalt, hvordan sædcellen og ægget bliver til en baby. Hun ved også nogenlunde, hvad en sæddonor er, men hun ved ikke så meget om, hvordan det er at have en far. Når Karla leger med sine dukker, leger hun mor og børn. I børnehaven hedder den samme leg far, mor og børn. Det er også en sjov leg, bare Karla ikke skal være faren - hun vil være babyen, eller moren. Karla leger mor og børner en ælle-bælle-bolle-bog for en ny type familie, der er blevet til ved hjælp af en sæddonor. Og så handler den om at vokse op i en familie uden far. Bogen kan læses som en efterfølger til Hvor er Karlas far? Bogen henvender sig til børn i alderen 3-6 år.
Available: http://www.salling.dk/shop/search-1.html?keyword=pia+olsen

Hvor er Karlas far?

Hvor er Karlas far? 
by Pia Olsen and Karla Elena Olsen 
illus. by Ina Korneliussen Language: Danish 
Århus : Siesta, 2011. 
28 sider : alle ill. 
ISBN: 9788792539564; 8792539564 
Summary: Bogen Hvor er Karlas far? handler om to årige Karla, der blevet til ved hjælp af en sæddonor - det har hendes mor forklaret hende. Karla forstår ikke helt, hvad en sæddonor er, men han må være en flink mand, for han har hjulpet mor og Karla, så de kunne få hinanden. Og så morfar og mormor og Karla kunne få hinanden. Men sæddonoren kan ikke hjælpe Karla med at få en far. Karlas ven Ferdinand kan ikke helt forstå, hvorfor Karla ikke har en far. Ferdinand har en far - og det har babyspøgelset inde under sofaen også. Hvor er Karlas far? er den første danske børnebog, der henvender sig til børn, som er blevet til ved hjælp af en kendt eller anonym sæddonor. Et stigende antal danske kvinder vælger at få børn ved hjælp af en sæddonor. Men hvordan fortæller man om det? Eksperter anbefaler at tale med børnene om, hvordan de er blevet til, så tidligt som muligt. Bogen Hvor er Karlas far? henvender sig til børn i 2-5 års alderen. Den leverer enkle forklaringer på naturlige spørgsmål. Bogen er en god anledning til at tage den nødvendige snak med sit barn. Den kan også være et redskab for bedsteforældre, pædagoger og andre, som er usikre på, hvordan de skal tackle det, når barnet spørger til sin ’far’. Men vigtigst af alt er, at bogen ’klæder barnet på’ til at svare, når kammeraterne spørger: Hvor er din far? 
Available: http://www.salling.dk/shop/search-1.html?keyword=pia+olsen

The pea that was me: a single mom's sperm donation children's story

The pea that was me: a single mom's sperm donation children's story 
written and illustrated by Kimberly Kluger-Bell 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 149357454X; 9781493574544 
Summary: The Pea That Was Me is a charming introduction to sperm donation for kids of single moms by choice for children ages 3 and up. In a positive and upbeat way, children are told about it takes a sperm and an egg to make "a little pea", that grows into baby, and then becomes a little boy or girl. Emphasis is on how much the child was wanted, and how grateful mommy is to the "very kind donor" who helped make it all possible.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/The-Pea-That-Was-Volume/dp/149357454X 
Author's Web site: http://www.booksfordonorkids.com/

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Noortje : dochter van een Bewust Alleenstaande Moeder

