Sunday, December 29, 2013

Punkpapporna i London

Punkpapporna i London 
by Liz Wennberg
illus. by Jacob Segerstedt
Language: Swedish
col. ill ; cm. 
ISBN: 9789186589332 
Summary: Punkpapporna i London är en fristående uppföljare till Punkpapporna som kom 2010. Cornelia bor med sina 2 pappor, men hennes pappor är inte bara pappor de är punkare också! För ett år sedan flyttade Cornelia från London till Sverige med sina två pappor. Alla i byn blev jättenyfikna, för hur bär man sig egentligen åt när man är Punkare? Nu är det dags att åka tillbaka till London på besök, och Cornelia tar med sig kompisgänget. De lyckas alltid ha något fuffens för sig. Cornelia vill ha en hundvalp och Martin vill ha en tatuering Den här gången tar de sakerna i egna händer. 
Available: http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789186589332/punkpapporna-i-london/

The bravest knight who ever lived

The bravest knight who ever lived 
by Daniel Errico 
illus. by Mo Qovaizi 
Language: English 
Pajama Publishing, 2013. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9780989607827 
Summary: Cedric, the bravest knight, is one of the first children's book characters to not just be part of an LGBT family, but to be a homosexual protagonist himself. It’s after he saves the day and defeats a pumpkin-eating dragon that his love for a prince, and not a princess, is revealed. 
Available: http://pajamapublishing.com/

Prinsen och Pojken

Prinsen och Pojken 
written by Isak Fearon 
illus. by Roberth Fearon 
Language: Swedish 
Stockholm : Vombat, 2013.
54 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9789186589318
Summary: Det var en gång en prins och en pojke. Prinsen bodde i ett stort slott bland molnen och pojken bodde i en stuga i den stora skogen. En gemensam önskan skulle föra dem samman, önskan om att finna en hjärtevän. Sagan handlar om att finna kärleken mot alla odds och att ha modet att våga vara sig själv. Prinsen och Pojken är en modern och inkluderande tolkning av den klassiska sagan om att övervinna alla hinder för att finna kärleken. 
Available: http://www.vombatforlag.se/butik/prinsen-och-pojken-2/

Saturday, December 14, 2013

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

A dream come true : talking to your child about assisted reproduction
Christo Zouves, M.D ; with Linda Attell and Holly Bea
illustrated by Sarah Fox.
Language: English
Daly City, CA. : Zouves Fertility Center, 2004.
27 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
ISBN: 0976473801; 9780976473800
My Annotation: Written by a reproductive endocrinologist, this book aims to explain the basics of human reproduction as well as assisted reproduction when and why there might be a need for it. It introduces children to some very big words like “intracytoplasmic sperm injection” and “sperm chromatin structure assay,” as well as the more common terms found in children’s books on ART, like in vitro fertilization, egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy. Unlike other children’s books on ART, this book is narrated by several children who were all conceived in different ways. There is Michael, a twin, conceived via IVF. There is PJ, conceived via egg donation. There is Sophie, brought into the world via surrogacy. And there are Katie and Mei Lin, both conceived via IUI and donor insemination, Katie to a heterosexual couple, and Mei Lin to a lesbian couple. In these vignettes, all the children explain the reasons where and why that particular ART method was used to conceive them, for example, Michael’s mom’s eggs “couldn’t travel through her tubes” and his dad’s sperm “couldn’t swim to the egg” so mom’s eggs and dad’s sperm were put in a petri dish where they could join together to form an embryo. The book includes a glossary though it does not include the term IUI even though it is introduced in the book. The last few pages are devoted to spaces for family photos, the names of the doctors who helped bring them into the world, the names of the helpers, and a picture of the ultrasound, clearly acknowledging all the work that went into bringing them into the world and to “shift their focus from making a family to being a family.” Cartoon drawings resembling children’s drawings depict no nudity. Recommended for children ages 5-8. 
Available: http://www.goivf.com

Saturday, November 30, 2013

El niño en los corazones de los madres

El niño en los corazones de los madres 
written by Paul Janson, M.D. 
illus. by Kevin Scott Gierman 
Language: English 
Lulu, 2012 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781105634765 
Summary: A Spanish language translation of "The Child In the Mother's Hearts, a story of adoption for gay and lesbian couples to read to their children or for anyone to read with their children to help explain adoption and alternative families. 
Available: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-janson/el-nino-en-los-corazones-de-las-madres/paperback/product-20060860.html

El niño en los corazones de los padres

El niño en los corazones de los padres 
by Paul Janson, M.D. 
illus. by Kevin Scott Gierman 
Language: Spanish 
Lulu, 2012. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781105634758 
Summary: A Spanish language translation of "The Child In the Father's Hearts, a story of adoption for gay and lesbian couples to read to their children or for anyone to read with their children to help explain adoption and alternative families. 
Available: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-janson/el-nino-en-los-corazones-de-los-padres/paperback/product-20060865.html

