Books about Divorce
Divorce is not an easy thing for anyone involved and is, unfortunately, something my own family is dealing with right now. As we wade our way through this process, I have been on the look out for good, quality literature to read with my boys about what is happening to our family. These are the best books I have found so far. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, please share this list with them in hopes that these books might help make the road they are towing a bit smoother.
“My mom and dad are broken.
I don’t know what to do.
My mom and dad have come undone,
I need to find some glue.
I need a pot of parent glue
To stick them back together.
I need to patch their marriage up,
I need to make them better.”
This is by far our “favorite” book about separation and divorce. In this book, a child goes to a glue store in search of a glue to fix his parents’ marriage. He finds every kind of glue possible, except the kind he was looking for. Finally, the kind storekeeper takes the child aside and gently explains that there is no such glue and no matter what happens it is not his fault and his parents will always love him.
My boys love this book because of the colorful pictures, rhyming text and positive message. This is a frequent request at bedtime these days.
“People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.”
Although not a book specifically about divorce, this is a book about separation and worries that go along with it. Everybody has an invisible string of love that binds them to the ones they love, explains Liza and Jeremy’s mother. This string reaches “from heart to heart” no matter how far apart they are.
This book tells of a child who has two homes- one with mommy and one with daddy. And, despite the fact that the homes are separate, he has the same things at both homes- two places to hang his coat, two toothbrushes and two favorite chairs for story time. But most importantly, he has two parents who love him where ever he is.
One morning big brother brings his hungry, little brother some chocolate pudding in his crib. He forgot a spoon, the lid was awful hard to take off and the pudding went everywhere. When his father came into the room, he laughed with the boys, but when his mom came in, an argument ensued between the two parents. Shortly after, mom moved out and the older brother blamed himself for the separation. This book deals with what most children feel when part of a divorce- that they are somehow to blame. This books helps children understand that they are not to blame and that divorce is “a grown-up problem.”
Addison is a regular kid whose parents are going through a divorce, but he knows that no matter what happens, his parents will always love him.
“My mom and dad don’t live together anymore. So sometimes I live here, with my mom and my cat in our house with the pink door. And sometimes I live with my dad in our apartment at the top of the building.”
A lift-the-flap story about a child whose parents are divorced. This little girl splits her days between her mom’s home and his dad’s home. Despite going back and forth between both homes, in both places she has a bedroom, toys and a nightlight. And in both homes she has special adventures and people who love her very, very much.
“My name is Henry Cooper and I love in two houses. So does my dog, Pomegranate.”
Henry lives has two different homes, two sets of experiences and lots of people that love him. His dog, Pomegranate, however, is having trouble with the new arrangement and runs back to the home where they all used to live together. So Henry, has to find Pomegranate and reassure him that everything will be all right.
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