Books for Children of Divorce: Recommended Reading

There are not that many books for children of divorce. Most books about children and divorce are written for the divorced parents. However, there are a few interesting works for the children. We discuss them here.

Some books have been written for little children. These books are very clear and bring simple but convincing messages.

Many parents read those books again and again and again to their small children. It brings them understanding and comfort.

Typical subjects in Books for Children of Divorce:

  • The divorce is not your fault
  • Both your parents love you
  • Feeling hurt, angry and sad because of the divorce is normal
  • There are many more children out there with the same problem; you are not alone

Recommended books for young children are:

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Standing on My Own Two Feet:
A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce
by Tamara Schmitz (June 12, 2008). The main message of this book is: it is not the fault of the children.

Two Homes
by Claire Masurel - Simple and encouraging for children up to 6 year. The main message of this book is: both parents love you.

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear
by Vicki Lanski (1998) - A book for parents and young children during divorce to read together.
The messages in this book are: the divorce is not the fault of the children. It does not take away the pain of the divorce. However, the children learn that their feelings are appropriate and common, that they are not the only one with this problem. They will understand that life will be different, but that it can be good.

Recommended books for older children are:

Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce

Elizabeth Marquardt, September 2006

Short description

This magnificent book is based on a study conducted by the writer Elizabeth Marquardt and Norval Glenn. They surveyed 1500 young adults in the United States from intact and divorced families from 2001 to 2003. Mrs. Marquardt concludes that even the most amicable divorces result into lasting inner conflict in the children of divorce. The children often have to deal with very the very different way of living, different values, different attitudes and different beliefs of their divorced parents.

The findings of her study and the stories she describes in the book give children of divorce a perspective on their own situation. They will be better prepared to what can happen to them emotionally and they will certainly find comfort in reading that they are not alone. Everyone who grew up between two worlds will benefit from reading this book.

Elizabeth Marquardt is a child of divorce herself. She is director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values (New York City). She holds a BA in history and women’s studies from Wake Forest University. She obtained degrees in international relations at the University of Chicago. She is a regular speaker at conferences

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