The child in the fathers' hearts

The child in the fathers' hearts 
by Paul Janson, M.D. 
illus. by Kevin Scott Gierman 
Language: English 
Lulu, 2012 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm 
ISBN: 9781257937769 
Summary: A picture book designed to be read to adopted children of gay parents. The child is adopted by two fathers. The opening comments are about my own philosophy of children, that all children begin in the heart of their parents however they come to be a part of a family. 
Available: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-janson/the-child-in-the-fathers-hearts/paperback/product-20060849.html

The child in the mamas' hearts: a story of assisted reproductive technology births for families with two mothers

The child in the mamas' hearts: a story of assisted reproductive technology births for families with two mothers 
by Paul Janson, M.D. 
illus. by Kevin Scott Gierman 
Language: English 
Lulu, 2013 
20 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781304640314 
Summary: A children's picture book to explain Assisted Reproductive Technology in a loving and understandable way for families with two mothers. 
My annotation: Two women love each other very much but feel something is missing in their house and in their lives - a child, yet both women feel that there is a child somewhere, it just resides in their hearts. They look everywhere for that child, but cannot find it. Eventually they see a doctor to help them have a child of their own and the doctor calls on others to help. With all the help they receive, one of the women becomes pregnant and they are very happy. When the baby finally arrives, both women know that this was the child that resided in their hearts all along. This is a touching story about the love one can have for a child that does not yet exist. The book does not indicate exactly what the “help” is that the doctor provided - whether it was sperm donation or egg donation or embryo donation or IVF, but one of the women does become pregnant and several people are depicted as doctors who were the helpers. No donors are depicted. This book is a starting off point for lesbian couples to explain to their child that a third party was necessary for them to come into the world. Full color, cartoon-like drawings depict a multi-racial family. Recommended for children ages 3-5.
Available: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-janson/the-child-in-the-mamas-hearts/paperback/product-21310684.html

Child in the Mothers' Hearts

Child in the Mothers' Hearts 
written by Paul Janson, M.D. 
illus. by Kevin Scott Gierman 
Language: English 
Lulu, 2013. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781257937745 
Summary: The book is a picture book intended to be read to children adopted by lesbian couples. It is the story of the adoption process in its simplest terms: that all children begin in the hearts of their patents. 
Available: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-janson/the-child-in-the-mothers-hearts/paperback/product-20060844.html

Mis madres e yo : la historia de Regina y Vanesa

Mis madres e yo : la historia de Regina y Vanesa 
written by Helena Prado Lopes 
illus. by Alessandra Tozi 
Language: Spanish 
[Santa Cecilia, SP] : Helena Prado Lopes, 2013. 
16 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 22 cm. 
ISBN: 97885XXXXXXXX
Summary: Esta es la historia de Vanesa y Regina que, con determinación y mucho amor, construyeron una familia diferente. En este libro, los niños podrán entender como lleagaron al nuestro mundo. Podrán también comprender como el amor entre dos mujeres y la voluntad de algunos hombres de quere ayudar a las mujeres que quieren tener hijo - y no tienen un compañero - ha proporcionado el nacimiento de un niño.
Available directly from the author: helenaprado@globo.com

Minhas mães e eu: a história Regina e Vanessa

Minhas mães e eu: a história Regina e Vanessa 
by Helena Prado Lopes
illus. by Alessandra Tozi 
Language: Portuguese 
[Santa Cecilia, SP] : Helena Prado Lopes, 2013.
16 p. : col. ill. ; 20 x 20 cm.
ISBN: 97885XXXXXXXX
Summary: Esta é a história de Vanessa e Regina que, com determinação e muits amor, construíram uma familia diferente. Neste livro, as crianças poderão entender como chegaram ao nosso mundo. Poderão, também, compreender como o amor entre duas mulheres e a vontade de alguns homens de querer ajudar as mulheres que querem ter filho - e não têm um companheiro - proporcionou o nascimento de uma criança.
Available directly from the author: helenaprado@globo.com

Friday, November 29, 2013

Adopting Ahava

Adopting Ahava 
written by Jennifer Byrne 
illus. by Oana Vaida 
Language: English 
Sicklerville, N.J. : Dodi Press, 2013. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780985106737 
Summary: Jonathan didn't think anything could beat the excitement of being adopted by his two Jewish mamas, but his eighth birthday comes close. His mamas take him to a dog shelter to adopt a puppy of his own! After looking at all the cute, squirming tail-waggers, Jonathan shows readers that all kinds of people - and pets - create happy, loving families. 
Available: http://myfamilyproducts.net/en/picture-books/74-adopting-ahava.html

