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Always Mom, Forever Dad: a Story of Divided Households. Joanna Rowland, illustrated by Penny Weber, $25.95

In today’s world, more and more children have parents who live separately. As these children move between homes. In this reassuring picture book, young readers see children who have two households whether because of divorce, separation, or other circumstances experiencing life s ups and downs with both parents secure in the knowledge that Mom will always be Mom, and Dad is forever Dad.


At Daddy's on Saturdays. Linda Walvoord Girard & Judith Friedman, $9.99 (ages 5-8)

Although her parents' divorce causes her to feel anger, concern, and sadness, Katie discovers that she can keep a loving relationship with her father even though he lives apart from her.


Between Mom and Jo. Julie Anne Peters, $8.99

Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest Moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her partner Jo start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and instead of having two Moms to turn to for advice, he has no one. Nick's emotional struggle to redefine his relationships with his parents will remind readers that a family's love can survive even the most difficult times.

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Coping with Loss: the Life Changes Handbook. Anita Naik, $11.95 (ages 10 and up)

Struggling to fit in with your stepfamily? Grieving the loss of a loved one? Moving from your familiar friends, school and neighbourhood? Not sure how to cope with these feelings of sadness and loss? This handbook is here to help with useful advice, facts, tips and quizzes on these issues and more.


A Day with Dad. Bo Holmberg, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, $17.50

A tender portrait of a day spent together.


Dinosaurs Divorce: a Guide for Changing Families. Laurene Brown & Marc Brown, $11.99 (Ages 4 & up)

Dinosaurs Divorce will help young children understand:

  • Divorce Words and What They Mean
  • Why Parents Divorce
  • Having Two Homes
  • Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions
  • Telling Your Friends
  • Meeting Parents' New Friends
  • Living with Stepparents
  • Having Stepsisters and Stepbrothers.

 

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The Divorce Helpbook for Kids. Cynthia MacGregor, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

It's in the news every day: divorce is tough on kids. MacGregor knows how tough, and she has prepared a down-to-earth guide that genuinely helps. Included are discussions of many topics troubling kids when their parents divorce: reasons parents get divorced; ways the divorce will change kids' lives; kids' feelings about divorce; things kids can do to help them feel better; who to talk to; what's likely to happen next. This is not just a book for kids about divorce, though. It's a book about life after divorce, too. The kids in MacGregor's book are dealing with visitation and custody and straddling two households and making it all work. Maybe it isn't easy, but it is possible and it is necessary. Recommended for children ages 8-12. Contains a newly updated resources guide for parents and children and a "Note to Parents"


The Divorce Helpbook for Teens. Cynthia MacGregor, $22.95

The popular author of The Divorce Helpbook for Kids is back with an all-new resource for teenagers in divorced and divorcing families. MacGregor knows that divorce can be especially tough on teens, and her warm and friendly guide offers a helping hand to teens struggling to answer the tough questions when their parents divorce:

  • Why do parents get divorced?
  • How will the divorce change our lives?
  • What can I do to feel less depressed?
  • Who can I talk to about my problems?
  • What's going to happen next?
  • How do you tell absent parents that they don't visit enough?
  • How do you say "no" to parents who want you to carry messages to, or spy on, the other parent?
  • What is there to talk about when you visit a parent who's moved away?

Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe and Evan's Guide for Kids, Revised & Updated. Zoe & Evan Stern, $10.99 (Ages 8-14)

Lots of kids are dealing with divorce and going through the same things as you are. At ages 15 and 13, Zoe and Evan wrote this honest, positive and practical guide for kids. Now, in this new edition, Zoe and Evan look back on hte advice they gave with a fresh perspective ten years later.

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Divorce is the Worst. Anastasia Higginbotham, $24.95

Kids are told, "it's for the best"--and one day, it may be. But right now, divorce is the worst. With honesty and humor, Anastasia Higginbotham beautifully conveys the challenge of staying whole when your entire world, and the people in it, split apart. Exceptional in its child-centered portrayal, Divorce Is the Worst is an invaluable tool for families, therapeutic professionals, and divorce mediators struggling to address this common and complex experience.

Divorce Is the Worst is the first book in a series of feminist children's books, Ordinary Terrible Things, which deals with common childhood crises and how children themselves find their own way to cope and grow.


Divorce: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Kathlyn Gay, $50.00

It has been estimated that at least half of the children in America come from families that have been affected by divorce. Of those children, more than half will see a parent’s second marriage dissolve as well. The impact of divorce on teens can be devastating, adversely affecting their attitudes, behaviors, and schoolwork, as well as their relationships with both friends and family. 

