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Books for Children

Ginny Morris and Mom’s House, Dad’s House

By: Mary Collins Gallager

Ginny Morris and Mom’s House, Dad’s House is appropriate for children ages 8-12. The book describes a little girl who has two homes and multiples of everything. She battles practical problems related to her parent’s divorce, such as her Dad not showing up on Sundays to pick her up and her Mom getting mad. While reading the book, the reader can empathize with the situations and understand the child’s perspective.  The book is a short chapter book and appropriate for children who are able to read independently.

Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce

By: Cornelia Maude Spelman

Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce is a great read aloud book for children. The strong young girl who plays the main character expresses the challenges of handling two homes after her parents’ divorce. The book provides encouragement for young children who are currently involved in a divorce.

Dinosaurs Divorce

By: Laurene Krasny and Marc Brown

Dinosaurs Divorce can be used as a guide for the entire family.  It explains times when children may struggle during a divorce and is colorful and attractive for young children. One of the best aspects of the book is the way that it focuses on children’s emotions. The book explains that it is “ok” to cry and even “ok” to be angry during a parents’ divorce.

Two Homes

By: Claire Masurel

Two Homes describes how a little boy, Alex, has two of everything, one at “mommy’s” and one at “daddy’s”. The book has amazing illustrations and provides a good explanation to young children of how to deal with living in multiple households. Mostly importantly, the book explains that both parents love him regardless of who he is with. Two Homes is most appropriate for very young children or beginning readers.

Amber Brown Goes Forth

By: Paula Danziger

Amber Brown Goes Forth is from a series of books about Amber Brown, a young girl with divorced parents. In the book, Amber is faced with many divorce-related issues, like sharing holidays, while also having to deal with emotional and physical change. The book is appropriate for girls in 2nd-4th grade who can read independently.

Arthur and the 1,001 Dads

By: Marc Tolon Brown

Arthur and the 1,001 Dads is a great book for young children. Arthur has a friend that doesn’t have a present father. Arthur and his friend are attending a Father’s Day Picnic, but need a substitute father for Arthur’s friend.  The book illustrates to children how to be a good friend to someone whose parents may be divorced and that fathers can come in many packages.

The Day My Mother Left

By: James Prosek

The Day My Mother Left expresses the trials of a nine year old boy dealing with the emotional pain of his parent’s divorce. The boy’s mother leaves to live with another man and his father is depressed because of it. The boy feels like he is in the middle of his parents’ disputes and is trying to survive the battle. This story is very real, although emotional, and really shows how children can blame themselves for a divorce. In the end, the child finds a way to stay strong for himself and his family.

Dear Mr. Henshaw

By: Beverly Cleary

Dear Mr. Henshaw is a compelling novel that is suitable for older ages. The novel follows a young boy’s feelings about his parent’s divorce as the boy writes to his favorite author about his emotions. He explains to the author what it is like to be going to a new school and struggling to fit into a new place. Ultimately, the connection with the author allows the boy to regain his respect for his family and himself.

Kaline Klattermaster’s Tree House

By: Haven Kimmel

Kaline Klattermaster’s Tree House is about a young boy, Kaline, whose parents are going through a rough divorce. His father disappeared and his mother is struggling to keep things under control. Kaline has an imaginary tree house with 100 dogs that help keep him happy. The book describes how he copes with the struggles of being an outcast at school and his home life being so difficult. Children age seven to twelve are best suited to read this book.

Help! A Girls Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies

By: Nancy Holyoke

Help! A Girls Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies is intended for girls grades four through eight. The book provides advice directly from girls who have experienced their parent’s divorce and explains that divorce is not the child’s fault. The end the book provides quizzes and cartoons to engage the child.

Don’t Fall Apart on Saturday’s: The Children’s Divorce-Survival Book

By: Adolph Moser

Don’t Fall Apart on Saturday’s: The Children’s Divorce-Survival Book is a guide for both parents and children explaining how to manage and deal with the many changes brought about by divorce. The book is easy to read and easy to understand for children. The book tries to help children understand the situation and eliminate any guilt they may feel over their parents’ divorce and time-sharing.

