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Recommended Books for Children Experiencing Divorce

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Mom and Dad Glue Kes Gray, MOM AND DAD GLUE. Barrons, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-7641-6262-6. $14.99

A little boy searches for a pot of parent glue to paste his mom and dad’s marriage back together. He soon realizes that even though his parents’ marriage is broken, their love for him remains as strong as ever. In rhyme.

WAS IT THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING? Sandra Levins, WAS IT THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING?. Magination Press, Published by the American Psychological Association. ISBN: 978-1-59147-309-1. Ages 2 – 6. $9.95

When a young boy’s parents divorce, he thinks it’s because of the chocolate pudding he and his brother smeared all over the wall. If only he had brought a spoon!
With this gentle story young children can begin to understand that divorce is about grown-up problems.

Mom and Dad Glue Jennifer Moore-Mailinois, WHEN MY PARENTS FORGOT HOW TO BE FRIENDS. Barron’s, 2005. ISBN: 978-0-7641-3172-1$7.99.

Young children become confused and hurt when their parents constantly argue, then decide to divorce. This sensitively written book assures boys and girls that children are in no way responsible for their parents inability to get along together.

between love and hate Judith Aron Rubin, Ph.D., MY MOM AND DAD DON’T LIVE TOGETHER ANYMORE. A Drawing Book for Children of Separated or Divorced Parents.
. Maginatiion Pres, American Psychological Association, 2002. ISBN 978-1-55798-835-5. $14,95. Ages 4 – 12.Some things are easier to say with pictures, When parents decide to separate or divorce, children need ways to sort through all the feeling, thoughts, and wrries they ar facing. This drawing book encourages kids to explore their inner world through both pictures and words.

DinosaursDivorce Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown, DINOSAURS DIVORCE: A Guide for Changing Families.Little, Brown and Company, 1986. pb. ISBN 0316112488

Perhaps the best-known of the books for children, it is written for parents going through divorce to read to their young children. It explains the divorce process through the story of a dinosaur family going through divorce.



HOW IT FEELS WHEN PARENTS DIVORCE Jill Krementz, HOW IT FEELS WHEN PARENTS DIVORCE. Alfred A. Knopf, Turtleback. 1988. ISBN: 060603823

This book has some real, firsthand advice from those that know exactly what it’s like to have your parents divorce. The author interviewed nineteen kids, aged seven to sixteen, from different background about what it feels like to be in the middle of a divorce. Through pictures of the children and their stories told in their own words, the author presents the pain and resilience of children going through divorce. Again, a good book because it is the children’s own words.


I Live with Daddy Judith Vigna, I LIVE WITH DADDY. Albert Whitman & Co., 1997. ISBN 0807535125.

Given the many divorce books with titles with Daddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, At Daddy’s on Saturdays, and Good-bye Daddy, it is a helpful counter-balance to have the book I LIVE WITH DADDY, a book for the four-to-eight-year-old set that actually depicts a little girl living with her father. As Olivia’s mom misses many of her scheduled times with her daughter, her father’s responses to his daughter’s feelings and concerns are right on the money, and provide a role model for divorced parents to emulate.


Its not the end of the world Judy Blume, IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. Yearling Books, 1986. ISBN 0440441587.

This story, ideal for older girls, is written by the popular Judy blume. Karen Newman’s father has moved out and she can’t believe it. Her parents were made for each other. They were supposed to be together forever. She has to come up with a plan to get them back together and realize that divorce was a mistake.


Its not your fault Vicky Lansky, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT, KOKO BEAR. Book Peddlers, 1998. ISBN 0916773477.

This is designed as a ‘read-together book’ for parents and young children. It is a nicely illustrated book that attempts to make divorce less emotionally burdensome for young children and, at the same time, teach important parenting skills to divorcing spouses. The children’s story follows a young bear cub, Koko, whose life is disrupted by divorce. Koko is told about the divorce, witnesses Papa Bear move out, and ultimately learns to adjust to life in both homes. Koko is reassured the divorce is not the cub’s fault and come to learn that while Mama Bear and Papa Bear are divorced from one another, they are not divorced from Koko. In small print at the bottom of the non-illustrated pages are helpful suggestions for parents.



This ‘workbook’ is great for parents and their children. It has exercises for kids and advice for parents going through a divorce.


No Image Sara Bonkowski, TEENS ARE NONDIVORCEABLE: A WORKBOOK FOR DIVORCED PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN (ages 12-18). ACTA Publications, 1990. ISBN: 0915388367

The companion book to Kids are Nondivorceable, this workbook is written specifically for divorced parents of junior high and high school children. The workbook includes creative exercises, practical suggestions, and useful information for parents, trying to help adolescents understand and adjust to the separation or divorce of their parents.


The kids book of divorce Eric Rofes, THE KIDS’ BOOK OF DIVORCE: BY, FOR AND ABOUT KIDS. Vintage Books, 1982. ISBN 0394710185.

This was the first book to look at divorce specifically from a child’s point of view. A classroom teacher, Eric Rofes, made the book a classroom project complete with a discussion group for the kids. The kids talked o other kids and members of the community to come up with advice on all sorts of issues surrounding divorce.


The top secret journal Robin Cruise, THE TOP-SECRET JOURNAL OF FIONA CLAIRE JARDIN. Harcourt Brace & Co., 1998. ISBN 0152013830.

Robin Cruise’s book, in the format of a journal about one year in the life of a ten year old girl whose parents are divorcing, is well written, engaging and insightful. Cruise refreshingly reminds us of the emotional life of a ten-year-old. As Fiona and her brother adjust, we see the important of supportive parents, teachers and neighbors.

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