When Leonard lost his spots : a trans parent tail

When Leonard lost his spots : a trans parent tail by Monique Costa 
illus. by Marina Shupik 
Language: English 
Sicklerville, NJ : Dodi Press, 2012. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 23 cm. 
ISBN: 9780985106713 0985106719 
Summary: What happens when a beautiful lioness discovers she was born into the body of a male leopard? The family is shocked, the transition begins, and an amazing story unfolds. Narrated by a young cub, 'When Leonard lost his spots' is a sensitively crafted story that exemplifies how open communication can pave the way to adceptance in an ever-changing world. Join Leonard, Leona and Cub on this unique journey. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/When-Leonard-Lost-His-Spots/dp/0985106719

Stella brings the family : a tale of two dads on Mother's Day

Stella brings the family : a tale of two dads on Mother's Day 
by Miriam B. Schiffer 
illus. by Holly Clifton-Brown 
Language: English 
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, [2015]. 
p. cm. 
ISBN: 9781452111902 ; 1452111901 
Summary: Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Stella-Brings-Family-Miriam-Schiffer/dp/1452111901

Gay l-u-v

Gay l-u-v 
by Donna Frantz 
illus. by Gabriel Evans 
Language: English 
Nannup, W.A. : MBS Press (Mind Body Spirit), 2013. 
p. cm 
ISBN: 9781921883385; 1921883383 
Summary: The last time Gil played Truth or Dare with his friends, Gil was dared to eat something gross - a strawberry covered with mustard. In Silly Gilly Gil-Gay L-U-V, Jamal draws a truth card in which he has to share something about himself that his friends do not know. That's how Gil, Poncho, and Grace find out Jamal’s parents are two moms, instead of a mom and a dad. While Gil is not old enough to understand grown up relationships, he can easily accept that loving families do not always look the same. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Silly-Gilly-Gil-Gay-L-U-V/dp/1921883383/ 
Available: http://www.mbspress.com/silly-gilly-gil-series-gay-l-u-v/

My two uncles & me

My two uncles & me 
written by Jeff Rivera 
illus. by Tariq Saeed 
Language: English 
Jeff Rivera, 2013. 
Summary: Having two uncles is so much fun and two uncles are definitely better than one! Together, they’ll teach you all about studying, baking and football. My Two Uncles will take you on a journey of twice the compassion, twice the understanding and twice the love. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AZZ5SY8/ref=oh_d__o02_details_o02__i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Some people have two dads

Some people have two dads 
by Luca Panzini and Fabri Kramer 
illus. by Luca Panzini 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2012 
36 p. : col. ill.; 16 x 21 cm. 
ISBN: 1478383658; 9781478383659 
Summary: 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. 
Available: http://www.somefamilies.net/

Some people have two mums

Some people have two mums 
by Fabri Kramer and Luca Panzini
illus. by Luca Panzini 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013 
36 p. : col. ill. ; 16 x 21 cm. 
ISBN: 1484097122; 9781484097120 
Summary: This second book from the Some Families series is about Milo, a happy little boy with two mums. We follow him through his bedtime routine and learn how his mothers were helped by a donor to bring Milo into their lives. An increasing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples are having children through surrogacy, co-parenting, donor and adoption. The Some Families books have been written to show that families come in many different combinations. Every child deserves a book that reflects their lives. Some people have two Mums also aims to help children from all backgrounds understand more about families with same-gender parents. 
My annotation: Milo is a “much loved” little boy who loves to battle giant octopuses at bathtime and imagine being the hero in a land filled with dragons and pirates at bedtime. His other favorite thing is to hear his favorite bedtime story, the one about how he was born. It all began when his two mums met and fell in love and wanted to start a family of their own. They explain however that two mums cannot have babies on their own so they had to visit a doctor and were introduced to a “very nice man” who wanted to help them. Although the term “sperm donor” is not used, children are introduced to the concept that a third party was involved in their conception. The book uses Britishisms like “mummy” and “cheeky” but assuming that it is a parent reading the story to their child, this can easily be changed to “mommy” when reading aloud. The book also introduces the concept that children can grow up in all sorts of families and that not all little boys have two mothers. Well-drawn color illustrations depict a very happy and content little boy and two parents who absolutely adore him. It is recommended for children ages 3-5.
Available: http://www.somefamilies.net/some-people-have-two-mums/

The Lost Treasures For the Orphans

The Lost Treasures For the Orphans 
written by by Carol Blazer 
illus. by Tyler Hollis 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2012. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1470019027; 9781470019020 
Summary: This adventure is about Mason, his two dads and his grandma. The story begins with a young boy realizing how much he has. Through a reporter the family learns about a local orphanage. These children neither have parents, grandparents, toys or clothing of their own. Mason has an idea !!!!!! He wants to share what he has with the orphans. Through this experience he learns the gift of giving. In the end Mason enjoys meeting and playing with his new friends. This great idea has made him and his family so proud.
Available: https://www.createspace.com/3788828

Making my family

Making my family 
written by by Naomi Stern 
illus. by Dan Stern 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1479261920; 9781479261925 
Summary: A much awaited read-it-to-me book about a child adopted by two Dads. What makes a family? Lots of love, no matter what the mix! 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/3978816

