Divorce can be tough on a family and can be particularly difficult for the children involved. Sometimes kids don’t know how to communicate their feelings, and parents may struggle to support them while going through a difficult time themselves. Luckily there are a lot of resources out there to help families navigate the divorce process.
Although the Center for Out of Court Divorce recommends seeking the support of a third-party expert to help your family through this difficult time, we’ve included some of our top recommendations for children’s books about divorce here to help you get started. When you’re ready, we’re here to help too.
Younger children (ages 2-5 years old)
Two Homes uses a positive tone to explain how one home and one family evolves into two during the course of a divorce. It helps children – and parents – embrace even the most difficult changes with an open and optimistic heart.
Written from the perspective of a young girl named Emily, this book explains how divorce might change your family, but love will carry the family through the transition. In the book, Emily starts out scared about the divorce. But through the help of her parents, Emily discovers that it’s okay, and even fun to have two homes. And that no matter what her family is still a family.
School-aged children (ages 5-10 years old)
Using dinosaurs to tell the story of divorce, this book helps explain the complications that result from a divorce. This book defines terms associated with divorce and explains why parents divorce. It also walks through what happens after the divorce including living in two homes, how to adjust to a growing family including stepparents and stepsiblings, and celebrating holidays and special occasions.
Written by the author of Mom’s House Dad’s House: Making Two Houses for your Child, this book is written to help children with the stresses of divorce. It helps explain to children that while they can’t get their parents back together, they can help themselves get stronger and go on to succeed in life. This book shows them how with practical tips, frank answers, easy-to-use lists, reproducible worksheets and things to try when words just won’t come out right.
Pre-teens-teenagers (ages 11-17 years old)
Written by two psychologists and experts in parent alienation, this engaging workbook is designed especially for children. It includes tips and exercises to help them deal with the negative impact of custody disputes. It helps them understand and identify their feelings and teaches them coping skills to help them deal with stress and other complex emotions.
This workbook helps teens confront and understand their feelings and fears. Written in a relatable and empathetic tone this book helps teens confront and define their losses. It guides them through their grief and other difficulties that can result from separation or divorce. Each chapter includes exercises and activities that can be done alone or with friends.