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We are often being asked if we can recommend any books on a range of topics relating to separation and divorce. We have been asking parents and professionals to let us know of books they have used. Please do let us know if you have a book that helped you –  we hope you find these useful.

 

Mum and Dad glue by Kes Gray

A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. But, as he learns, even though his parents’ relationship may be broken, their love for him is not.

 

What shall we tell the children? By Adele Ballantyne

Breaking the news to your children that you have decided to separate is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. This guide brings together some useful hints and tips to help you cope with the stress, and ensure that you and your children come through the process as painlessly as possible, ready to move forward to the next stage of your lives.

 

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

In this relatable and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that they’re all connected by an invisible string. “That’s impossible!” the children insist, but still they want to know more: “What kind of string?” The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.

 

My Family’s Changing by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker

A beautifully illustrated picture book to support children through divorce or separation. The fears, worries and questions surrounding this difficult experience are made accessible and approachable.

 

Two Homes by Claire Masurel and MacDonald Denton

This gently reassuring story focuses on what is gained rather than what is lost when parents divorce, while the sensitive illustrations, depicting two unique homes in all their small details, firmly establish Alex’s place in both of them. Two Homes will help children – and parents – embrace even the most difficult of changes with an open and optimistic heart.

 

The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside

A funny and reassuring look at dealing with worries and anxiety, to be used as a spring board into important conversations with your child.

The Suitcase Kid

My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me – and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase. One week with Mum’s new family, one week with Dad’s.

It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear

This easy-to-understand children’s story and parenting guide revolves around a lovable bear who doesn’t want to have two homes when his parents decide to divorce. Koko’s experience will help children learn what divorce means, how family life will change, and understand that the divorce is not their fault.

Jack

Jack is really quite sad and alone is his bedroom considering the situation between his mummy and daddy. He like many children in a break up situation feels that it might be his fault. Jack speaks of his worries to his loyal friend, Black Cat who is able in his magical way to talk Jack through his concerns and worries and provide him with some practical advice on how to make life a little easier, all of which make Jack feel more confident and reassured.

My Daddy is a Silly Monkey

This charming picture book for younger children portrays a day in the life of a dad and daughter in a single-parent home, as they get up, have breakfast, go to school, go swimming, make dinner and prepare for bedtime. Dad is a great big bear, a silly monkey, a crocodile, an octopus and, at bedtime, a scary monster for a little while – but in the end it’s Daddy being Daddy that the little girl loves best.

I Have Two Homes

A young girl named Nina recounts her feelings about her parents’ divorce and describes what it is like to live in two households in this touching picture book.

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