Saturday, April 30, 2022

El fascinante viaje de Lea al laboratorio

El fascinante viaje de Lea al laboratorio: Un cuento para descubrir la fecundación in vitro 
by Ainhoa García 
Language: Spanish 
[Spain]: Libros.com, 2022. 
52 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN: 9788418769139 
Summary: ¿Existe la cigüeña? ¿Nacemos por semillas? El fascinante viaje de Lea al laboratorio es un cuento didáctico infantil ilustrado ideal que para niñas y niños de a partir de 8-9 años descubran de dónde vienen los bebés: ¿Se pueden crear en fábricas de barrigas? ¿Qué significa esa expresión tan rara de in vitro? 

Our Village

Our Village 
by Ann Reddy 
illus. by Robbie 
Language: English 
[Australia] : Ann Reddy, 2022. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: Summary: Our Village was written as a means to help her own daughter understand her journey into their family and a tribute to the village of medical professionals, friends, and family that made it all possible. 

Nuestra Pequeña Gran Familia: Una familia monomarental formada gracias a la donación de esperma

Nuestra Pequeña Gran Familia: Una familia monomarental formada gracias a la donación de esperma 
by Noemí Catalán 
Language: English 
[Spain]: Independently published, 2022. 
31 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798405963648 
Summary: Cuento escrito para contar los orígenes genéticos y cómo se formó su familia a niños y niñas a partir de 2 años de edad, nacidos gracias a la donación de esperma en el seno de una familia monoparental / monomarental. El libro ofrece la posibilidad de personalizar algunos detalles para poder escribir vuestra propia historia: nombre del niño / niña, espacio para poner la foto del pequeño / la pequeña, etc. 

Nuestra Pequeña Gran Familia: Una familia monomarental formada gracias a la donación de embriones

Nuestra Pequeña Gran Familia: Una familia monomarental formada gracias a la donación de embriones 
by Noemí Catalán 
Language: Spanish 
Independently published, 2022. 
31 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798404621938 
Summary: Cuento escrito para contar los orígenes genéticos y cómo se formó su familia a niños y niñas de 2 a 5 años de edad, nacidos gracias a la donación de embriones en el seno de una familia monoparental / monomarental. El libro ofrece la posibilidad de personalizar algunos detalles para poder escribir vuestra propia historia: nombre del niño / niña, espacio para poner la foto del pequeño / la pequeña, etc. 

Nuestra Historia de Amor: Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Ovodonación

Nuestra Historia de Amor: Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Ovodonación 
by Noemí Catalán 
Language: Spanish 
Independently published, 2022. 
31 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798443567686 
Summary: "Nuestra Historia de Amor. Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Ovodonación" es el tercer libro de una serie de cuentos dedicada a contar a nuestros hijos e hijas cómo fueron concebidos escrita e ilustrada por Noemí Catalán (@cestlavienoemi_mamipordonación), madre en solitario gracias a la donación de embriones. A veces puede resultar complicado explicar qué es la donación de gametos a nuestros seres más queridos y la mejor manera de hacerlo es con un soporte gráfico que además les cuente con amor y emoción lo amados y deseados que siempre fueron. El texto y los dibujos de Noemí son entendibles para los niños y niñas a partir de los 2 años y podéis personalizar el relato añadiendo datos (palabras, fotos, etc) que lo conviertan en vuestro propio cuento. Esta es la historia de muchas familias biparentales creadas gracias a la donación de óvulos, cuyo denominador común es lo más importante: el AMOR. ¡Feliz lectura y viva la diversidad familiar! 

The ABC's of How You Had Me: A Two Mommy Story

The ABC's of How You Had Me: A Two Mommy Story 
by Vanessa E. Hunt 
illus. by Shayna Olivier 
Language: English 
[USA] : Vanessa Emily Hunt, 2022. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798985480221 
Summary: The ABCs of How You Had Me: A Two Mommy Story is a sweet story that celebrates the different kinds of people and their donor-conceived children who need help from donors in order to become families. 

