Thursday, December 24, 2020

My Little Fungi

 

My Little Fungi 
written and illustrated by Tim J. Horton 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
29 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798566609478 
Summary: The whimsical rhyming voice of a Daddy-to-be Mushroom takes us on a guided journey through his vivid imagination as he envisions all of the wonderful learning adventures he is preparing to share with his “little fungi". We experience a glimpse of pain as the years pass showing Mommy and Daddy Mushroom still without their “wee lad or lass.” A quick message of hope follows as Daddy Mushroom introspectively soul-searches for strength and understanding. Finally, we see the long-awaited moment of beauty where Daddy and Mommy’s dream takes form with Baby Mushroom soundly sleeping in front of them and a tear forms in Daddy’s eye. 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

For You

 

For You 
by Robbyn Danyluk 
illus. by Marina Hellervik 
Language: English 
Friesen Press, 2020. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1525581678 ; 9781525581670 
Summary: For You is a book about what it takes for some parents to finally have a child of their own. Infertility is an all-too-common hurdle that many people must overcome when wishing to grow their family, and reproductive assistance is often needed in order to make their dreams come true. There are not many children's books currently on the market that talk about fertility treatments. Thus, with compassion, honesty, and hope, Robbyn Danyluk-who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to conceive-addresses the difficulties that surround infertility, speaking to both the children created through reproductive technology, as well as to the parents who have gone through or are going through-IVF and other fertilization processes. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Once Upon a Now: The Epic Tale of Assisted Reproduction

 

Once Upon a Now: The Epic Tale of Assisted Reproduction 
Language: English 
[Spain]: 2020. 
p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 29.7cm. 
Summary: There are many different types of family. And many ways of becoming parents. “Once upon a now” narrates the journey that families formed through assisted reproduction go on. 

The Bird Family: An Egg Donation Story

 

The Bird Family: An Egg Donation Story 
by Sofia Bird 
Language: English
2020 
ASIN: B085XLVZ46 
Summary: Mama Bird and Papa Bird wanted to have baby birds, but sometimes our dreams are hard to reach They asked for help from Doctor Owl. 

Juliana's Journey

 

Juliana's Journey 
by Diana Boles 
Language: English 
2013 
12. p. : col. ill. 
ASIN: B00BEKX156 
Summary: This is an allegorical tale about a courageous chicken who wanted a family of her own. She endures numerous setbacks and is eventually forced her to make a treacherous journey to receive the help she needs. This tale mirrors my own difficulties with infertility. Difficulties, which were successfully overcome with the help and support of my Ob-Gyn, Dr. Walter Daniell, and Dr. Jay Nemiro of the Arizona Center of Fertility Studies http://www.acfs2000.com. 

The Seed Giver

 

The Seed Giver 
by C. J. Reed 
illus. by Katherine Davenport 
Language: English 
2020
23 p. : col. ill. 
ASIN: B08JKKPQM1 
Summary: The story of The Seed Giver offers parents of children born in alternative families (through embryo adoption, egg or sperm donor, or through traditional adoption) a way to introduce the concept of an intentional giver and a grateful recipient, that when brought together by God, fulfill a divine purpose and plan. It is broadly applicable in its message, yet speaks specifically to alternative families. It is timeless in its delivery, yet timely for the growing number of families that are created in non-traditional ways. 

Families Grow

 

Families Grow 
by Dan Saks 
illus. by Brooke Smart 
Language: English 
Rise x Penguin Workshop, 2021. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0593223675 ; 9780593223673 
Summary: This warm appreciation of love invites the youngest readers to share in the joy and excitement of expecting families. The lyrical, rhyming text subtly references pregnancy, surrogacy, and adoption, gently touching on the different ways a family can grow. The book's celebratory yet comforting tone incites both appreciation and understanding, leaving readers with a lasting message of unconditional familial love. Includes a simple glossary at the end.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Baking a Baby

 

Baking a Baby 
by Lauren Knight 
illus. by Chelsi Nance 
Language: English 
[Australia]: Clear Knight Publishing, 2020.
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: Baking a Baby is an engaging tool to assist parents who want to introduce concepts such as donors, surrogates, assisted reproduction, and adoption to their children through simple and immersive illustrations. Baking a Baby is the perfect introduction to the ingredients needed for making a baby – Eggs, Sperm, and a Tummy for the baby to grow. It reinforces the message that it doesn't matter who the ingredients come from or how the baby is baked; it's those who love and care for you that count. Baking a Baby normalises diversity, with characters of different sexuality, race, and appearance. 

