I have had lots of requests from parents about creating a list of IVF books for kids. So this list contains the books that explain sperm donor babies, egg donor babies, surrogacy and adoption. As well as the others methods of assisted reproduction – IVF (in vitro fertilisation), IUI (intra uterine insemination), and ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).
Some of these books will focus on one method, whereas others will explain a number of different ways to make a baby (or start a family). So whether your child was made via assisted reproduction, made with a donor egg and/or sperm (or embryo), was grown by a surrogate and/or adopted (or fostered)… then you should find a book to suit.
Picture books can be a great way to explain to your child how they were made, or how a new addition to their family was made. You’ll find IVF books for toddlers, as well as for children and even tweens. As well as books for children conceived through fertility treatments.
A great site from the UK that a parent shared with me, is DC Network. They sell a series of books called Our Story for children aged roughly 2-6yrs. We have versions for all family situations and cover sperm, egg, double and embryo donation as well as surrogacy. They also have a Telling and Talking series of booklets, for parents of children 0-7yrs, 8-11yrs, 12+yrs, Mixed Blessings, Telling and Talking with Friends and Family, Our Family and Telling and Talking 17+ (for parents with older children who haven’t been told).
AS you can see, there are some fantastic children’s books (or picture books) that will help parents with explaining the unique way their child was made.
You will only find books in this list that are readily available at bookshops today.
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
And if you find this list a little overwhelming, you might want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books.
You’ll find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.
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NOTE: Before passing any book to your child or reading the book with your child, you should read it yourself first. I might think it is a great book for a certain age child or that the information is valuable, but you may disagree. You need to choose books that reflect your values and the messages you want your child to receive.
Children’s books about IVF
You’ll find an age-specific list of books for explaining IVF, ICSI, IUI, egg donor, sperm donor, and surrogacy babies to children. Just click on the age of your child, and you’ll be taken straight to that booklist.
These are some of the many assisted reproduction books for children that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that kids can read to find reliable and accurate information about love, sex and relationships.
Resources to help with talking about sex
My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.
Which means that inside this website, you’ll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.
My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You’ll find lots of different blog posts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics – bodies, consent, diversity, porn, sexual intercourse and more.
You’ll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.
You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There are even some books in there for parents!
If you’re looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, How to Talk to Kids About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural conversations with your child about their body.
You’ll also find some child-friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let’s Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.
Or if you’re looking for an activity that you can sit down and complete with your child, then you may want to look at my anatomically-correct paperdolls. They are perfect for starting natural conversations whilst your hands are busy.
If you need some help with explaining sexual intercourse to your child, then How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you explain sex to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that take the stress out of explaining!
If you’re unsure about how to answer your child’s questions about sex, then I have the perfect book for you! The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid’s ask parents about sex. Which means you don’t need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands.
And if you get stuck, feel free to get in touch! You can contact me here.