I am special

I am special 
written and illustrated by Rachel S. Huey 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2012. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1480127922; 9781480127920 
Summary: "I Am Special" shows your child how special they are to have two dads. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4029959

Goodnight for family

Goodnight for family 
written and illus. by David F. Escobedo 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2012 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1481247158; 9781481247153 
Summary: I wrote these bedtime stories to two people. My uncle who passed away in November 2012, of ocular cancer. His creativity was intense and addictive. He taught me that artists are compulsive and create like an addiction. The second person is my little niece. She was adopted by my brother and his husband. She is a little gob of joy. Between the two I stop becoming a nephew and start becoming an uncle. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4096098

My Papa and My Dad

My Papa and My Dad 
written and illus. by David Escobedo 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1484152700; 9781484152706 
Summary: An adopted daughter muses on her origins and her relationship with her gay dads. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4250720

Cubby and the Bears - Free as the Wind!

Cubby and the Bears - Free as the Wind! 
written by Hal Lanse 
illustrated by Pamela Catapano 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013.
46 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 149422903X; 9781494229030 
Summary: Cubby never has to be afraid when his two dads are around. On a summer trip, Papa Bear and Daddy Bear help Cubby face one of his biggest fears. With loving guidance and two pairs of big arms to wrap him up and protect him, a frightening experience turns into a happy adventure for Cubby. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4534876

Your Daddies Love You!

Your Daddies Love You! 
written and illus. by P. Pennington 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2012 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1478164034; 9781478164036 
Summary: Using simple rhymes and colorful illustrations, babies and toddlers aren't the only ones who will enjoy this Read Together book! With emphasis placed on the nouns, your child can make the valuable connection between the word and the animal. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/3924514

Families Are Like Ice Cream Flavors

Families Are Like Ice Cream Flavors 
written and illus. by Erin L. George 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1481985590; 9781481985598 
Summary: Families Are Like Ice Cream Flavors is a children's book about the different ways families come. Ice cream flavors taste different but all taste great. Tommy has two dads. Billy has two moms. In the end, all families share one thing in common - love! This book is perfect for small children in non traditional families or to help encourage children to be open minded about modern family arrangements. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4132800

Queen Scruffy Krissie

Queen Scruffy Krissie 
written and illus. by Anne Logvinoff Mouilleron 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2013. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; 15 cm. 
ISBN: 1480054275; 9781480054271 
Summary: Girlish dream is usually to become a princess. "Scruffy" Krissie wishes to become a prince, and fight dragons. Those dragons, we generally have to fight, are named Intolerance and Narrowmind. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/4018053

Punkpapporna

Punkpapporna 
by Liz Wennberg 
illus. by Andrea Femerstrand 
Language: Swedish 
Stockholm : Vombat, 2010. 
82 s. : ill. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9789186589035; 9186589032 
Summary: Cornelia och hennes pappor har flyttat ända ifrån London. När de kommer till hennes nya klass för att presentera sig sprider sig oron. Cornelias pappor är PUNKARE. Men vad är en punkare? Cornelias klasskamrater Martin, Vera och Siv blir jättenyfikna. En förälder säger att punkare sover på dagarna och lever om på nätterna. Vera och hennes vänner måste helt enkelt ta reda på hur det ligger till, men inget är som det ser ut... Det är mycket häftigare.

Vem kan älska Ella?

Vem kan älska Ella? 
by Anette Skåhlberg 
illus. by Katarina Dahlquist 
Language: Swedish 
Uppsala : Sagolikt, 2009. 
38 s. : ill. ; 30 cm. 
ISBN: 9789197668149; 9197668141 
Summary: Elvira är gammal och bor på gatorna. När hon hittar babyn Ella i en korg med skylten ”Vem kan älska Ella?” bestämmer hon sig för att ta hand om henne. Men när Ella är sex år gammal orkar inte längre Elviras kropp att leva. Ella måste hitta en ny familj, någon ny som kan älska henne. Så en dag hittar hon Anton och Adam. De verkar så lyckliga. Ella flyttar i hemlighet in i deras stora klädkammare, tills en dag…

Prinsessan Kristalla

Prinsessan Kristalla 
by Anette Skåhlberg 
illus. by Katarina Dahlquist 
Language: Swedish 
Uppsala : Sagolikt, 2008. 
44 s. : ill. ; 31 cm. 
ISBN: 9789163330070; 9163330075 
Summary: När prinsessan Kristalla vägrar gifta sig spärras hon in i ett högt torn för att välja en av alla prinsarna. Men Kristalla rymmer och träffar sin stora kärlek. Nu måste hon övertyga kungen och drottningen om att få gifta sig med svärdsmidaren Vilda, en flicka från folket som inte är av kungligt blod...

