Two Men and A Baby: Books About Surrogacy and Gay Parenting

You’re going to be dads…soon it will be two men and a baby.

Reading books to help you through your journey of surrogacy can go a long way in validating the emotions and ups and downs you’re going through, as well as provide you with valuable information about the surrogacy process.

After the birth of your child, as gay parents to a child born through surrogacy, you will have some unique opportunities to share a different type of pregnancy journey. Your child was conceived and born through a wonderful process. Sometimes having a little help explaining the dynamics of your family to your child can go a long way.

We’ve gathered together some great reading material and broken it down into two categories: books on surrogacy and gay parenting for dads…and one for the kids.

Books about surrogacy and parenting for gay dads

1. Mommy Man: How I Went from Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad 

by Jerry Mahoney

One couple’s journey through surrogacy to build the family they’ve always dreamed off. This is a good book to read when you need to confirm that you’re not alone in using surrogacy to start your own family.

2. A Gay Couple’s Journey Through Surrogacy: Intended Fathers 

by Jerry Bigner and Michael Menichiello

Another good book that takes you inside the world of surrogacy, covering everything from the financial side of using a surrogate to have a family and the emotions you’ll feel as you go through each of the steps.

3. Forever Dads: A Gay Couple’s Journey to Fatherhood

by Tony Zimbardi-LeMons

Guidance and advice for gay dads on being parents in a world that often doesn’t understand. You’ll appreciate the mixture of humor and heartfelt emotion in this book.

4. The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads: Everything You Need to Know About LGBTQ Parenting But Are (Mostly) Afraid to Ask

by Eric Rosswood

Simple and straightforward, the title says it all…everything you need to know about making your way through surrogacy to being gay parents.

Books about surrogacy and gay parenting for kids

1. Your Daddies Love You: A Rhyming Picture Book for Children of Gay Parents

by P. Pennington

Simple for babies and toddlers, this book uses fun rhymes and animal illustrations to let your child know how much love two dads have to give.

2. Daddy Dog and Papi Panda’s Rainbow Family: It takes love to make a family

by Anthony Hale

This children’s book covers the topics of surrogacy, same sex parenting, and the diversity of families by using two dad characters and their children.

3. Sophia’s Broken Crayons: A Story of Surrogacy from a Young Child’s Perspective

by Crystal A. Falk

A highly recommended book, “Sophia’s Broken Crayons” helps to explain surrogacy to young children in a way they can easily understand.

4. Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy With Two Daddies

by Carla Lewis-Long

This is another book you’ll find on the recommended reading list for explaining surrogacy to your child. It tackles what can be a complex topic in a way that helps young children realize just how special and amazing they are


Don’t just limit yourself to the books on our list. As surrogacy for gay men becomes more well known, new books are available all the time that can help you explore what you’re going through and to explain to your children what it means to be a family.

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