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The Men Having Babies Book Fair

The MenHavingBabies Book Fair

 

 

We have assembeled a collection of kids books with LGBTQ themes, with a focus on books featuring families with gay dads who had their kids with the help of a surrogate, in addition to some with same­-sex parents in general, books celebrating the diversity of families, gender expression, etc.

 

If you can't attend one of our book fairs in person, you can follow the link under each image to purchase your own copy.

If you would like to suggest additional books for future fairs, let us know!

 

A warm thank you to Patricia Sarles, the blog owner of Gay-Themed Picture Books for Children and Assisted Reproductive Technology : Books for Children for her recommendations and advice, and to Asaf Rosenheim for organizing the fair and ordering the books.

 

Good reading,

The Men Having Babies board

 

 

 

Book Title

Cover / where to buy

Author

Description

Why I'm So Special: A Book

About Surrogacy with two Daddies

 

Bank Street

 

Carla Lewis Long (attending!)

Why I'm So Special, A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies, tackles a very difficult, complicated subject in a sweet, whimsical way. It is a lighthearted picture book on surrogacy with two daddies. The book is a story that all parents who used a surrogate may share with their young children to let them know just how special they are. This story is ultimately about hope, perseverance, and lots of love

STORK M.I.A

Description: http://www.daddadmommom.com/images/cover1.jpg

 

Dad-Dad-Mom-Mom Store

Sandro Issack

(attending!)

Dad Dad Mom Mom is a picture book series that features the episodes in the lives of Dad and Dad, and Mom and Mom. Its aim is to create a picture book universe for children of Same Gender Couples.

 

STORK M.I.A. is the first volume of this self-published children's book series. It follows the story of Dad and Dad, who were tired of waiting for the Stork, and decided to find her and ask for a baby. They search for the Stork around the world, with the help of Mom and Mom, turning this story into an adventure, rather than a didactic book for children of same gender couples.

Daddy Dog and Papi Panda's Rainbow Family: It Takes Love to Make a Family

 

Amazon

 

Anthony Hale

"It only takes love to make a family." This children's book is about the formation of a non-traditional family. The characters are same sex parents who created their family through a combination of adoption and surrogacy. The book presents the topic of a modern family in a simple fun way geared towards children. The characters are vividly colored animals including: Daddy Dog, Papi Panda and the children (Mikey Monkey and the three little kitties: Adriana, Ave, and Alex). The book is ideal for children of same sex parents as well as for parents who wish to educate their children about the diversity of family structure.

The Baby Kangaroo Treasure Hunt: [a Gay Parenting Story]

 

Bank Street

 

Carmen Martínez Jover

A sweet children's story of how two kangaroos: Jack and Sam, a gay couple, have their own baby by means of an egg donor and surrogacy. Using kangaroos in the story enables children to easily understand the methods related to their conception in a simple and loving way.

The twin kangaroo treasure hunt : [a gay parenting story]

 

Bank Street

 

Carmen Martínez Jover

A sweet children’s story of how two kangaroos: Jack and Sam, a gay couple, have their own twins by means of an egg donor and surrogacy. Using kangaroos in the story enables children to easily understand the methods related in their conception in a simple and loving way.

Daddy and Pop

 

 

Amazon

 

Tina Rella

Daddy and Pop is the heartwarming story of Jessie, a little girl with two fathers. Jessie doesn't realize that her family isn't 'typical' until a girl in her class asks about her mom. Jessie's Daddy and Pop tell her about the amazing journey they took to have her, by using an egg donor and a surrogate, in this fun-filled musical book! Each book comes with an accompanying musical CD. Daddy and Pop is part of the Love Makes a Family Series, celebrating families made possible by assisted reproduction and adoption.

And Tango makes Three

File source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tangopenguin.jpg

 

Bank Street

 

Justin Richardson;

Peter Parnell

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches

Two daddies ... and me!

 

Bank Street

 

Robbi Anne Packard

A young girl describes her life with her two fathers.
Told in rhyme, this story is written by a woman who was the surrogate mother to a little girl born for a gay male couple. With colorful illustrations and few words, it is for very young children describing a day in the life of this little girl with her two dads, emphasizing that they are a family. The story is not clear about whether the author is a traditional or gestational surrogate and any of the other genetic questions regarding paternity. 