Maya And Her Friends - A story about tolerance and acceptance

Maya And Her Friends - A story about tolerance and acceptance 
by Larysa Denysenko 
illus. by Masha Foya 
Language: English 
[Ukraine] : Studio Press, 2022. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1800784147 ; 9781800784147 
Summary: Since the occupation of Crimea in 2014, Ukrainian families with children have had to live their daily lives in the shadow of the threat of war. Maya and Her Friends tell the story of ordinary Ukrainian children and their families. Nine-year-old Maya has 16 classmates, all with different home backgrounds. Sofia's father has disappeared in the battles against Russia. When the war ends, he will hopefully be found. Aksana lives with her father because her mother is dead. Hristina lives with her grandmother because her parents are working abroad. Rais is a Crimean Tatar whose family had to leave his homeland due to the Russian occupation. Timko's parents are divorced, and he lives alternately with his mother and father. Petro is a Roma and has a huge family clan. Maya herself, on the other hand, has two mothers. 

Nuestra Historia de Amor: Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Donación de Embriones / Doble Donación

Nuestra Historia de Amor: Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Donación de Embriones / Doble Donación 
by Noemí Catalán 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
31 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798447218485 
Summary: "Nuestra Historia de Amor. Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Donación de Embriones / Doble Donación" es el quinto libro de una serie de cuentos dedicada a contar a nuestros hijos e hijas cómo fueron concebidos. Los cuentos han sido escritos e ilustrados por Noemí Catalán (@cestlavienoemi_mamipordonacion), madre en solitario gracias a la donación de embriones. Y es que a veces puede resultar complicado explicar qué es la donación de gametos a nuestros seres más queridos y la mejor manera de hacerlo es con un soporte gráfico que además les cuente, con amor y emoción, lo amados y deseados que siempre fueron. El texto y los dibujos de Noemí son comprensibles para los niños y niñas a partir de los 2 años y podéis personalizar el relato añadiendo datos (palabras, fotos, etc) que lo conviertan en vuestro propio cuento. Esta es la historia de muchas familias biparentales creadas gracias a la donación de embriones / doble donación, cuyo denominador común es lo más importante: el AMOR. ¡Feliz lectura y viva la diversidad familiar! 

Nuestra Historia de Amor: Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Donación de Esperma

Nuestra Historia de Amor: Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Donación de Esperma 
by Noemí Catalán 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
31 p. : col. ill. cm. 
ISBN: 9798446463015 
Summary: "Nuestra Historia de Amor. Una familia biparental formada gracias a la Donación de Esperma" es el cuarto libro de una serie de cuentos dedicada a contar a nuestros hijos e hijas cómo fueron concebidos, escrita e ilustrada por Noemí Catalán (@cestlavienoemi_mamipordonacion), madre en solitario gracias a la donación de embriones. Y es que a veces puede resultar complicado explicar qué es la donación de gametos a nuestros seres más queridos y la mejor manera de hacerlo es con un soporte gráfico que además les cuente con amor y emoción lo amados y deseados que siempre fueron. El texto y los dibujos de Noemí son comprensibles para los niños y niñas a partir de los 2 años y podéis personalizar el relato añadiendo datos (palabras, fotos, etc) que lo conviertan en vuestro propio cuento. Esta es la historia de muchas familias biparentales creadas gracias a la donación de esperma, cuyo denominador común es lo más importante: el AMOR. ¡Feliz lectura y viva la diversidad familiar! 

Tú, mi pequeño embrión

Tú, mi pequeño embrión 
by Virginia Díaz Alcala
illus. by María José Ramos 
Language: Spanish 
[Spain] : Mr. Momo, 2019. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8417842225 ; 9788417842222
Summary: Mamá tenía muchas ganas de tener un bebé. Como ella solita no podía, fue al médico para que la ayudara?

¿Cómo llegaste al mundo?