Mein allerschönstes Geschenk: Ein Buch für alle Wunschkinder, die von Anfang an mit einer Mama in einer Ein-Eltern-Familie aufwachsen

 

Mein allerschönstes Geschenk: Ein Buch für alle Wunschkinder, die von Anfang an mit einer Mama in einer Ein-Eltern-Familie aufwachsen 
by Hanna Schiller 
Language: German 
Books on Demand, 2020. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 21 cm. 
ISBN: 375199873X ; 9783751998734 
Summary: Immer mehr Singlefrauen werden mithilfe einer Samenspende Mama. Dieses liebevoll illustrierte und personalisierbare Kinderbuch richtet sich an Kinder ab 2 Jahre, die über eine anonyme oder offene Samenspende entstanden sind, ganz gleich ob sie durch medizinische Unterstützung oder im privaten Rahmen gezeugt wurden. Es ist auch ein Buch für die mutigen Mütter, die diesen Weg gegangen sind. Das Buch ist aus der Perspektive der Mutter geschrieben, die, genauso wie ihr Kind, keinen Namen trägt. Sie erklärt ihrem Kind, das sowohl Junge, als auch Mädchen oder divers sein kann, warum es auf dieser Welt ist, ohne dabei biologische Details zu nennen. Auch taucht der Spender nicht als Begriff auf, weil die Erfahrung zeigt, dass jede Solomutter ihre eigene Bezeichnung für diesen wählt. Dadurch können sich alle Spenderkinder und ihre Solomütter in der Erzählung wiederfinden. Darüber hinaus ist im Buch Platz für Bilder des Kindes, von der Mama und von Freunden und Familie. Auch gibt es Felder zum Ausfüllen, um das Buch noch persönlicher zu machen. 

Il viaggio di Blastociccio

 

Il viaggio di Blastociccio 
by Paola Russo
illus. by Clara Esposito 
Language: Italian 
Rotas, 2019. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 22 cm. 
ISBN: 8894983331 ; 9788894983333 
Summary: Dopo essersi svegliato sotto un albero custode, un pinguino parte per l'avventura più importante che gli toccherà vivere: trovare la sua casa. Come nascono i bambini? Da dove arrivano? C'è qualcuno che li va a prendere? C'è qualcuno che li porta all'indirizzo giusto? È vero che ci sono tanti modi di raccontare l'inizio della storia di ognuno, perché è vero che ci sono tanti modi di venire al mondo: nell'incontro intimo e caldo di una mamma e di un papà, dentro un laboratorio freddo in un vetrino sotto un microscopio, in un Paese lontano prima di arrivare tra braccia nuove e cariche di attesa. Ma per tutti esiste un posto in cui si svegliano i sogni ed è lì che comincia il viaggio di ogni bambino. 

El laboratorio magico

 

El laboratorio magico 
by Berta Cortez-Lobao Sineiro 
Language: Spanish 
[Spain]: Editorial Circulo Rojo, 2020. 
46 p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9788413633121 
Summary: ¿Qué pasa cuando te esfuerzas en conseguir algo y tú solo no puedes? ¿Lo vas a abandonar o vas a luchar por tu sueño? Quizás haya una forma que aún no conoces… Un cuento en el que el amor, las relaciones, la esperanza y las ilusiones constituyen el punto de partida para lograr tu deseo. 

Sharing Seeds: A donor sperm story for mummy, daddy and children

 

Sharing Seeds: A donor sperm story for mummy, daddy and children 
by J.R. Silver 
Language: English 
JR Silver, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1838225609 ; 9781838225605 
Summary: Sharing Seeds is a feel-good short IVF book for parents and children (ages 3 and up), telling just one of the many blessed tales of much-loved children conceived via IVF. This children's book about IVF focuses on a family's donor sperm journey, told in a traditional and light-hearted way, brought to life by some beautiful and colourful illustrations. The perfect book for parents to read to and with their children, whether conceived via sperm donor or otherwise, to sensitively introduce to youngsters the diverse origins of some very special IVF children. 

