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Children’s books about donor conception – Telling kids about the donor

By Cryos | 12/1/2020
Mother reading children's books about donor-conception to her donor-conceived children

Telling your child about the flowers and the bees may be difficult enough. If you have a child or children conceived with the help of a donor, you must also think about how to tell them about the donor on top of that  

We think that children’s books about donor conception provide great help to tell the story for your child from the beginning. Luckily more and more authors publish great children’s books about donor conception and different family forms. 

Get inspiration from this list of 6 great children’s books that help you to talk to your child about donor conception. The list includes books about sperm donation, but many of the publications can also be found in other variations that focus on egg donor conception, surrogacy, solo mothers by choice, lesbian parents etc.  

HAPPY TOGETHER, A SPERM DONATION STORY 

Julie Marie 

An easy-to-understand children’s book with illustrations about a bear family with a mum and dad who had an alternative route to parenthood. 

OUR STORY, HOW WE BECAME A FAMILY 

Donor Conception Network 

An illustrated children’s book about different family forms. The book can be found in no less than 44 variations from two mum and sperm donor families to surrogacy in two dad families with twins. You can easily find a book that fits your family.   

MY FAMILY AND ME: A BABY MEMORY BOOK FOR DONOR KIDS 

Kim Kluger-Bell 

An illustrated memory book to fill in with the child’s memories through your own personal notes and pictures about your child and your special family  

WHAT MAKES A BABY 

Cory Silverberg 

A children’s book for all kinds of family constellations. It explains the process from conception to birth with colourful illustrations. The great thing about this book is, that there is no focus on gender or body parts, so you can tell the story the way it fits your family form.  

THE MAGIC OF YOU: HELPING TELL CHILDREN ABOUT DONOR CONCEPTION OR SURROGACY

Sensitive Matters

The Magic of You is a lovely fully customizable story of your child's unique beginnings, made into a hardback book with your own personal photo section at the end.

You create avatars for the people involved in your story and edit the text to fit your family’s own set of circumstances – whether that’s IVF or IUI; donor egg, sperm or embryo; traditional or gestational surrogates; and single, same-sex or traditional families.

YOU ARE MY WISH COME TRUE 

Marianne Richmond 

This lovely story with cute illustrations of a mum bear and a child bear is actually not made for donor children specifically. We still recommend the book because it focuses on a mummy’s special wish for a child. It can make a great starting point to tell your child more about his or her conception.  

THE PEA THAT WAS ME: A SPERM DONATION STORY 

Kimberly Kluger-Bell  

A basic and nice story introducing the flowers and the bees and the kind help from a donor. The book is focused on two mums but is also published in other variations.  

 

You can find the books online for example on amazon.co.uk or on wordery.com.