¿Cómo llegaste al mundo? 
by Eva Mengual 
illus. by Carmen Navarro 
Language: Spanish 
OmniaBooks, 2022. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8412465164 ; 9788412465167
Summary: ¿Cómo llegaste al mundo? es un cuento para niños y niñas de más de 4 años, pero está especialmente dirigido a todas las mujeres que han decidido ser madres mediante la reproducción asistida o fecundación artificial. Puede resultar igualmente útil para otras unidades familiares que también hayan tenido que recurrir a un tratamiento de fertilidad para poder ser madres y padres. El cuento está pensado como herramienta o recurso inspirador para que estas familias puedan explicar a sus hijos e hijas cómo han llegado al mundo, de una forma sencilla, realista y, sobre todo, con mucha ternura y delicadeza. 

Choosing Something Special: A Story for Children of IVF

Choosing Something Special: A Story for Children of IVF 
by LaQuana Cardwell 
illus. by Christian A. McIntosh 
Language: English 
Precious Wonders Books, LLC, 2022. 
25 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798985660807 
Summary: Parents of IVF have gone through a heroic ordeal to bring their child into the world. Now, how do you explain this to the child? Destined to be a best-seller, this fictional book is a creative way to introduce a child to the process of IVF and why, although untraditional, their journey to this world began with numerous obstacles and unmeasurable hope.

Creating Me!: Conception Through IVF: Egg Donor Edition

Creating Me!: Conception Through IVF: Egg Donor Edition 
by Lynn Polin 
illus. by Mike Goldstein 
Language: English 
Bowker, 2022. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1735642061 ; 9781735642062 
Summary: Family-building is hard. Answering a child’s question of “How was I made?” after undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) is even harder. My family-building story has been a 6-year journey consisting of 10 in-vitro fertilization cycles. When my 4 year old daughter asked, “Mommy, how was I made?” I wasn’t prepared to break down the complexity of the truth into simplified language. That’s how this all came to be. Creating Me! is a customizable, interactive children’s book series for parents to explain conception through assisted reproductive technology (ART). With a balance of scientific and kid-friendly language, this personalized text is a beautiful way for any family to be able to share their conception story with their child(ren). 

My Path to You

My Path to You 
by Leigh Ann Dees 
illus. by Sarah Gledhill 
Language: English 
Atmosphere Press, 2022. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1639883142 ; 9781639883141
Summary: My Path to You follows a mother on her journey toward parenthood after conceiving through IVF. Despite setbacks, and with immense dedication and hope, a partnership becomes a family of three. This book reminds us that the path to parenthood isn’t always paved. It opens an honest and vulnerable dialogue about the struggles of trying to have a baby—but above all, it emphasizes the utter joy and anticipation of growing a family. 

Le petit illustré des conceptions, de l’adoption, des familles, de la parentalité, etc.

Le petit illustré des conceptions, de l’adoption, des familles, de la parentalité, etc. 
by Tiphaine Dieumegard 
illus. by Mathilde Baudy 
Language: French 
[France] : At Belle Etoile, 2022. 
54 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 2957698927 ; 9782957698929 
Summary: Les petits illustrés de l'intimité sont les tout premiers livres engagés, inclusifs et sans tabou pour parler aux enfants d'anatomie et d'intimité.Ce troisième tome est composé de deux parties : Une partie anatomique et scientifique (avec de la fécondation, le développement du bébé, la gémellité, les différentes techniques de PMA, la naissance, l'allaitement, l'adoption, le deuil périnatal, etc.) Et une partie plus sociologique (avec les différentes familles, l'éducation, les droits de l'enfant, etc.) Ainsi qu'un lexique et une page listant les contacts d'associations.Ce tome a également reçu le label de la chaire UNESCO santé sexuelle et droits humains. 