Robo-Babies

 

Robo-Babies 
by Laura Gallagher 
illus. by Nicci Martin 
Language: English 
Owlet Press, 2020. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1913339041 ; 9781913339043 
Summary: Following the birth of her miracle baby - from the one viable embryo - Laura decided to create a story that allowed other families to talk about and celebrate the many different ways that babies arrive into the world. This magical story for preschool children introduces a variety of robot families and their babies, of all shapes and sizes, and explains, in simple terms, the different ways families can be formed as well as the range of emotions parents can feel in relation to starting a family. Robo-Babies is a warm and gentle story for sharing with children who perhaps arrived into their families down a more complicated path, but is also perfect for sharing with all children as a way to normalise the many different ways babies can meet their parents. 

A Lemon Tree for Wilshire

 

A Lemon Tree for Wilshire 
by Gina Thornton 
illus. by Bonnie Lemaire 
Language: English 
Gina Thornton, 2020. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781777078614 
Summary: A Lemon Tree for Wilshire is the story of a young superhero and his magical expedition to fulfill his greatest desire, to grow his family tree. With his adorable (but slightly barky) puppy by his side, this young superhero will find blue seas that sparkle like diamonds in the sun, gardens as bright as rainbows, and the most magnificent lemon trees one could ever imagine. Most importantly, he will find what he’s looking for in a very unexpected way. With its underlying themes of hope, perseverance, kindness, and life’s unexpected gifts, A Lemon Tree for Wilshire is a story for families growing through alternative paths to parenthood. 

Yes, You Can My Little One

 

Yes, You Can My Little One 
by Kathy Quarles 
illus. by Rosalia Destarisa 
Language: English 
For Good Media, 2020. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: A touching story that reveals many ways of creating a family. In a series of heartfelt moments, Katie and her mother imagine the different paths to having a family that her life may take. From pregnancy to surrogacy, many concepts are referenced in a sweet and easily understandable way. 

How Do You Make a Baby?

 

How Do You Make a Baby? 
written and illustrated by Anna Fiske 
Language: English 
Gecko Press, 2020. 
80 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1776572858 ; 9781776572854 
Summary: In How Do You Make a Baby? Anna Fiske answers the questions all children are curious about: How does a baby get into the mother's stomach? Who can make a baby, and how is it actually done? With comic illustrations and a playful tone, this is a funny and factual book about an eternally relevant topic, giving parents and children a starting point for discussion. 

Happy Together, a surrogacy story

 

Happy Together, a surrogacy story 
by Julie Marie 
illus. by Ashley Lucas 
Language: English 
Happy Together Children's Book, 2020. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1733357289 ; 9781733357289 
Summary: Happy Together, a surrogacy story, is a heartwarming book to help introduce the concept of surrogacy to a young child. A story told through clear language and cheerful illustrations, readers will join Mommy and Daddy bear on the journey to fulfill their greatest wish of becoming parents. With help from a doctor, mommy's egg, and daddy's seed, a baby grew in a surrogate's tummy and was welcomed with great joy. 

The Wish

 

The Wish 
by Nille Horgen 
Language: English 
Blurb, 2020. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781715198633 ; 1715198638 
Summary: "The wish" a LGBTQI+ Childrensbook. 

My Mommy Is A Basket: Our Journey As A Surrogate

 

My Mommy Is A Basket: Our Journey As A Surrogate 
by Kya Buchanan 
illus. by C. J. Love 
Language: English 
Kya Buchanan, 2020. 
31 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0578727234 ; 9780578727233 
Summary: Meet Joy! A bright and cheerful little girl whose mother is about to be a surrogate. Journey with her as she asks questions and learns what it means for your parent to carry a baby for another family. A great way to talk to young children about surrogacy and even pregnancy. 

