The Best Children’s Books About Or Featuring Divorce

“What are the best Children’s books about Divorce?” We looked at 127 of the top Kids Books Featuring Divorce, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 18 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Children’s Divorce” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 18 Best Children’s Books About Divorce

18 .) A Smart Girl’s Guide to Her Parents’ Divorce written by Nancy Holyoke

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Her Parents’ Divorce

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Parents

Answers girls’ letters about every aspect of divorce.

17 .) At Daddy’s on Saturdays written by Linda Girard

At Daddy's on Saturdays

Lists It Appears On:

  • Little Parachutes
  • Live About

Although her parents’ divorce causes her to feel anger, concern, and sadness, Katie discovers that she can keep a loving relationship with her father even though he lives apart from her.

16 .) Emily’s Blue Period written by Cathleen Daly

Emily’s Blue Period

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • Imagination Soup

After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.

15 .) It’s Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear written by Vicki Lansky and Jane Prince

It’s Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Little Parachutes

KoKo Bear learns what divorce means, how to deal with changes, how to recognize and talk about her feelings, and that the divorce is not her fault. Each page includes tips for parents.

14 .) Standing on My Own Two Feet written by Tamara Schmitz

Standing on My Own Two Feet

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Parenting
  • Imagination Soup

Addison’s parents are divorced and he lives in one house with his mom and another with his dad, but one thing he knows above all is that both his parents love him and they always will.

13 .) The Invisible String written by Patrice Karst

The Invisible String

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • Parents

When Liza and Jeremy run to their mother during a scary storm, she comforts them by telling them about the Invisible String, which connects people who love each other no matter where they are and means that they are never alone.

12 .) The Suitcase Kid written by Jacqueline Wilson

The Suitcase Kid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Beanstalk Mums
  • Stay At Home Mommy

Andrea has trouble adjusting to her parents divorce and spending alternate weeks with each parent and their new families creates friction until Andrea settles into her new life.

11 .) Two of Everything written by Babette Cole

Two of Everything

Lists It Appears On:

  • Little Parachutes
  • Stay At Home Mommy

Demetrius and Paula Ogglebutt are two perfectly beautiful and well behaved children – which is more than can be said for their problem parents. Mr. and Mrs. Ogglebutt can’t agree on anything, and spend their days playing extremely nasty practical jokes on one another. Drastic measures are needed. So Paula and Demetrius put their heads together and come up with the perfect plan – ‘an un-wedding’!…

10 .) When My Parents Forgot How To Be Friends written by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and Marta Fabrega

When My Parents Forgot How To Be Friends

Lists It Appears On:

  • Beanstalk Mums
  • Read Brightly

A little girl explains how her parents split up, but that it was not her fault, and that they are still her parents, and they love her. Includes a note for parents.

9 .) I Don’t Want to Talk About It written by Jeanie Franz Ransom

I Don't Want to Talk About It

Lists It Appears On:

  • Little Parachutes
  • Live About
  • Parents

After reluctantly talking with her parents about their upcoming divorce, a young girl discovers that there will be some big changes but that their love for her will remain the same. Includes an afterword for parents on helping children through such a change.…

8 .) It’s Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear written by Vicki Lansky

It's Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Parenting
  • Live About
  • Parents

7 .) Living With Mom And Living With Dad written by Melanie Walsh

Living With Mom And Living With Dad

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • Imagination Soup
  • Little Parachutes

A little girl describes what her life is like now that her parents no longer live together.

6 .) Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two written by Isolina Ricci

Mom's House, Dad's House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Parenting
  • Parents
  • The New Family

The author of the classic “Mom’s House, Dad’s House,” once again breaks new ground with this inspiring, upbeat, and wise family guide for all children and young adults whether they live in one home or two.

5 .) Mum and Dad Glue written by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish

Mum and Dad Glue

Lists It Appears On:

  • Beanstalk Mums
  • Little Parachutes
  • The School Run

A child searches for glue to mend his parents’ marriage. The owner of the glue shop helps him learn that although his parents may be broken, they will always love him and that he must learn to love each of them even when they no longer live together.…

4 .) My Family’s Changing: A First Look at Family Break-Up written by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harke

My Family’s Changing: A First Look at Family Break-Up

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Parenting
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Parents
  • Read Brightly

A picture book explores the issue of divorce in reassuringly simple terms.

