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Authors: Nithyakala Karuppaswamy with Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE

Children's Books on Divorce (For preschoolers and early elementary)

     All About Divorce, by Mary Blitzer Field, The Center for Applied Psychology, Inc.

     • Always, Always, by Crescent Dragonwagon, MacMillan.

     • Annie Stories: A Special Kind of Storytelling, by Judith S. Wallerstein and Doris Brett.

     • Free to Be A Family: A Book About All Kinds of Belongings, by Marlo Thomas, Bantam Books.

     • Why Are We Getting a Divorce? by Peter Mayle, Crown Publishing.

     • Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore, by R. Turaw.

     • Months of Sundays, by R. Blue, Franklin Wafts, Inc.

     • It's Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear, by Vicky Lansky, Book Peddlers. Published in 1998, this book with pictures is
       suitable for children ages 3-5 years to read together. In the book, Koko bear faces many situations connected to
       divorce. He learns what divorce means. He also learns about different feelings he has about divorce and about how daily
       events change because of divorce.

     • Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, by Laurene Krasney Brown and Marc Brown, (1986), Little
       Brown and Company. Suitable for school-aged children. Issues such as why parents divorce, living with one parent,
       having two homes, telling friends, parents' new partners, and celebrating special occasions are discussed.

     • How Do I Feel About: My Parents' Divorce, by Julia Cole (1997), Copper Beach Books. This book for older school-
       aged children.

Books for Parents to Help Children Through Divorce

     Helping Children Cope with Divorce, by Edward Teyber (2001) This book was named one of the Ten Best Parenting
       Books of the Year by Child magazine. It includes research and clarifies some conclusions about the impact of divorce
       on children of different ages. There is a detailed program for parents to help their kids understand and cope, and it offers
       specific ideas for every family member to help get through the transition.

     • Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child, by Isolina Ricci (1997) Originally published in
       1980, this book has been revised and expanded. It is meant to help separated, divorced, and remarried parents set up
       good working relationships with their ex-spouse so that their children will have the benefit of two loving parents. Includes
       reference materials, resources, as well as emotional and legal information.

     • Co-Parenting After Divorce: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children in Two-Home Families, by Diana Shulman
        (1997) The author, a psychologist, has written an easy-to-read how-to guide for divorced parents with children of any
        age to help deal with the adjustment of co-parenting after divorce. Deals with most problems that parents may face and
        gives constructive ways to deal with conflict.

Internet resources

       This fact sheet by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) gives information on children
       and divorce.

       This site offers an excellent wealth of information on just about every aspect of the divorce process. The information is
       organized to be user-friendly. However, for some it maybe somewhat overwhelming. A good resource to utilize when you
       are looking for specific information/ additional resources on a divorce-related topic.

       Another site rich with information on divorce. Special features include divorce information by state, a research center,
       and a professional resource directory by state and county.

       This site gives information on legal, financial, and parenting issues. They also provide a comprehensive list of resources
       for divorce-related topics such as custody, advocacy, single parenting, step-families, and psychological support.

       A site that gives practical tips on many issues related to children and divorce. These include dos and don’ts for parents,
       helping children adjust, factors that influence the way children adjust to divorce, parenting issues, and self-help for

   Children and divorce: Internet resources for parents

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