Noortje : dochter van een Bewust Alleenstaande Moeder
by Simone Scholtens
Language: Dutch
[Zwolle] : Bergboek, 2013.
27 p. : ill. ; 16x16 cm.
ISBN: 9789491186165 9491186167
My annotation: Noortje: the daughter of a conscious single mother is the beginning of a story of a mom who had her child via a known donor. Noortje lives in a big house with a cat that is currently pregnant with kittens. Because the cat’s belly is getting bigger, Noortje's questions begin. She asks her mom, "Mom, was I in your belly when I was a baby?" Yes her mom tells her. Noortje then asks, "How did I get in your belly?" That’s when her mom begins to tell her how babies are made with the egg of a mommy and the seeds of a daddy. But Noortje is confused at first because she only has a mom and no dad. Noortje has a “donor” though, her mom tells her, who gave his “seeds” to mom so that mom could have the baby she wanted so very much. Noortje’s mom explains to her that when seeds and eggs meet, babies begin to grow. Mom tells Noortje that she knows the donor, but does not explain how, who he is, or why she used a donor, so these details are left out. However, this book is just the beginning of the story and was written specifically for this child by this mother. It is presumed that Noortje is still very young and has only just begun to ask these questions so the story provides just enough information to satisfy her questions at this point. In this story, the donor actually comes to see Noortje after she is born and is “speechless” at what a beautiful baby she is. At the end, "Mama was very happy that the donor had given his seeds because now she had the sweetest baby in the world." Other than “donor,” and "seeds" and "eggs," no other terminology is introduced. The book takes a family-building approach even though the word family is never used. This is because Noortje’s conception is not heavily emphasized in the book but rather, how she came to be a part of this mother-child twosome is what is highlighted. This book employs “the helper” script. Noortje’s mom is the illustrator of the book and her illustrations are well-drawn black and white pencil illustrations against a colored watercolor background. The book is recommended for children ages 3-5 and is only available in Dutch.
Web site: http://noortje-dochtervaneenbewustalleenstaandemoeder.nl/index.html

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wo der nordwind weht

Wo der nordwind weht 
by Margaret P. Ritter 
illus. by Karina Wacker 
Language: German
Vienna : Bright Knight Books, 2013. 
15 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9783950342017 
My annotation: This book is the first children’s book published out of Austria about donor conception. It is written as a fairy tale by a single mother for her daughter and is a warm, loving tribute to the miracle of her daughter’s very existence. It begins as her daughter Sunny, an impatient soul waits to be born, dying to be born, so that she may “let her light shine and … set free all her sparkling vitality on earth among the living.” But she must wait until the right person selects her so that she may be born. The book talks about how the souls of all children are meant to be no matter how they get here and that children must wait until they are “struck by … (the) shooting beam of (the) love” of their parents to be born into the “garden of life.” It hints that a man is needed in order to make a baby but also hints at immaculate conception as Sunny was conceived “without a man so much as touching” her mother. She was conceived in Denmark, the land “where the northwind blows” and the country to which her mother traveled from Austria where the use of sperm donation for single mothers and lesbians is rather liberal. It is an entirely personal story, written by this mother for this child and although it never uses the word “donor” or any of the usual terms associated with assisted conception, the book does however use big words like “bagatelle,” “pristine,” and “joi-de-vivre.” The book presents the “labor of love” script and takes both a family-building and a child-conception approach and ultimately counsels to both children and adults that we have the children we are meant to have. Although the concepts presented here are a bit abstract for younger children, the book was inspired by her three-year-old daughter's question, "Mama, where is my father?" For this reason it is recommended both for children ages 3-5 and 5-8. Simultaneously published in both German and English.
Available: http://www.amazon.de/Wo-Nordwind-weht-M-Ritter/dp/3950342001/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392557115&sr=1-1&keywords=wo+der+nordwind+weht

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gal and Noa's daddies

Gal and Noa's daddies 
by Shosh Pinkas 
illus. by Julia Philiphone-Erez 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1494442531; 9781494442538 
Summary: Noa and Gal have two fathers, Itai and Yoav. They call them by their nicknames, Daddy-Yo and Daddy-I. Noa and Gal were born to gay parents in a process called surrogacy, with the help of two special women that enabled the arrival of the twins into the world. In this unique book, the writer, Shosh Pinkas, shares the story of many same-sex families around the world. Gal and Noa's Daddies describes in a simple, clear, and humorous way, without any apologies, a loving and caring same-sex family. This is a brave and important book for children, and it also provides an appropriate answer for the needs of adults, as well. Family members, teachers, and friends will learn how to cope with the questions of curious children who seek to know more about the different types of families they see around them. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4566217

