School Counseling: Divorce

Last Updated: 5/29/2019 5:38 PM

Children's Books on Divorce (For preschoolers and early elementary)

*Preview all books prior to reading with your child.  Plan time to discuss the books with your child after reading.

  • My Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore (A Drawing Book) by Judith Aron Rubin, Ph. D
  • The Juggling Act -A Survival Kit from Free Spirit Publishers

    • All About Divorce, by Mary Blitzer Field, The Center for Applied Psychology, Inc.

     • Always, Always, by Crescent Dragonwagon, MacMillan. 

     • Annie Stories: A Special Kind of Storytelling, by Judith S. Wallerstein and Doris Brett.

     • Free to Be A Family: A Book About All Kinds of Belongings, by Marlo Thomas, Bantam Books.

     • Why Are We Getting a Divorce? by Peter Mayle, Crown Publishing.

     • Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore, by R. Turaw.

     • Months of Sundays, by R. Blue, Franklin Wafts, Inc.

• At Daddy’s on Saturdays by Linda Walvoord Girard

• Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce by Cornelia Spelman

•  Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce (Hardcover) by Sandra Levins

     • It's Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear, by Vicky Lansky, Book Peddlers. Published in 1998, this book with pictures is suitable for children ages 3-5 years to read together. In the book, Koko bear faces many situations connected to divorce. He learns what divorce means. He also learns about different feelings he has about divorce and about how daily events change because of divorce.

     • Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, by Laurene Krasney Brown and Marc Brown, (1986), Little Brown and Company. Suitable for school-aged children. Issues such as why parents divorce, living with one parent,having two homes, telling friends, parents' new partners, and celebrating special occasions are discussed.

     • How Do I Feel About: My Parents' Divorce, by Julia Cole (1997), Copper Beach Books. This book for older school-aged children.

Books for Parents to Help Children Through Divorce

     • Helping Children Cope with Divorce, by Edward Teyber (2001) This book was named one of the Ten Best Parenting Books of the Year by Child magazine. It includes research and clarifies some conclusions about the impact of divorce on children of different ages. There is a detailed program for parents to help their kids understand and cope, and it offers specific ideas for every family member to help get through the transition. 

     • Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child, by Isolina Ricci (1997) Originally published in 1980, this book has been revised and expanded. It is meant to help separated, divorced, and remarried parents set up good working relationships with their ex-spouse so that their children will have the benefit of two loving parents. Includes reference materials, resources, as well as emotional and legal information.

     • Co-Parenting After Divorce: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children in Two-Home Families, by Diana Shulman (1997) The author, a psychologist, has written an easy-to-read how-to guide for divorced parents with children of any age to help deal with the adjustment of co-gives constructive ways to deal with conflict.

Internet resources for Divorce

       This fact sheet by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) gives information on children and divorce.

       This site offers an excellent wealth of information on just about every aspect of the divorce process. The information is organized to be user-friendly. However, for some it maybe somewhat overwhelming. A good resource to utilize when you are looking for specific information/ additional resources on a divorce-related topic.

       Another site rich with information on divorce. Special features include divorce information by state, a research center, and a professional resource directory by state and county.

       This site gives information on legal, financial, and parenting issues. They also provide a for divorce-related topics such as custody, advocacy, single parenting, step-families, and psychological support.

       Provides lots of articles and information on a wide range of topics related to divorce. An example is the article on parenting issues for non-custodial fathers. Also supplies a professional reference index by area.

       A site that gives practical tips on many issues related to children and divorce. These include dos and don’ts for parents, helping children adjust, factors that influence the way children adjust to divorce, parenting issues, and self-help for parents.