A Wonderful Story: Some Insights on Artificial Conception

 

A Wonderful Story: Some Insights on Artificial Conception
by Gianpiero D. Palermo, MD, PhD 
Language: English 
Readersmagnet LLC, 2020. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781952896743 ; 1952896746 
Summary: This delightful picture book explores the issue of assisted conception in reassuringly simple terms. Children and parent's concerns, worries, and questions about this difficult subject are made accessible and approachable. 

An IVF Journey : Sailing By Love

 

An IVF Journey : Sailing By Love 
written and illustrated by Si Yao Shining Li
Languages: English and Chinese 
Si Yao Shining Li , 2020. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0578768283 ; 9780578768281 
Summary: Having a healthy child has a long-life significant meaning in family construction for all the couples who desire to be parents. Not every couple could be lucky as they wished in their fertility journey. With the development of modern assisted reproductive technologies, more and more infertile couples have been benefited from the new technologies and become parents in the end. However, assisted reproductive technologies involve complicated medical procedures, and in most of the cases those procedures are only applied to the female partner, therefore, it requires them psychologically and physically to undertake more. The love in marriage and good couple relationship is the most powerful strength to overcome infertility difficulties and build up a good attitude on medical treatment. 

Uniquely Me: "in how I came to be" An IVF story

 

Uniquely Me: "in how I came to be" An IVF story 
by Sonya Blackburn 
illus. by Decorris Smith 
Language: English 
Outskirts Press, 2020. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781977229892 
Summary: A family story about Mya, a 4-year-old preschooler, that reflects with her parents on what are the qualities that make her unique. She discovers that what made her unique is not only her interesting characteristics but is also in how she was born into this world through in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. 

I Dreamed of You: the story of an egg donor baby

 

I Dreamed of You: the story of an egg donor baby 
by Lori Metz 
illus. by Cayla Samano 
Language: English 
Outskirts Press, 2020. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781977230263 
Summary: I Dreamed of You, the story of an egg donor baby, tells the story of how the parent and child came to be together. It allows the mother a way to open up this critical conversation and to embrace all of the love, caring, nurturing, and desire she gave to her child from contemplation to birth and beyond. It takes so much love to tell how the child came to be, and this is a love story. 

Hazel and the Extraordinary Gift of Hope: A Child's Story about Secondary Infertility

 

Hazel and the Extraordinary Gift of Hope: A Child's Story about Secondary Infertility 
by Shawandie Beale 
illus. by Meri Rehman 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
25 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798687653305 
Summary: Hazel is getting big. She takes good care of her doll and toys. She thinks it's time to upgrade to Big Sister. In this story of hope, a family navigates through Secondary Infertility together- they're a team. They support each other as they dream of what it would be like to grow their family. Secondary Infertility can be different for everyone. But one thing remains- hope. This book will encourage parents and children alike, with vibrant pictures and a message that is sure to make aching-hearts smile. Infertility is not just a woman problem or a man problem- it's affects the whole family. Learn about teamwork, empathy, and the joy of imagination in this story of extraordinary hope. Great for ages 3-10 and adults, too! 

Our dream came true

 

Our dream came true 
by Holly Jade Gill 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798551688952 
Summary: This is an LGBT surrogacy story between a married couple and their best friend. This picture book goes through all the stages of this important family decision. 

Embaby Elio

Embaby Elio 
by Christina Oberon 
illus. by GetYourBookIllustrations.com 
Language: English 
KOKO Press, 2020. 
42 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781733076814 
Summary: Elio was created in a different way than most babies. He is determined to grow from an embryo into the baby of mommy and daddy's dreams. How will he get from their dreams into their arms? Come join Elio on his bumpy adventure to meet his mommy and daddy! 

Missing Magic: Talking Infertility (Big Topics For Little Kids)

Missing Magic: Talking Infertility (Big Topics For Little Kids) 
by J. B. May 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
47 p. : col.. ill. : cm. 
ISBN: 9798678881991 
Summary: Missing Magic is a fairy tale that touches on real-life fertility struggles that countless couples and families face every day. In this story, we discover that two royal families who live on opposite sides of the kingdom are both struggling to conceive a child. While one couple suffers the loss of a pregnancy, the other battles the hardships of never being able to conceive. Both families seek the help of three magic witches (fertility doctors and adoption) in order to grow their families. This is a gentle way of explaining fertility struggles to young children and a sweet tale that proves no matter how you create a family love is still love. 

