Dealing with Divorce

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All fiction is arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.

PICTURE BOOKS ABOUT DIVORCE 

My Parents Are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames, and Other Facts About Me 
by Bill Cochran
While describing his not-so-weird life with his divorced parents, a young boy also describes some other things about himself that could be considered weird.

Two Old Potatoes and Me
by John Coy
When her father suggests that they plant the old potatoes instead of throwing them away, a young girl is excited about the idea and gets involved in the process of watching them grow throughout the summer; coming to the realization that good things can come out of what appears to be bad, in a story that is a metaphor for divorce.

Emily’s Blue Period
by Cathleen Daly
After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.

I Have Two Homes 
by Marian De Smet
Nina recounts her feelings about her parents' divorce and describes what it is like to live in two households, in an honest account of divorce from a child's point of view that will reassure readers who are experiencing a similar family change.

Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend
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.

IN-BETWEEN BOOKS 

You Can’t Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown
by Paula Danziger
Amber's summer plans to visit her father in Paris are thwarted by an outbreak of the chicken pox, and Amber worries that her trip--and her plot to get her parents back together--is spoiled for good.

Amelia’s Family Ties
by Marissa Moss
After not seeing her father since she was a baby and her parents divorced, Amelia travels to Chicago to visit him, his new wife, and their baby, which challenges Amelia to learn what it's like to be a big sister and adjust to a blended family.

Weekends with Max and His Dad
by Linda Urban
Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent changes in their family.

CHAPTER BOOKS

Stand Tall
by Joan Bauer
His parents' divorce, his grandfather's amputation, and a recent relationship with a new girl at school is just about enough for Tree, a six-foot tall 7th grader, to handle, but when a flood threatens his home, Tree is forced to find his hidden strength to see himself through it.

It’s Not the End of the World
by Judy Blume
A young girl tries to restore order to her family life by preventing her parents from going through with their divorce. 

Amber Brown Goes Fourth
by Paula Danziger
Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her parents’ divorce.

Amber Brown Is Feeling Blue
by Paula Danziger
Nine-year-old Amber Brown faces further complications because of her parents' divorce when her father plans to move back from Paris and she must decide which parent she will be with on Thanksgiving.

Amber Brown Sees Red
by Paula Danziger
Amber Brown faces a new set of challenges as she endures a growth spurt, her mother's engagement to Max, her Dad's return from Paris, her school's infiltration by skunks, and the worst haircut in the world.

Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit
by Paula Danziger
Rebelling against the changes in her mother, who is seeing a new boyfriend named Max, Amber Brown neglects her homework and her room while conspiring to get her parents back together again, a situation that is complicated when she comes to like Max. 

I, Amber Brown
by Paula Danziger
Because her divorced parents share joint custody of her, nine-year-old Amber suffers from lack of self-esteem and feels that she is a piece of jointly-owned property. 

The Great Treehouse War
by Lisa Graff
A difficult custody arrangement in the aftermath of a divorce compels Winnie to barricade herself in a treehouse, where she is joined by friends who have grievances of their own. 

Happy New Year, Julie
by Megan McDonald
The first Christmas since Julie's parents' divorce is difficult for the whole family, but Julie finds comfort sharing the Chinese New Year traditions of her best friend, Ivy Ling, and thinking about new beginnings.

Meet Julie
by Megan McDonald
In 1974, after Julie's parents’ divorce, she moves to a new San Francisco neighborhood where the school does not have a girls' basketball team, so she fights for the right to play on the boys' team.

Amelia’s Family Ties
by Marissa Moss
After not seeing her father since she was a baby and her parents divorced, Amelia travels to Chicago to visit him, his new wife, and their baby, which challenges Amelia to learn what it's like to be a big sister and adjust to a blended family.

Wishworks, Inc.
by Stephanie Tolan
Creating an imaginary best friend, a dog named King, in order to deal with his parents' divorce and move to a new town, Max is excited when he comes upon a store that guarantees granted wishes and makes a wish he is certain will bring him the happiness he seeks.

Excellent Emma
by Sally Warner
When the third-graders compete in the first annual winter games, Emma feels that she must win in order to prove to her father, who is divorced from her mother and lives in England with his new wife, that she is good at something.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families              J306.89
by Laurene Krasny Brown
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.

Was It the Chocolate Pudding?                     J306.89
by Sandra Levins
Readers learn about divorce and receive age-appropriate explanations of what is happening regarding such issues as single-parent homes and joint custody as well as how divorce is a grown-up problem, not the child's fault.

Why Do Families Change?                 J306.89 ROBERTS
by Jillian Roberts
Describes what happens when parents choose to separate and divorce, and addresses children's concerns about the changes that happen in their family structure as a result of this situation.

JUVENILE SPANISH

Como Siempre
by Anne Perry
A child explains how some things changed and some stayed the same after her parents' divorce.

These titles can be found in the Adult Non-Fiction section.

PARENT RESOURCES 

How to Help Your Child Overcome Your Divorce                306.874
by Elissa P. Benedek
The book provides the latest information on helping divorced parents raise their children to be happy, well-adjusted individuals. Written by one of the most respected experts in child and forensic psychiatry, the book offers parents practical, direct advice, with numerous case examples to illustrate specifics.

The Everything Parents Guide to Children and Divorce: Reassuring Advice to Help Your Family Adjust                         306.874
by Carl Pickhardt
A unique guide helps parents understand the significance of divorce to children and how it influences family relationships and affects children’s' behavior, including advice on how to communicate before, during, and after the divorce, provide emotional support, establish a single-parent household, recognize sorrow, depression, and anxiety, and much more. 

Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex                        306.89 B167
by Amy J. L. Baker
Offers a positive parenting approach to those involved in a messy and hostile divorce, describing techniques to avoid parental alienation and to foster open and honest communication with children.

The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with Emotions so you and Your Children Can Thrive        306.89
by Robert E. Emery
Presents compassionate guidelines for divorcing parents on how to manage a divorce and its aftermath while promoting child resiliency and well-being, discussing such topics as the benefits of constructive fighting, handling the legal side of a divorce appropriately, and therapeutic parenting. 

Always a Great Dad           306.89208
by Paul Mandelstein
The guide for fathers who want to remain an integral part of their children's lives during and after divorce.  

The High-Conflict Custody Battle: Protect Yourself & Your Kids from a Toxic Divorce, False Accusations & Parental Alienation                           346.73017 B67
by Amy Baker
Presents a practical guidebook for parents engaged in a high-conflict custody battle that will help navigate this difficult process and provide the skills necessary for maintaining a healthy relationship with their children.

Building a Parenting Agreement That Works           346.73017 B932 2014
Counsels separating or divorcing parents on how to overcome obstacles and create win-win custody agreements, drawing on the expertise of a professional mediator to cover topics ranging from health care and education to religious training and financial needs.

The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid          649.1
Edited by Gerald P. Koocher
Compiled by two seasoned clinical psychologists, The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid brings together articles by recognized experts who provide you with the information you need to help your child navigate the many trying problems that typically afflict young people, including divorce, blended families, etc.

The Co-Parents Handbook:  Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults              649.10243 B716
When it comes to a child's sense of family, what divorce breaks apart, solid co-parenting rebuilds. With a tested "here's how" approach, The Co-Parents' Handbook helps parents confidently take on the challenges of raising children in two homes.