4-Page Comparison Chart Evaluates 15 Bestselling Books about Divorce for Children (ages 2-13)

1 = very good; 2 = okay; 3 = not so good

How do you pick just the right book on divorce for your child or grandchild?


This chart of 15 bestselling books (click on green button below) lists the

    • —Age level (most of these are read aloud books for you to read to the child, but there are some books for ages 8+ and teens)?
    • —Book type: picture book?
    • —Number of pages?
    • —Primary message (comforting, informational, a combination of both?)
    • —Reading level (or read-aloud level)?
    • —Any activities for kids to do to process their own feelings?
    • —Does it give analogies and metaphors to help a child understand and adapt—at an age appropriate level?
    • —What is the main message of the book?
    • —Does the book tell the children they are loved and cared for?
    • —Does the book suggest that kids can love both parents if they wish?
    • —Does it tell the child that he/she is not to blame for the divorce?
    • —How are the parents depicted (is one always positive, the other always negative)?
    • —What about the child's future (is there a positive future)?
    • —Age-appropriate teachings on feelings and emotions?
    • —Does it touch on common challenges?
    • —Is the book good for multi-ethnic families?
    • —Does the book show a good relationship with grandparents?
    • —Will it work for other relationships, such as a common-law marriage or long-term cohabitation?


Note that some books are rated higher than others. See the last two rows to find the book's rating and the reviewer's comments.


This list of 15 divorce books for children will be added to and updated periodically.  Note: This is a list of books to read aloud with kids, not books for parents. This list does not contain books that are out of print or not widely available through major booksellers.

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Click here for the book reviews and ratings. When you go to the next page you'll be able to download the comparison chart.



15 Bestselling books currently on the ratings list (in no particular order, but you'll find the rating at the bottom of each column):


    • Meet Max by Jennifer Leister 
    • Max Meets Emma by Jennifer Leister 
    • Two Homes by Claire Masurel
    • The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst, not a divorce book, but is helpful
    • Divorce is Not the End of the World, by Zoe and Evan Stern (and Ellen Sue Stern)
    • My Family's Changing, by Pat Thomas
    • It's Not Your Fault Koko Bear, by Vicki Lansky
    • Charlie Anderson, by Barbara Abercrombie
    • Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce by Cornelia Maude Spelman
    • Divorce Feels Yucky by Madison and Lucas Lovato
    • Why Can't We Live Together? by Madison and Lucas Lovato
    • When Mom and Dad Separate by Marge Heegaard
    • Dinosaurs Divorce, by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown  <-- NOT RECOMMENDED
    • Why Do Families Change? by Jillian Roberts
    • Right Now, I'm Fine, by Daniela Owen, <-- Not a divorce book, but is helpful


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