Books for Children Conceived through Embryo Donation
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (ages 2-7) – At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own. Based on a true story of two male penguins who adopted an egg and raised the chick, this is a classic story about adoption and nontraditional families.
Treasure Babies: How Two Under-the-Sea Families Came to Be by Whitney Williams (ages 4-8) – Join Strive, Ora, and their fishy friends as they struggle against the tide through the pain of infertility and discover the hope that doctors can bring, the miracle of new life, and the beauty of shared treasure. Treasure Babies was written to help children understand the basic concepts of infertility, conception through IVF/fertility treatments, and embryo donation/adoption. Great for families who have donated their embryos and for recipient families. This book has a strong Christian perspective, and won’t be for every family.
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. Series of books written to cover various ways of conception and include Before You Were Born…My Wish For A Baby – SMC Donor Sperm/Donor Egg OR Donor Embryo. Each is adapted to reflect the situation and the circumstances are provided in the descriptions.
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. This book can be used to start conversations about families and “to help normalize ‘alternative’ family forms.
The Extra Button by Jules Blundell – Benny and Rose wanted more than anything to have their own family. A cute, illustrated story where a gingerbread couple’s desire to have a baby to help explain the difficult concept of donor conception to young children at an age appropriate level.
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.