Sweet Little You

A mother with a dream of having a child makes her wish come true by having a baby on her own.

Tenderly written with beautiful illustrations by Lisa Wee, Sweet Little You is a unique welcome baby book for mothers who make their dream of having a child come true through donor conception.

Book cover of Sweet Little You featuring a mom and baby flying over a field in a paper airplane

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A close-up selfie of Joni, a white woman with dark curly hair and glasses, and her 2-year old daughter, a young white girl with short wavy dark blonde hair.

Sweet Little You: An origin story

I am a single-mother-by-choice to a donor-conceived child. I am very open with my daughter about her origin story, because I want her to feel confident about our family structure.

We read every day and have a lot of books at home. I love our book collection, but I struggled to find a book that felt authentic to our family. Books explaining the process of sperm donation and single-parent families felt too clinical for a toddler. She just didn’t “get” them. Our “welcome baby” books were full of plural pronouns, typical of a 2-parent household. Those books are beautiful, but also inauthentic to our family.

This was the catalyst for my book. My book is a poem for babies and toddlers born to a single parent. It is a welcome from their parent, introducing their family structure and (very basically) where they came from.

I want this book to be a story where my daughter and I can see ourselves in the book. Feeling seen, especially when you are a part of something relatively “atypical”, is so important. Additionally, and just as importantly, I want this book to be an introduction to a baby about their family structure in such a way that they will never remember a “big reveal” about their family or how they came to be.

People are talking!

Sweet Little You by Joni Halabi is an inspirational children’s picture book about a mother sharing her journey of donor-assisted reproduction in a way that a child might be able to understand. […] There is a happiness that washes over you as you read this story and you find yourself in awe of this family of two.

Erin Nicole Cochran, Readers’ Favorite

Sweet Little You is an adorable children’s book that showcases a different type of family. It’s written in an easy to read way, but is also a good way to open conversation with young readers about how some families don’t always look the same as others. […] This is a book I would highly recommend to all parents. 5 stars!

Jasmine J., Jazzy Book Reviews

This book teaches readers that family is about love and that it only takes a parent willing to love their child to create an adventure that is invigorating and life-transforming.

Jane Riley, The Book Commentary

Joni’s story is one we need in our bookshelves to promote diverse family structures and foster acceptance of single-parent families.

Kara Cybanski, DC Canada Education Publishing

With beautiful illustrations and the perfect colors, it was a joy to look at the pictures as I read the story, which to be honest is what a little one will be doing.

Sherry, The Book Review Crew

Must read! The little bundle of joy was precious from their head down to their tippy toes.

Kameron Brook, Reedsy Discovery


I am honored to have been interviewed on several podcasts and radio shows, where I talked about life as a single mother by choice and what led me to write Sweet Little You. A list of those interviews are below.

  1. Becoming Parents: Single Mom Using Anonymous Sperm Donor, & Children’s Author Of Her Own Story with Jennifer Campbell
  2. Hollischapmanshow: Sweet Little You with Hollis Chapman
  3. Utterly Unscripted: #SingleMotherByChoice with Jesse Veritas
  4. Reading With Your Kids: Sweet Little Superpowers with Jedlie