The Gift of Sperm Donation

The Gift of Sperm Donation


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Follow an inquisitive little boy who learns of his parents’ quest to have children, and the success they ultimately achieve in creating a family through sperm donation. Told in a language a child can understand, read the tale of how mom and dad met, fell in love, and ultimately built a family. Come and celebrate the unique gift couples can receive on their way to becoming a family.

This book is part of a larger collection of children's picture books that embodies the hope families have to overcome challenges that sometimes stand in the way of building a family, and their will to take the necessary steps to do so. These books highlight several distinctive ways to build a family, and provide a delightfully new and refreshing way to tell children about their unique beginnings.

Parents can share with their children the loving story of their conception, the goodness of all the people that were helpful along the way, and the joyous celebration of their arrival. It accents the caring way that they were planned, how much they were wanted, and the kindness of all involved in their creation, regardless of which reproductive option was ultimately realized.

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From the Author

We live in a world where third party reproductive assistance is not the standard way of building a family. Furthermore, this pathway would not ordinarily be chosen were it not for the extraordinary circumstances and challenges that parents encounter. However, to those working in the field of infertility and collaborative reproduction, it is apparent that children born through such assistance are among the most longed for and awaited. The grand efforts that parents, surrogates and donors make to create families are acknowledged in an appropriate way for little ears to hear and little minds to learn about.

I would like to see parents and their children use this book with pleasure and gusto. It is my ardent hope that it will allow them to feel the pride and joy they deserve to feel. Good luck and congratulations on becoming a family!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780975581032
Publisher: Graphite Press
Publication date: 03/15/2007
Series: Hope and Will Have a Baby Series
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Irene Celcer, MA, LCSW, is a mental health professional who holds graduate degrees in psychology from Universidad de Belgrano, holistic psychology from Antioch University, and social work from Yeshiva University. A regular guest on CNN, she has also conducted presentations for health professionals, psychologists, social workers, teachers, parents, and the general public. She specializes in several areas including parenting, infertility, and third party reproductive assistance, and has extensive professional expertise with eating disorders, body image perceptions, and women's issues. Ms. Celcer maintains a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where she works with individuals, couples, parents, and children. You can learn more at

Horacio Daniel Gatto is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. His award-winning children's illustrations have appeared in many publications and several national exhibitions. Mr. Gatto is a member of the Argentine Illustrators Association and the Argentine Illustrators Forum. He presently makes his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Read an Excerpt

Matthew loved to read books before going to sleep. Every night Matthew
cuddled with his mother or father or sometimes both to read a book.
Some nights it was a pirate story, and other nights it was a king or a
monster tale.

But one story was Matthew's favorite. His mother said it was her
favorite too, their family's special fairy tale. Matthew loved to hear
that story.

"Mom?" asked Matthew.
"Yes?" replied his mother.
"Tell me our favorite story."
"Okay. Are you ready?"

What People are Saying About This

Hilary Hanafin

"Hope & Will Have a Baby provides a framework for parents to tell children their own story...a wonderful way to introduce children to their unique beginnings, and a wonderful way for parents to become comfortable with answering questions. Parents and professionals will be grateful for this book's willingness to tackle the many ways families are made. I especially appreciate that the children are told a story that is wrapped in warmth and respect."--(HILARY HANAFIN, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Los Angeles, California)

Margot Weinshel

"The Hope & Will Have a Baby series by Irene Celcer is a great way to introduce young children to their birth story. The illustrations are terrific, and these books emphasize that making a family is the important thing. The writing is so clear and engaging that it's a book to be read to children when they are very young, and it lets children know that as they get older and more curious their parents are there to talk with them."--(MARGOT WEINSHEL, LCSW, RN, Faculty, Ackerman Institute for the Family, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Medical Center, Coauthor of Couple Therapy for Infertility)

Elaine R. Gordon

"This book is about turning hopes and dreams into 'real' families...a wonderful tool for helping our children learn the truth about their unique beginnings without breaking the bonds of trust. The different roads taken to build families are explained [with] a warm and honest reassure our children who came into this world by unique means that they belong."--(ELAINE R. GORDON, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital, author of Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy?)

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