Divorce Books — Bibliography

For the Adult

  • Ahrons, Constance R. The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart. Harper Collins: New York, 1994. This book speaks directly to the needs of families. It is a survival guide for getting through the divorce process and beyond.
  • Bray, James H. and John Kelly. Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage and Parenting in the First Decade.Broadway Books, 1998.
  • Bustanoby, Andre. But I Didn't Want A Divorce - Putting Your Life Back Together. Zondervan Publishing House, 1975. Practical and biblical questions raised by divorce are addressed in this book.
  • Carson, Lillian. The Essential Grandparents' Guide to Divorce. Health Communications, Inc. Deerfield Beech, Florida, 1990. Helpful information for the grandparent in coping with the divorce and their grandchildren.
  • Cohen, Joan Schrager. Helping Your Grandchildren Through Their Parents Divorce. New York: Walker & Co., 1994.
  • Condrell, Dr. Kenneth and Small, Linda Lee. Be A Great Divorced Dad. St. Martin's Press, 1998.
  • Folberg, Jay, ed., Joint Custody and Shared Parenting. Second Edition, Jossey-Bass, 1991.
  • Gold, Lois, Between Love and Hate: A Guide to Civilized Divorce. Plenum Press, 1992.
  • Helmond, Kathy Ingels. What to Tell Your Kids About Divorce.
  • Hootman, Marcia & Patt Perkins. How to Forgive Your Ex-Husband. Doubleday, 1983. This book stresses how holding a grudge can interfere with a woman's ability to get on with her own life.
  • Kalter, Neil. Growing Up With Divorce: Helping Your Child Avoid Immediate and Later Emotional Problems. New York: MacMillan, The Free Press, 1989.
  • Lau, Melinda. Families Apart: Ten Keys to Successful Co-Parenting. G.P. Putnam's Sons: New York, 1994. Co-Parenting requires discipline, skill, and hard work. This book focuses on the co-parenting relationship and how crucial it is for the well being of the kids.
  • Mayer, Gerald. The Divorced Dad Dilemma: A Father's Guide to Understanding Grieving and Growing Beyond the Losses of Divorce and Developing a Deeper, Ongoing Relationship. Motive Pub. Co., 1997.
  • McWilliams, Peter, Bloomfield, Harold and Melba Colgrove. How to Survive the Loss of a Love. Mass Market Paperback, 1993. One of the most directly helpful books on the subject of loss ever written.
  • Philyaw, Deesha and Thomas, Michael D. Co-parenting 101. New Harbinger Publications, 2013.
  • Prokop, Michael S. Divorce Happens to the Nicest Kids. Alegra House Publishers, l986. This book disproves fourteen irrational beliefs concerning divorce that often cause children and adolescents to feel anxious, nervous and depressed.
  • Ricci, Isolina. Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Shared Custody Work. Collier Books, 1980.
  • Rofes, Eric, ed. The Kids' Book of Divorce. Vintage Books, 1981.
  • Schulman, Diana. Co-Parenting After Divorce: How To Raise Happy, Healthy Children in Two-Home Families. Winnspeed Press, 1997.
  • Wallerstein, Judith, and Joan Berlin Kelly, Surviving the Breakup. Basic Books, 1980.
  • Wallerstein, Judith and Sandra Blakeslee. The Good Marriage. Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston and New York, 1995. A valuable book with many insights for anyone interested in marriage - newly or longtime married couples. A readable book with vivid descriptions from the fifty couples interviewed.