Lilla Scilla Känguru

Lilla Scilla Känguru 
by Cecilia Alstermark 
illus. by Klaudia Drabikowska 
Language: Swedish 
[Sweden] : Hoi Förlag AB, 2022. 
p. : col. ill. cm. 
ISBN: 9789198754445 ; 9198754440 
Summary: Lilla Scilla är en gripande och poetisk bilderbok om ett barn som får en tuff start på livet. Den lilla flickan Scilla berättar sin egen historia: hur hennes föräldrar längtade efter ett barn, gick igenom IVF och blev gravida. Så föds Scilla alldeles för tidigt. Hon kan inte andas själv, har en blöja i dockstorlek och måste ligga i en stor ostkupa. Genom en slang i näsan får den lilla Scilla mjölk och kaffe, kanske är det därför som Scilla älskar cappuccino när hon blir större? Boken handlar om författarens egna erfarenheter och ger hopp till barn, föräldrar och andra som kommer i kontakt med för tidigt födda barn. Omkring 7 000 barn i Sverige föds varje år för tidigt. Tre procent av alla barn i Sverige har kommit till med hjälp av IVF. 

Family Is as Family Does

Family Is as Family Does 
written and illustrated by Lindsay Utnik
Language: English 
Archway Publishing, 2019. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1480879797 ; 9781480879799
Summary: Everyone knows that family is one of the most important aspects of life. Our family loves and supports us no matter what. But our family structure and lifestyle is also the only thing most children know until they start going to school and making friends and experiencing other ways of life. Family Is As Family Does is a story about one family with a non-traditional family structure. Not so long ago, the traditional make-up of a family included a mother and a father who were both approximately the same age, and race, were married before they had children, and those children were born the natural way. And back then, anyone whose family did not fit this pattern was sometimes mistreated, as you'll see in the book. Things are very different now. There are families with two mommies, two daddies, or parents that are neither of those. Some of their children are adopted. Some of them are born with the help of a surrogate or a donor. And those are only some of the differences your children will encounter. Hopefully, after reading this book, every child will understand that no matter what kind of family you have, your family loves you and you should never be made to feel sad or embarrassed by that. The future is acceptance. 

My Family

My Family 
by A.B. 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
Summary: This book is about a unique family that consists of just a mother and a daughter. I wrote this book for my daughter who was conceived by donor insemination. My daughter is now four years old and often asks me questions about her Dad. It can be a hard thing to explain to a young child, but I do my best. She is why I chose to write this book. This book explains that process in a way that younger children can understand. I hope others use it as a resource to explain different family structures to their young children so that children that come from non-traditional families will not feel anxious or embarrassed about their families. 

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Kangaroo Sue and Her Baby Roo: An IVF Journey

Kangaroo Sue and Her Baby Roo: An IVF Journey 
by Susan K. Anderson and Ann B. Anderson 
illus. by Marco Primo 
Language: English 
Mascot Kids, 2022. 
38 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1643074806 ; 9781643074801 
Summary: With DNA information easily accessible, it is important to inform our (IVF) children the special way they were created in an age-appropriate way. This book gets you off to a great start. 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Now Imagine: A story for our rainbow baby

Now Imagine: A story for our rainbow baby
by Adriana Bagué Quiñones 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
33 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798434272094 
Summary: This book is a story written for our rainbow baby. I wrote it as we awaited the arrival of our son, Matteo Makai. Our journey to get him includes our surrogacy journey in Ukraine. The story tries to show how much he is loved and wanted by illustrating some of the difficulties faced to get him through a comparison of a tricky experience of getting his much-wanted ice cream. 

The wonderful you: An IVF story

The wonderful you: An IVF story 
by Delia Corol 
illus. by Phillip Reed 
Language: English 
[England]: Lia Bebelia Publishing, 2022. 
65 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798429590974 
Summary: When you wish upon a star, and really believe in your dreams, they will come true. This is the story of all the people who wished upon a star to have a baby. They cried because they were sad and then they wished for a child to hold tight and love forever. A child to play with, sing, and read stories to. But no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t have a baby … until they had a brilliant idea! They decide to go to a special place where a ‘fairy godmother’ gives them a baby, made with the exact same stardust they wished upon. A light-hearted, sensitive and informative way to explain to children their creation, this is a delightful story that will be enjoyed by parents and children alike. Using science, love, and a bit of magic, it’s a fantastic way to start a tricky conversation. 