The Surrogate Chicken


The Surrogate Chicken
 
by Cirla Cole 
illus. by Kenneth Cole 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798689207216 
Summary: After I finished writing my first book: “All we wanted was a child”. I thought to myself: “How I am going to explain to my child what surrogacy is? How I am going to teach him what infertility is?” That’s when the idea came to me to write a story for small children to understand a little bit about surrogacy and infertility.I did read this book to our son who was born via surrogacy and he understood the concept of the message.Our son did help us with the last illustration. I hope your child will enjoy reading this book. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

אַבָּא וְאַבָּא יָצְאוּ לַדֶּרֶךְ

אַבָּא וְאַבָּא יָצְאוּ לַדֶּרֶךְ 
by Dvir Dahan 
illus. by Roi Rahamim 
Language: Hebrew 
[Israel]: 2019. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: 
Available: https://headstart.co.il/project/54805#utm_source=instagram_page_01_12&utm_medium=instagram&utm_campaign=HS_Dvir_Dahan_54805

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Nurturing a Seed: A Story of Surrogacy

Nurturing a Seed: A Story of Surrogacy 
by Mardi Palan 
illus. by Amy Suha Kuttab 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1719582661; 9781719582667 
Summary: Join two children as they discover how a surrogacy is similar to nurturing a seed. This is a story of completing a surrogacy for a family that did not have all the necessary materials to grow their special plant. With the support of the community, it is made possible. This metaphor is also great for preparing future surrogates on their journey. Authored by Mardi Palan who surrogated twins for an Israeli couple, this true story can be found on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and National Public Radio (NPR). This book is also translated into Hebrew, which is read from the back cover to the middle. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1719582661

Different Just Like Us

Different Just Like Us 
by Lexi Layton and Tammi Croteau Keen 
illus. by Eddie Yeung and Joycelyne Guerra
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2018. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1973887460 ; 9781973887461
Summary: “If love is what makes us different, then I hope everyone can be different, just like us.”Nine-year-old Lexi shares the story of her very special family and how it came to be. It might not look just like yours, but it’s full of fun and love. Lexi hopes all children can be kind to one another, no matter what their families look like on the outside. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit Carrollwood Day School. Five-star review from Readers' Favorite for Different Just Like Us: Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited bythe BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite: "Let's get to know Lexi and her family in the storybook Different Just Like Us by Lexi Layton with Tammi Croteau Keen. She has a dog, Teddy, and a puppy, Toby, who are half-siblings because they have the same dad. Lexi loves dogs and she loves to bake. She has her own business which is making treats for dogs. Sometimes she spends the money she gets from selling the dog treats and sometimes she saves it. Her family also helps her in making the treats and selling them. They have fun together and they all love music. Every family is different and Lexi is proud of her family. She has two moms and she loves both of them. Her older brother Logan is strong and healthy and he likes to work out. Lexi's favorite story is the one about how she was created. Lexi is happy with her life and the way things are. Her life is filled with love and she doesn't want to change anything. The book tackles the concept of donor children from a child's perspective and teaches children to love each other irrespective of what their families are. The story is about kindness and acceptance and the illustrations bring the concept and the characters alive for young readers. It is a good story to read out to children in classrooms to encourage them to be kind to each other, no matter what their background is. Every family is different and it is important to accept people for what they are and celebrate them. Stories like this are wonderful for children because it makes it easy for them to understand the concept in an interesting way without sounding complicated and difficult."You can learn more about Lexi Layton with Tammi Croteau Keen and "Different Just Like Us" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/different-just-like-us where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1973887460

Friday, July 17, 2020

When a Dibling is Born

When a Dibling is Born 
by Melissa Lavi 
illus. by Ela Ward
Language: English 
Melissa Jane Lavi, 2020. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9887404454 ; 9789887404453 
Summary: There is always a rush of joy 'when a child is born'. Welcoming new life and new beginnings, with endless opportunities ahead. As the world becomes more accepting and more diverse, it is particularly special, when a dibling is born. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9887404454

