Sometimes a Family Has to Split Up; Jane Watson and Robert Switzer; 1988; ages 3 to 6; fiction. Cartoon-like illustrations and expressive language help a child understand that sometimes families are better off when they split up.

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear; Vicki Lansky; 1998; ages 3 to 6; fiction. A sensitive story explains why Koko's Papa must get his own den. Excellent parent guide.

Dinosaurs Divorce; Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown; 1986; ages 4 to 8; nonfiction. Brightly colored cartoon dinosaur families present a practical guide to divorce and answer many questions that children typically ask.

I Live With Daddy; Judith Vigna; 1997; ages 6 to 10; fiction. Olivia learns to show her parents that she loves them equally.

Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids; Zoe and Evan Stern; 1997; ages 6 to 10; nonfiction. A down-to-earth book addressing feelings and issues from a child's point of view. Wisdom, humor, and practical advice.

Dear Mr. Henshaw; Beverly Cleary; 1983; ages 8 to 12; Newbury Award; fiction. Written as a series of letters and diary entries that span several years, Leigh comes to accept his relationships with both his custodial mom and his mostly absent father.

How It Feels When Parents Divorce; Jill Krementz; 1984; ages 8 to adult; nonfiction. Nineteen children describe the pain and confusion involved when their parents got divorced.

Taking Sides; Norma Klein; 1974; ages 10 to 14; fiction. Belying the title, Klein creates two reasonable and sympathetic parents, and Nell adjusts to living with her father with only typical preteen anguish.

It's Not the End of the World; Judy Blume; 1972; ages 10 to 14; fiction. A straightforward, realistic description of the trauma of three school-age children as they go through the stormy breakup of their family.

How To Help Your Child Overcome Divorce; Elissa Benedek; 1988; adults; nonfiction. A reader-friendly text that includes case studies, information on support services, and answers to commonly asked questions.

Mom's House, Dad's House; Isolina Ricci; 1997; adults; nonfiction. Good guidebook for parents. A sensible, comprehensive, practical guide to the important issues that make it possible for children and parents to cope successfully with divorce. Includes guidance about how to maintain their roles as parents and minimize the negative effects of the divorce on children. Also contains legal issues, references, and self-study questions.

Adapted from: Ellen C. Perrin, MD Susan Starr, MEd Addressing Common Pediatric Concerns Through Children's Books. Pediatrics in Review. 2000;21:130-138. © 2000 American Academy of Pediatrics

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