19 Children's Books About Divorce

It’s certainly not the fairy tale any parent expects to be reading to his or her children before bed, but sometimes the story of divorce must be told. Books and stories about other children’s experiences dealing with a divorce or a separation can be a helpful tool to assist kids in understanding what is happening within their own family, how the process of divorce works, how they are not alone in this experience, and finally, how to talk about their feelings.

It’s certainly not the fairy tale any parent expects to be reading to his or her children before bed, but sometimes the story of divorce must be told. Books and stories about other children’s experiences dealing with a divorce or a separation can be a helpful tool to assist kids in understanding what is happening within their own family, how the process of divorce works, how they are not alone in this experience, and finally, how to talk about their feelings.
 
There are numerous books recommended from resources such as Parents magazine to Fatherly.com. We’ve put together a list of often cited books for children coping with divorce, and we also encourage you to contact a child psychologist or family counselor for more recommendations.
 
  1. Two Homes by Claire Masurel
  2. Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  3. My Family’s Changing by Pat Thomas
  4. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  5. It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear by Vicki Lansky
  6. I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Jeanie Franz Ransom
  7. What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce by Danielle Lowry
  8. It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume
  9. Divorce Is Not the End of the World by Zoe and Evan Stern
  10. Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids by Isolina Ricii
  11. Divorce is the Worst by Anastasia Higginbotham
  12. A Brand New Day: Banana Split Story by A.S. Chung and Paula Bossio
  13. Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins
  14. Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffeit and Tricia Tusa
  15. Living with Mom, Living with Dad by Melanie Walsh
  16. My Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore by Judith Aron Rubin, Ph.D.
  17. How It Feels When Parents Divorce by Alfred A. Knopf
  18. When My Parents Forgot to Be Friends by Jennifer Moore-Mailinois
  19. What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for Kids by Kent Winchester and Roberta Beyer
 
Another great idea from Brightly, a resource to help moms, dads, and educators grow into lifelong readers, is to look for any good stories about children whose parents happen not to be together or who are in some other sort of stressful situation. They may not have “divorce” or “family” in their titles, but they can be beneficial regarding being relatable to the situation your child is currently experiencing.