Friday, December 27, 2013

Where the northwind blows

Where the northwind blows 
by Margaret P. Ritter 
illus. by Karina Wacker 
Language: English 
Vienna : Bright Knight Books, 2013. 
15 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9783950342017 
My annotation: This book is the first children’s book published out of Austria about donor conception. It is written as a fairy tale by a single mother for her daughter and is a warm, loving tribute to the miracle of her daughter’s very existence. It begins as her daughter Sunny, an impatient soul waits to be born, dying to be born, so that she may “let her light shine and … set free all her sparkling vitality on earth among the living.” But she must wait until the right person selects her so that she may be born. The book talks about how the souls of all children are meant to be no matter how they get here and that children must wait until they are “struck by … (the) shooting beam of (the) love” of their parents to be born into the “garden of life.” It hints that a man is needed in order to make a baby but also hints at immaculate conception as Sunny was conceived “without a man so much as touching” her mother. She was conceived in Denmark, the land “where the northwind blows” and the country to which her mother traveled from Austria where the use of sperm donation for single mothers and lesbians is rather liberal. It is an entirely personal story, written by this mother for this child and although it never uses the word “donor” or any of the usual terms associated with assisted conception, the book does however use big words like “bagatelle,” “pristine,” and “joi-de-vivre.” The book presents the “labor of love” script and takes both a family-building and a child-conception approach and ultimately counsels to both children and adults that we have the children we are meant to have. Although the concepts presented here are a bit abstract for younger children, the book was inspired by her three-year-old daughter's question, "Mama, where is my father?" For this reason it is recommended both for children ages 3-5 and 5-8. Simultaneously published in both German and English.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Where-Northwind-Blows-Margaret-Ritter/dp/395034201X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391589987&sr=8-1&keywords=northwind+ritter

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Chérubine et la poule qui ne pondait pas

Chérubine et la poule qui ne pondait pas
by Sabine Debrus
illus. by Taylor Brandon
Language: French
CreateSpace, 2013
39 p. : col. ill. ; 16 x 22 cm.
ISBN: 1492796603; 9781492796602
Summary: This book, written for children, is the story of one woman’s fertility journey and of all of the methods of ART she tried until she finally decided to adopt. It conveys one woman’s determination to try absolutely everything to have her own child. The story is told in rhyme, and it is the story of Angelina, a chicken who was despondent because she could not lay any eggs. Along with her angel dog Chérubine, she travels the world for a cure but nothing she tries works for her. Even after failure after failure she does not give up. She is determined to lay her own egg, and one day she finally does, but the egg is cracked. It is therefore not a viable egg. At this point, she does decide to give up, until her chicken friend, Dee, overhears her sadness and decides to take one of the three eggs she is currently laying on and says, ‘Please don’t be blue. I can’t think of a hen who’d be a better mommy than you!” Angelina is overjoyed and hugs the egg to her heart. “Soon the egg hatched and Angelina’s heart filled with joy! For she had a little baby chick, a bouncing baby boy!” This book clearly can be used to begin a discussion of egg donation with a child, but it can be used by any mother who has tried any path to motherhood through any method of ART as the author tried all of them. The book takes a child-conception approach and employs “the helper” and the “labor of love” scripts. There are full-color cartoon drawings and the book is recommended for ages 3-5.
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4453674

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

God wanted me! God created me!

God wanted me! God created me! 
written and illus. by Teresa Adams 
Language: English 
Mustang, OK : Tate Publishing, 2009. 
25 p. : col. ill. ; 15 x 23 cm. 
ISBN: 9781607999577 
My annotation: This book takes a deeply religious approach with a child conceived via sperm or egg donation. Assuming that the child has already been told about their donor conception, this book aims to comfort the child who may feel unsettled by the fact that they do not know their biological parent. Throughout, Bible quotes are strung together and meant to comfort a child by explaining how much God loves him or her and that although he or she may not know or even ever know their biological mother or father, it does not matter as much as knowing that they are God’s child. As the book says, “You will save yourself a lot of time by not being preoccupied with the past and searching for the person who released the egg or sperm that helped to form you.” The text soon ends with this quote from Psalms “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.” (Psalms 27:10). The gist of the book is that you may want to search for your biological parents, but you are better off searching for God, for it was God who truly made you. The book ends with this prayer to God “Today, I choose my future with you and I trust that you will deliver me from feelings of loneliness, incompleteness, anger, rejection, and hurt regarding my biological mother/father.” This book is suitable for both donor-conceived as well as adopted children. There are full color illustrations and the book is recommended for children ages 5-8. 
Available: https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60799-957-7

