10 Books to Help Kids Cope with Divorce

I don’t know how my kids do it, they handle this a lot better than I did. Well, I’m better than I was when it first happen. Here are 10 books to help kids cope with divorce. Depending on the child’s age, divorces is hard on everyone involved, not just the parents, but especially the kids as well.

10 Books To Help Kids Cope With Divorce

It will make the process easier for them to understand that mommy and daddy will no longer be in the same house. That sometime you will go to daddy’s house and sometimes you will go to mommy’s house. Life will be crazy, make it easier with these 10 books.

10 Books To Help Kids Cope With Divorce


Two Homes – $4.01

The gently reassuring text focuses on what is gained rather than what is lost when parents divorce, while the sensitive illustrations, depicting two unique homes in all their small details, firmly establish Alex’s place in both of them.


Was It the Chocolate Pudding? – $9.95

Tells the story of divorce in a typical family from the point of view of a young narrator. Readers learn about divorce, and receive age-appropriate explanations of what is happening regarding such issues as single-parent homes and joint custody.


Dinosaurs Divorce – $4.84

Sympathetic to the full range of feelings that divorce produces, the authors use evocative cartoon dinosaur characters to convey their message. Chapters address such concerns as why parents divorce, what will happen to “me,” where will holidays be celebrated, living in two homes, etc.


When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends – $7.06

It lets kids know that although one parent chooses to move away from the home, both parents continue to love their little boy or girl. Both Mom and Dad will continue to spend happy times with them.


Still A Family– $18.95

Emily got scared when her parents fought–then angry when they separated. She soon discovered that it was OK to have two homes–even fun, and they were STILL A FAMILY.


Daddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – $4.00

When her parents decide to get a divorce, Casey is very unhappy, wonders if it is her fault, and tries a plan to get them back together.


My Family’s Changing – $7.99

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.


It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear – $7.99

Revolves around a lovable bear who doesn’t want to have two homes. KoKo’s experience will help children learn what divorce means, how family life will change, and understand that the divorce is not their fault.


Big Changes in the Crow Family – $7.99

After a whirlwind romance, marriage and a nest full of kids, Mom and Dad Crow face challenges leading to a fateful choice. Now the children must learn of the complex emotions that accompany any family going through divorce.


Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids – $11.32

Alongside practical ways to cope with big changes she offers older children and their families key resiliency tools that kids can use now and the rest of their lives. Kids and families are encouraged to believe in themselves, to take heart, and to plan for their lives ahead.

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Hey! I'm Natalie and I live in North Carolina. I'm a single mama of four awesome kiddos. These are my thoughts on life, motherhood, fitness and everything in between.


  • Jeanette

    I didn’t realize there were this mane children’s books out on Divorce. I guess with so many of them now a days it is a sad reality that we need books like this. I hope it helps children cope with divorce.

  • Shaleena DuBose

    Wow this is good, we never stop to think how can we make this a easier transition for our child but having it come from another child perspective would help answer a lot of their questions there too afraid to ask.. Good job

  • Terri Beavers

    These would have come in so handy when I went through my divorce. I think they would still come in handy so I’m going to check them out. I didn’t know they had books like this.

    • Natalie

      I plan on stocking up on these books for my kids if I get custody of them this summer, none the less, I think it’s great for them to have because 3 of the 4 kids are really young and don’t fully understand what’s going on.

  • Jamie

    I can’t imagine what kids have to endure with divorce…but so glad that there are books to help them understand a little bit more of what life will be like!

  • Cindy Ingalls

    It’s nice to see so many children’s authors tackling tough subjects like divorce. It can be hard for kids to understand what is going on and this puts it in their language.

  • Elizabeth O.

    As much as it would be nice to avoid something like this, divorce is sometimes unavoidable. At least we have books to help explain that to the children. Thanks for the list! I’m sure it will help a lot of parents.

  • Ryan Escat

    Divorce is not an easy thing to deal with especially for kids but it’s good to know that there are books like these so they will be aware.

  • Pamela Kuhn

    In a perfect world we wouldn’t need books like these. But since we do, I’m thankful for those who have tackled a hard subject to make them available to children. There’s something about a child reading a book they can say, “Me, too” while reading. I’m thankful to have the list.

  • Kathy

    Those are some great picks. I didn’t even know they had these kinds of books for kids. That’s great though. That can really help them out.

  • Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    I know that these will help kids understand the situation better, I just personally find it a little “weird” that there’s a “happy” and “children’s” way of seeing it. I guess this” work, I would recommend books about lasting relationships though.

  • Sam

    Wow, those sound like great books. Even for children who never experience divorce, it may be helpful to help them understand if a friend’s parents divorce. i didn’t realize there were books like this!

  • Jennifer Clay

    I had no clue that there were kid books focused on divorce. I recently went through a divorce and my two older daughters took it pretty hard. I will have to get a couple of these and read it when them! Thanks for sharing these resources!

  • Jed

    Great list Natalie, and some very relevant books for our blended family home. Are there 1-2 that you think are especially well written? I’m always looking for good resources to recommend to the many blended families that I know.

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