6 of the Best Children’s Books About Divorce to Comfort Your Child
The best children’s books about divorce or separation your child will return to again and again. These books cover topics that will open up conversations with your child about your divorce and make your child feel loved even through one of the most difficult times in their lives.
Try as you might to say all the right things when you tell your kids you’re separating, the fact is, you’ll be talking to your kids about your divorce for years.
These children’s books about divorce are ones your child can return to over and over. These books open up further conversations between you and your child and help your child feel loved during one of the most difficult times in your child’s life.
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books about divorce for young children
1. Dinosaurs Divorce (Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families) by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown
The most popular kids’ book about divorce, Dinosaurs Divorce, covers the beginning stages of separation and the more tricky aspects. The book discusses step-parents, parents,with kids who pass messages to the other parent, and having less money in single-parent families.
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2. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
This children’s book works for many situations. Your child holds an invisible string that connects her to the other parent without them being there to symbolize the connection.
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3. It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky
A very co-parent positive book, it reinforces that the divorce or separation, not the child’s fault. Feelings are okay and help young children process their emotions.
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4. Two Homes by Claire Masurel
A great book for younger kids. Very simple book on divorce explaining , “I have two homes.”
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5. Raising You Alone by Warren Hanson
Perfect book for single-parent families to explain to the child why it’s just mom and the child or dad and the child. Also helps the child not feel like his/her family is weird that they don’t have two parents in the home.
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6. I Don’t Want to Talk about It by Jeanie Franz Ransom
This book focuses on the children’s feelings as opposed to explaining to the child what is happening between mom and dad. Many counselors have recommended this book.
Tips for choosing a book for your child
Don’t worry so much about picking “the perfect book.” Your child will reach for different books depending on how he or she is feeling.
Sometimes kids just want to sit and be quiet and let you read to them and not have to worry about engaging back. So, it’s nice to have a variety of books to choose from. In this case, I’d suggest having multiple books on divorce available to your child. Let your child pick which books to read and when.
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Be prepared to read these books multiple times. Your child will have many questions about your divorce and may not feel comfortable talking about all of their feelings at once.
Also, don’t be afraid that reading something or bringing up a subject will “put ideas into your child’s head.” The opposite is true: it will create an open atmosphere for your child so he or she will feel comfortable bringing all their concerns and emotions to you.