Thursday, July 16, 2020

È da una fiaba che tutti arriviamo

È da una fiaba che tutti arriviamo 
by Emma Fenu 
illus. by S. Mandrici 
Language: Italian 
Milena Edizioni, 2018. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8885459161 ; 9788885459168 
Summary: "È da una fiaba che tutti arriviamo" è una raccolta illustrata di filastrocche, dedicate ai bambini dai due ai cinque anni. Tratta del concepimento naturale, della fecondazione assistita, omologa e eterologa, e dell'adozione. Rispondere alla domanda sull'origine posta dai nostri bambini di tre, quattro, cinque anni richiede una buona dose di creatività per dire la verità attraverso la metafora, con la poesia, con immagini non edulcorate o fasulle, ma comprensibili per la mente dei piccoli che è essa stessa un luogo magico. 
Available: https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/8885459161

From Your First Heartbeat: A Love Story for My IVF Babies

From Your First Heartbeat: A Love Story for My IVF Babies 
written and illustrated by Tara Bushby 
Language: English 
Friesen Press, 2020. 
20 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1525565877 ; 9781525565878 
Summary: Sometimes babies come into a family in the old-fashioned way, but sometimes parents need to try extra hard to have a baby and have to go to a doctor for help. But mommies and daddies don't mind taking a few extra steps if it means their dream of having a baby can come true! Written in beautiful, heartfelt simple verse, From Your First Heartbeat is a love story for all children born through IVF to help them understand how much their parents wanted them and how special they truly are. This book is a must-read for all IVF families and a beautiful reassurance for their children that regardless of which path their parents took- with a doctor, donor, or surrogate-they are loved and cherished... 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Your-First-Heartbeat-Story-Babies/dp/1525565877

Friday, July 10, 2020

A Cub Come True: An IVF Story

A Cub Come True: An IVF Story 
by Dr. Eduardo Hariton and Dr. Pietro Bortoletto
Language: English 
Bowker, 2020. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1735369306 ; 9781735369303
Summary: Starting a family isn’t always straightforward, and many families today are started with the help of fertility specialists. Nonetheless, it can be sometimes be challenging for parents to share this part of their journey with their children. A Cub Come True shares the story of Ted and Sue, a panda couple who are having trouble conceiving. A friendly penguin recommends that they go see Dr. Feathers, the Zoo’s fertility doctor. With a little help and a lot of luck, Ted and Sue are able to start their family and their lives are forever changed. A Cub Come True is the perfect children’s tale to introduce young children to the concept of fertility treatment. Using simple analogies and beautiful illustrations, the book is the perfect platform to start the conversation of how they came to be, with a little help from their own Dr. Feathers. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1735369306

Little Treasure: Journey to Single Motherhood

Little Treasure: Journey to Single Motherhood 
by Anat Georgy 
illus. by Shahar Leibovich
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798651934089 
Summary: Children's book for single moms. Age level: 4 and up. "Little Treasure" celebrates love, life, and choice. This book will help single parents share their journey to parenthood with their children. Ellie sets off on a journey with the help of friends to find a special treasure, only to discover it was inside her all along. Lovely illustrations tell a story full of hope and love. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Treasure-Journey-Single-Motherhood/dp/B08BDSDM4C

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A Quokka Life: Love Makes a Family

A Quokka Life: Love Makes a Family 
by Jason & Kunal Aronne 
Language: English 
J & K Productions, 2020. 
Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aquokkalife/a-quokka-life-love-makes-family

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Brave Happy Single Mama-A Sperm Donation Story Across Traditional Culture

Brave Happy Single Mama-A Sperm Donation Story Across Traditional Culture 
written and illustrated by Si Yao Shining Li 
Language: Chinese and English 
Si Yao Shining Li, 2020. 
34 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 057871633X ; 9780578716336 
Summary: This book has been written and illustrated to convey a story on how a single lady against traditional values bravely through the sperm donation program to become a single mother. It will help us to understand the procedure of sperm donation, and the essential step to be a brave and happily single mother. This will not only be a helpful guide to many single women but also would expect could benefit their child to understand how they came to the world. This book is specially designed as a bilingual version to support the Chinese single women who are preparing/undergoing their reproductive journey in the United States. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Single-Donation-Across-Traditional-Culture/dp/057871633X