Somy's Search, a single Mum by choice story for twins

Somy's Search, a single Mum by choice story for twins 
by Carmen Martinez Jover 
illus. by Rosemary Martinez 
Language: English 
Carmen Martinez Jover, 2021. 
32. p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 607292882X ; 9786072928824
Summary: It is a story to help single mothers by choice to share with their children how they were conceived. This is the story of a squirrel, Somy, and how she becomes a mother of twins via sperm donation. After her birthday party she realises she is growing older and still has not met her ideal partner, so decides she wants to become a mother via sperm donation.

Road to Rainbow

Road to Rainbow 
by Kristy Davide 
illus. by Jack Foster 
Language: English 
IAPC, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1737479702 ; 9781737479703
Summary: Road to Rainbow is a whimsical rhyming book about the journey two parents take to find their baby. Follow along as this couple quickly learns that sometimes you may encounter more roadblocks than originally anticipated. While every ‘road to rainbow’ is unique, these twists and turns represent the various obstacles that some couples go through to build their family (IUI, IVF, sperm/egg donor, embryo adoption, adoption, miscarriage, NICU, etc). Snuggle up with your little one and tell them all about the road that led to your rainbow. 

Baby, Where are You?

Baby, Where are You? 
by Aimee Spiller 
illus. by Lady Bruniere 
Language: English 
Maddycakes Publishing, 2022. 
20 p. : col. ill. cm. 
ISBN: 9798985007336 
Summary: A journey like no other...how far will you go to get your little one? Following two birds on their quest to build their family, 'Baby, Where are You?' is a tale of perseverance and reflects on the unbreakable hope and love for family. This book is a wonderful gift for parents of alternative families, particularly those who created their family through adoption or fertility treatments. Written in verse, parents and children alike will enjoy this book on the parent-child bond. 

Attendre un bébé

Attendre un bébé 
by Delphine Huguet 
illus. by Charlotte Roederer 
Language: French 
MILAN, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 2408017157 ; 9782408017156
Summary: Dans ce "P'tit pourquoi", on aborde les questionnements liés à la conception du bébé mais aussi au secret de la naissance. Comment on fait les bébés ? Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire "être enceinte" ? Et comment le bébé se nourrit-il dans le ventre de maman ? Comment va-t-il faire pour sortir ? Un documentaire qui mettra aussi des mots sur ce que ressent un enfant à l'idée de l'arrivée de cette petite soeur ou de ce petit frère. 

I Once Was A Dot

I Once Was A Dot 
written and illustrated by Bess H. Gutter
Language: English 
Bess Gutter, 2022. 
36 p. : ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0578392992 ; 9780578392998
Summary: Starting a family looks different for everyone. This story shares the experience of a family that came to be because of IVF. Beginning as a tiny dot of cells on a screen, the dot grows and grows, from a bean to a sprout, and eventually, to a baby. Author and illustrator, Bess Gutter, went through three difficult years of infertility. After many failed attempts, she thought it would never happen. But thanks to the science of IVF, Bess and her husband Jordan welcomed their child, Lily, to the world. She is the inspiration behind this book. 

Sunday, February 20, 2022

9 måder at få børn på

9 måder at få børn på 
by Vibe Juul Sannig 
illus. by Irene Østergaard Madsen
Language: Danish 
Lamberths Forlag : [sælges på internettet], 2021. 
37 sider : alle ill. i farver 
ISBN: 9788772243436 ; 8772243430
Summary: Ulrikke er på besøg hos sin morfar, der er læge. Han er rigtig god til at forklare den nysgerrige Ulrikke om graviditet, reagensglasbørn, rugemødre, sæddonorer, adoption og andre måder, forskellige familier kan få børn på.

Martines far

Martines far 
by Mette Døssing Hviid 
illus. by Emma Louise Elsborg 
Language: Danish 
Byens : [sælges på internettet], 2021. 
[32] sider : alle ill. i farver 
ISBN: 9788793938762 ; 8793938764
Summary: Martine er donorbarn og bor alene med sin mor. Der går mange tanker gennem hendes hoved, når hun ser, at andre børn, foruden mor, også har en far. For hvor er mon Martines far? Og kan man godt være en familie, når man ikke er far, mor og børn? 

