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/