Books for Children Conceived through Sperm Donation
Hope and Will Have a Baby by Irene Celcer – (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.
How Babies and Families Are Made: There Is More Than One Way! by Patricia Schaffe (ages 5-9) – This is a basic sex ed book for families formed in alternative ways. It includes a discussion of miscarriage, cesarean delivery, twins, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, adoption and stepchildren. Surrogacy and donor egg are not discussed, but the book in inclusive enough to open the door for this discussion. The book may be too technical for the younger end of the range, but it is still a worthy addition to your sex ed library/all families are different and the same collection.
Just the Baby for Me by Barbara Sue Levin (ages 5-9) – Story of a single mother who has a child using donor sperm
The Donor Conception Network has a series of books called Our Story that discuss the use of donor sperm. My Story covers donor sperm for a heterosexual couple, while two books titled Our Story cover sperm donation for single mothers and lesbian couples.
“Before You Were Born” series of books, by Janice Grimes RN, on sperm donation. Before You Were Born… Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of Donor Insemination, Before You Were Born… Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of Donor Sperm (IVF), Before You Were Born… Our Wish for a Baby: A Baby Conceived For Female Partners, Single Mom – Donor Insemination, Single Mom – IVF using Donor Sperm, Single Mom – Donor Sperm/Donor Egg
A Baby for Mummy: Explaining Artificial Insemination for Young Children by Julie Cavaney (Ages 0-8 years old) – It’s introduces the concept of a sperm donor conception through artificial insemination (IUI) to children born from sperm donors to single mothers. This book celebrates how much our children are wanted and loved.
God’s Magical Dust by Karolina Dembinska-Lemus (Ages 5-8 years old) – A bilingual children’s book describing God’s role in third party reproduction. First half is the English version; second half is the Spanish version. Includes relevant Bible quotes.
Wish by Matthew Cordell (Ages 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. With softly hued watercolor, pen, and ink illustration, this book allows for a gentle, open introduction into the topic surrounding the special circumstances of how a family might be created.
The Pea 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. This book can be used to start conversations about families and “to help normalize ‘alternative’ family forms.”
My Little Dish by Sari Dennis – For every parent who has experienced that emotional roller coaster called infertility, this book has been written to provide you with a point at which you may begin to discuss your child’s conception.
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. With bright illustrations, it allows parents to approach the topic in simple children’s terms.
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.
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.
Megan and Mommy by Elizabeth Reed – The story of being a single mother who chose to go to a clinic and use a sperm donor for her to have a child. The story shows how the mother honestly and lovingly explains to her child how she was conceived and shows how she enforces the message of love and family.
Mom, Mama and Me.. and How I came to be! by Tina Rella (ages 3-5 years old) – This book takes a family-building approach and employs the “families are made differently” and a little bit of “the helper” script. Full -color illustrations depict a multi-racial lesbian couple.
Family Stew: Two Moms Use a Sperm Donor to Build their Family by Linda Stamm (ages 7+) – This vividly illustrated and humorous children’s book is a wonderful way for children conceived via donor sperm to learn about their origin.
One in Many Millions by RJ Miles – This illustrated picture book explains the process for two Moms to make a baby with brief explanations for how a baby is made with heterosexual parents, IVF, IUI, and sperm donation. Note the book ships from Australia, allow for adequate shipping time.