Mimi, the Solo Magician Mom, and Cameron: A Donor Conception Story

Mimi, the Solo Magician Mom, and Cameron: A Donor Conception Story 
by Melissa A. Macdonald 
illus. by Jupiter's Muse 
Language: English 
Tellwell Talent, 2022. 
34 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0228860458 ; 9780228860457
Summary: Cameron is a confident, fun-loving kid who can't wait to tell you all about his magician mom, Mimi, and the things that make his family unique. For grown-ups: This heartwarming tale is told by a donor-conceived child named Cameron who shares his family's story with pride and honesty, even when offering a matter-of-fact explanation of conception. Being donor-conceived is just one way Cameron is one-of-a-kind. This is a wonderful resource for friends and classmates of donor-conceived people. It seeks to promote a greater understanding of family diversity and encourage thoughtful discussion. 

How to Be Born from Two Moms: A Practical Guide

How to Be Born from Two Moms: A Practical Guide 
by Karen Mentone 
illus. by Gabriela Emmerich 
 Olivia Marr (Contributor)
Giovanna Dearo de Oliveira (Contributor) 
Language: English and Portuguese 
Lupe, 2021. 
48 p. : col. ill. cm. 
ISBN: 6599518915 ; 9786599518911 
Summary: Lupe is a very curious child, who likes to investigate the things of nature and life in detail and wants to know how and why things happen. Their mothers, Julia and Carol, admire their work and are filled with pride. Talking to people, Lupe realized that not everyone knew families with two mothers, and, when they did, many didn't know what two women can do to have children. They then decided to gather everything they knew, did research, interviewed their friends, and wrote a guide to help children (and adults) understand how this can be done! 

5 Flavors of Love: A Surrogacy Journey

5 Flavors of Love: A Surrogacy Journey 
by Renee Smith 
illus. by Nabeel Tahir 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798411698084 
Summary: This book is written for children between the ages of 2-5 and is a healthy way to include the child in understanding their birth journey from an early age.

Wutaryoo

Wutaryoo 
by Nilah Magruder 
Language: English 
Boston : Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2022].
1 volume : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
ISBN: 0358172381 ; 9780358172383
Summary: Wutaryoo enjoys hearing other animals' origin stories but wants to learn her own, so she sets out on a journey on which she meets many strange creatures and learns important truths. 

The Magic Baby Lab

The Magic Baby Lab 
by Alana Ford 
illus. by Belén Salov 
Language: English 
Mischief and Mellow, 2022. 
25 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0645394327 ; 9780645394320
Summary: All babies are made with love, but some special babies are made with MAGIC. The Magic Baby Lab is a quirky story that describes how IVF babies are created, with gorgeous illustrations to engage young children and a heart-warming message that will resonate with parents Lovingly written by an Australian IVF mum, this keepsake picture book is a must-have for the magic baby in your life.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

A Gift From Afar: (A Sperm Donor Story)

A Gift From Afar: (A Sperm Donor Story)
by Nicole Veloso 
illus. by Blueberry Illustrations 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798407999010 
Summary: This book is designed to help parents introduce information to their children about how they were conceived. It is up to every parent to make that decision on whether or whether not to tell their child they were conceived with a sperm donor. If the parents do decide to tell their child, the next step is figuring out how. This book helps start that process by introducing the information in a storybook form. By introducing it this way it allows the child to be able to tie the ideas together with a visual understanding and be told that they truly were a gift. Sperm donation is nothing to be ashamed of and it’s important the children know they are no different than any other child. Every child is a gift to be cherished. 

An Angel Gave Us Our Angel

An Angel Gave Us Our Angel 
by Kristin McQuaid 
illus. by Kerry R. Jeffery 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798402848016 
Summary: An Angel Gave Us Our Angel is a book written for children to help better understand the loss of a sibling through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss via a surrogate. The mother of this book cannot have children on her own, so the family will “borrow a belly” to allow their baby to grow. This is not always the most straightforward subject for young children to understand, so the book makes it simple to learn about surrogacy/gestational carriers and battle through the unthinkable - infant loss. 