For Pre-School and Early Elementary Children (ages 5-7)

  • Brown, Laurence Krasny & Marc Brown. Dinosaurs Divorce. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1986. An excellent book presenting specific issues about divorce and remarriage with directness, humor and imagination.
  • Some Frog! San Diego, Ca.: Harcourt Brace, 1998. Billy is disappointed when his father doesn't show up to help him catch a frog for the Frog-jumping competition at school, but the one he and his mother catch wins the championship and Billy begins to accept his father's absence.
  • Girard, Linda Walvoord and Judith Friedman. At Daddy's On Saturdays. Albert Whitman & Co., 1991. This is a story about divorce told through the eyes of a young girl.
  • Grunsell, Angela. Divorce. New York: Gloucester Press, 1990. This book asks and answers questions that elementary school-age children raise. Colorful photographs and simple, clear text.
  • Lenart, Mauie. Child of Divorce. Lucent Books, 2000.
  • Mayle, Pete. Why Are We Getting a Divorce?
  • Rogers, Fred. Let's Talk About Divorce. Putnam.
  • Spelman, Cornelia. Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce. Morton Grove, IL, 1998. Dinah Bear feels sad and scared when her parents say they are going to divorce.
  • Weninger, Brigitte. Good-bye, Daddy! A little boy's teddy bear helps him come to terms with his parents divorce by telling him a story about a little bear in similar circumstances.
  • Williams, Vera B. Scooter. A child's silver blue scooter helps her to adjust to her new home.
  • Winthrop, Elizabeth and Sandin, Joan. As The Crow Flies. Clarion Books, 1998. Second grader Michael tells of when his divorced father comes from Delaware to visit him in Arizona.
  • Wyeth, Sharon Dennis and Raul, Colon. Always My Dad. Dragonfly, 1997. This is a heartwarming story about a girl's memorable summer with the father she rarely sees. The book lovingly captures the special bond that holds all kinds of families together.
  • Zolotow, Charlotte. If You Listen. Harper & Row, 1980. A simple text about how a young girl misses her father - beautiful and warm color illustrations.

For Advanced and Upper Level Elementary Children (ages 8-12)

  • Baker, Jennifer. Dawson's Creek: The Beginning of Everything Else. Archway, 1998. (There are several books in this series.)
  • Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw. William Morrow Co., 1983. An award winning book about a 10 year old boy who writes letters to an unmet hero describing how he misses his father.
  • Danziger, Paula. & Tony Ross. Amber Brown Goes Fourth. Putnam Pub. Group, 1995. Amber is entering fourth grade. Her parents are newly divorced; her best friend has moved away. How will she cope?
  • Kagy-Taylor, Kathy & Donna Dansker. All About Change. Cincinnati, Ohio: Beech Acres, 1990. Helpful in thinking about the inevitability of change. Raises awareness about healthy expression of feelings and ways to cope with change. Geared to second and third graders.
  • Petersen, P.J. I Want Answers and a Parachute. Simon & Schuster, 1993. The important message of coping with divorce and stepparents. This story focuses on being yourself.
  • Pickhardt, Carl E. & Fisher, Jeff. The Case of the Scary Divorce. Magination, 1998.
  • Park, Barbara. Don't Make Me Smile. Avon, 1983. A young boy feels life will never be the same again after his parents' divorce. People try to cheer him up to no avail. He goes for professional counseling.
  • Shaw, Mary Ann. Helping Your Child Survive Divorce. Carol Publishing Company, 1997. This book furnishes helpful insights for children of all ages who have gone through the breakup of their parents' marriages.
  • Sullivan, Steve. Confessions of a Divorced Kid. Motivational Resources, 1997.
  • Van Leeuwen, Jean. Blue Sky Butterfly. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996. The father of a young girl leaves. The young girl feels isolated from her mother and older brother. The story looks at coping with the changes in their lives.
  • Willner-Pardo, Gina. What I'll Remember When I am a Grownup. New York: Clarion Books, 1994. During a weekend stay with his father and stepmother, a young boy comes to terms with living with two separate but loving families.
  • Vigna, Judith. Grandma Without me. Albert Whitman & Co., 1984. A young boy discovers a way to keep in touch with his beloved grandmother after his parents' divorce.