Some people have two Dads: Gay Families Some people have two Dads

 

Amazon

 

Luca Panzini

Our society is changing. An increasing number of gay couples are having children through adoption and surrogacy. At some point you should explain to your child about same-gender parents. I have written this book as an educational tool to help people understand that families come in a variety of different combinations. If you can, please buy two books - one for your child and one to give away as a present or donation to a school or library - so that, together, we can educate parents, children and the community and make the world a better place.

 

Reg, Dave and Zach

 

Bank Street

 

Mystique Ann U’nique

This children's book was inspired by Elton John's concern over his son having two homosexual dads and being born via surrogacy. I understand children have nothing to do with how they got here or their parent's or guardian's choices or lifestyles, so I thought this book, which is based on the real Elton John, partner David Furnish and son Zachary, would encourage love and compassion for people who have different living arrangements, and teach how love makes a family. I also wrote this book to encourage tolerance, acceptance and love for people who have medical conditions like cancer, hemophilia and HIV and AIDS. In order to take away the negative stigma of surrogate moms, I wrote a cute part about a duck who could not lay eggs of her own, and how six of her friends got together and each gave her an egg from their own nest so she too could have a family I hope this book does not offend any religious beliefs, but promote love, compassion, acceptance and tolerance of different people.

 

What makes a baby

 

Bank Street

 

Cory Silverberg (attending!)

 

The cover of this book states that this is “a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid” and it truly is. In the most general of ways, this book begins with the sperm and the egg but in a brilliant turn asserts what has not been asserted before in a children’s book, that some bodies have sperm, and some do not, and that some bodies have eggs, and others do not

The Purim Superhero

 

Bank Street

 

Mike Byrne

Nate wants to dress as an alien for Purim but his friend wants him to wear a superhero costume like the other boys, so Nate seeks guidance from his Daddy and Abba, who advise that being yourself makes you stronger.

A dream come true : talking to your child about assisted reproduction

 

 

Not available for purchasing. Ten copies, gift of the author, will be raffled at the event

 

Christo Zouves, M.D

This book will help parents discuss the issues of basic reproduction as well as any special circumstances that contributed to the creation

Before you were born : our wish for a baby

 

Before You Were Born…..Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of Surrogacy

 

Before You Were Born…..Our Wish for a Baby: A Baby Conceived For Male Partners

Single Dad – Traditional Surrogate

Single Dad - Donor egg / Gestational Carrier

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X, Y, and Me Books

Will not be available at book fair

Janice Grimes

The "Before You Were Born" books were created to help as many parents as possible. Therefore, the illustrations are the same in every book and are not related to the text. The pictures show a typical day in the life of a child interacting with their parent. It was our intent to make the "parent" and "child" bears as gender and ethnically ambiguous as possible. We also wrote the books in such a way that whichever parent is reading the story is the "bear parent" speaking.

 

Before You Were Born…..Our Wish for a Baby: The Story Of Surrogacy

A baby conceived via intrauterine insemination, using the sperm of the father and the egg of the surrogate. The surrogate carries and delivers the baby. The child is genetically related to the father and the surrogate, but not the mother. This book does not use the words sperm or egg. The term surrogate is used.

 

Before You Were Born…..Our Wish for a Baby: A Baby Conceived For Male Partners

A baby conceived using the sperm of one male partner and the egg from a surrogate via intrauterine insemination. The child is genetically related to the donating male partner and the surrogate. This story does not use the terms sperm, egg, or have any reference to sexual preference. The term surrogate is used.

Single Dad – Traditional Surrogate

A child conceived for a single father by choice via intrauterine insemination, using the single dad’s sperm and the egg from a surrogate. The story does not contain the words sperm or egg. The term surrogate is used. There is no reference to a mother.

Single Dad - Donor egg / Gestational Carrier

A child conceived for a single father by choice using in vitro fertilization. This child is created using a donor egg and the single father’s sperm. The embryo is then placed into the uterus of a gestational carrier. This woman carries and delivers the child. The story does not contain the words sperm or egg. The terms donor and gestational carrier are used. There is no reference to a mother