Unknitting the nest: A fable about infertility

Unknitting the nest: A fable about infertility by Juan Manuel Moreno Moya 
translated by Steven Mansell, Maria Vera Rodriguez, and Anamika Choudry
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798407206422 
Summary: Will two little birds manage to overcome obstacles and achieve their dream of starting a family? This children's story is aimed at all people, of all ages, of all genders and/or sexes who are united by the search to form a family. This story can serve to introduce children to the concept of adoption, gamete donation, and fertility problems. Normalize the experiences due to infertility. There are no right or wrong decisions, the important thing is never to give up or abandon your dreams. You can decide the end of the story. 

Saturday, January 29, 2022

¿De qué barriga nací yo?

¿De qué barriga nací yo? 
by Virginia Del Río García 
illus. by Juncal Horrillo García 
Language: Spanish 
Carambuco Ediciones, 2021. 
66 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8417766677 ; 9788417766672
Summary: Coco, Pepa, León, Uriel, Aimé y Lucía saben que los niños y las niñas pueden venir de muchas maneras, que es importante de dónde vienen y, sobre todo, a dónde llegan. Y que sus familias los quieran y los respeten mucho. Todos sienten que tienen las mejores familias del mundo, porque familia son aquellas personas que te cuidan, te aman y te quieren en su vida, sin importar nada más que el amor. 

Dos papás para Hugo

Dos papás para Hugo 
by Jorge Bardo Martín and David Soria Vesperinas 
illus. by Laura Díez 
Language: Spanish 
BABIDI-BÚ, 2021. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8418499869 ; 9788418499869
Summary: Una historia mágica de cómo vino al mundo Hugo desde un país lejano gracias a un mago, un hada madrina y una elfa. La valentía de dos papás cuyo sueño era ser padres y lo consiguen gracias a la generosidad de estos seres mágicos. Un cuento elaborado para dar visibilidad a los diferentes modelos de familia formadas desde el amor. 

La strada per casa

La strada per casa 
by Francesca Emili 
illus. by Annamaria Carelli 
Language: Italian 
Alpes Italia , 2020. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8865316497 ; 9788865316498 
Summary: Una favola illustrata per spiegare ai bambini come sono arrivati tra le braccia di mamma e papà dopo un percorso di Procreazione Medicalmente Assistita. Perché ogni bambino sceglie i propri genitori e merita una storia. E perché è importante cercare le proprie origini e rispondere alla domanda "io dov'ero quando non c'ero?". Età di lettura: da 5 anni. 

Mon histoire d'Amour: Il était une fois une éprouvette

Mon histoire d'Amour: Il était une fois une éprouvette 
by Lucie Démaret 
illus. by Prunelle Saint-Pastou 
Language: French 
Books On Demand, 2021. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 2322402664 : 9782322402663
Summary: Non, papa ne met pas toujours sa petite graine dans le ventre de maman pour faire un bébé. Ce livre raconte une autre histoire, toute aussi belle et vraie. Ce livre parle d'amour et de science. Ce livre parle de ma propre histoire. Ce livre c'est ma petite fille éprouvette qui me l'a soufflé. Ce livre est pour tous les parents ayant eu recours à la médecine pour fonder leur famille. Ce livre c'est la vie. 