Friday, December 6, 2013

Hope & Will have a baby: the gift of sperm donation

Hope & Will have a baby: the gift of sperm donation 
by Iréné Celcer 
illus. by Horacio Gatto 
Language: English 
Niskayuna, N.Y. : Graphite, ©2006. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm. 
ISBN: 9780975581032; 0975581031 
My annotation: Matthew loves to hear his “family’s special fairy tale.” It is the story of what his parents went through in order to bring him into the world. It begins with a brief introduction to human reproduction, not the sex part, but how babies grow in uteruses and start out as embryos. After many months of trying to have a baby, Hope and Will, Matthew’s mom and dad, visit a doctor who eventually tells them “that they were not going to be able to make a baby together.” This is heartbreaking news. Although the book does not explain the nature of the couple’s infertility, the doctor tells them they can however try donor insemination, at this point introducing children to the term “sperm donor.” The book also introduces children to other big words like “sonogram,” “uterus,” “embryo,” and “sperm” in addition to the term "donor." In addition to the big words, the book also introduces children to big concepts like patience and sadness and shows how painful, frustrating, and difficult the process of trying to have a baby can be, as well as the depression that can set in when trying so hard is not working. In the end though, Matthew’s parents “were very proud of each other and their sperm donor. And “thanks to their combined efforts and his kindness” they became a family. The book takes a child-conception and a family-building approach and employs the “nuts & bolts,” "the helper," and the "labor of love" scripts. The full-color illustrations are appealing and professionally rendered. Recommended for children ages 5-8. 
Available: http://graphitepress.com/bookstore/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=31 
Author's Web site: http://www.hopeandwill.com/pages/main/synopsis.php

Before you were born : our wish for a baby

618.178
RG134 .G75 2004
Before you were born : our wish for a baby
by Janice Grimes
illustrations by Mary Moye-Rowley
Language: English
Webster, Iowa : X, Y, and Me, ©2004.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN: 0975502883; 9780975502884
My annotation: “Please tell me the story of your wish for a baby,” the little bear boy asks his father at the beginning of the book. This is not the first time he has heard the story but he absolutely loves to hear how much his parents wanted him. When his parents wish for a baby did not come true at first, they go to the hospital to see a “special doctor,” who tells them that Daddy does not have the “special cell” needed to make a baby. There was however, a “nice man” called a "donor" who was willing to give one of his special cells. When the time was right, the special cells were placed inside Mommy and a baby started to grow and “That baby was you! Before we could see you, before we could touch you, we knew that we loved you.” This is a simple and tender story that conveys to a child just how much they were wished for and wanted. It is unusual in that it is the father telling the story and not the mother, as nearly all of the other children’s books about ART are narrated by a female voice. This is one in a series of stories written by a registered nurse who works in an IVF clinic. It takes a family-building approach and a child-conception approach and employs the “spare parts,” the “labor of love,” and “the helper” scripts. Very cute illustrations, professionally rendered, depict a father and son bear family, but the mother is not present. The book does not introduce children to the words, “sperm” and “egg” but it does introduce the word “donor.” Recommended for children ages 3-5.
Available: http://www.xyandme.com/XYMe-Books.htm

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The story of our family : a book for lesbian families with children conceived by donor insemination

The story of our family : a book for lesbian families with children conceived by donor insemination 
by Petra Thorn and Lisa Green
illus. by Tiziana Rinaldi 
Language: English 
Mörfelden : FamART-Verlag, 2013.
30 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm. x 21 cm.
ISBN: 9783981141030 
My annotation: This is the story of a Mommy and Mama who loved each other very much and wanted to have a baby, so the women go to see a doctor who helps couples have children. At this point, there are two page 8's, one describing self-insemination with a known donor (“They knew a man who was happy to give them sperm.”) and one describing insemination with an unknown donor (“The doctor put the sperm from a nice man into Mommy’s tummy.”) You can skip over one or the other depending on your own insemination experience. This book is written by two Ph.D’s, with a combined experience of over forty years working as family therapists, one of whom is a lesbian mother herself via DI. It is a simple story which, when read to your child, provides room for you to tell your own family story. The book also introduces children to the words, “sperm,” and “egg” (“Babies grow when the egg from a woman and a sperm from a man come together.”). This book takes a family-building approach and employs the “labor of love” and “the helper” scripts. Full-color professional illustrations render a very happy couple, a doctor, and a donor even though the word “donor” is not introduced. Recommended for children ages 3-5.
Available: http://www.famart.de/shop/kinderbuecher/the-story-of-our-family-a-book-for-lesbian-parents-with-children-conceived-by-donor-insemination/

