For children up to 2nd grade:books

  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes (for kids who have witnessed violence/trauma)
  • Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie (about a cat with two homes)
  • Dinosaurs Divorce by Mark Brown (we read much of this book in class)
  • I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Jeanie Franz Ransom (girl doesn’t want to talk about divorce)
  • I Love You More Than… by Elizabeth Hickey & James Cohen
  • Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff & Harriet May Savitz (for any worries)
  • It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear by Vicki Lansky (includes discussion questions)
  • Let’s Talk About It: Divorce by Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) (photos of diverse families)
  • Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • Mom and Dad Break Up by Joan Singleton Prestine (upset boy tries to get parents together)
  • Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore by Kathy Stinson
  • My Family’s Changing by Pat Thomas (includes discussion questions)
  • My Life Turned Upside Down, But I Turned It Rightside Up by Mary Field (self-esteem)
  • Standing on My Own Two Feet by Tamara Schmitz (affirmation of love in midst of divorce)
  • Through the Eyes of the Children by Janet Johnston (stories about animals, related to divorce)
  • Two Homes by Claire Masurel
  • Was It the Chocolate Pudding? by Sandra Levins (boy who thinks divorce is his fault)
  • When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (parents happier apart)

For children in 3rd-5th grade:

  • Changing Families by Fassler, Lash & Ives (a guide for kids and grown-ups)
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (boy copes with divorce and being new kid at school)
  • DeDe Takes Charge! by Johanna Hurwize (5th grade girl is resilient in face of divorce)
  • Dinosaurs Divorce by Mark Brown (we read much of this illustrated book in class)
  • Divorce Happens to the Nicest Kids: A Self-Help Book for Kids by Michael Prokop
  • Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids by Zoe & Evan Stern (written by kids for kids ages 9-15)
  • Divorced But Still My Parents by Shirley Thomas & Dorothy Rankin (interactive workbook)
  • Don’t Make Me Smile by Barbara Park (boy whose parents are divorcing)
  • Fat Fanny, Beanpole Bertha, and the Boys by Barbara Porte (adventures of 2 girls)
  • How It Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz (kids tell their own stories of divorce)
  • I Want Answers and a Parachute by P.J. Petersen (boys fly to visit father and his new wife)
  • My Family’s Changing by Pat Thomas (includes discussion questions)
  • Playing It Smart: What to Do When You’re on Your Own by Tova Navarra (home alone guide)
  • The Case of the Scary Divorce by Carl Pickhardt (boy helps detective; issues relate to divorce)
  • What Can I Do? by Danielle Lowry (girl tries everything to get parents back together)
  • What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? by Winchester/Beyer (Q&A basics)
  • When Mom and Dad Separate by Marge Heegaard (workbook that kids illustrate)
  • Why Are We Getting a Divorce? by Peter Mayle (everything from why people marry and divorce to how to adjust to a parent’s new boy/girlfriend)
  • Will Dad Ever Move Back Home? by Paula Hogan (girl learns importance of expressing herself)

Books for teens:

  • Dealing with the Stuff that Makes Life Tough: The 10 Things that Stress Girls Out and How to Cope With Them by Jill Zimmerman Rutledge
  • Divorce is Not the End of the World by Zoe and Evan Stern
  • Hot Stones and Funny Bones: Teens Helping Teens Cope with Stress & Anger by Brian Luke Seaward
  • How to Get It Together When Your Parents are Coming Apart by Arlene Richards and Irene Willis
  • How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids by Gayle Kimball
  • My Parents Are Getting Divorced: How to Keep it Together When Your Mom and Dad Are Splitting Up by Floren Cadier
  • Teens Are Non-Divorceable: A Workbook for Divorced Parents and Their Children: Ages 12-18 by Sara Bonkowski
  • The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce by Richard Gardner
  • The Divorce Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Move Beyond the Breakup by Lisa Schab