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Children's books on divorce and separation

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Reading to children can be a great bonding opportunity for parents. After a family transition like divorce or separation, reading books about the topic can be a useful strategy for getting children to "open up" about their thoughts and feelings about the changes. The following are some suggested titles to get started.

Ages 3 to 8

A Day With Daddy by Nikki Grimes (2004). Scholastic. ISBN: 978-0439568500

At Daddy's on Saturdays by Linda Walvoord Girard (1999). Albert Whitman & Company. ISBN: 978-0807504734

Bessie Bump Gets a New Family by Amberley Meredith (2010). Eloquent Books. ISBN: 978- 1609119010

Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercombie (1995). Margaret K. McElderry Books. ISBN: 978- 0689801143

Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families by Marc Brown & Laurie Krasny Brown (1999). Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN: 978-0316109963

Do I Have A Daddy?: A Story About A Single-Parent Child by Jeanne Warren Lindsay (2000). Morning Glory Press. ISBN: 978-0930934446

Good-Bye, Daddy! by Brigitte Weninger (1997). North-South Books. ISBN: 978-1558583832

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents & Young Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky (1998). Book Peddlers. ISBN: 978-0916773472

Let's Talk About Divorce by Fred Rogers (1996). Puffin. ISBN: 978-0698116702

Loon Summer by Barbara Santucci (2010). Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. ISBN: 978- 0802853899

Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Any More by Kathy Stinson (1988). Tandem Library. ISBN: 978-0785798958

My Family's Changing by Pat Thomas (1999). Barron's Educational Series. ISBN: 978- 0764109959

My Mother's House, My Father's House by C. B. Christiansen (1989). Atheneum. ISBN: 978-0689313943

Priscilla Twice by Judith Caseley (1995). Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 978-0688133054

Two Homes by Claire Masurel (2003). Candlewick. ISBN: 978-0763619848

Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins & Bryan Langdo (2005). Magination Press. ISBN: 978-1591473091

When My Parents Forgot to Be Friends by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (2005). Barron's Educational Series. ISBN: 978-0764131721

Ages 6 to 9

Always My Dad by Sharon Dennis Wyeth (1998). Scholastic. ISBN: 978-0590031738

I Love My Parents, But I Hate Divorce by Pat H. Otto (1997). Wildwater Publications. ISBN: 978- 0965785419

Ages 9 to 12

Amber Brown Goes Forth by Paula Danziger (1997). Puffin. ISBN: 978-0142409015

Amber Brown Sees Red by Paula Danziger (2009). Puffin. ISBN: 978-0142412619

Blue Sky, Butterfly by Jean van Leeuwen (1996). Dial. ISBN: 978-0803719729

But...What About Me? (How It Feels To Be A Kid In Divorce) by Bonnie Doss & Jennifer Schroeder. (1998). Bookmark Publishers. ISBN: 978-0965389563

Chevrolet Saturdays by Candy Dawson-Boyd (1993). Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. ISBN: 978-0027117653

Divorce by Debra Goldentyer (1998). Raintree-Steck Vaughn Publishers. ISBN: 978-0817250300

Divorce Is Not the End of the World by Zoe Stern & Evan Stern (2008). Tricycle Press. ISBN: 978- 1582462417

Family Break-Up by Kelly Bishop & Penny Tripp (2003). Heineman Library. ISBN: 978- 0431098104

Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House by Mary Gallagher (2005). Magination Press. ISBN: 978-1591471578

It's Not the End of the World by Judy Blume (2014). Atheneum . ISBN: 978-1481411165

My Parents Are Divorced, Too: A Book For Kids By Kids by Melanie Ford (2006). Magination Press. ISBN: 978-1591472421

My Parents Are Getting Divorced: How to Keep It Together When Your Mom and Dad Are Splitting Up by Florence Cadier & Melissa Daly. Amulet Books. ISBN: 978-0810991637

My Parents Still Love Me Even Though They're Getting Divorced (an interactive tale for children) by Lois V. Nightingale (1997). Nightingale Rose Publications. ISBN: 978-1889755007

The Squeaky Wheel by Robert Kimmel Smith (2008). iUniverse. ISBN: 978-0595522033

The Trouble with Thirteen by Betty Miles (1984). Avon Books. ISBN: 978-0380674701

What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce by Danielle Lowry (2002). Magination Press. ISBN: 978-1557987709

What Children Need to Know When Parents Get Divorced by William Coleman (1998). Bethany House Publishers. ISBN: 978-0764220517

What Do We Think About: Family Break-Up by Jullian Powell (2001). Hodder Wayland. ISBN: 978-0750232517

Young adults

For Better, For Worse: A Guide to Surviving Divorce for Preteens and Their Families by Janet Bode (2001). Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. ISBN: 978-0689819452

I Want Answers and a Parachute by P.J. Petersen (1993). Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. ISBN: 978-0671865771

Help!: A Girl's Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies by Nancy Holyoke (1999). American Girl. ISBN: 978-1562477493

Split In Two: Keeping it Together When Your Parents Live Apart by Karen Buscemi (2009). Zest Books. ISBN: 978-0980073218

When Your Parents Split Up: How To Keep Yourself Together by Alys Swan-Jackson, Lynn Rosenfield, & Andy Cooke (1999). Sagebush Education Resources. ISBN: 978-0613823777

When Your Parents Divorce: A Handbook for Children Whose Parents Are Divorcing by Betty Clark (1998). Educational Media Corp. ISBN: 978-0932796899

If you have a suggested book selection to add to this list, send an email to parentsforever@umn.edu.

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