Books to Help Kids Deal with Divorce

When a family goes through divorce or separation, kids can experience a jumble of emotions. Check out our picks for books that help kids and teens explore those feelings. They'll meet characters whose parents are divorced or in the process of divorcing, characters who worry that their parents are headed for divorce, or characters dealing with the aftermath of divorce -- including their parents' new relationships. For other books that deal with challenging personal situations, check out our Coming-of-Age Books and Books About Families.

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Emily's Blue Period

age 4+

Sensitive story of using art to process difficult emotions.

By: Cathleen Daly (2014)
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Road Trip with Max and His Mom

age 6+

Fun road trip sequel explores emotional effects of divorce.

By: Linda Urban (2018)
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Weekends with Max and His Dad

age 6+

Playful, realistic tale of adjusting to life after divorce.

By: Linda Urban (2016)
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Blended

age 8+

Honest, warm story of family, identity, police brutality.

By: Sharon M. Draper (2018)
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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

age 8+

Funny, poignant tale of cynical girl, superpowered squirrel.

By: Kate DiCamillo (2013)
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Some Kind of Happiness

age 8+

Adventurous girl uncovers family secrets in engrossing read.

By: Claire Legrand (2016)
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All the Answers

age 9+

Worried girl gets magical pencil in reassuring story.

By: Kate Messner (2015)
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Amelia's Family Ties

age 9+

Realistic treatment of subject of divorce.

By: Marissa Moss (2000)
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The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before

age 9+

Slow-paced but sweet prequel to classic friendship series.

By: Ann M. Martin (2010)
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The Great Treehouse War

age 9+

Zany kids-vs.-parents tale is set against a tough divorce.

By: Lisa Graff (2017)
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Just Pretend

age 9+

Making fantasy fiction helps tween cope in heartfelt memoir.

By: Tori Sharp (2021)
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The List of Things That Will Not Change

age 9+

Pitch-perfect divorce tale speaks to modern family life.

By: Rebecca Stead (2020)
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Love Like Sky: Book 1

age 9+

Moving story of girl adjusting to being in blended family.

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Sisters

age 9+

Funny, moving memoir is great for younger comics fans.

By: Raina Telgemeier (2014)
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Best of the Best

age 10+

Tween baseball book provides tips for sports and friendship.

By: Tim Green (2011)
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The Thing About Leftovers

age 10+

Tween finds her footing in bittersweet post-divorce tale.

By: C.C. Payne (2016)
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Theodore Boone: The Abduction

age 12+

More mature themes in second entry of popular series.

By: John Grisham (2011)
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What Happened to Goodbye

age 12+

Thoughtful look at teen finding self after parents' divorce.

By: Sarah Dessen (2011)
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Between Mom and Jo

age 13+

Tender tale about a boy whose moms split up.

By: Julie Anne Peters (2008)
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The Last Time We Say Goodbye

age 13+

Teen's heartrending journey after brother's suicide.

By: Cynthia Hand (2015)
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