Books About Divorce

Stories and informational books to help children understand divorce.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
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.

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.

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.

Divorce is the Worst

Anastasia Higginbotham
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.89 Hig)
Ordinary Terrible Things

"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 conveys the challenge of staying whole when your entire world, and the people in it, split apart.

Do You Sing Twinkle? : A Story About Remarriage and New Family

Sandra Levins
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Lev)

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

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.

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.

Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

Karen Stanton
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sta)

Although Henry enjoys the time he spends at his mother's apartment and his father's house, his dog Pomegranate gets confused about which place is home.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Picture Books

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.

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.

Priscilla Twice

Judith Caseley
(Juvenile Picture Books -- Ej Ca)

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