Comme les autres

Comme les autres 
by Mam Ninie 
illus. by Mimi Codou 
Language: French 
Il est l'heure, 2019. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 2839927780 ; 9782839927789
Summary: Ce livre aborde la question de la conception et du parcours PMA chez un couple de femmes. C'est le seul à notre connaissance qui y soit consacré en langue française. Ce livre a le mérite d’aborder frontalement la question du « papa » dans une famille avec deux mamans, et d’y apporte une très jolie réponse. Il a pour objectif de raconter aux enfants nés de la PMA qui ils sont, les aider à assembler leurs pièces de puzzle. Les aider à comprendre qu’au final, ils sont tous identiques dans leur différence… Tous uniques.C’est aussi les aider à être capable d’expliquer eux même leur “histoire” à leurs petits copains et tous ceux qui les entourent avec des mots de leur âge… 

Fertile Love: the Magical Story of How You Were Made

Fertile Love: the Magical Story of How You Were Made
by Debra Doubrava, Ph.D. 
illus by. Nicole Smith-Merry and Julia Barry Parker
Language: English 
Balboa Press, 2022. 
42 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1982277327 ; 9781982277321 
Summary: Fertile Love was written as a read-aloud love story to explain the courageous and magical process parents undergo when they make their little one with both abundant love and fertility angel helpers. Fertile Love is intended and illustrated for ALL couples (including LGBTQ+) and provides an opportunity at the end for parents to creatively add elements of their own love story and how their magical child came to be in the world.

How Much We Love You

How Much We Love You 
by Evie Jeang 
illus. by Alex Spendlove 
Language: English 
BookBaby, 2022. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1667820052 ; 9781667820057
Summary: The concept of family and having children has changed dramatically in the last few decades. With the growth and development of technology and medicine, there are now different methods for creating a family. This is the story of how one female Asian-American created her family through IVF technology. 

Warrior Mom

Warrior Mom 
by Carolyn Dorothy 
illus. by Annika Kristin 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2022. 
25 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798496288811 
Summary: Warrior Mom is a children’s book written in honor of all the moms who have fought the battle of infertility to get to their child. It is a simple poem, with powerful illustrations, that captures the journey of infertility and celebrates the heart of the warrior who fights for her child. “All mothers are mothers through and through, but your mother fought relentlessly to get to you.” This love clearly existed prior to the baby being born, and it was this love that drove the mother to keep fighting for her baby. The illustrations powerfully capture the journey of infertility and give another dimension of life to the lyrical words. Faith, perseverance, and seeking medical help are all part of the story. Warrior Mom is the perfect gift to give to a mother who has gone through infertility. Regardless of going through IVF, IUI, a naturopath, etc. any mom who has experienced the battle of infertility will deeply relate to both the words and illustrations of this lovingly crafted picture book. Mothers who are currently going through infertility treatment can find strength and encouragement from this book. It can also be used to educate children and young adults, about the reality of infertility, in a way that promotes safe conversations. 

Monday, January 17, 2022

Big Red's Little Crow: A Donor Conception Story

Big Red's Little Crow: A Donor Conception Story 
by Jenny V. Salt 
illus. by Nandina Vines 
Language: English 
Summary: Big Red wants to be a dad more than anything in the world. But when Doctor Chook gives him sad news, he thinks it will never happen. Until one morning, his best friend shares a little jar of kindness that changes everything. At the heart of the story is a feel-good message about the generosity of donors, the gratitude felt by receiving families, and the love parents have for their children. Children can enjoy the story while also absorbing the message. Parents can read Big Red's Little Crow without their child sensing a departure from ordinary storytime. The book can be applied to a range of situations, including known and unknown sperm donation, as well as being a resource for children who may have a genetic sibling due to donor conception. 

A Mother’s Journey: A Story about How We Became a Family

A Mother’s Journey: A Story about How We Became a Family 
by Kimberly Hall 
illus. by Sofi Butusova 
Language: English 
[Australia] : MissHallBooks Publishing, 2022. 
31 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0645368903 ; 9780645368901
Summary: This book is a mother's explanation to her young child about her heartfelt journey through infertility, miscarriage, the donor sperm insemination process, and the pregnancy that helped create their family. Children will delight in seeing the process of how they came into being to a mother who did everything possible to make it happen. 

The Garden of Us

The Garden of Us 
by Amanda Sue Campbell 
illus. by Melissa DeTroy 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2021. 
25 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798749397024 
Summary: This heartwarming book is about a single man's surrogacy journey to become a father.