Our infertility journey took about 10 years for us to conceive our two children. But it honestly feels like a lifetime! Now that we have an almost teenage daughter and a 5-year old as well as talking more openly about our fertility struggles with our family and friends now, our kids have grown curious of OUR STORY.
Today I wanted to share a review of my pick of the Top 5 IVF Children’s Book. These heartwarming stories have made it easier to share our history with them.
Both our kids were conceived via IVF (in vitro fertilization). It doesn’t lessen our status as parents or make our love for our children any less, as some may have wondered. As a matter of fact, it has made us count our blessings even more.
Here are my Top 5 favorite IVF Children’s Book choices and I hope you like them too –
Growing a family isn’t always easy and sometimes mommies and daddies need a little help. You Were Made For Me is a look into the unique ways that some families are made and the journey of love that brings them together.
The author uses symbolism and sweet rhyming lyrics to introduce the topic of being born with the help of IVF to a young child. Written by a mom and pediatric nurse who personally experienced the fertility struggles.
“There are wonderfully helpful people indeed. Who happen to know how to help you succeed. With guidance and knowledge they each do their part. To help grow your family with science and ART.”
By giving children “pieces of the puzzle,” this book sparks their imagination and stimulates them to ask questions about the way they came to be and the journey of love that brought them into your arms. My 5-year old loves picking this story for read aloud time and it definitely has sparked a conversation with my almost teenager – both who were conceived through IVF.
What’s great about this book is that it’s part of a 7 book series. If your child/children was conceived through surrogacy or donor egg/sperm. Or come from a single parent or same sex parent, the author has a book to reflect that story.
Families are made every day, in many ways. Meet Ferris, a baby boy who has an amazing, real-life story about his entrance into the world.
Told from a child’s point of view, I’m Very Ferris explains infertility through IVF in a simple way. The author celebrates the miracle of Ferris’ birth in a beautifully illustrated rhyming book.
My son gets a kick out of saying the name Ferris – I always have to explain it to him it’s like the “ferris wheel” you see at the carnival. According to the author, Ferris is a Scottish name meaning “best choice.” Kossow picked the “best choice embryo” for her IVF transfer.
This sweet and honest 2-book series is a great intro to IVF and what moms and dads experience so that they, too, could have a baby of their very own.
Million Dollar Listing star Emilia Bechrakis Serhant’s debut picture book explores her own difficulty conceiving and her life-changing experiences with IVF.
I’m a big fan of the Million Dollar Listing TV series – this was my show to binge watch during my two week wait to check if my IVF transfer was successful or not. I had no idea the struggles they went through to conceive and that she wrote this book until I stumbled upon it at my local book store.
In this picture book, illustrated by the #1 New York Times bestselling artist, families of different shapes, colors, and sizes must cross deserts, navigate rough seasons, and climb mountains–all to find their miracle babies.
“I swam through the deepest ocean. I climbed the tallest mountain. Finding you was a journey. And meeting you was my greatest joy.”
Emilia’s story reminds us that, despite the challenges often thrown our way, hope will always prevail.
Caldecott Award-winner author Matthew Cordell wrote this book as a sweet companion to his other book Dream and Hope.
As an elephant couple embarks on their life together, thoughts of children are far away-at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do unexpected challenges. And it’s only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointment that their deepest wish miraculously comes true. This story celebrates the profound joy of becoming a parent.
I love how this comes in a board book version – so much sturdier. And we all know how books become after so many readings and turning of pages. It’s sure to be around for many read alouds.
I’ve Loved You Since Forever is a New York Times #1 bestseller of the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.
With Kotb’s lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again.
“there was you…and there was me and you and I turned into we.”
Although this is not specifically an IVF children’s book, I had to include this. The simple story with the ending of the mom holding up her child is so beautiful and touching.
I love books, especially children’s books. As a teacher, I know firsthand that story telling is the best way to teach and learn.
I hope you’ll love one or all of these book choices. Keep them for your child’s bedtime stories or share them as gifts for friends and family. You may shed a tear or two on how touching these stories are.
These books are all truly written from the heart. There are so many others to choose, but I hope one of these 5 IVF Children’s Book will warm your soul and open your heart to tell YOUR STORY.
So choose one and let me know what you think. Would love to hear from you in the comments below!
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