Divorce makes it more difficult to be a parent. While we’re dealing with our own feelings, we also have a responsibility to make sure our kids receive the information they need. It’s a good thing there’s such a wide selection of books for kids on divorce and separation.
Every single parent should not underestimate the impact of children’s books, whether they are picture books, chapter books, or a combination of both.
There are some true game-changers all around you.
It is not uncommon for these books to be published by child psychologists or based on extensive study. Messages of wisdom, understanding, and coping techniques can be found in the words or illustrations of the book. There is no ambiguity or ambiguity about what they are saying.
A divorce book can help your youngster feel less isolated since they can relate to imaginary characters who have gone through the same thing.
SEPARATION & DIVORCE BOOKS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
Living with Mum and Living with Dad: My Two Homes (Age 5+) By Melanie Walsh
This is the pinnacle of the “feel-good” genre. A young girl who lives in two homes with two sets of everything, from toys to bedrooms, is the subject of this short story. She enjoys herself regardless of whether she’s with her father or mother. Children of divorced parents can benefit from reading this book, which reassures them that their situation is normal and can even be better than that of a two-parent household.
Mum and Dad Glue (Age 3-5) By Kes Gray and Lee Wildish
This novel, written by an award-winning author, is sure to enthrall and soothe small children. A heartwarming story about a young boy’s quest to locate some glue to reunite his parents and put a smile back on their faces. In the rhyming phrase, the idea that parental love is as strong as ever is conveyed to youngsters.
The List of Things That Will Not Change (Age 8-12) By Rebecca Stead
After her parents’ divorce, Bea has to deal with a lot of changes, such as living in two separate residences and her father announcing that he is getting married. A list of things that will never change, such as her parents’ love for each other, helps her cope with the difficulties she encounters on a daily basis. The persistence of love in the midst of change and growth is the subject of this uplifting and enlightening book.
Two Homes (Age 3-5) By Claire Masurel
The story of Alex, a little kid who must learn to live in two places at once, is told in a hopeful and upbeat manner in this book. It illustrates how, despite his changing circumstances, he will always be loved no matter what. What could have been a serious subject is made light of in a matter-of-fact manner by the author. Instead of focusing on what’s lost when parents split up, this book emphasizes what’s gained.
DIVORCE BOOKS TO HELP YOUR KIDS COPE (CONT.)
Two Birthday Cakes (Age 4-8) By Danielle Jaku-Greenfield
This book is written in a friendly, down-to-earth style for children who are just beginning to understand the concept of shared parenting. The plot revolves around the lives of two siblings and explores a variety of family dynamics in a clear and realistic manner. It takes into account the practicality having two homes, as well as the negative feelings that come with it. Children can even color in the pages thanks to the book’s eye-catching artwork.
It’s Not The End Of The World (Age 8-13) By Judy Blume
Karen, an 11-year-old girl, must deal with the emotional fallout of her parents’ divorce in this heartbreaking tale. Desperation for them to stay together is shown, as is the realization that this will not be the case, as well as her eventual acceptance of the fact of their split up. When you’re in a bad circumstance, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone and that there are people out there that care about you.
The Case of the Scary Divorce (Age 9-12) By Carl Pickhardt
This tale, about a ten-year-old child and an investigator named Professor Skye, takes an odd but refreshing approach to divorce difficulties. To do this, they’ll have to work together to solve eight cases relating to his parents’ divorce. For boys who aren’t used to paying attention to their emotions, this sort of discussion is very beneficial.
OUR FINAL SELECTION OF DIVORCE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN (CONT.)
Horse Dreams (Age 9-14) By Mary Vivian Johnson
It is a heartfelt narrative about a little girl’s struggle to deal with her parents’ separation, divorce, and second marriage. In addition to school-related concerns, this book addresses common preteen/teen anxieties and obstacles. Emotional, hopeful, and forgiving, this book is a must-read. The book is filled with thought-provoking questions that force the reader to reflect on his or her own life.
Candyfloss (Age 9 to 14) By Jacqueline Wilson
Floss, 12, must deal with her parents’ divorce and the relocation of her mother and her new family to the other side of the world in this heartwarming narrative. This book explores the emotions that come along with making difficult decisions. With the love and support of parents and close friends, even the most difficult decisions can be made and overcome in this heartwarming tale of friendship and family.
The Suitcase Kid (Ages 9-14) Jacqueline Wilson
With a focus on a little girl who feels she doesn’t belong in either of her two stepfamilies, this is a heartwarming and realistic book. The chapters are organized alphabetically, which makes for an unique but engaging structure. It’s a heartwarming story that deals with difficult topics that some children can identify with, but it also has a beautiful ending that will bring a smile to your face.
Goggle Eyes (Ages 12-16) By Anne Fine
Kitty, a 12-year-old schoolgirl, is dealing with her mother’s new boyfriend’s post-divorce anguish in this book, which effectively balances comedy with charm. As a result, she confides in a friend who was raised in the same shattered home as her, but with a different set of circumstances and viewpoints. It’s a story that’s both heartfelt and lighthearted, making it a must-read for pre-teen readers.