Books for Children (Ages 4 – 12)

Let’s Talk About It: DivorceLet’s Talk About It: Divorce
by Fred Rogers, Jim Judkis

“Rogers gently assures children that when parents get divorced, they know their children need food and care and love. He informs them that it is grown-up problems, not children, that cause divorce.” Recommended ages: 4-7

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Let’s Talk About It: StepfamiliesLet’s Talk About It: Stepfamilies
by Fred Rogers, Jim Judkis

“Fred Rogers opens the door for stepfamilies to safely talk about their good and sometimes not-so-good feelings by encouraging both parents and children to communicate. While he acknowledges that difficult situations will probably arise, he emphasizes that the joy of belonging is what all families are really about.” Recommended ages: 4-8

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When Your Parents Split UpWhen Your Parents Split Up
by Alys Swan Jackson

“This upbeat, up front guide by two divorce mediation and youth psychology experts answers teens’ questions about divorce with professional advice for coping with change, questionnaires and activities to help them own up to their emotions, listings for 1-800 hotlines and reading references, plus real-life interviews with teens who have been through the same situation.” Recommended ages: 9-12

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Two Homes - Claire MasurelTwo Homes
by Claire Masurel

“A wonderful story with illustrations of a small boy who now has two homes, two bedrooms, two sets of friends. It helps the younger child understand more the effects of divorce as well as reinforces the fact that both parents still love him very much.” Recommended ages: 4-8

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It’s Not Your Fault, Koko BearIt’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear
by Vicky Lansky

“Vicki Lansky provides a comforting way of going through an inevitably painful process while gently showing children that they didn’t cause the breakup. Because small children in particular often have trouble understanding new everyday arrangements, this book and doll helps children cope with and express new feelings.” Recommended ages: 4-8

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What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for KidsWhat in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for Kids
by Winchester, Beyer, Verdick

“With honesty and simplicity, the authors help kids realize that divorce isn’t their fault, strong emotions are okay, and families can survive difficult changes. Written to and for kids, this book is also recommended for parents, educators, counselors, and youth workers.” Recommended ages: 7-12

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On the Day His Daddy LeftOn the Day His Daddy Left
by Adams, Johnson

“A useful title for adults who counsel children, for teachers, and for parents who want a way to discuss divorce…” Recommended ages: 4-8

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Dinosaurs DivorceDinosaurs Divorce
by Marc Brown, Laurence Brown

“The traumatic childhood experience – when a child’s parents divorce – is depicted in the form of dinosaur characters. Chapters address the full range of feelings that a divorce produces.” “. . . this will become a real ‘security blanket’ for young readers in need.” Recommended ages: 4-8

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