12 Helpful Books for Kids About Divorce Recommended by Parents and Therapists
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When parents are going through a divorce, there are so many difficult emotions to process. One of the most challenging and distressing parts is not only having the conversation with your children about your decision, but helping them to navigate their own turmoil of emotions.
Many divorce experts agree that it's essential to have a plan for talking with your children, while knowing that every emotion is normal. If you are needing help to prepare your children for the inevitable, or if they have a difficult time processing big emotions, I've put together a list of 12 books for kids about divorce. These books are geared for children ages three through the tween years and offer insightful advice, stories, and activities.
Our Top Picks:
Two Homes by Claire Masurel
I Don't Want to Talk About It by Jeanie Franz Ransom
Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids by Zoe and Evan Stern
My Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore: A Drawing Book for Children by Dr. Judith A Rubin
Getting Through My Parents' Divorce by Amy J. L. Baker, PhD and Katherine C. Andre, PhD
What to Consider When Looking for Books on Divorce for Kids
Things to consider when you're looking for books on divorce for kids are to make sure they are:
Try to find books that have some divorce terminology as well as real-life experiences from other kids. For younger children, ask the child questions about the book that he can relate to, and for older kids, you can even look for books that are about other stressful situations besides divorce.
The books in this list are recommended by parents, teachers, and therapists as inspiration to help guide the conversation and process feelings associated with separation and divorce.
Books by Age to Help Kids Understand Divorce
Ages 3 and Up
Ages 5 and Up
Ages 9 and Up
Ages 12 and Up