3 .) Was it the Chocolate Pudding? written by Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo

Was it the Chocolate Pudding?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Beanstalk Mums
  • Fatherly
  • Fatherly
  • Little Parachutes
  • Live About

A little boy learns that he did not cause his parent’s divorce because of the mess he made with chocolate pudding, and describes his new life living with his dad and seeing his mom on weekends.

2 .) Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide For Changing Families written by Laurene Brown and Marc Brown

Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide For Changing Families

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Parenting
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Fatherly
  • Live About
  • Parenting
  • Parents
  • Read Brightly
  • Stay At Home Mommy

Text and illustrations of dinosaur characters introduce aspects of divorce such as its causes and effects, living with a single parent, spending holidays in two separate households, and adjusting to a stepparent.

1 .) Two Homes written by Claire Masurel

Two Homes

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Parenting
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Beanstalk Mums
  • Fatherly
  • Imagination Soup
  • Little Parachutes
  • Parenting
  • Parents
  • Read Brightly

A young boy named Alex enjoys the homes of both of his parents who live apart but love Alex very much.

The 100+ Additional Best Kids Books Featuring Divorce

# Books Authors Lists
19 A Boy Called Bat   Imagination Soup
20 A Brand New Day A.S. Chung Goodreads
21 A Day With Dad   Little Parachutes
22 Always Be Us Three Natalie Finnigan Goodreads
23 And Tango Makes Three   Parenting
24 Bird Face Cynthia T. Toney Goodreads
25 Black Market Baby: An Adopted Woman’s Journey Renee Clarke Goodreads
26 Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson Beanstalk Mums
27 Charlie Anderson   Imagination Soup
28 Christmas Surprise Hilary Robinson The School Run
29 Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After Katherine Woodward Thomas The New Family
30 Cool!   Read Brightly
31 Daddy and I   Little Parachutes
32 Daddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore Bernice Boesehold
Stay At Home Mommy
33 Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Brené Brown The New Family
34 Dear Mr. Henshaw   Imagination Soup
35 Divorce – Remarriage and the Innocent Spouse: Counseling for Betrayed Believers (Straight Talk Bible Study, Book One) Christian Keel Goodreads
36 Divorce Demystified Henry Gornbein Goodreads
37 Divorce Is Not the End of the World   Parents
38 Divorce is the Worst   Barnes & Noble
39 Dot Randi Zuckerberg The School Run
40 Eggs over Evie   Imagination Soup
41 Emotional Recovery from Marital Separation: How You Both Move Forward Into a Better Life Richard Schwindt Goodreads
42 Every Second Friday   Little Parachutes
43 Families Apart: Ten Keys to Successful Co-Parenting Melinda Blau The New Family
44 Feelings can be friends Gail Maisel The School Run
45 For Better Or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered Mavis E Hetherington The New Family
46 Fred Stays With Me   Fatherly
47 Free Days With George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog Colin Campbell Goodreads
48 Goggle Eyes Anne Fine Beanstalk Mums
49 Hand Me Down Melanie Thorne Goodreads
50 Hey Mom and Dad, Remember Me?   All Parenting
51 Horse Dreams Mary Vivian Johnson Beanstalk Mums
52 Horton Hatches the Egg   Parenting
53 How to Get Your Children to Clean Their Rooms Using Rubric Rules: A Teacher’s Strategy Katie Ely Goodreads
54 If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? Barbara Esham The School Run
55 It’s Just Different Now Linda Espie
Stay At Home Mommy
56 It’s Not The End Of The World Judy Blume Beanstalk Mums
Keeping Your Life Together When Your Parents Pull Apart: A Teen’s Guide to Surviving Divorce
  Family Lib
58 Legends of the Lake Philip Nork Goodreads
59 Let’s Talk About It: Divorce   All Parenting
60 Life Is a Balance: It Isn’t Only About You Philip Nork Goodreads
61 Loon Summer   Live About
62 Love Is a Family   Parenting
63 Luna’s Red Hat Emmi Smid The School Run
64 Malala a Brave Girl from Pakistan / Iqbal a Brave Boy from Pakistan Jeanette Winter The School Run
65 Malala’s Magic Pencil Malala Yousafzai The School Run
66 Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce   Live About
67 Marc Brown   Barnes & Noble
68 Mend: A Story of Divorce Sophia Recca Goodreads
69 Mermaid Cerrie Burnell The School Run
70 Misguided Sensitivity Philip Nork Goodreads
