Top Tips: List of books on separation & divorce to help kids

One of the mums in our FB community was looking for suggestions for children’s books that offer a healthy perspective on family separation. We thought it might be good to put it out to all of you and ask: what books have you come across for kids, about separated (or separating families)?  We’ve compiled this list from the responses and added a few other resources that we hope will help you if you’re going through this…

Books for kids

Max’s Divorce Earthquake (2019) by Rachel Brace

Mum and Dad Glue (2010) by Kes Gray

Two Homes (2013) by Claire Masurel

Two of Everything (2000) by Babette Cole

Was it the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce (2005) by Sandra Levins

Skimming Stones: A Story about Overcoming a Family Breakdown (2007) by Steve Heron

Sam’s Sunday Dad (1999) by Margaret Wild

My Family’s Changing (1999) by Pat ThomasTop of Form

I Will Always Love You – Helping Kids Cope With Divorce and Separation by Aya Alasbali

The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back (2003) by Margot Sunderland

Mom’s House, Dad’s house: Making two homes for your child (1997) Isolina Ricci Ph.D.

When Your Parents’ Divorce: A Kid-To-Kid Guide to Dealing with Divorce (2013) by Kimberly King

The Mending Chronicles of Liam and Emily A Divorce Recovery Journey for Kids (2019) by Natalie Knox

The Divorce Helpbook for Kids Rebuilding Books, for Divorce and Beyond (2001) by Cynthia Macgregor

The Invisible String (2014) by Patrice Karst (separation anxiety)

The Family Forest (2015) by Kim Kane (blended families)

The Family Book (2009) by Todd Parr (different family situations)

Who’s in my family: All about our families (2015) by Robie H. Harris (different family situations)

Books for parents

Talking to Children About Divorce: A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Communication at Each Stage of Divorce: Expert Advice for Kids’ Emotional Recovery (2016) by Jean McBride

Shared Care or Divided Lives: What’s Best for Children when Parents Separate (2008) by Phil Watts

Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe & Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids (2008) by Zoe Stern

The Truth about Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions so You and Your Children can Thrive (2006) by Robert Emery Ph.D.

Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce (2013) by Deesha Philyaw and Michael D. Thomas

Your Kids After Divorce, The Care Of Your Kids After Your Divorce (2017) By Steven Robbet

Surviving Your Split (2017) by Lucy Mannering and Rebekah Mannering

What About the Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce (2003) by Judith Wallerstein

Don’t Divorce Us! Kids Advice to Divorcing Parents (2000) by Rita Sommers-Flanagan


Apps and other useful links

What About the Children? Parenting information booklet from Relationships Australia.

Sesame Street, Divorce Resource App (2013) available for free download. Designed to help parents and children through this time. Includes tips and art activities to help with emotions etc.

Kids & Divorce App (2015). Interactive animation downloadable app for kids and families going through divorce and different stages of family reorganisation.

The 18 Best Things You Can Do For Your Kids After Divorce (2015)

Good Grief useful fact sheet on supporting families through separation and divorce.

Family Court Australia Children and Separation Guidance (2016)