אבא ואבא

אבא ואבא = Daddy and daddy 
Aba ṿe-aba = Daddy and Daddy 
by ראובני-הורוביץ, רויע. Roy Reuveny Horowitz; Sigal Mashal 
Language: Hebrew 
אוריון, Ḥolon : Oriyon, 2013. 
[22] pages : colored illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm. 
ISBN: 
More about the book: http://www.mako.co.il/pride-culture/cultura/Article-46616c5bb7dbf31006.htm 
Available: http://www.orion-books.co.il/pd272_%D7%90%D7%91%D7%90-%D7%95%D7%90%D7%91%D7%90.aspx

Familjeboken

Familjeboken
by Eddie Summanen
illus. by C. Kåberg
Language: Swedish
Stockholm : Vombat, 2008
[32] s. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN: 9789197687034; 9197687030
Summary: Var kommer bebisar ifrån? Hur vet man vilka som är ens familj? Och hur blev jag själv till? Familjer kan se ut nästan hur som helst och barn kan bli till på många olika sätt. Familjeboken handlar om alla former av familjebildningar och vidgar begreppet familj. Boken tar bland annat upp hur ett barn blir till, insemination, sex, adoption, konstgjord befruktning samt heterosexuella, homosexuella och ensamstående föräldrar. En bok att läsa tillsammans med barn eller att låta lite större barn läsa själv. Boken öppnar upp för samtal och reflektion tillsammans med barn kring temat familj. 
My annotation: The Family Book is about the many ways that families can look and some of the many ways that babies can come into the world. It discusses both heterosexual and homosexual families as well as families with grandparents, single moms or dads, and even families with pets and no children. The book first discusses how sperm and egg are required to “mix” together to make a baby. It does not matter how the sperm and egg are mixed the book tells us, whether through sex or in a laboratory, and introduces children to the terms in vitro fertilization and insemination. The book also introduces children to the idea that “if two women who have eggs have sex with each other or if two men who have sperm have sex with each other there will be no babies,” in which case single women and lesbians can go to the hospital to get some sperm in order to help them get pregnant. Although the book aims to cover all bases, egg donation, surrogacy, and embryo donation are not discussed. The book takes both a child-conception and a family-building approach and employs the “families are made differently” script. Recommended for children ages 5-8 and available only in Swedish. 
Available: http://www.vombatforlag.se/butik/testboken/

Malins mamma gifter sig med Lisa

Malins mamma gifter sig med Lisa 
by Annette Lundborg 
illus. by Mimmi Tollerup-Grkovic
Language: Swedish 
Stockholm : Eriksson & Lindgren, 1999. 
[26] s. : färgill. ; 27 cm. 
ISBN: 9187805596; 9789187805592 
Summary: Denna bok är en utpräglad HBT-bok där författaren poängterar att ”Malins mamma ska gifta sig med Lisa. Malins mamma, Siv, älskar Lisa och Lisa älskar Siv”. Boken handlar om regnbågsfamiljeliv där Lisa och Siv respektive Malins pappa och Niklas delar barn med varandra. Att ett homosexuellt par delar barn med ett annat homosexuellt par är ett vanligt sätt för hbt-par att kunna få barn och boken visar den stora tryggheten som det innebär för Malin och hennes kommande syskon att ha fyra föräldrar att vända sig till. Föräldrarna framställs som helt vanliga människor utan onödiga klyschor som kort hår och manhaftighet respektive fjollighet och intresse för utseendet. I boken beskrivs även hur barn blir till genom att små frön som simmar in i magen och träffar ägget. Malins mamma berättar att hon fick en hel burk med frön av Malins pappa. 
My annotation: Many exciting things are happening in five-year-old Malin’s life this year. Her mother Siv and her partner Lisa, have just gotten married, and Lisa is now pregnant with her own child and Malin is excited about soon becoming a big sister! As Lisa’s belly grows, Malin becomes curious and one day asks her mother where babies come from and her mom explains that they come from the seeds of a man and the egg of a woman. Malin does not need to know whose seeds she came from though. She already knows her father, most likely from birth, and loves him dearly. Her father’s partner, Niklas, has now donated his seeds to Lisa, Malin’s other mother, as they too wish to become parents. Malin’s unnamed father and his partner do many things with Malin’s family. Both men attended Siv and Lisa’s wedding and party, and they also vacation together. And now Niklas has donated his sperm to Lisa so that she too can become a mother and he a father. This book is not expressly about donor conception, but it is a fact that the main character of the book was conceived via sperm donation. Both mothers participated in Malin’s conception as Lisa helped put the seeds into Siv’s “stomach,” it is explained. This book employs the helper script and takes a family-building approach as clearly Malin has a unique family situation. Recommended for children ages 3-5 and available only in Swedish, though it is currently out of print.

