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Sophia’s Broken Crayons: A Story of Surrogacy from a Young Child’s Perspective by Crystal Falk– A simplistic story to explain surrogacy to a young child. The book is geared toward ages 2-6 and would be great to help children of surrogates understand why the baby isn’t staying with them and also to help the child that is born through surrogacy understand the process. It doesn’t get into great detail it just talks about how one family shared their tummy to help another family just like the young girls friends share their crayons when hers are broken.
This book was published in conjunction with Surrogacy Together and while a great book the back of the book is filled with full names of names of surrogates, intended parents and donors, which I felt was a breach of confidentiality and was unnecessary for a story geared toward children. If they had just left the forward and the little blurb in the back about their organization I think it would have been much better. However the story itself is very good and could be used for anyone involved in a surrogacy situation. Amazon.com Price $2.99 (kindle) $13.49 (pb)
Children Books: What is a family?: (Preschool Values book) – Picture Book for Early & Beginner Readers fiction (Balu Baldauf series 9) by Ruthz SB– This is a sweet book about BeBe who is trying to define family. His friend poses different questions to him to get him to think harder about the question until BeBe realizes that defining family isn’t always so easy and there are many different types of families. This book shows many different aspects of what being a family means. In the end BeBe realizes that family means different things to different people and none of that is wrong.
The author has a beautiful note at the end of the book where she writes “A family is a collective consciousness – our first step towards understanding the supreme soul consciousness. Families make communities, communities make nations, nations make humanity…”, “…family is always our fundamental milestone.”
This is a great book to start talking about different types of families and looking at all the different types of families you may know. Amazon.com Price $2.99
Sprout: an adoption story by Megan Meredith – This is a beautifully illustrated story about a seedling that isn’t given the chance to grow, it is not taken care of and harmed until one day a stranger comes and takes it away, nurtures it and helps it to grow. For children who are removed from dangerous or harmful environments and placed in new homes this is a story of hope, of love and what can happen when you give a child the love support and care that he or she needs to grow. Without talking about what happened to a child in the past this story is not an in your face book, but a subtle story about what love and encouragement can help create. Hopefully a child will see his or her own story in this one and while maybe not fully understanding that it relates to them at first it may spark hope inside them. I can see this as a book you would want to read again and again. Amazon Price $2.99 (kindle)