Suggested Reading


Ahrons, Constance R. (1998). The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart. Harper Collins.

Beyer, Roberta and Kent Winchester (2001). Speaking of Divorce: How to Talk with Your Kids and Help Them Cope. Free Spirit Publishing.

Blau, Melinda (1995). Families Apart: Ten Keys to Successful Co-Parenting. Perigee.

Boyan, Susan and Ann Marie Termini (1999). Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Parent’s Guide. Active Parenting Publishers.

Bradley, Dawn and J.D. Berry (1998). The Divorce Sourcebook. Lowell House.

Bonkowski, Sara (1999). Tots are Nondivorceable: A Workbook for Divorced Parents and Their Children Ages Birth-5 Years. ACTA Publications.

Chambers-[Dierks], Diane (1997). Solo Parenting: Raising Strong & Happy Families. Fairview Press.

Coates, Christine and E. Robert LaCrosse (2003). Learning from Divorce: How to Take Responsibility, Stop the Blame and Move On. Jossey-Bass.

Cohen, Miriam Galper (1991). Long Distance Parenting: A Guide for Divorced Parents. New American Library.

Darnall, Douglas (2008). Divorce Casualties: Understand Parental Alienation. Taylor Trade.

Dierks, Diane Chambers (2014). The Co-Parent Tool Box: Tools for Remodeling Your Co-Parent Relationship after Divorce or Separation. Includes information on parallel parenting, as well as language for court orders about a structured co-parent communication plan. Aha! Publishing.

Dierks, Diane and Richard Voyles (2022). I Am Non-Impossible: A 12-Week Journey to Co-Parenting Peace. A companion guide to the podcast, Co-Parent Dilemmas.

Emery, Robert (2004). The Truth About Children and Divorce. (See his website for great suggestions on parenting plans)

Faber, Adele, et al (2000). How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. Avon.

Fisher, Bruce, et al (1999). Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends. Impact Publishers.

Garrity, Carla B. and Mitchell A. Baris (1997). Caught in the Middle: Protecting Children of High-Conflict Divorce. Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Hannibal, Mary Ellen (2002). Good Parenting Through Your Divorce: How to Recognize, Encourage, and Respond to Your Child’s Feelings and Help Them Get Through Your Divorce. Marlowe and Company.

Kalter, Neil (1991). Growing Up With Divorce: Helping Your Child Avoid Immediate and Later Emotional Problems. The Free Press.

Knox, David (2000). The Divorced Dad’s Survival Book: How to Stay Connected With Your Kids. Insight Books.

Lansky, Vicki (2003). Divorce Book for Parents. Book Peddlers.

Nelson, Jane, et al (1999). Positive Discipline for Single Parents: Nurturing Cooperation, Respect, and Joy in Your Single-Parent Family. Prima Publishing.

Peterson, Marion and Diane Warner (2003). Single Parenting for Dummies. Wiley Publishing.

Pogue, Carolyn (1998). Part-Time Parent: Learning to Live Without Full-Time Custody. Northstone Publications.

Ricci, Isolina (1997). dMom’s House, Dad’s House: A Complete Guide for Parents Who Are Separated, Divorced, or Remarried. Fireside Press.

Sember, Brette McWhorter (2002). Your Complete Guide to Parenting Apart. Sphinx.

Schneider, Meg F., et al (1996). Difficult Questions Kids Ask and Are Afraid to Ask about Divorce. Fireside.

Teyber, Edward (2001). Helping Children Cope With Divorce. Jossey-Bass.

Thayer, Elizabeth and Jeffrey Zimmerman (2001). The Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict after a Difficult Divorce. New Harbinger Publications.

Thomas, Shirley (1996). Parents Are Forever. Springboard Publications.

Trafford, Abigail (1992). Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life. HarperPerennial.

Vaughan, Diane (1986). Uncoupling: Turning Points in Intimate Relationships. Vintage Books.

Wallerstein, Judith and Sandra Blakeslee (2003). What About the Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce. Hyperion Press.

Warshak, Richard A. (2010). Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing. Harper.

Wolf, Anthony E. (1998). Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?: A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce. Noonday Press.

Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2005). Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in Their Own Marriages. Cambridge.


Ages 3-8

Abercrombie, Barbara (1995). Charlie Anderson. Aladdin Library.(ages 3-10)

Brown, Marc (1988). The Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families. Little Borwn & Co. (ages 4-10)

Cole, Julia (1998). My Parent’s Divorce. Copper Beech Books.

Girard, Linda Walvoord (1991). At Daddy’s on Saturdays. Albert Whitman & Co.

Heegaard, Marge (1993). When a Parent Marries Again. Woodland Press.

Heegaard, Marge (1992). When Mom and Dad Separate. Woodland Press.

Ives, Sally B. (1988). Divorce Workbook: Guide for Kids and Families. Waterfront Books. (ages 5-12)

King, Larry and Chaia King (1997). Daddy Day, Daughter Day. Dove Books.

Lansky, Vicki (2003). It’s Not Your Fault Koko Bear: A Read Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce. Book Peddlers.

Masurel, Claire, et al (2001). Two Homes. Candlewick Press.

Monroe, Robin Prince and Carol Ackelmire (1998?). Why Don’t We Live Together Anymore?: Understanding Divorce. Concordia Publishers.

Nightingale, Lois V. (1997). My Parents Still Love Me Even Though They’re Getting Divorced: An Interactive Tale for Children. Nightingale Rose Publications.

Park, Barbara (2002). Don’t Make Me Smile. Random House Children’s Books.

Ransom, Jeanie Franz (2000). I Don’t Want to Talk About It. Magination Press.

Rogers, Fred (1998). Divorce: Let’s Talk About It. Puffin.

Schotter, Roni and Cyd Moore (2002). Missing Rabbit. Clarion Books.

Thomas, Pat and Lesley Harker (1999?). My Family’s Changing: A First Look at Family Break Up. Barrons Juveniles.

Thumann, Robin (2003). Peaceful Thoughts: An Interactive Journey in Positive Thinking for Children and Their Parents. Peaceful Thoughts Press. (ages 4-10)

Ages 9-12

Bode, Janet, et al (2001). For Better, for Worse: A Guide to Surviving Divorce for Preteens and Their Families. Simon & Schuster.

Cleary, Beverly (2000). Dear Mr. Henshaw. Harper Trophy.

Cleary, Beverly (1992). Strider. Harper Trophy.

Danziger, Paula (1999). Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit. Bt Bound.

Evans, Marla D. (1991). This Is Me and My Two Families: An Awareness Scrapbook/Journal for Children Living in Stepfamilies. Magination Press.

Ives, Sally B. (1988). Divorce Workbook: Guide for Kids and Families. Waterfront Books. (ages 5-12)

Kimball, Gayle (1994). How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids. Equality.

Krementz, Jill (1988). How it Feels When Parents Divorce. Alfred A. Knopf.

Lowry, Danielle and Bonnie Matthews (2001). What Can I Do?: A Book for Children of Divorce. Magination Press.

Park, Barbara (1990). My Mother Got Married and Other Disasters. Random House.

Prokop, Michael S. (2000). Kids’ Divorce Workbook: A Practical Guide that Helps Kids Understand Divorce Happens to the Nicest Kids. Alegra House Publishers.

Rubin, Aron and Bonnie Matthews (2002). My Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore: A Drawing Book for Children of Separated or Divorced Parents. Magination Press.

Thomas, Shirley (1997). Divorced, But Still My Parents. Springboard Publications.

Winchester, Kent (2001). What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce?: A Survival Guide for Kids. Free Spirit Publishing.

Ages 13 & Up

Blume, Judy (1986). It’s Not the End of the World. Yearling Books. (ages 12+)

Calhoun, Florence (2000). No Easy Answers: A Teen Guide to Why Divorce Happens. Rosen Publishing Group.

Van Leeuwen, Jean (1996). Blue Sky, Butterfly. Dial Books for Young Readers.

Worthen, Tom (2001). Broken Hearts…Healing: Young Poets Speak Out On Divorce. Poet Tree Press. (ages 13+)