Books for Kids & Teens

Preschool to Age 9:

Dinosaur's Divorce
by Laurence Krasny Brown & Mark Brown

"The traumatic childhood experience--when a child's parents divorce--is depicted in the form of dinosaur characters. Chapters address the full range of feelings that a divorce produces. ". . . this will become a real 'security blanket' for young readers in need."--School Library Journal, starred review. New York Times Best Children's Book. Full color.

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Love is a Family
by Roma Downey

"Devoted followers of TV's Touched by an Angel star, Roma Downey, will be thrilled to see "Monica" has written her first children's book. Any child who has ever felt mortified at the quirks of his or her family will find solace in Lily's revelation. Of course, all the families in Lily's classroom seem highly functional, as well as heterosexual. In the litany of differences ("They saw families with step-dads and step-moms and half-sisters and half-brothers. There were single moms and single dads and families made up of different colors of skin."), readers who anticipate something along the lines of "and families with two mommies" will be disappointed. But that's what Heather Has Two Mommies is for. Justine Gasquet's colorful, almost cartoonish illustrations will be another bonus for Roma Downey fans--the mom looks just like Downey! (Ages 5 to 8)"

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When a Parent Marries Again
by Marge Heegaard

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What Am I Doing in a Step-family?
by Claire Berman

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Ages 6 - 12:

Divorced But Still My Parents
by Shirley Thomas, Ph.D. & Dorothy Rankin

This book is written to help children with their reactions to divorce. Parents can also help by reading the book along with their children. This book will lead your child through the five stages of grief in a gentle and supportive way. Each phase is explained in words children in the middle years of childhood can understand. The most common problems and worries faced by boys and girls are included, along with ideas for coping and feeling better.

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Help! Girls Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies
by Nancy Holyoke & Scott Nash

"Grade 4-8-This excellent self-help book draws on letters that have been sent to American Girl magazine over the years. The readable, general text includes advice from girls who have experienced parents' divorce, their dating and remarrying, and living with stepfamilies."

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For Teens:

Divorce is Not the End of the World
by Shirley Thomas, Ph.D. & Dorothy Rankin

This book is written to help children with their reactions to divorce. Parents can also help by reading the book along with their children. This book will lead your child through the five stages of grief in a gentle and supportive way. Each phase is explained in words children in the middle years of childhood can understand. The most common problems and worries faced by boys and girls are included, along with ideas for coping and feeling better.

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Stepliving for Teens
by Joel Block & Susan Bartell

"There are nearly 16 million teens living in stepfamilies in the United States-and almost 1 million new teens entering stepfamilies each year! And although there are books that may help teens cope with divorce, what about life after divorce? Stepliving for Teens explores real questions from real teens living in stepfamilies. In question-and-answer format, the book covers a wide range of actual stepfamily concerns like: "What should I do if my parent tells me one thing and my stepparent says another..."

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