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mom, Mama, and Me... and How I Came to Be!

Mom, Mama, and Me... and How I Came to Be! 
by Tina Rella
illus. by Monica Meza
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2010. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; 20 x 25 cm. 
ISBN: 9781452875668; 1452875669
My annotation: Told in both the first and third person, this is the story of Jonathan and his two moms. When one day at school, someone asks him what his parents do for a living, he tells them what his moms do. “But where’s your dad?” the other child asks, and Jonathan does not know what to say. At home he asks, “Do I have a Daddy?” to which his moms reply: “...love makes a family, yes it’s true/Love makes a family - me and you/There’s nothing better we could have done/We always knew that you were the one!” The next page features the “Family Fertility Center” about which his parents begin to explain how a “nice young man … donated his sperm,” which a doctor mixed with “our eggs.” Although the book introduces the terms, “sperm,” “egg,” “embryo,” and “donate,” the part about mixing the sperm with “our eggs” might have to be explained as the book’s attempt  at rhyme is confusing in parts: “The doctor mixed our eggs with the sperm/Which stayed in a dish for a very short term.” Still, this is an introduction to sperm donation and in vitro fertilization for young children with two mothers. This book takes a family-building approach and employs the “families are made differently” and a little bit of “the helper” script. Full -color illustrations depict a multi-racial lesbian couple. Recommended for ages 3-5.
Available: https://www.createspace.com/3454840

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Our story (sperm donation for solo mums)

Our story (sperm donation for solo mums)
by Nicola Baxter; Donor Conception Network
Language: English
Nottingham : Donor Conception Network, ©2002.
24 p. : col. ill. ; 20 x 21 cm.
ISBN: 0954399501
My annotation: A little boy begins to ask his mum if he has a dad like the other children at school. His mum replies that there are several different types of families, including the one like theirs where it is “just us.” The boy then asks,  “But did I ever have a dad?” to which his mum begins to tell him how much she really wanted him but that she just did not “meet the right person to be a dad.” She begins to tell him how a sperm from a man and an egg from a woman are necessary to make a baby but that “some very kind men gave some of their sperm so that women like me could have babies.” The little boy then asks if they know anything about “the man who helped you to make me?” to which the mum replies that she just knows a few things like the colour of his eyes, the colour of his hair, and how tall he is. She also adds that “there are lots of lucky families like us,” assuring her son that he is not the only one who was brought into the world this way. This book is an introduction to anonymous sperm donation for children, although it does not introduce children to the term “donor.” It takes a family-building approach and employs the “families are made differently” and “the helper” scripts. It is in full-color and hand-drawn by various children who depict people of all colors and sizes. Recommended for children ages 3-5.
Available: http://www.dcnetwork.org/products/product/our-story-sperm-donation-solo-mums

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Our story (sperm donation for lesbian couples)

