Books for Children Conceived through Egg Donation
A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life: An Egg Donor Story by Carmen Martinez Jover (ages 2-6) – A great picture book to start a discussion about egg donation with young children. Two rabbits long for a child, but the mommy rabbit doesn’t have any eggs. Then one day a kind lady rabbit gives them “a tiny itsy bitsy gift of life” that allows them to have their baby. The book is very colorful and ideal for children even before they can read, because the pictures are so full of details it easily captures the child s attention.
Happy Together: An Egg Donation Story by Julie Marie (ages 2-6) – Happy Together is a heartwarming book to help introduce the concept of egg donation to a young child. 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, an egg from a special lady called a donor and Daddy’s seed, a baby grew in Mommy’s tummy and was welcomed with great joy. Happy Together will comfort children with the assurance of being very much wanted and loved.
A Part Was Given and an Angel Was Born by Rozanne Nathalie (ages 4-8) – Picture style book explaining conception through donor egg. This is a bit pricey ($20), even for a hardcover book.
Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big? by Carolina Nadel (under age 5)
Tabitha and Timothy Grow a Flower by Sarah Shackleton and Gillian Coulson (under age 5) – A story for younger readers that is intended to introduce egg donation, but is written broadly enough that it can be used for any type of third-party reproduction.
One More Giraffe by Kim Noble (under age 5) – Perfect for introducing very young children to egg donation.
Hope and Will Have a Baby by Irene Celcer – Written for ages 5-8, this series of books tells birth stories about surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. The beginning and end of each book is the same, but the middle section is specific to each topic. Contains some religious overtones.
“Before You Were Born” series of books, by Janice Grimes RN, on egg donation: Before You Were Born… Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of A Donor Egg, Single Mom – Donor Sperm/Donor Egg
The Egg, The Seed, and The Magic Love Tummy by Grandpa (under age 5). Great illustrated storybook for explaining the process of conception through Egg Donation in simple childlike terms.
Hattie Peck by Emma Levey (under age 4) – Hattie Peck is a heart-warming tale of triumph in the face of adversity and is a perfect bedtime story.
Wish by Matthew Cordell (Age 3-5 years old) – When an elephant couple decides it is time to have a child, unexpected challenges arise but, at last, the pair’s deepest wish comes true.
The Peas That Was Me: An IVF Story by Kimberly Kluger-Bell (Ages 3-5 years old) – Reading this charming storybook to your preschooler is a wonderful way to introduce them to the fact that you wanted them very much but had trouble having them. The very basic fact that it takes an egg and a sperm to make a baby is introduced.
Families Come In Many Forms by Bella Mei Wong – Along the way Alex meets his friends’ families – traditional, adopted, divorced, blended, IVF, same sex and others. These family forms are not presented as “different”, but are treated as a normal part of today’s world.
The Dancing Fish and the Clever Crab by Ms. Reen (Ages 2-10 years old) – This book was written as an aid to parents who conceived a child via the use of donor egg or sperm. The decision whether to disclose the child’s genetic origin’s to him or her is an important one for parents.
Somy’s Search, a Single Mum by a Choice Story by Carmen Martínez Jover – 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.
Your Story: How Special Babies are Made by Gina Hashrard (Ages 2-4 year old) – 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.
The Extra Button by Jules Blundell – Benny and Rose wanted more than anything to have their own family. 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.
It Takes Love (and some other stuff) to Make a Baby by L. L. Bird – The book introduces children to several concepts and vocabulary words such as “ovaries,” “uterus,” “pregnant,” “sperm,” “egg,” “testicles,” “sperm donor,” and “sperm bank” and explains what each term means when it comes up in the context of the description of how babies are made in two-mom families.
God Wanted Me! God Created Me! by Teresa Adams (Ages 5-8 years old) – This book takes a deeply religious approach with a child conceived via sperm or egg donation. The book aims to comfort the child who may feel unsettled by the fact that they do not know their biological parent.
The Chicken Who Couldn’t Lay Eggs! by Taylor Brandon – This true story based illustrated book explains the path of infertility to motherhood. A fun way to engage adults and children into the discussion of the origin of their lives.
The Twin Kangaroo Treasure Hunt: A Gay Parenting Story by Carmen Martinez Jover (ages 3-5 years old) – This book is an introduction for the children created via donor egg and surrogacy and introduces the terms “egg donor” and “surrogate.”
You were Meant To Be! by Sherry Kean & Rosemarie Gellen (ages 3-5 years old) – This book takes a family-building and a child-conception approach and uses the “spare parts” and “the helper” scripts. It also introduces the concept of anonymous donation.
One Little Egg by Kimberly DeMeo – This story is filled with action, emotion and of course, education about egg donation. The author was compelled to write this children’s book for two very important reasons, and their names are Miranda and Sydney! After five long years of unsuccessful procedures, she and her husband decided to have a baby through egg donation.
Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? by Ph.D. Elaine R. Gordon (ages 3-8 years old) – The book then goes on to explain five different methods for having a baby: sperm donation, egg donation, surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and adoption. These methods, all introduced with the proper vocabulary, are all explained in a way that a child could understand them.
Tabitha and Timothy Grow a Flower by Sarah Shackleton – It was written to introduce the idea of egg donation, and to provide a conceptual reference for later conversations.