Books on: Divorce/Separation

Books that deal with divorce and separation, either by explaining some of the common events associated with this subject, or by providing comfort to children who are finding this situation difficult.

A Day With Dad
Author: Bo Holmberg
Illustrator: Eva Eriksson
How this book may help: Shows how the love between a child and an estranged parent can remain strong regardless of how far apart they are. Reinforcing the pride a father and son can have for each other.
Tim's dad lives in another town and doesn't see him very often. When Tim comes to visit his dad for... read more

Tags: father, emotions, divorce, absence, relationships, separation, single parent

Mum and Dad Glue
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: Acknowledges the emotional challenges children may feel when parents divorce or separate. Reinforces the view that the child is not to blame and will continued to be loved as before, and sometimes it is not possible to 'fix' a problem. Explains that parents can sometimes live happily apart.
"My mum and dad are broken, I don't know what to do. My mum and dad have come undone, I need to... read more

Tags: divorce, father, mother, relationships, separation

No Matter What
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: May provide reassurance for an insecure or anxious child that their parents' love for them is unconditional and constant, despite the circumstances. It sensitively reinforces the message that love carries on, even after someone dies.
The key message behind this simple and beautiful book for small children is that the love a parent... read more

Tags: comfort, bereavement, anxiety, death, divorce, emotions, family, father, fears, loss, love, mother, sadness, separation anxiety, serious illness, terminal illness

The Great Big Book of Families
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: Highlighting the fact that families come in all shapes and sizes, this book celebrates diversity, explaining how every personal situation is different. It's a good book for debunking the traditional storybook myth that happy families usually consist of mother, father and two children. It highlights how different humans are in other ways too, from the hobbies they choose, through to the way they think and what they choose to cook and eat.
The key theme running through the book is that every family is different, and that's OK. It shows... read more

Tags: single parent, multicultural, mother, grandparent, foster, father, family, diversity, being different, adoption, wheelchair

Space Alien at Planet Dad
Author: Lucinda Gifford
Illustrator: Lucinda Gifford
How this book may help: Perfect for a child who is struggling to cope with adjusting to a new blended family environment. An entertaining and comforting book which has accurately captured the emotions of a child adapting to his father's new partner.
Jake has a blast every Saturday at 'Planet Dad'. His father's undivided attention means there's... read more

Tags: divorce, father, jealousy, marriage, separation, single parent

Two Homes
Author: Claire Masurel
Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton
How this book may help: Highlighting that parents can live apart successfully and reassuring children that this situation does not mean that they are loved any less.
Alex has two homes – one where his Daddy lives and one where his Mummy lives. The homes are very... read more

Tags: divorce, family, separation, single parent

Two of Everything
Author: Babette Cole
How this book may help: Providing a starting point to encourage children to talk about divorce and separation. Reassuring them that they are not alone in their experiences, and parents can live happily apart.
Demetrius and Paula's parents can never agree about anything. The longer they live together, the... read more

Tags: separation, moving house, mother, marriage, father, family, divorce, single parent

Molly and Her Dad
Author: Jan Ormerod
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: A touching portrayal of the bonding process between a distant father and his daughter. Although their interaction is awkward at first, love shines through and their similarities become obvious to the reader. As the book progresses, Molly adopts her father's funny expressions and behaviour.
Molly's dad lives a 'whole plane ride away' and she hasn't seen him since she was a baby. In lieu... read more

Tags: separation, father, divorce, absence, single parent

My Dads
Author: Kelly Bennett
Illustrator: Paul Meisel
How this book may help: This book gives a very positive view of living within a blended family. Both men are very proactive parents and the book shows many positive images of the time they spend with their daughter.
A young girl lovingly describes her two fathers, one who she calls Dad and one who she calls Pa.... read more

Tags: divorce, father, marriage, separation

Every Second Friday
Author: Kiri Lightfoot
Illustrator: Ben Galbraith
How this book may help: This book may reinforce the fact that a parent's love for a child is constant regardless of circumstance. A child with parents living apart may identify with the children in the story.
This book tells the story of a father who lives separately from his children. Every second Friday,... read more

Tags: divorce, family, father, separation

Dear Daddy
Author: Philippe Dupasquier
Illustrator: Philippe Dupasquier
How this book may help: Reassuring children that they are loved despite the fact that a parent sometimes needs to be absent for extended periods. Acknowledging separation anxieties and sadness children may experience when a parent is away from home.
A young girl writes to her father who is absent on board a ship on which he works. She relates... read more

Tags: absence, father, relationships, separation, separation anxiety

Was It the Chocolate Pudding - A Story for Little Kids About Divorce
Author: Sandra Levins
Illustrator: Bryan Langdo
How this book may help: This is a story about divorce. It provides information which will be useful to parents and families everywhere.
When a little boy's parents divorce, he worries that it might be because he and his brother smeared... read more

Tags: anxiety, divorce, family, separation, separation anxiety

I Don't Want To Talk About It
Author: Jeannie Franz Ransom
Illustrator: Katherine Kunz Finney
How this book may help: For children whose parents are getting divorced
A little girl's parents tell her they are getting divorced, but she doesn't want to talk about it.... read more

Tags: anxiety, divorce, family

Living with Mum and Living with Dad: My Two Homes
Author: Melanie Walsh
Illustrator: Melanie Walsh
How this book may help: A simple and comforting book about separation for very young children
The little girl in the story explains that her mum and dad don't live together any more, so... read more

Tags: absence, divorce, family, father, mother, moving house, separation, single parent

Two Nests
Author: Laurence Anholt
Illustrator: Jim Coplestone
How this book may help: How this book may help: For very young children experiencing the separation or divorce of their parents can be an extremely confusing and troubling time. This book provides an easily understood and reassuring picture of how family life can continue happily even if parents are living apart.
After a whirlwind romance two birds, Betty and Paul, find themselves raising a new chick in a small... read more

Tags: divorce, family, father, mother, moving house, separation, single parent

Little Home Bird
Author: Jo Empson
Illustrator: Jo Empson
How this book may help: Encourages a child to appreciate that moving home, even if only temporarily, can be a pleasant experience, and subtly suggests some coping strategies for being happy wherever home may be at any one time.
Little Bird loves his home. He is happy there, and has all of his favourite things around him. But... read more

Tags: family, moving house, sadness

Was it the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story for Little Kids About Divorce
Author: Sandra Levins
Illustrator: Bryan Langdo
Publisher's summary: "Divorce usually changes many things in a young child's life, including family structure, lifestyle,..." read more

Tags: divorce, emotions, family, father, mother, separation

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce
Author: Vicki Lansky
Illustrator: Jane Prince
Publisher's summary: "Children will identify with this unisex bear's angry and sad feelings and what it means to live in..." read more

Tags: divorce, relationships, separation, single parent

At Daddy's on Saturdays
Author: Linda Walvoord Girard
Illustrator: Judith Friedman
Publisher's summary: "Although her parents' divorce causes her to feel anger, concern, and sadness, Katie discovers that..." read more

Tags: divorce, father, marriage, separation

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