Trollen på Regnbågsbacken : [en familjesaga]

Trollen på Regnbågsbacken : [en familjesaga] 
by Bodil Sjöström 
illus. by Åsa Öhrn 
Language: Swedish 
Stockholm : Atlas, cop. 1999. 
[38] s. : färgill. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9189044576; 9789189044579 
Summary: Trollen lever en bit från en by och alla är rädda för dem. Men så kommer några bara dit och ser att trollen inte alls är farliga, bara annorlunda. Läderbögen som älskar att baka är bara en av de karaktärer som man lär känna i den här bilderboken.

Kim och Skrutten

Kim och Skrutten 
by Karin Frimodig and Sara Berg 
illus. by Matilda Ruta 
Language: Swedish 
Stockholm : Vombat, 2009. 
[44] s. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN: 9789197687065; 9197687065 
Summary: Att få ett syskon är en stor händelse i en liten människas liv. I boken Kim och Skrutten sätter författaren ord på alla de känslor som kan infinna sig hos ett barn som väntar på något som kan vara svårt att föreställa sig, något som väcker förväntningar och många frågor. Kim, som är huvudpersonen, ställer dessa frågor till sina mammor och sin pappa. Kim och Skrutten handlar om familjens vardag där små och stora känslor har sitt naturliga härbärge, en bok för vem som helst att känna igen sig i. Denna bok passar så väl för högläsning som för barnet att läsa själv.

Kalle som lucia

Kalle som lucia 
by Anette Skåhlberg 
illus. by Katarina Dahlquist 
Language: Swedish 
Uppsala : Sagolikt, 2009. 
29 s. : ill. ; 31 cm. 
ISBN: 9789197668163; 9197668168 
Summary: Kalle som lucia är uppföljaren till Kalle med klänning. Kalle vill också vara magisk och strålande vacker. Han vill skrida fram med ljus i håret som lucia. Läsa sin alldeles egen skrivna dikt. Därför blir han så glad när han blir framröstad av kompisarna i förskoleklassen. Och ledsen när läraren och rektorn säger ifrån. De säger att det är tradition att det alltid är en flicka som är lucia. Men Kalle vill inte vara någon stjärngosse med strut! I smyg gör han sig en plan...

Kalle med klänning

Kalle med klännin
by Anette Skåhlberg 
illus. by Katarina Dahlquist 
Language: Swedish 
Uppsala : Sagolikt, 2008. 
39 s. : ill. ; 31 cm. 
ISBN: 9789197668101; 9197668109 
Summary: När Kalle har sommarlov får han sin kusins gamla klänning med silverprickar. Kalle älskar klänningen, den är mycket svalare och skönare än hans skjorta och byxor. Och när han börjar skolan efter sommaren så vägrar han ta den av sig. hans lärare klagar och hans kompisar skrattar - tills den dag han gör mål efter mål på fotbollsmatcherna. Kalle har en äkta målgörarklänning. Och nu vill alla andra också ha en...

Else Marie och småpapporna

Else Marie och småpapporna 
written and illus. by Pija Lindenbaum 
Language: Swedish 
Stockholm : Bonnier Carlsen, 2007. 
[32] s. : färgill. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9789163848346; 9163848341 
Summary: En underfundig bilderbok om en ovanlig familj. Den handlar om en alldeles vanlig flicka med sju, ovanligt små, likadana pappor.

Junior börjar förskolan

Junior börjar förskolan 
by Anette Skåhlberg 
illus. by Katarina Dahlquist 
Language: Swedish 
Uppsala : Sagolikt, 2010. 
[27] s. : ill. ; 30 cm + 1 CD. 
ISBN: 9789197892711; 9197892718 
Summary: Junior har längtat i många många dar. Få börja på förskolan som alla andra barn. Hon har fått en plats på Afrikas savann och springer så fort hon bara kan. Men vad kommer hända när de ser vad hon är? Kommer barnen på förskolan vilja ha henne där?

Jösta och Johan

Jösta och Johan 
by Anette Skåhlberg 
illus. by Katarina Dahlquist 
Language: Swedish 
[S.l.] : Sagolikt, 2010. 
[28] sider : alle ill. i farver, 1 cd. 
ISBN: 9789197892704; 919789270X 
Summary: Girafferna Jösta och Johan vill ha ett litet barn, fast de är av samma sort, likadan och likadan. De ger sig ut på savannen för att hitta ett barn och bli en familj. Men blir det som de tänkt sig, blir det som de vill...

Saturday, July 6, 2013

It's a George thing!

It's a George thing!
by David Bedford
illus. by Russell Julian
Language: English
London : Egmont, 2008.
[23] p., : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm.
ISBN: 9781405228046 ; 1405228040 ; 1405228059 ; 9781405228053
Summary: George spends most of his time with his friends Peachy (a gorilla) and Moon (a lion). Peachy and Moon are very boysy boys given to body-building and weight-lifting. Neither of these are George's thing - but what is? One day, walking home, he hears some music coming from Priscilla the giraffe's river-boat. George's reaction is instinctive. George was born to dance!
Available: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=9916077919&searchurl=bsi%3D0%26ds%3D30%26isbn%3D9781405228046

Boys don't knit!