Divorce: the Ultimate Teen Guide focuses on the difficulties young people face in the wake of an epidemic that affects so many families. This book offers encouragement, insights, and resources to help teens cope with the challenges that come from living with divorce. Featuring stories about and quotes from young people and adults who have experienced parental separation and divorce, this book will be helpful for readers who are trying to deal with similar situations. With an emphasis on strategies and resources, Divorce: The Ultimate Teen Guide will help young people cope with this often devastating experience.


Do You Sing Twinkle?  Sandra Levins & Bryan Langdo, $13.95

A story about remarriage and new family for children ages 4-8.

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Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House. Mary Collins Gallagher, $11.95

Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House spotlights many of the day-to-day experiences of a child in joint custody and a wide range of solutions to typical problems. Ginny's ideas for getting organized, keeping connected with her parents and friends, and coping with things she can't change, and more, provide a roadmap for all children who are navigating the sometimes bumpy road between Mom's house and Dad's house. (For ages 8 - 12)


Healing After Divorce: 100 Practical Ideas for Kids. Alan Wolfelt & Raelynn Maloney, $12.95 (ages 7 to 12)

Simple advice and activities for children during and after divorce.


I am Living in Two Homes. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastian Jones, $18.95

Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds and two homes. Follow the twins from I am Mixed as they both navigate the difficulties of having parents who are no longer together and discover the benefits of having two very different homes to explore and enjoy.

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I Don’t Want to Talk About It. Jeanie Franz Ransom, $13.95 ages 4-8

When a child’s parents tell her they are going to divorce, the last thing she wants to do is talk about it. Instead, she wants to roar as loud as lion so she can’t hear their words, or turn into fish and hide her tears in the sea, or even become a bird and fly away.


I Have Two Homes. Marian de Smet & Nynke Talsma, $23.50 (ages 4 and up)

This lovely picture book gives an honest, uncomplicated account of what it's like when parents split up.


It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: a Read-Together Book for Parents & Young Children During Divorce. V. Lansky, $13.95 (ages 3-6)

Koko, a loveable unisex bear, must learn what divorce means. Children can identify with Koko's angry and sad feelings, recognize that these feelings are natural, and discover what it means to live in a family apart. Many helpful messages are conveyed with warmth and even a bit of humor through the colorful illustrations created by Jane Prince.

Parents are encouraged to allow children to carry this book between homes to be read with each parent, reinforcing its message when heard from both parents. Each page contains practical tips for parents to help them make the divorce transition easier.

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Living with Mom and Living with Dad. Melanie Walsh, $18.00 (ages 3 & up)

In an inviting lift-the-flap format saturated with colorful illustrations, Melanie Walsh visits the changes in routine that are familiar to many children whose parents live apart, but whose love and involvement remain as constant as ever. For young children who live in two homes, this bright, simple story with oversized flaps reassures young readers that there is love in each one.


Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce.  Cornelia Maude Spelman, $9.99 (ages 4-6)

One sad day, Mama and Daddy say they are getting a divorce. Daddy won't live at home anymore. Dinah is scared and sad. She wonders if she'll ever see Daddy again.


Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore. Kathy Stinson & Vian Oelofson, $6.95 (preschool age)

For one young girl, splitting time between parents has its ups and downs. She knows each parent still loves her and is there to take care of her — no matter what happens!

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Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two. Isolina Ricci, $22.99

Isolina Ricci's Mom's House, Dad's House has long been the gold standard for inspiring and supporting divorcing and remarrying parents. With Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids, she adapts her time-tested advice on the emotional, logistical, and legal realities of separation, divorce, and stepfamilies to speak directly to children. Alongside practical ways to cope with big changes she offers older children and their families key resiliency tools that kids can use now and the rest of their lives. Kids and families are encouraged to believe in themselves, to take heart, and to plan for their lives ahead.


My Family's Changing: a First Look at Family Break Up. Pat Thomas, $8.99 (ages 3-6)

This unusual picture book for younger children explores the issue of divorce. The author of this book is a psychotherapist and counselor and helps children to face their fears, worries and questions when their family is going through a break-up. A special feature, "What About You?" sidebars appear frequently with questions directed at the child reading the book. The questions encourage children to explore their own feeling about the situation. Full color illustrations throughout.


My Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore. Judith Aron Rubin, $21.50 (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 feelings, thoughts, and worries they are facing. This drawing book encourages kids to explore their inner world through both pictures and words, helping them to understand themselves and feel better during a difficult time of change. A Note for Parents discusses the impact of separation and divorce on the family, and describes the value of art therapy in coping with stressful emotions and experiences.

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My Parents are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames and Other Facts About Me. Bill Cochran, illustrated by Steve Bjőrkman, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Life with divorced parents isn’t always easy — but no matter — Ted knows that his parents love him!


My Parents Are Divorced Too: a Book for Kids by Kids, 2nd Edition. Melanie, Annie & Steven Ford, as told to Jann Blackstone-Ford. Illustrated by Charles Beyl, $13.95

Melanie, Annie, and Steven Ford pack lots of simple truths and "I have been through it" advice into this wise little book about their struggles and triumphs through their parents' divorce.


On the Day His Daddy Left. Eric Adams & Kathleen Adams, $8.50

When his father moved out, Danny had a very important question — Was the divorce his fault?


Split in Two: Keeping It Together When Your Parents Live Apart. Karen Buscemi, $16.95 (ages 11 and up)

Your parents have split up and you live in two homes, which is fine – except when it's not. Like when you don't know where your stuff is. Or when your mom has one set of rules, and your dad has another. Or when you keep losing your homework and your favorite jeans.

If you can relate, this book is for you. It will help you learn how to negotiate with your parents to get things you need, as well as how to become a better packer, organizer, money saver, and interior designer. You'll also find quotes from others who have gone through the split-living experience and lived to tell the tale. In the end, you'll hopefully feel more self-confident, grounded, and whole: like a sane person living one life, not a scattered person who always feels split in two.

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Straight Talk about Divorce and Blended Families. Carrie Iorizzo, $13.95 (ages 10-14+)

Many young people find themselves dealing with issues surrounding divorce, remarriage, and blended families. This candid and informative book addresses the myriad of emotions young people may experience during a divorce and the unique challenges blended families face.


A Tale of Two Seders. Mindy Avra Portnoy, illustrated by Valeria Cis, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

When a young girl’s parents divorce, holidays like Passover change. In time, new family traditions emerge as she finds her place in two homes.


Through the Eyes of a Child. Jimena Licitra & Susana Rosique, $24.95

William was a happy little boy who lived with his parents in a green house with a lovely little garden, decorated with paper flowers. But one day everything changed. It was as if he’d been torn in two and turned into two different kids: one who went with his dad, and another who stayed with his mom.

Through the Eyes of a Child reminds us of the importance of communicating, and that after a change in a family’s structure, a child can feel “whole” again and grow up happily... even though his parents have separated.

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25 Things to Do…when Grandpa Passes Away…Mom and Dad Get Divorced…or the Dog Dies: Activities to Help Children Suffering Loss or Change. Laurie Kanyer, $15.95

Excellent, creative stuff... has the happy effect of occupying the adult mind also.


Two Homes. Claire Masurel & Kady MacDonald Denton, $9.50

Two Homes is a comforting story for young children who are faced with separation or divorce. Positive, simple and child-centered, this lovely book for 3 - 6 year olds is warm and full of love.


Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids about Divorce. Sandra Levins, $13.95 (ages 2-6)

In this gentle story, young children can begin to understand that divorce is about grown-up problems.

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Weekends with Max and His Dad. Linda Urban, $23.99

Max and his dad love their time together. Weekends mean pancakes, pizza, spy games, dog-walking, school projects, and interesting neighbors! Every weekend brings a small adventure as Max gets to know his dad’s new neighborhood — and learns some new ways of thinking about home.


What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce. Danielle Lowry & Bonnie Mathews, $13.95 (Ages 8-12)


When Mom and Dad Separate. Marge Heegaard. $12.95 (ages 6-10)

Discusses basic concepts of marriage and divorce. Offers children a creative way to sort out the stressful feelings of grief caused by change.

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When My Parents Forgot to How to Be Friends. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos & Marta Fàbrega, $8.99

Why Do Families Change? Our First Talk about Separation and Divorce. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95

Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter.


Why Don't We All Live Together Anymore? Big Issues for Little People After a Family Break-Up. Emma Waddington & Christopher McCurry, illustrated by Louis Thomas, $15.99 (ages 4-8)

Why Don't We All Live Together Anymore? provides the perfect platform to explore family issues and questions that children have as they grow up and try to make sense of the world around them. Each fully-illustrated spread poses questions around the theme of a family break up, helping little ones to discuss their feelings at a difficult time in their childhood. Explanations and advice for parents and carers to help guide and inform their child have been compiled by two child psychologists.

