Children’s Books on IVF



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List of Books and Videos for Children about their conception via IVF, Third Party Reproduction, Non-traditional Families, and Adoption

All-In-One Books:


Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where Some Babies Come From
By Elaine R. Gordon

Explains infertility, IVF, and all the ways of becoming a family, including donor sperm, donor egg, and surrogacy. Heterosexual focus. (ages 4 and up)
Santa Monica: E.M. Greenburg Press, 1992.
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How Babies and Families Are Made: There Is More Than One Way!
By Patricia Schaffer

Combines basic sex ed about anatomy, conception, pregnancy, and childbirth with an explanation of family-building that includes adoption, donor insemination, and IVF. Heterosexual focus. (ages 5-9)
Tabor Sarah Books, 1988.
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Before You Were Born
By Janice Grimes

This author offers this book with many variations including a baby born from IVF, donor insemination, frozen embryo, donor egg, donor sperm (IVF), gestational carrier, traditional surrogacy, donor embryo, same sex female parents, same sex male parents.
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I’m a Little Frostie
By Tim Appleton

An easy to read book, which is full of color pictures. It is about a child conceived from a frozen embryo that was thawed, transferred and successfully resulted in a birth. It is suitable for children who were created from donated embryos.
Published by the IFC Resource Centre.
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Third Party Reproduction:


– Donor Sperm


Let me explain: A story about donor insemination
By Jane T. Schnitter, Joanne Bowring

A little girl explains how she was conceived through artificial insemination and that although she has genes from her mother and a donor, her dad is her only father.
Published Date: December 1995 Hardcover
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My Story

Excellent for young children, this straightforward and gentle guide describes how Mummy and Daddy conceived their child through donor insemination. (ages 4-7)
London: Infertility Research Trust/Jessup Hospital for Women, 1991.
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– Donor Eggs

Sometimes it takes Three to Make a Baby: Explaining Egg Donor Conception to Young Children
By Kate Bourne Illustrated by Don Thompson

This Australian book includes an illustrated story for young children explaining in simple language the process of egg donation. There is also a workbook called “My Very Own Book About Me” for the child to complete, and advice for parents on talking to young children about their special conception. It will also be of interest to egg donors and their families.
2002 Published by Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd.
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123 A Family Counting Book
ABC A Family Alphabet Book
Felicia’s Favorite Story

Two Lives Publishing, a resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered parents and their children.
All three books can be purchased here


Heather Has Two Mommies
By Leslea Newman

This classic contains a good discussion of family diversity. (ages 4-7).Alyson Publications, 1oth Anniversary Edition. Available through


Who’s in a Family?
By Robert Skutch

A picture book portraying families in all their diversity. (ages 3-7). Tricycle Press, 1995, 1998.
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– Adoption


Happy Adoption Day!
By John McCutcheon, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)

Noted folksinger John McCutcheon has written a joyful song commemorating the wonderful day when a child joins an adoptive family. Read or sung, the excitement and love of new parents rings through in these heartwarming verses that reassure adopted children that they are wanted, loved and very special. Complete with musical notation, this is the perfect gift for adopted children and their families to share. Full color.
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Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption
By Mary Ebejer Petertyl, Jill Chambers (Illustrator)

When my husband and I were preparing to travel internationally to adopt our daughter Anna, I worried about how our four-year-old daughter Carly would handle our extended separation. I looked for, but could not find, a book like Seeds of Love. As a professional writer and editor, I naturally felt compelled to address this void in the children’s adoption literature — and Seeds of Love was born!

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