Boys don't knit! 
by Janice Schoop 
illus. by Laura Beingessner 
Language: English 
Toronto, Ont., Canada : Women's Press, ©1986. 
[22] p. : ill. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 0889611076 ; 9780889611078 
Summary: When Marvin has to fix his red sweater he learns that boys do knit after all. A picture book ideal for children 3 to 8. Includes instructions for knitting a scarf. 
Available: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=8459526298&searchurl=bsi%3D0%26ds%3D30%26isbn%3D9780889611078

A girl named Dan

A girl named Dan
by Dandi Daley Mackall; Sleeping Bear Press
illus. by Renee Graef
Language: English
Chelsea, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, ©2008.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN: 9781585363513 ; 1585363510
Summary: Dandi enjoys nothing more than baseball, and so after the boys at school tell her their lunchtime game is now boys only, she enters an essay contest hoping to become a bat boy for the Kansas City A's, not realizing the contest is for boys only. Includes author's note on Title IX.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Named-Dan-Picture-Books/dp/1585363510/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373109902&sr=8-1&keywords=9781585363513

So that's where I came from

So that's where I came from 
by Gina Dawson 
illus. by Beth Norling 
Language: English 
Fitzroy, Vic. : Black Dog Books, 2010. 
1 v. : col. ill. ; 23 x 25 cm.
ISBN: 9781742031019; 1742031013 
Annotation: This comprehensive book from Australia about reproduction introduces children to the proper terminology for all terms related to human reproduction. It introduces children to the words, "penis," "vagina," "vulva," "uterus," "womb," "scrotum," "testicles," "sperm," "egg," "vas deferens," "urethra," "sexual intercourse," "ovaries," "fallopian tubes," "fertilisation," "conception," "pregnant," "amniotic fluid," "umbilical cord," "midwife," "breech," "Cesarean Section," "umbilical cord," "breasts," and "pubic hair." One way in which this book aims for comprehensiveness is its brief mention of infertility although surprisingly, given the book's large vocabulary for all things related to reproduction, does not introduce the word "infertility" for the concept of a couple being unable to conceive. "Sometimes a couple wants a baby very much, and although they have sex often, the egg and sperm don't meet." But unfortunately it stops there when it continues, "There are many reasons for this, but we don't have space to explain them all here." However, the book does go on to introduce the concepts of IVF and the use of donor gametes, as well as the need for a couple to visit a doctor in order to receive help in conceiving a baby. But on the next page the author warns children that they should not share this information about how they were conceived with other people: "The way you began and became a part of your family is personal, which means that you don't talk about it with people until you've discussed it with your mum or dad." For children conceived through ART, this could imply that there is something secretive or shameful about how they were conceived. Although the book aims to be comprehensive, and it is quite thorough in anticipating any and every question a child might have, it does not account for those who are gender nonconforming or transgendered in the way that Cory Silverberg's What Makes a Baby aims to do. This is clearly a book for primarily heterosexual parents to use with their children even though the book mentions different types of families which might include two mums or two dads. Cartoon drawings depict mixed race families and include nudity and visual and verbal depictions of lovemaking. Recommended for children ages 5-8.
Available: http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/book/so-thats-where-i-came-from/9341799/ 
Online article about the book: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/childrens-sex-education-book-updated-after-more-than-30-years/story-e6frfkp9-1225862260255

Where did I really come from? : sexual intercourse, DI, IVF, GIFT, pregnancy, birth, surrogacy, adoption

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Where did I really come from? : sexual intercourse, DI, IVF, GIFT, pregnancy, birth, surrogacy, adoption 
by Narelle Wickham 
illus. by Ingrid Urh 
Language: English 
Dulwich Hill, N.S.W. : Learn To Include 2008. 
2nd Revised edition
31 p. : ill ; 19 x 24 cm.
ISBN: 0646496158; 9780646496153
$19.95
Recommended age: 5-8
Review: First published in 1992 and now in its second edition, this is the first sex instruction book for children that mentions same-sex parenting as well as the various assisted reproductive technologies. Although the book includes all aspects of alternative family building, none is explained in any detail. Young children will find the language difficult and older children may need more details. Includes nudity.
Annotation: This book begins by telling children that the most important thing they need to know about where babies come from is not how they began “but that certain people wanted you to be born.” It begins with a chapter on sexual intercourse, describing the mechanics of how sperm and egg meet, but right from the get go instructs children that sexual intercourse is not the only way to make a baby, thereby suggesting that this book is really meant for children who were conceived in ways other than intercourse. Given that most of the chapters are devoted to methods of assisted conception: DI, IVF, surrogacy, and adoption, this seems to be the case. For example, in a bold shift from other books on human reproduction, the chapter on donor insemination states outright that sometimes “a woman really wants to have a baby but she doesn’t want to have intercourse with a man,” or that she wants to raise a baby by herself, or with another woman. In these cases a woman must visit a doctor and acquire sperm, herewith introducing children to the terms “donor” and “donor insemination” with a description of how it is done, building on the information introduced in the chapter on sexual intercourse about how sperm and egg meet. Egg donation is given a single sentence in the book and gay fathers are only visually depicted in the chapter on surrogacy. They are otherwise not mentioned in the way that “two mums” are mentioned in the chapter on DI. Although the intention of this book seems to be comprehensiveness, the book could be confusing if not read with a parent who could help explain the more difficult concepts around assisted conception introduced here. Cartoon, sepia-toned illustrations include nudity and visual and verbal depictions of lovemaking. Recommended for children ages 5-8. 
Available: http://www.abbeys.com.au/book/where-did-i-really-come-from.do

