Books for younger children
Dinosaur’s divorce by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown (ISBN 0316109967)
Sympathetic to the full range of feelings that divorce produces, the authors use evocative cartoon dinosaur characters to convey their message. Chapters address such concerns as why parents divorce, what will happen to ‘me’, where will holidays be celebrated, living in two homes. For children 4-8 years. From Amazon.
When Katie’s Mum and Dad separated by Sarah, Duchess of York
Provides child-friendly advice on coping when parents separate, and gives reassurance for children who think they may be responsible for their parents’ separation. A Helping Hand book, from Lloyds Pharmacy http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/
Children don’t divorce by Rosemary Stones and Nicola Spoor (ISBN 1903285305)
This story looks at separation and divorce from the child’s angle and offers a good opportunity for children to explore and express their feelings. From WH Smith.
Two homes by Claire Masurel and Kady McDonald (ISBN 0744589258)
Alex has two homes - one at Mummy’s and one at Daddy’s. An excellent book for very young children. From Amazon.
Was it the chocolate pudding:A story for little kids about divorce by Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo (ISBN 1591473098)
With childlike innocence and humour, this book explains divorce from a kid's point of view. Special emphasis is placed on the fact that divorce is not the child's fault, that it is a grown-up problem. Deals with practical day-to-day matters such as single-family homes, joint custody, childcare issues, and misunderstandings. From Amazon.
My family’s changing by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker (ISBN 0764109952)
Explains facts gently but seriously, and encourages interaction and discussion between parents and children. From The Book Depository.
Jack by Helen Victoria Bishop (Solicitor) and Simon Murray (ISBN 9780957108882)
Jack is really sad... and alone in his bedroom he is thinking about the situation between his mummy and daddy. Like many children in a break up situation he feels that it might be his fault. Jack speaks of his worries to his loyal friend, “Black Cat” who is able in his magical way to talk Jack through his concerns and worries and provide him with some practical advice on how to make life a little easier, all of which make Jack feel more confident and reassured. Can be bought on Amazon or ordered through Waterstones.
Books for older children
Divorce helpbook for kids by Cynthia Macgregor (ISBN 1886230390)
This book discusses many of the topics that trouble children when their parents divorce. From Amazon.
Suitcase kid by Jacqueline Wilson (ISBN 0440867738)
A good book for children between the ages of 9-12 years. Andy is upset about her parents’ divorce and does not know who she should live with – one week at Mum’s and one week at Dad’s. How will it end? From Amazon.
Mom’s house, Dad’s house for kids by Isolina Ricci (ISBN 0743277120)
Guidebook designed for children 10 years old and up. Explores the process of separation, divorce and forming stepfamilies. Includes tips, exercises and examples that help children build skills as families change. From Amazon.
This is not an exhaustive or exclusive list, we will update this list from time to time and add new suggestions. Local libraries and bookshops will usually stock a range of books for you to consider. You can also try online sites such as:
Lemons 2 lemonade: How to handle life when things go sour between Mom and Dad by Christina McGhee and Stephen Loughead
An upbeat and entertaining programme put together for kids dealing with the topic of divorce. The award-winning 'Lemons 2 Lemonade: How to handle life when things go sour between Mom and Dad’ offers children the opportunity to receive positive healthy messages about how families change when divorce happens. Featuring a diverse cast of kids and adults, this DVD and workbook answers children’s questions and offers them the tools to deal with tough real-life situations. Designed for children between 5 to 12 years old. DVD and workbook available online at http://www.divorceandchildren.com/
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When parents part
DVD produced by Young Voice. A film made by young people for separating parents and their children and other resources for older children/young people. From http://www.young-voice.org/