My Parents are Divorced, Too: A Book for Kids by Kids

By: Jan Blackstone-Ford

My Parents as Divorced, Too: A Book for Kids by Kids is written by three children who are related through their parent’s marriages and remarriages. They have successfully completed the blending of a family and discuss how to deal with “new” siblings and family situations. The book explains the effects of a divorce from a child’s perspective and provides a realistic approach to a serious situation.

Coping

Crazy Time

By: Abigail Trafford

Crazy Time is a very straightforward and targeted book for those people that feel that no one understands what they are going through in their divorce. It provides positive support and practical strategies for handling your divorce in the most mature manner.

The Good Divorce

By: Constance R. Ahrons

The Good Divorce is considered a landmark longitudinal study of post divorce families. The book continues to provide insight into the lasting effects of divorce. Some may criticize it for “promoting divorce”; however, the goal is to really demonstrate that a good divorce may be better for a family than a bad marriage.

The Collaborative Way to Divorce

By: Stu Webb

The Collaborative Way to Divorce explains the Collaborative Divorce process. The process requires both spouses to resolve their differences without going to court by using attorneys, divorce coaches, mental health and financial professionals.

Collaborative Divorce

By: Pauline Tesler and Peggy Thompson, Ph.D.

Collaborative Divorce is a book written by an attorney and a psychologist that takes readers through the steps of collaborative divorce using real life examples and practical exercises.

After Your Divorce: Creating the Good Life on Your Own

By: Cynthia Macgregor and Robert E. Alberti

After Your Divorce: Creating the Good Life on Your Own advises readers on how to begin a new life without feeling alone. It provides practical advice for many new “single” situations and is a good book for learning to “start over”.

Calling it Quits: Late Life Divorce and Starting Over

By: Deirdre Bair

Calling it Quits: Late Life Divorce and Starting Over is a collection of stories by husbands and wives who chose to end long marriages. The book also includes stories of adult children from late life divorces and how they were affected.

Parenting

Ex-Etiquette for Parents

By: Jann Blackstone-Ford and Sharyl Jupe

Ex-Etiquette for Parents is written by an author who has gone through the challenges of divorce. Blackstone-Ford is a divorce and stepfamily mediator who married Jupe’s first husband. The authors tackle topics including transitions between houses, public event behavior, changing your vocabulary to be more positive and introducing a new partner to your “ex” and the children. The authors really encourage people to take positive risks with their behavior to be a model for their children.

101 Ways to be a Long Distance Super Dad…or Mom Too!

By: George Newman

101 Way to be a Long Distance Super Dad…or Mom too! provides sound advice to individuals that are either planning on relocating or are facing a relocating child. Some of the technology tips are outdated, but the point that you can be close to your child even if you live in a different place is a timeless message.

Mom’s House, Dad’s House

By: Isolina Ricci

Mom’s House, Dad’s House is a classic book for learning about timesharing and gives readers tools to work with children in timesharing situations. A coordinating calendar can be purchased to use with the work.

Divorce and New Beginnings: A Complete Guide to Solo Parenting, Co Parenting, and Stepfamilies

By: Genevieve Clapp

Divorce and New Beginnings: A Complete Guide to Solo Parenting, Co Parenting, and Stepfamilies is specifically designed to teach readers how to overcome the challenging parenting aspects of a divorce. The book provides insight for moving away from the focus of the divorce and getting on with your life.

Religion

Hope for the Separated

By: Gary D. Chapman

Hope for the Separated teaches readers that life does not end after divorce. The book reassures the reader that there is hope to heal a broken relationship.

When he Leaves: Choosing to Live, Love, and Laugh Again

By: Kari West and Noelle Quinn

When he Leaves: Choosing to Live, Love, and Laugh Again is for women who are in a situation where they feel that they “may never love again”. The book helps women understand changes in Christian marriages and provides encouragement and inspiration to its readers.

My Single Mom Life

By: Angela Thomas

My Single Mom Life is a practical book for single moms. The book gives spiritually based advice for dealing with situations from dating to discipline and everything in between. It is an easy read that will leave readers laughing.

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