Friday, July 5, 2013

What makes a baby

What makes a baby
by Cory Silverberg
illustrated by Fiona Smyth 
Language: English 
New York : Seven Stories Press, ©2012, 2013. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN: 9781609804855; 1609804856
Annotation: 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. This is so undeniable and obvious that one wonders why this hasn’t been stated in quite this same way before in a children’s book on human reproduction. While other books proclaim simply that sperm come from males and eggs come from females, this book admits that this is not always the case, again, without positively stating so. Think trans individuals for example. After introducing children to the terms sperm, egg, and uterus, Silverberg, a sexuality educator, asks, “Who helped bring together the sperm and the egg that made you?” Here the book clearly veers away from all other children’s books on reproduction by implying that not every sperm and egg come from a mommy and a daddy. In fact, the words mommy and daddy are completely absent from the book, conveying to children that not all families are made up of mommies and daddies. Although there are many other gay-themed children’s books that state the same thing, this is one book that can be used for children conceived both with and without assisted technology. In fact it would be very useful in families where each sibling could possibly have been conceived in a different way. It provides absolutely no details about how the egg and sperm come together, whether through heterosexual intercourse or assisted conception, so the book clearly leaves the area wide open for parents to fill in these details, anticipating that the child will have lots of questions about how the sperm and egg get together in the first place in order to make babies. The rather sparse text is counterbalanced by the vibrant and vivid illustrations which convey a tremendous amount of information not specifically stated in the book, for the book’s aim is clearly to delineate the barest of facts about reproduction and leave the rest for the inevitable extended discussions and explanations that develop from a close reading between parent and child. For example, Silverberg writes, “Inside the egg are so many stories all about the body the egg came from.” Smyth’s illustrations then depict the inside of an egg with an open book, movie film, puppets, and a family tree. The egg is a very busy place! The same is done for the sperm with a look inside depicting family photos, a double helix, and another opened book. The book ends beautifully with the question, “Who was waiting for you to be born?” aptly letting children know that they are here because someone wanted them to be here. The brightly colored cartoon illustrations depict genderless bodies and no nudity. Recommended for children ages 3-5 and also 5-8. This is a book that children will want to go back to again and again with a parent as a reading partner to answer their evolving questions. This book comes with a highly recommended reader’s guide which can be downloaded from http://www.what-makes-a-baby.com/readers-guide/
Available: http://catalog.sevenstories.com/products/what-makes-a-baby
Interview with the author: http://whereisyourline.org/2011/08/badass-activist-friday-presents-cory-silverberg/ 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Yuck! That's not a monster!

Yuck! That's not a monster!
by Angela McAllister
illus. by Alison Edgson
Language: English
Intercourse, PA : Good Books, ©2010.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN: 9781561486830 ; 1561486833
Summary: As Mr. and Mrs. Monster's three eggs begin to hatch, they happily welcome the first two ugly little monsters to come out, but are shocked and disappointed when they see what pops out of their last egg.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Yuck-Thats-Monster-Angela-McAllister/dp/1561486833/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372507611&sr=1-1&keywords=yuck%21+that%27s+not+a+monster

Jack & Jim

Jack & Jim 
written and illus. by Kitty Crowther 
Language: English 
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2000. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm. 
ISBN: 0786806141 ; 9780786806140 ; 0786825278 ; 9780786825271 ; 078681439X ; 9780786814398 
Summary: Jack the blackbird and Jim the seagull become friends, but Jack is sad that the other seagulls do not seem to like him. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Jim-Picture-Kitty-Crowther/dp/0786806141/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372418906&sr=1-1&keywords=crowther+jack+and+jim

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A boy's best friend

A boy's best friend 
by Joan Alden 
illus. by Catherine Hopkins 
Language: English 
Boston, Mass. : Alyson Wonderland ; Distributed in London by GMP Publishers, ©1992. 
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm. 
ISBN: 1555832032 ; 9781555832032 
Summary: Seven-year-old Will, an asthma sufferer and a target for bullies, finally gets the birthday wish of his dreams. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Best-Friend-Alyson-Wonderland/dp/1555832032