Sunday, June 28, 2020

New Life Journey-A Surrogacy Story Across Races, Languages, Cultures, and Religions

New Life Journey-A Surrogacy Story Across Races, Languages, Cultures, and Religions 
written and illustrated by Si Yao Shining Li 
Language: Chinese/English 
Si Yao Shining Li, 2020. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798649189965 
Summary: Having children has always been considered as the blessings in traditional societies and has cultural importance. Infertility is even not life threaten disease, but could cause a life-time psychological trauma and can result in a challenging time for millions of couples. This book has been written and illustrated to convey an amazing surrogacy journey that went through by two different ethnic families together. It will help us to understand the procedure of surrogacy in a warmly way, and also the meaning of the new life to a family, and the great love across skin color, language, culture and religion. This will not only be a helpful guide to many infertile couples and its surrogates but also would expect to benefit their child to understand how they came to the world. This book is specially designed as a bilingual version to help two cooperative families with different cultures and languages who could understand the surrogacy journey together. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B7CZVV9

I'm Very Ferris Takes a Bubble Bath

I'm Very Ferris Takes a Bubble Bath 
by Tess Kossow 
Language: English 
Outskirts Press, 2020. 
38 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1977216587 ; 9781977216588 
Summary: Come along with Ferris, a baby boy who has an amazing, real-life story about being conceived through in vitro fertilization. This second installment in the I'm Very Ferris series invites children from all families to understand IVF through a child's point of view. However, Ferris is taking you along in one of his favorite routines...bubbles and suds with bath time in the tub! 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Very-Ferris-Takes-Bubble-Bath/dp/1977216587

Sunday, June 21, 2020

We Found You!

We Found You! 
written and illustrated by Tyler Beckstrand 
Language: English 
Lawley Enterprises LLC, 2020. 
44 p. : col. ill. cm. 
ISBN: 1952209099 ; 9781952209093 
Summary: We Found You! is the story of two people that want to be parents more than anything in the world. But, having a baby can sometimes be hard to do. Join them on their adventures as they take to the seas, climb the highest peaks, and even fly to the moon to find the family they were always meant to have. Together they face heartache and joy in a journey that leads to the beautiful, and selfless, idea called adoption. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1952209099

Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!: Un libro per bambini nati grazie all'embriodonazione

Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!: Un libro per bambini nati grazie all'embriodonazione 
by Verena Bottero and Enrico Ciolini 
Language: Italian 
Independently published, 2020. 
43 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1658156854 ; 9781658156851 
Summary: Rivolgendosi a bambini dai 2 ai 6 anni, "Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!" aiuta i genitori, attraverso testi semplici e illustrazioni, a spiegare ai figli nati da embriodonazione il loro concepimento. Il libro contiene solo riferimenti reali e facilmente comprensibili dal giovane lettore: non è una favola, bensì la cronistoria del concepimento di un figlio: partendo dall'amore dei futuri genitori, passando per le lunghe attese tra speranze e delusioni e l'aiuto della medicina si arriva alla nascita del figlio tanto desiderato. 
Available: https://www.amazon.it/Tanto-desiderato-cos%C3%AC-nato-allembriodonazione/dp/1658156854

Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!: Un libro per bambini nati grazie alla donazione di seme

Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!: Un libro per bambini nati grazie alla donazione di seme 
by Enrico Ciolini and Verena Bottero 
Language: Italian 
Independently published, 2020. 
39 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798612816973 
Summary: Rivolgendosi a bambini dai 2 ai 6 anni, Tanto desiderato, così sei nato! aiuta i genitori, attraverso testi semplici e illustrazioni, a spiegare ai figli nati da PMA eterologa maschile il loro concepimento. Il libro contiene solo riferimenti reali e facilmente comprensibili dal bambino: non è una favola, bensì la cronistoria del concepimento di un figlio: partendo dall'amore dei futuri genitori, passando per le lunghe attese tra speranze e delusioni e l'aiuto della medicina si arriva alla nascita del figlio tanto desiderato. 
Available: https://www.amazon.it/Tanto-desiderato-cos%C3%AC-sei-nato/dp/B085K8N5LM/

Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!: Un libro per bambini nati grazie all'ovodonazione

Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!: Un libro per bambini nati grazie all'ovodonazione 
by Enrico Ciolini and Verena Bottero 
Language: Italian 
Independently published, 2020. 
42 p. : col. il.. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798622424618 
Summary: Rivolgendosi a bambini dai 2 ai 6 anni, "Tanto desiderato, così sei nato!" aiuta i genitori, attraverso testi semplici e illustrazioni, a spiegare ai figli nati da ovodonazione il loro concepimento. Il libro contiene solo riferimenti reali e facilmente comprensibili dal giovane lettore: non è una favola, bensì la cronistoria del concepimento di un figlio: partendo dall'amore dei futuri genitori, passando per le lunghe attese tra speranze e delusioni e l'aiuto della medicina si arriva alla nascita del figlio tanto desiderato. 
Available: https://www.amazon.it/Tanto-desiderato-cos%C3%AC-nato-allovodonazione/dp/B085KS1LPX

You Were Worth the Wait

You Were Worth the Wait 
by Stephanie Booe and Alex Booe 
illus. by Aleksandra Szmidt 
Language: English 
Wisdom House Books, 2020. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1734787201 ; 9781734787207 
Summary: We wanted nothing more than to have a child of our own, but becoming pregnant took longer than we expected! Now, as we welcome you into the world, our sweet child, we realize why we needed to wait. We had so many lessons to learn so we could welcome you into this world and be prepared for what you'd teach us. This is an ode to you, our sweet babe, and the incredible person you will become. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1734787201

The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift 
by Sarah Boulerice and Skylar Boulerice 
illus. by Inês da Fonseca 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1709412135 ; 9781709412134 
Summary: There is no question that however they come to us, our children are our greatest gifts. While awaiting their arrival, we can’t help but dream of our life with them and once they’re here, we could never imagine it without them. Just as every family is unique, so too can be the way they are formed. The one thing they all have in common is love. Love is what binds us and truly makes a family. As a surrogate mother twice baked, let me share a love letter to your child that I shared with mine when I first became a surrogate mother. As an experienced social worker that has worked with children and families, this will not be a lesson in biology or reproduction. Instead, this is a lesson of love, hope, and faith that shows how families come together in sometimes different ways, how your children can share in this excitement, and what part their mother plays in it all. No matter the journey, the ultimate gift is a precious new life - just as when they were born. Children are always more open, supportive, and accepting of changes in their environments when a dialogue is opened with love and simple explanations. With that being said, I truly hope that this story will help your child to embrace surrogacy with the same love that mine has. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1709412135

Eli's Baby Story

Eli's Baby Story 
by Sonja Martin and Laura McMaster 
Language: English 
Tellwell Talent, 2020. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0228829976 ; 9780228829973 
Summary: We are two families that worked together to expand one family. We, the authors, wanted the focus of this book to be about family growth, not just about surrogacy. We are individuals outside the LGBTQ2S+ community, and this book is from our perspective and a daughter's perspective. We wanted to ensure we were not speaking for other people. Our intention is that other families may enjoy and relate to this experience, or find commonalities with their own experience. Some families may find this to be a completely different experience from their own. Eli's baby story shows real people, blended families, natural parenting styles and above all, love. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0228829976

How Many People Does It Take To Make A Baby?: Amazing donors and surrogates can help build a family

How Many People Does It Take To Make A Baby?: Amazing donors and surrogates can help build a family 
by Kelly and John Sparry 
illus. by Ursua Jameel 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798621298142 
Summary: Loving families are created in more than one way. Sometimes the parents-to-be need a little help from an egg or sperm donor or with the amazing gift of surrogacy. And many wonderful babies are brought into the world with help from more than one of these miracle methods. Gay or straight, black or white, parents of all sorts provide the most important ingredient that a baby will need to survive and thrive - love. This book shows a few of the ways that awesome families are built. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Many-People-Does-Take-Make/dp/B089TXG6S8

Karla plays house

Karla plays house 
by Pia Olsen and Karla Elena Olsen 
illus. by Ina Korneliussen 
Language: English 
Available: https://citat.ebog.dk/