Our story (sperm donation for lesbian couples) 
by Nicola Baxter; Donor Conception Network
Language: English 
Nottingham : Donor Conception Network, ©2002.
24 p. : col. ill. ; 20 x 21 cm. 
ISBN: 095439951X 
My annotation: Told by the child, this is the story of a little boy who lives with his two mums. The story begins when he asks the question, “Do I have a dad?” Without answering the question, the mums explain that there are many different kinds of families; some with a mum and a dad, some with just a mum, and some with just a dad. Not quite satisfied with this explanation, the child asks a second question, “...did I ever have a dad?” That’s when his mums feel compelled to explain to him how much they really wanted a baby and begin to tell him how babies are made with sperm from a man and eggs from a woman. Although the mums do not mention how exactly babies are made with these two things, they tell their son that they had to go to the hospital to get some help and that “some very kind men gave some of their sperm so that women like us could have babies.” When the little boy asks if they know anything about the man who helped to make him and if he will ever get a chance to meet him, they explain that although he won’t be a part of their lives, it is important to know that he was “kind” and “generous.” Although the word “donor” is not used, this book introduces children to the concept of anonymous sperm donation. This book is in full color and illustrated by several different children who depict the adults and children in all shapes and colors. This book takes a family-building approach and employs the “families are made differently,” “the helper,” and a little bit of the “nuts and bolts” scripts. Recommended for ages 3-5. 
Available: http://www.dcnetwork.org/products/product/our-story-sperm-donation-lesbian-couples

Saturday, November 30, 2013

¿Adónde está mi papá?

¿Adónde está mi papá? 
by Helena Prado Lopes 
illus. by Alessandra Tozi 
Language: Spanish 
[Santa Cecilia, SP] : Helena Prado Lopes, 2013. 
16 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 22 cm. 
ISBN: 97885XXXXXXXX 
My annotation: Although we do not know her age at the beginning of the story, Alice, the daughter of a single mother, finally reaches the age when she asks her mother, “Where is my father?” At this point her mother begins to explain that sperm from a man and an egg from a woman are needed to make a baby. Her mother also begins to explain to Alice how very much she wanted a child but had no husband to have a child with. So she went to a “laboratory” where men’s sperm is kept so that she could have a child on her own. Her mother goes on to explain to her that this was the happiest day of her life - when she knew that a daughter was growing inside her tummy. After hearing the whole story, a curious Alice continues to ask, “Where is the father? In what part of this enormous world is he?” Her mother does not have an answer for her, but tells her that all you need is love to make a family and also that all families are different. Because Alice’s form of conception is explained to her earlier in the book, the book takes a child-conception approach, but also ends with a family-building approach as her mother explains to her that a family is a family, whether there is a mother and a father, or whether there is just a mother and a daughter. “The helper,” the “labor of love,” and the “families are made differently” scripts are all used. The illustrations are professionally rendered and the book is recommended for children ages 3-5. It has been simultaneously published in Spanish and Portuguese (not in English yet) and is available directly from the author.
Available directly from the author: helenaprado@globo.com

Minhas mães e eu: a história Regina e Vanessa

Minhas mães e eu: a história Regina e Vanessa 
by Helena Prado Lopes
illus. by Alessandra Tozi 
Language: Portuguese 
[Santa Cecilia, SP] : Helena Prado Lopes, 2013.
16 p. : col. ill. ; 20 x 20 cm.
ISBN: 97885XXXXXXXX
My annotation:The first children’s book published out of Brazil on lesbian couples, this story about the use of donor sperm in lesbian households is really two stories in one. In the first part, we are introduced to Regina and Vanessa who have been together for five years and want to have a child but have trouble deciding whether to adopt or have their own, and if they decide to have their own, who will carry the child. When they finally decide, they visit a clinic that will work with lesbians. IVF is described as Regina’s egg is placed in a dish with a donor’s sperm. There is no discussion of how a sperm donor is selected, other than that sperm donors are “good and giving people” who leave their seed at the clinic because they want to help women have children. The second half of the story introduces us to Alice, Regina and Vanessa’s daughter, who is now six years old. It is assumed that she has already been told of her donor origins because the first half of the book is actually about what her parents went through to have her and because the book is also about her. Alice is described as a happy little girl who was “really really wanted” and who lives in a family like all other loving families except for the fact that she has two mothers. Because Alice’s conception is described in the first part of the book and her family life is described in the second half of the book, this book takes both a child-conception and a family-building approach. It also employs both “the helper” and the “labor of love” scripts. The book shows how much children of gay parents are wanted and loved in addition to teaching children about the process of their assisted conception. The full color illustrations are professionally rendered and it is recommended for children ages 5-8. Simultaneously published in both Portuguese and Spanish (not in English yet) and available directly from the author.
Available directly from the author: helenaprado@globo.com