Books for Children Conceived through Embryo Donation
You Were Made For Me by Sheri Sturniolo – This sweet story with great illustrations follow a couple as they experience the hopes, dreams and disappointments of creating a family. The book explains how the generosity and love of others can grow into the most wonderful gift. You Were Made For Me takes a look into the unique and wonderful ways some families are made, and the journey of love that brings them together.
Before You Were Born…Our Wish For A Baby (The Story of Embryo Donation) – by Janice Grimes. Written for ages 3-5.
The Donor Conception Network has a series of books called Our Story (ages 3-6) that discuss all family types including embryo donation.
Training Wheels by Chris Barrett and Sally B. Hunter (ages 4-8) – A five-year-old boy named Miles learns about his birth through an open embryo donation from a couple in California.
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.
Ready-made Sweetie by Whitney Williams (Ages 3-8 years old) – A fun book to help children understand the basic ideas of embryo donation/adoption with a designated section families can use to share the details of their own journey. Sure to be a forever keepsake; inspirational Bible verses included.
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 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.
I am Extra Special: An IVF Story by Belinda Messer and Rosie Luik (Ages 4-10 years old) – A beautifully illustrated storybook for IVF children. To be used as a tool to start the conversation about the way that they were conceived using IVF.
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.
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.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell – At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.