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Reading Helps: Divorce for Kids

By Anna B.
January 10, 2022

Navigating a divorce while parenting can be a complex, fraught challenge. While no book is a substitute for conversations and listening to your child, these titles seek to provide some support for both parent and child for understanding a new family structure.

If you have a recent title to recommend for this list, we’d love to hear from you.

Books About Parenting Amid Divorce

There is a really great collection of titles about parenting when divorced. Click on the above link to see the results.

Divorce Is the Worst / written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham

The book offers advice, sympathy, and wit to match without being pandering or authoritative. While admitting that divorces are painful, it above all empowers its young reader to cope with and even make the best of a difficult situation.

Mila Has Two Beds / written by Judith Koppens

A warm and simple story about a girl whose parents are divorced. For toddlers ages 30 months and up, with a focus on the child’s daily life.

Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend / written by Karen Stanton.

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.

Chapter Books

The Great Treehouse War / written by Lisa Graff

Fifth-grader Winnie, with notes from her friends, writes of turning her treehouse into an embassy after her newly-divorced parents become unreasonable, where she is joined by nine others with complaints.

Road Trip With Max and His Mom / written by Linda Urban ; illustrated by Katie Kath

Max and his mom embark on a road trip as they adjust to their new understanding of family

Weekends With Max and His Dad / written by Linda Urban ; illustrated by Katie Kath

Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent changes in their family

Wedgie & Gizmo / written by Suzanne Selfors ; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger.

While his human Elliot adjusts to his new home and stepfamily, Gizmo, an evil genius guinea pig, searches for a new evil lair where he can plot to take over the world.