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.

Browse Books to Help Kids Deal with Divorce

Emily's Blue Period Book Poster Image
Sensitive story of using art to process difficult emotions.
By Cathleen Daly
(2015)
(2014)
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Road Trip with Max and His Mom Book Poster Image
Fun road trip sequel explores emotional effects of divorce.
By Linda Urban
(2018)
(2018)
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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Book Poster Image
Funny, poignant tale of cynical girl, superpowered squirrel.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2013)
(2013)
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Some Kind of Happiness Book Poster Image
Adventurous girl uncovers family secrets in engrossing read.
By Claire Legrand
(2016)
(2016)
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All the Answers Book Poster Image
Worried girl gets magical pencil in reassuring story.
By Kate Messner
(2015)
(2015)
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Amelia's Family Ties Book Poster Image
Realistic treatment of subject of divorce.
By Marissa Moss
(2003)
(2000)
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The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before Book Poster Image
Slow-paced but sweet prequel to classic friendship series.
By Ann M. Martin
(2010)
(2010)
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The Great Treehouse War Book Poster Image
Zany kids-vs.-parents tale is set against a tough divorce.
By Lisa Graff
(2017)
(2017)
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Sisters Book Poster Image
Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2014)
(2014)
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Best of the Best Book Poster Image
Tween baseball book provides tips for sports and friendship.
By Tim Green
(2011)
(2011)
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The Thing About Leftovers Book Poster Image
Tween finds her footing in bittersweet post-divorce tale.
By C.C. Payne
(2016)
(2016)
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Theodore Boone: The Abduction Book Poster Image
More mature themes in second entry of popular series.
By John Grisham
(2011)
(2011)
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What Happened to Goodbye Book Poster Image
Thoughtful look at teen finding self after parents' divorce.
By Sarah Dessen
(2011)
(2011)
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Between Mom and Jo Book Poster Image
Tender tale about a boy whose moms split up.
By Julie Anne Peters
(2008)
(2008)
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The Last Time We Say Goodbye Book Poster Image
Teen's heartrending journey after brother's suicide.
By Cynthia Hand
(2015)
(2015)
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We Were Liars Book Poster Image
A privileged life goes askew in haunting summer mystery.
By E. Lockhart
(2014)
(2014)
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Along for the Ride Book Poster Image
Teen grows beyond dysfunctional family in romantic outing.
By Sarah Dessen
(2009)
(2009)
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Book Poster Image
Lost memory leads to some honest soul-searching.
By Gabrielle Zevin
(2007)
(2007)
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