For Adolescents and Early Teens (ages 12-15)

  • Blume, Judy. It's Not the End of the World. New York: Bradbury press, 1972. Karen, in the sixth grade, tries to understand her parents' divorce; her goal is to bring them back together again.
  • Bonkowski, Sara. Teens are Non-Divorceable - A Workbook for Divorced Parents and their Teens.Chicago: ACTA Publications, 1990. An inviting format for teens. The author uses a non-judgmental attitude, which helps her to tackle difficult topics such as adult dating and abuse.
  • Booher, Dianna Daniels. When Your Family Falls Apart. New York: Messner, 1988. A "can do" book that offers plenty of suggestions to meet practical problems that face teens after the breakup.
  • Brogan, John P. and Ula Maiden. The Kid's Guide to Divorce. Fawcett, 1986. An easy, conversational book that discusses the practical issues that effect children. Offers a questionnaire so kids can compare their answers with others who have taken it.
  • Danziger, Paula. The Divorce Express. (for girls)
  • Duffey, Betsy. Coaster. Puffin, 1996. Twelve-year old Hart's mother is dating the TV weatherman. His father is not around much. Deals with changing interaction between mother and son after divorce.
  • Gardner, Richard. The Boys and Girls Divorce Book.
  • Klein, Norma. Angel Face. (for boys)
  • Krementz, Jill. How It Feels When Parent's Divorce.
  • McDaniel, Larlene. Now I Lay me Down To Sleep. Bantam, 1991. A young girl, whose parents bitter divorce left her torn between them, must face her own uncertain future.
  • Sachs, Marilyn. Another Day. Duttin Books, 1997. Poignant and realistic portrait of a 14-year old girl struggling to make sense of her parents' divorce.
  • Stinson, Katherine. Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore. Firefly,1984. A simple text with effective illustrations portraying the feelings of a young girl.
  • Van Leeuwen, Jean. Blue Sky Butterfly. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996. The father of a young girl leaves. The young girl feels isolated from her mother and older brother. The story looks at coping with the changes in their lives.
  • Yolght, Cynthia. A Solitary Blue. Scholastic Paperbacks, 1993. A sophisticated sensitive story about a high school boy who resolves his feelings about his custodial father and his absent mother.

For Teens (ages 15-19)

  • Bonkowski, Sara. Teens are Non-Divorceable. A Workbook for Divorced Parents and Their Teens.Chicago: ACTA Publications, 1990. An inviting format for teens. The author uses a non-judgmental attitude, which helps her to tackle difficult topics such as adult dating and abuse.
  • Caseley, Judith. Losing Louisa. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999. Sixteen-year-old Lacey worries about the effect of her parent's divorce on her family - especially her mother - and about her sister's sexual activity, which may have made her pregnant.
  • Elchoness, Monte. Why Can't Anyone Hear Me? Monroe Press, 1989. This story is told through the experience of a boy as he goes through the maturation process, including the separation and divorce of his parents in his teenage years.
  • Johnston, Janet. Through the Eyes of Children: Healing Stories for Children of Divorce. Free Press, 1997. Healing stories for children of divorce.
  • Lermieux, A.C. The TV Guidance Counselor. Avon, 1994. Seventeen-year-old Michael's world was turned upside down by his parents' divorce. He tries to figure out how to cope.
  • Lewis, Jennifer. Don't Divorce Your Children - Children and their Parents Talk about Divorce.Contemporary Books, 1999. Teen conversations on divorce.
  • Rothchild, Gillian. Dear Mom & Dad - What Kids of Divorce Really Want to Say... Pocket Books, 1999.
  • Sommers-Flanagan, Rita. Don't Divorce Us!: Kids Advice to Divorcing Parents. American Counseling Association, 1999.
  • Stewart, Gail. Teens & Divorce. Lucent Books, 2000.
  • Velasquez, Gloria. Maya's Divided World. Pinata Books, 1995. When a seventeen-year-old girls starts getting into trouble as a reaction to her parents' divorce, she is helped by a psychologist who has problems of her own.

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