Books for Children Conceived through Surrogacy
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.
The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy for young children by Sarah Phillips Pellet (ages 6-10)
More than Four by Katie Carone – A family of four, suffering from infertility, adds twins to their family thanks to the generosity of a surrogate.
Sophia’s Broken Crayons: A Story of Surrogacy from a Young Child’s Perspective by Crystal Falk (Ages 2-6 years old) – a story of surrogacy from a young child’s perspective in a practical way that children can understand and grasp.
A Turtle’s Tale by Crystal Henry(Age 3-13 years old) – This book inspired by the author’s journey through gestational surrogacy, this serves as a heartwarming tale of family and love as well as a great tool for talking to children about the beautiful gift of surrogacy.
Wanted: A Journey to Surrogacy by Carolina Robbiano – Two parents are doing everything they can to have a child. While they embark on a whimsical journey to build on their family, they dream about their baby, learn that love has no boundaries, and make the amazing discovery.
United by Love: A Happy Adopted Child by Victoria Rikede – The book is meant to be a guideline to the parents when they are informing their children on how they were conceived. It’s also meant as an awakening in the societies to get rid of the prejudices on adoption and surrogacy.
21st Century Guide to the Birds and the Bees by Belinda Messer and Rosie Luik – Beautifully illustrated children’s storybook that educates children on all the ways a baby is concieved. From sex to IVF and Surrogacy. With basic facts and age appropriate images, this book is a must have when starting that conversation with your young child.
The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children by Kimberly Kluger-Bell – A charming picture book for young children which provides an introduction to surrogacy through the simple story of a koala bear and her husband who needed the help of a very kind koala to carry their baby in her pouch.
The Chicken Who Couldn’t Lay Eggs! by Sabine-Julie De Brus – 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.”
Gal and Noa’s Daddies by Shosh Pinkas (ages 3-5 years old) – This is the true story of two gay men in Israel who wanted to build their family via surrogacy. It is written by the grandmother of the twin girls who were conceived via surrogacy.
Your Tummy Time: A Surrogacy Story by Natalia Padgen – This special book invites your child to immerse themselves in the story… their story. Creator and writer, Natalia Padgen, created this book while her surrogate was pregnant with her baby to promote positive memories and experiences, and avoid any awkward ‘finding out’ moment later in life.
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.
Birds of a Different Feather by Kelly Wendel – This book speaks directly to families comprised of members with differing genetic backgrounds such as adoptive and foster families, blended families with step and half siblings, and families assisted by extensive reproductive technology. However, it shares a message of love and acceptance for all families through its whimsical text and enchanting artistry.
Surrogacy, A Magical Delivery by Tamra Martin – A comforting and tender tale of an opossum family longing for a baby of their own. When they learn that they are unable to have a baby the conventional way, they embark on a mission to seek out other alternatives. As the opossum family continues on their quest, they persevere through many obstacles to reach their goal.
A Baby for Mabel and Frederick by Karen Poston – Emma’s mom is a surrogate – she’s carrying a baby for a couple who can’t have their own children. Emma is very excited and proud that she and her mom are helping to make a new family. Helps children understand in simple terms what goes on during a gestational surrogacy.
Extra! by Kaeleigh MacDonald – This illustrated book tells the story of Lucas discovering that it took extra time and patience for Lucas’ parents to have him. Covering many family building options, EXTRA! shows that even when parents struggle to conceive they can go on to become a family and that being ‘extra’ is wonderful!
Surrogacy Helps Make a Family Grow by Sharon LaMothe and Tina Rella. An illustrated story about a family that chooses to help another couple start their own family through gestational surrogacy. This book in an educational tool for the children of the surrogate to help them understand what their mother is going through and to help explain the gift they are providing for another family.
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