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Divorce: Picture Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about divorce?

Between 40-50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce, according to the American Phycological Association. With so many children going through such experiences, these books about divorce can help children understand, relate, gain empathy for, and cope with the situations and emotions that result from divorce.

The Invisible String book
The Invisible String
Written by Patrice Karst and illustrated by Geoff Stevenson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

I love the lesson shared by this book. I especially love how well the story of the String works literally, like the “tugs” that we feel for each other.

Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This sweet story is such a sweet read to help little ones realize that they’re connected to the ones they love, even when they’re not nearby. Whether that’s because a family member passed away, or maybe the child is starting their first day of school, this one will bring comfort and all the good feelings!

Picture book for children 4-8 years of age. A simple story that reminds children they are never truly alone. People who love each other are connected by an invisible string made of love.

Two Homes book
Two Homes
Written by Claire Masurel and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A young boy named Alex enjoys the homes of both of his parents who live apart but love Alex very much, in a comforting story about the reality of divorce. Reprint.

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear book
It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear
Written and illustrated by Vicki Lansky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

KoKo bear learns what divorce means, how to deal with changes and how to recognize and deal with feelings

Always Mom, Forever Dad book
Always Mom, Forever Dad
Written by Joanna Rowland and illustrated by Penny Weber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Children whose parents no longer live together discover that although much has changed, and time spent with Mom is different than time spent with Dad, love is there no matter what.

Emily's Blue Period book
Emily's Blue Period
Written by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Lisa Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.

  1. My Family's Changing - This unusual picture book for younger children explores the issue of divorce. The author of this book is a psychotherapist and counselor and helps children to face their fears, worries and questions when their family is going through a break-up. A special feature, “What About You?” sidebars appear frequently with questions directed at the child reading the book. The questions encourage children to explore their own feeling about the situation. Full color illustrations throughout.

  2. Dinosaurs Divorce! - This timely, reassuring picture book is the perfect resource to help young children and their families deal with the confusion, misconceptions, and anxieties apt to arise when divorce occurs.

  3. My Bright Friend - Now that his parents are separated, Ludo has two homes: one in the country with his mom, and the other in the city with his dad. The young boy doesn’t like leaving the countryside and his friends to go to his father’s apartment in the city, but he does find some entertainment in the flashing traffic lights on the street corner under his window. Ludo convinces himself (with the help of his father) that the lights are controlled by a tiny gentleman who sits inside the signal pole, flipping switches all day and night. Ludo starts sneaking out to leave food for the man, and he soon makes a new friend in the big city. A tender story, complemented by vibrant illustrations, that reminds us empathy and generosity are marvelous tools to overcome one’s troubles.

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