71 Molly and Her Dad   Little Parachutes
72 Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big?   Parenting
73 Mummy’s Home!   Little Parachutes
74 My Daddy’s going away Christopher MacGregor The School Run
75 My Dads   Little Parachutes
My Parents Are Divorced Too: A Book for Kids by Kids
  Family Lib
77 My Super Single Mum Bronwen Fallens Beanstalk Mums
78 My Underpants Rule! Kate and Rod Power The School Run
79 No Matter What   Little Parachutes
Now What Do I Do?: A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents’ Separation or Divorce
  Family Lib
81 On Sudden Hill Linda Sarah The School Run
82 On Your Own Again: The Down-to-Earth Guide to Getting Through a Divorce or Separation and Getting on With Your Life Keith Anderson and Roy Macskimming The New Family
83 Over The Moon: An Adoption Tale   Parenting
84 Rachel’s Story   The School Run
85 Re-Singled: 12 Truths, Half-Truths and UnTruths of Divorce Lee Block The New Family
86 Really and Truly: A story about dementia Emilie Rivard The School Run
87 Reconcilable Differences: Marriages End Families Don’t Cate Cochran The New Family
88 Rope Burn   Live About
89 Sacred Cows: The Truth About Divorce and Marriage Danielle Teller Goodreads
90 Sensitivity 101…The Search for Acceptance Philip Nork Goodreads
91 Silly Billy Anthony Browne The School Run
92 Space Alien at Planet Dad   Little Parachutes
93 Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert The New Family
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
95 The Apple Tree Wish — Made by a Fatherless Girl Maria Martinez Goodreads
96 The Arrival Shaun Tan The School Run
97 The Caged Butterfly Marian L. Thomas Goodreads
98 The Case of the Scary Divorce Carl Pickhardt Beanstalk Mums
99 The Coat I Wear Mel Maxwell The School Run
100 The Copper Tree Hilary Robinson The School Run
101 The D-Word: Divorce Through a Child’s Eyes Tara Eisenhard Goodreads
102 The Days of Summer   Live About
103 The Divorce Express   Live About
104 The Divorce Helpbook for Teens   Family Lib
The Divorce Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Move Beyond the Break Up
  Family Lib
106 The Election Eleanor Levenson The School Run
107 The Great Big Book of Families   Little Parachutes
108 The High Road Has Less Traffic: Honest Advice on the Path Through Love and Divorce Monique A. Honaman The New Family
109 The Huge Bag of Worries   Read Brightly
110 The Secret of the Great Red Spot (The Jupiter Chronicles #1) Leonardo Ramirez Goodreads
111 Two Birthday Cakes Danielle Jaku-Greenfield Beanstalk Mums
112 Two Nests   Little Parachutes
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children
114 Wedgie & Gizmo   Imagination Soup
115 Weekends with Max and His Dad   Imagination Soup
What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce
What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for Kids
  Read Brightly
118 What the Heart Feels…Poetry from a teenager of the 1970’s Philip Nork Goodreads
119 What’s Up with James? Medikidz Explain Depression Dr Kim Chilman-Blair and Shawn Deloache The School Run
120 What’s worrying you?   Little Parachutes
121 When Your Parents Divorce: A Kid-To-Kid Guide to Dealing with Divorce Kimberly King Goodreads
122 Where am I Sleeping Tonight? Carol Gordon Ekster Goodreads
123 Who’s in a Family?   Parenting
Why Don’t I Have A Daddy?: A Story of Donor Conception
125 You Can Heal Your Life Louise L. Hay The New Family
126 You Make Your Parents Super Happy   Little Parachutes
127 You’re Never Alone…A Child of Divorce Searches for Happiness Philip Nork Goodreads

15 Best Kids Books For Children Of Divorce Sources/Lists

Source Article
All Parenting 8 Children’s books about divorce
Barnes & Noble The Best Picture Books that Deal with Divorce
Beanstalk Mums 12 Childrens books to help kids cope with separation and divorce
Family Lib Top 5 Books About Divorce For Teens | FamilyLLB
Fatherly The Best Kids Books About Divorce
Goodreads Best Books about Divorce and Children
Imagination Soup Recommended Books for Kids About Families with Divorced Parents
Little Parachutes Little Parachutes • children’s picture books about Divorce / Separation
Live About Kids’ Divorce Books – Top Picture and Chapter Books
Parenting 11 Books About Modern Families: Explaining Divorce, Adoption
Parents Books That Help Explain Divorce to Kids
Read Brightly 7 of the Best Children’s Books About Divorce or Separation
Stay At Home Mommy 10 Books About Divorce For Children
The New Family Best Books to Read When You’re Going Through Separation or Divorce
The School Run Kids’ books about difficult subjects

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