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Experiencing divorce, decision-making responsibility and parenting “battles” between parents can be incredibly traumatic for children, both young and older. They may often not understand the situation or blame themselves for the divorce. So, it is incredibly important that both you and your former spouse/partner let them know that this is not the case and that despite the marriage breakdown, and all the changes that will be occurring, everything will fall into place and they can continue to see the both of you and engage in meaningful relationships.

The following is a list of useful books that you may want to purchase to help your children cope with and understand divorce, decision-making responsibility and parenting.

Books for Children Ages 2 through 8

Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, written by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown

It’s Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce, written by Vicki Lansky

Two Homes, written by Claire Masurel

Was it the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story for Little Kids About Divorce, written by Sandra Levins

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Her Parents’ Divorce: How to Land on Your Feet When Your World Turns Upside Down, written by Nancy Holyoke

My Family’s Changing (A First Look At Series), written by Pat Thomas

Standing On My Own Two Feet: A Child’s Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce, written by Tamara Schmitz

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

Where am I Sleeping Tonight? (A Story of Divorce), written by Carol Gordon Ekster

When Mom and Dad Separate: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief from Divorce, written by Marge Heegard

Good Answers to Tough Questions: Divorce, written by Joy Berry

Books for Children Ages 9 through 12

What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce: A Survival Guide for Kids, written by Kent Winchester and Roberta Beyer

Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids, written by Zoe Stern and Evan Stern

Kids’ Divorce Workbook: A Practical Guide That Helps Kids Understand Divorce Happens to the Nicest Kids, written by Michael S. Prokop

Books for Children Ages 13 through 16

The Divorce Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Move Beyond the Break Up, written by Lisa M. Schab

The Divorce Helpbook for Teens (Rebuilding Books), written by Cynthia MacGregor

Surviving Divorce: Teens Talk About What Hurts and What Helps, written by Franklin Watts