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Complete Booklist

Always Mom, Forever Dad: a Story of Divided Households. Joanna Rowland, illustrated by Penny Weber, $25.95

At Daddy's on Saturdays. Linda Walvoord Girard & Judith Friedman, $9.99 (ages 5-8)

Between Mom and Jo. Julie Anne Peters, $8.99 (ages 12 & up)

Coping with Loss: the Life Changes Handbook. Anita Naik, $11.95 (ages 10 and up)

A Day with Dad. Bo Holmberg, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, $17.50 (ages 5-8)

Dinosaurs Divorce. Laurence Krasny Brown & Mark Brown, $11.99 (ages 4-up)

The Divorce Helpbook for Kids. Cynthia MacGregor, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

The Divorce Helpbook for Teens. Cynthia MacGregor, $22.95 (ages 12 and up)

Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe and Evan's Guide for Kids. Zoe & Evan Stern, $10.99 (ages 8-14)

Divorce is the Worst. Anastasia Higginbotham, $24.95

Divorce: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Kathlyn Gay, $50.00

Do You Sing Twinkle?  Sandra Levins & Bryan Langdo, $13.95 (ages 3-5)

Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House. $11.95 (ages 8-12)

Healing After Divorce: 100 Practical Ideas for Kids. Alan Wolfelt & Raelynn Maloney, $12.95 (ages 7 to 12)

I am Living in Two Homes. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastian Jones, $18.95

I Don't Want to Talk About It. Jeanie Franz Ransom, $13.95 (ages 4-8)

I Have Two Homes. Marian de Smet & Nynke Talsma, $23.50 (ages 4 and up)

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: a Read-Together Book for Parents & Young Children During Divorce. V. Lansky, $13.95 (ages 3-6)

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Let's Talk About It:  Divorce.  Fred Rogers, $7.99 (ages 3-7)

Living with Mom and Living with Dad. Melanie Walsh, $18.00 (ages 3 & up)

Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce.  Cornelia Maude Spelman, $9.99 (ages 4-6)

Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore. Kathy Stinson & Vian Oelofson, $6.95 (ages 4-6)

Mom's House, Dad's House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two. Isolina Ricci, $22.99 (ages 8-12)

My Family's Changing: a First Look at Family Break Up. Pat Thomas, $8.99 (ages 3-6)

My Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore. Judith Aron Rubin, $21.50 (ages 4-12)

My Parents are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames and Other Facts about Me. Bill Cochran, illustrated by Steve Bjőrkman, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

My Parents Are Divorced Too: a Book for Kids by Kids, 2nd Edition. Melanie, Annie & Steven Ford, as told to Jann Blackstone-Ford. Illustrated by Charles Beyl, $13.95 (ages 8-13)

On the Day His Daddy Left. Eric Adams & Kathleen Adams, $8.50

Split in Two: Keeping It Together When Your Parents Live Apart. Karen Buscemi, $16.95 (ages 11 & up)

Straight Talk about Divorce and Blended Families. Carrie Iorizzo, $13.95 (ages 10-14+)

A Tale of Two Seders. Mindy Avra Portnoy, illustrated by Valeria Cis, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

Through the Eyes of a Child. Jimena Licitra & Susana Rosique, $24.95

25 Things to Do…when Grandpa Passes Away…Mom and Dad Get Divorced…or the Dog Dies: Activities to Help Children Suffering Loss or Change. Laurie Kanyer, $15.95 (ages 5-10)

Two Homes. Claire Masurel, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton, $9.50 (ages 2-6)

Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids about Divorce. Sandra Levins, $13.95 (ages 3-6)

Weekends with Max and His Dad. Linda Urban, $23.99

What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce. Danielle Lowry, $13.95 (ages 8-12)

What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for Kids. K. Winchester & R. Beyer, $14.99 (ages 8-12)

When Mom and Dad Separate. Marge Heegaard. $12.95 (ages 6-10)

When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, $8.99 (ages 4-8)

Why Do Families Change? Our First Talk about Separation and Divorce. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95

Why Don't We All Live Together Anymore? Big Issues for Little People After a Family Break-Up. Emma Waddington & Christopher McCurry, illustrated by Louis Thomas, $15.99 (ages 4-8)

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