Books to Read with Your Child About Separation and Divorce

Books to Read with Your Child About Separation and Divorce

August 31, 2020

Books can help children identify and deal with the loss, anger, fear, and uncertainty that they may be experiencing and can help them understand the situation on their own level. Books can also help parents speak the words and emotions that they may have a hard time expressing clearly. The following list of books are specifically for children coping with the effects of separation and divorce.

Children Under Age 5

  • My Family's Changing by Pat Thomas (link)
  • Two Homes by Claire Masurel (link)
  • Dinosaur's Divorce by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (link)
  • It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear by Vicki Lansky (link)
  • Was It the Chocolate Pudding? by Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo (link)
  • Mom and Dad Break Up by Joan Singleton Pristine


Children Ages 5-10

  • Let's Talk About it: Divorce by Fred Rogers (link)
  • I Don't Want to Talk About It by Jeanie Franz Ranson (link)
  • At Daddy’s on Saturdays by Linda Walvoord Girard (link)
  • It's Not The End of the World by Judy Blume (link)
  • The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce by Richard Gardner (link)
  • When Mom and Dad Separate by Marge Deegaard (link)All About Divorce by Mary Blitzer Field


Children Ages 10 – 14

  • How it Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz (link)
  • My Parents Are Divorced, Too by Melanie, Annie and Steven Ford (link)
  • The Divorce Express by Paula Danziger (link)



  • Everything You Need to Know About Your Parents’ Divorce by Linda Carlson Johnson (link)
  • Why Me? A Teen Guide to Divorce and Your Feelings by Rachel Aydt (link)
  • No Easy Answers: A Teen Guide to Why Divorce Happens by Florence Calhoun (link)
  • How to Get It Together When Your Parents Are Coming Apart by Irene Willis and Arlene Richards (link)
  • When Parents Split Up . . . How to Keep Yourself Together by Alys Swan-Jackson


Check online to read a brief description of the topics each book covers to help determine which may be the most appropriate for your child. Don’t forget to utilize your local library to borrow one or more of these titles as needed.

Please note: This is general knowledge and is not tax/ legal/ or financial advice. Work with your professional team to find out what is best for you.