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Using a surrogate to grow your family presents you with interesting decisions to make as your child grows up. Most importantly, will you tell them a surrogate was used? If so, how do you address the subject with empathy and approachability?

If you do decide to share the origins of your child’s birth with them, there are a variety of children’s books available that can help explain a highly scientific procedure in terms a young child can understand.

Many of these titles are aimed directly at the intended parents, while others are aimed at surrogates and their families. Using titles from each point of view can help your child begin to understand their story and shine a light on the woman who played a role in their birth.

Some suggested titles include:

You Began as a Wish by Kim Bergman, PhD

Hope & Will Have A Baby: The Gift of Surrogacy by Irene Celcer

(Irene Celcer has a series addressing various topics, all called Hope & Will Have a Baby, but with subtitles such as “The Gift of Sperm Donation” and “The Gift of Egg Donation.”)

Sacha, the Little Bright Shooting Star by Sofia Prezani

The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children by Sarah Phillips Pellet and Laurie Faust

The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children by Kimberly Kluger-Bell

Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy with Two Daddies by Carol Lewis Long

Stork M.I.A. by Sandro Isaack

Daddy Dog and Papi Panda’s Rainbow Family: It Takes Love to Make a Family by Anthony Hale

The Baby Kangaroo Treasure Hunt by Carmen Martinez Jover

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