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 –

1. You Were Made For Me: Mom*Dad*IVF by Sheri Sturniolo

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.

2. I’m Very Ferris: A Child’s Story about In Vitro Fertilization by Tess Kossow

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.

3. To the Moon and Back for You by Emily Serhant

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.

4. Wish by Matthew Cordell

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.

5. I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb

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.

Recommendations

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!

*Please note that I receive compensation if you make a purchase through any of my links. I try to find the best deals for you. Thank you!

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24 Comments

  1. This is a very good post with nice reviews that you have written on the top 5 children’s book. I like it and I would like to get a number for my niece as well.

    I will share with my friends and family who want to purchase these type of books. Thanks! 

  2. Wow, this is a really good thing to know about, it’s very nice that some people took out time to write nice and useful books like that. IVF children’s book is a good idea and the 5 that you’ve listed in this article are relatively easy to understand and I like the way point of view has been used. 

    1. When we first went through IVF more than ten years ago, none of these books existed. Love that these are more mainstreamed now! Feel free to share with others who may benefit.

  3. Hi Dana, I liked all five of the books you presented here. But the one that has really caught my attention is: “To the Moon and Back for You by Emily Serhant”. I’m also a huge fan of the Million Dollar Listing TV series.

    I would like to begin purchasing this book for my wife and me.

    Thanks!

    1. I see we have a lot of fans of Million Dollar Listing here…haha! Hope you and your wife enjoy Emily’s book…thank you! 

  4. Hello Dana, it’s nice to hear your story and I feel really happy for you indeed. They are so many people who are going through similar situation and I wish the best for them. Some of these books have some really good author which I would love to see and I am a fan of Emily whom I have known for a couple of years now. I would love to read “To the Moon and Back for You” by Emily Serhant 

    1. That is awesome! Please share my post with her:) Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy Emily’s book. 

  5. Wow! I actually like the blends of the stories here and surely, they are good ones. Well! I am an expecting mom and getting to read about this has already given me ideas about the kind of IVF children books that I needed to get so I can engage my kid overtime. Thumbs up to you for sharing these and I actually like the various storylines here

    1. Many blessings to you! You’ll surely want to add this to your child’s library. Did you go through IVF treatment too? Take care:)

  6. Oh my goodness, this is such a heartwarming post. Your story is wonderful and thank you for the reviews of your favourite books beautifully communicating this complex issue to our wonderful, deeply desired children. I’ve Loved You Since Forever is beautiful but the 7 part series looks really good too. 

    1. Glad you liked it! The 7 part series of You Were Made for Me – IVF version just came out this year. Feel free to share with others who may enjoy these books too. 

  7. I think this is a wonderful way to explain difficult situations for children. There is a book out there for almost anything.

    I am an early years school teacher and was amazed by how effective books can be for teaching children lessons.

    I always liked to ask my class what they thought the moral of the story was.

    1. Hi, I’m a Special Education elementary teacher. I always start my class with a read aloud. And you’re right, books are a great way to explain difficult situations to children and teaching them. Thank you for your insights! What will your new school year look like?

  8. This is a very interesting article. I have many friends around me who conceived their children through IVF, but it had never occurred to me that kids themselves will be curious about this topic. Now that I’ve read your post, I think it’s so meaningful to let the children understand the struggles that their parents went through to bring them into this world. This is beautiful. I will be sharing these recommended books with my friends.

    1. Thank you so much Joo! I think as parents we talk about it openly now, so our children hear our conversations and are curious. It’s great that there’s books now on the topic at their level. Thanks for sharing with your friends!

  9. Hi
    I was an Educator on preschool for children an I’m amaze by how effective books can be for teaching children lessons. If I just had these book when my kids were young. I think this is a wonderful way to explain difficult situations for kids. There is a book out there for almost anything.
    Good post
    Lyne

  10. Hi Dana,

    I have a friend called Natalie Reeves and she is writing her own children’s books at the moment. She published her first one not that long ago. She would love this article and your site. I have forwarded it onto her and encouraged her to comment or get in touch if she has any questions.

    Maybe she can tell you about her book, and you could review it in the future?

    Thank you for sharing such another great article and keep up the amazing work on your site.

    All the best,

    Tom

  11. I really love the children’s books you chose to share in your article, and starting your child with books early by reading to them is something every parents should make a point to do. I was not exposed to books and reading at a young age, so I was much older before I found the value of reading regularly.

    Jeff

  12. Hello there,

    I never knew such books existed. Thanks for providing insight into these books and reviewing them so thoroughly, I’m sure many people will benefit from them. At least I know I did.

    Very insightful, thanks for sharing it.

    1. These books are so great aren’t they? I guess you can say there’s a book for everything…pls feel free to share with others who may benefit:)

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