Surrogacy can be a difficult concept to grasp when you’re an adult. Just imagine how confusing the idea of surrogacy can be to a child! If you have children and are bringing a new sibling into their world via surrogate, knowing how much to tell them and how thoroughly you should explain the process can be tricky. If you are considering becoming a surrogate mother for another couple, this process must also be explained to your own children. Luckily, books exist that will help to make explanations less painful for parents and more enlightening for children. Here we will describe some of the most popular books that explain surrogacy to a child.
Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies
For gay men who are intended parents choosing surrogacy, the book Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies is a great choice to help explain the idea to children. This picture book by Carla Lewis-Long about men having babies is designed to share with children of any age. It tells the heartwarming story of how two daddies met, fell in love and decided to have a baby via surrogate. The book is unique in that it is illustrated by a 9-year-old, making the pictures even more relatable to children.
Sophia’s Broken Crayons: A Story of Surrogacy from a Young Child’s Perspective
Designed for younger children between the ages of 2 and 6, Sophia’s Broken Crayons: A Story of Surrogacy from a Young Child’s Perspective tells the story of surrogacy from the point of view of a young child. In this story by Crystal A. Faulk, Sophia learns about surrogacy when her parents choose to give the gift of surrogacy to their friends. She asks the questions that many young children have about surrogacy, such as, “Why would someone choose to become a surrogate?” and “Why can’t everyone have a baby?” The book is written in practical language that is easy for younger children to understand.
The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children
The picture book The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children tells a story aimed at children ages 3 and up. Two married koala bears (male and female) need the assistance of another koala, who will help them to create a family by carrying their baby in her pouch for them. Written in simple, easy-to-understand language by Kimberly Kluger-Bell, this book can help even the youngest children to grasp the surrogacy process.
Daddy Dog and Papi Panda’s Rainbow Family
Daddy Dog and Papi Panda’s Rainbow Family carries the theme, “It only takes love to make a family.” Although the characters in the book by Anthony Hale are same-sex parents who have created a family through surrogacy and adoption, the book is perfect for children of any parents who are pursuing surrogacy to build a family. The modern language and applicable situations make this book highly readable for all children.
The Kangaroo Pouch
Written by Sarah Phillips Pellett with the tagline, “A story about surrogacy for young children,” The Kangaroo Pouch is intended for children ages 2 to 8. A young kangaroo named Oliver learns about surrogacy when his mother makes the decision to assist another family in having a baby. It also answers the most common questions and fears children may have about surrogacy, such as, “What will our family life be like during the pregnancy?” and, “What happens when the baby is born and given back to its biological parents?” Whether you are intended parents or a prospective surrogate mother, this book will be a valuable tool in explaining the surrogacy process to children in language that they can understand.
The above-mentioned books, along with the specialists at Simple Surrogacy, can help your entire family to understand the surrogacy process and share in the excitement at this special time in your family’s lives. Contact us at 1-866-41-SURRO for more information.
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