Staff Picks

Books About Divorce

Stories and informational books to help children understand divorce.

Children's Services Staff

Picture Books

A New Room for William     A New Room for William    
Sally Grindley
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Gr)

When William and his mother move, he is unhappy about having a new room, but he changes his mind after he gets dinosaur wallpaper and makes a new friend.

At Daddy's on Saturdays     At Daddy's on Saturdays    
Linda Walvoord Girard
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Gi)

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.

Caillou. A New Family     Caillou. A New Family     (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Cai)

When Caillou asks his cousins why their mother does not live with their father, he learns about divorce, what it is like to have two homes, and the feelings that his cousins experience.

Do You Sing Twinkle? : A Story About Remarriage and New Family     Do You Sing Twinkle? : A Story About Remarriage and New Family    
Sandra Levins
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Lev)

A boy's parents help him adjust to his new stepfamily when his mother remarries after a divorce. Includes note to parents.

Living with Mom and Living with Dad     Living with Mom and Living with Dad    
Melanie Walsh
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Wal)

A little girl describes what her life is like now that her parents no longer live together.

My Mother's House, My Father's House     My Mother's House, My Father's House    
C. B. Christiansen
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- EJ Ch)

A child describes having two different houses in which to live, "my mother's house" and "my father's house," and what it is like to travel back and forth between them.

Oliver at the Window     Oliver at the Window    
Elizabeth Shreeve
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Shr)

When Oliver's parents move into separate houses, he spends a lot of time looking out of windows with his pet lion as he adjusts to a new preschool and to living in two places.

Priscilla Twice     Priscilla Twice    
Judith Caseley
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Ca)

When Priscilla's parents divorce, she learns that there are different kinds of families.

Robert Lives With His Grandparents     Robert Lives With His Grandparents    
Martha Whitmore Hickman
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Hi)

Robert is embarrassed to admit to his classmates that he has lived with his grandparents ever since his parents' divorce.

Standing on My Own Two Feet;  A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce     Standing on My Own Two Feet; A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce    
Tamara Schmitz
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Sch)

Addison's parents are divorced and he lives in one house with his mom and another with his dad, but one thing he knows above all is that both his parents love him and they always will.

The Best of Both Nests     The Best of Both Nests    
Jane Clarke
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Cl)

Stanley the stork is upset when his parents divorce and his father goes to live in a separate nest.

Two Homes     Two Homes    
Claire Masurel
    (Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Mas)

A young boy named Alex enjoys the homes of both of his parents who live apart but love Alex very much.

Nonfiction

Dinosaurs Divorce     Dinosaurs Divorce    
Laurene Krasny Brown
    (Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 306.89 Br)

Text and illustrations of dinosaur characters introduce aspects of divorce such as its causes and effects, living with a single parent, spending holidays in two separate households, and adjusting to a stepparent.

I Don't Want To Talk About It     I Don't Want To Talk About It    
Jeanie Franz Ransom
    (Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 306.89 Ra)

After reluctantly talking with her parents about their upcoming divorce, a young girl discovers that there will be some big changes but that their love for her will remain the same. Includes an afterword for parents on helping children through such a change.

My Parents' Divorce     My Parents' Divorce    
Julia Cole
    (Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 306.89 Co)

Discusses why divorce happens, how to cope with it, and how to deal with difficult feelings as well as friends whose parents are divorced.

On the Day His Daddy Left     On the Day His Daddy Left    
Eric J. Adams and Kathleen Adams
    (Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 306.89 Ad)

On the day his father moves out of the house, Danny's teacher, friends, and family reassure him that his parents' divorce is not his fault.

What Can I Do? : A Book for Children of Divorce     What Can I Do? : A Book for Children of Divorce    
Danielle Lowry
    (Juvenile Nonfiction -- J 306.89 Lo)

A young girl tries everything she can think of to keep her parents from getting a divorce, but with the help of her school counselor, she comes to realize that the divorce is not her fault.