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Books about Divorce & Stepfamilies for Adults & Kids

Here is a list of books for children and adults about divorce and stepfamily issues. The books for children are divided by age group. For more information about using books with children to help them explore their experiences see this article on helping children using books.


Books for Preschool Aged Children (under age 6)

Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, Vol. 1 (1998)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Authors: Laurene Brown & Lawson Brown
ISBN: 0316109967

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children during Divorce (1998)
Publisher: Book Peddlers
Author: Vicki Lansky
ISBN: 0916773477

I Don't Want to Talk about It: A Story about Divorce for Young Children (2000)
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Author: Jeanie Ransom
ISBN: 1557987033

Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce (2001)
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Author: Cornelia Maude Spelman
ISBN: 0807552224

Do I Have a Daddy (2000)
Publisher: Morning Glory Press
Authors: Jeanne Warren Lindsay, Jamie Moffatt (illustrator)
ISBN: 1885356633



Books for Elementary School Aged Children (6-12 years)

Two Homes (2001)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Author: Claire Masurel
ISBN: 0763605115

My Family's Changing: A First Look at Family Break Up (1999)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Author: Pat Thomas
ISBN: 0764109952

Divorce (1998)
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group, The
Author: Fred Rogers
ISBN: 0698116704

Help!: A Girl's Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies (1999)
Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications
Author: Nancy Holyoke
ISBN: 1562477498



Books for Adolescents and Teens

No Easy Answers: A Teen Guide to Why Divorce Happens (2000)
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
Author: Florence Calhoun
ISBN: 0823931536


Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe's and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids (1997)

Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Authors: Ellen Sue Stern, Zoe Stern, & Evan Stern
ISBN: 1883672449

Money Matters: A Teen Guide to the Economics of Divorce (2000)
Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.
Author: Carlienne Frisch
ISBN: 082393151X

How to Survive your Parents’ Divorce (1994)
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Authors: Nancy O’Keefe Bolick
ISBN: 0531110540



Books for Stepfamilies

Stepliving for Teens: Getting Along with Stepparents and Siblings (2001)
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan
Author: Joel D. Block, Jennifer Frantz (Editor), Susan S. Bartell
ISBN: 0843175680


7 Steps to Bonding with Your Stepchild (2001)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Author: Suzen J. Ziegahn
ISBN: 0312253656


Keys to Successful Stepfathering (1997)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Author: Carl E. Pickhardt
ISBN: 0812097157

Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade

Publisher: Broadway Books
Authors: James H. Bray and John Kelly
ISBN: 0767901037


Self-Help Books for Adults who are Divorcing


New Creative Divorce: How to Create a Happier, More Rewarding Life During & after Your Divorce (1999)
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Authors: Krantzler, Mel , Krantzler, Pat
ISBN: 1580621740

An informative and positive book written by a therapist. It helps divorcing individuals begin to deal with the crisis of their divorce.

Getting Divorced without Ruining Your Life (2001)
Publisher: Fireside
Author: Sam Margulies
ISBN: 074320641X

The author offers a reasoned, practical guide to the legal, emotional, and financial issues involved in negotiating a divorce settlement.

Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life (1992)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Author: Abigail Trafford
ISBN: 0060923091

The author takes the reader through the stages of crisis, confusion, and, finally, mending that will begin to help divorcing individuals understand their own behaviors and thoughts.

Making Divorce Easier on Your Child: 50 Effective Ways to Help Children Adjust (2002)
Publisher: Contemporary Books
Authors: Nicholas Long, Rex L. Forehand
ISBN: 0809294192

The authors present suggestions for handling common problems that divorced parents face. This book is written in clear, easy-to-understand language and the information is organized into 50 brief chapters covering everything from telling the children about the divorce to forming new relationships and stepfamilies.

Mom’s House, Dad’s House (1997)
Publisher: Fireside Books
Author: Isolina Ricci
ISBN: 0684830787

This book addresses the legal, financial and emotional realities of creating two happy and stable homes for children who have experienced the divorce of their parents. Guides separated, divorced, and remarried parents through the challenges of setting up a strong, working relationship with the former spouse in order to make two loving homes for the kids. Includes many reference materials and resources.

The Truth about Children and Divorce (2004)
Publisher: Viking
Author: Robert E. Emery
ISBN: 0670032875

Robert Emery is a psychologist with 25 years of experience working with and studying divorced parents and their children. In this book, he discusses the emotional experience of divorce for parents and children and gives practical, research-based advice for helping children adjust to divorce.


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Last Updated 10/03/2014


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