books for children
It’s Not Your Fault Koko Bear
A good book to help children aged 3-7 whose parents are divorcing. KoKo is a realistically sad unisex bear who learns the divorce is not KoKo's fault, that those sad feelings will pass, that a child can love and be loved by both parents even when living in a family apart, it will help make a difference in your child's adjustment to divorce.
Mum & Dad Glue
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. This story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.
Alex has two homes - a home where Daddy lives and a home where Mummy lives. Alex has two front doors, two bedrooms and two very different favourite chairs. He has a toothbrush at Mummy's and a toothbrush at Daddy's. But whether Alex is with Mummy or Daddy, one thing stays the same: Alex is loved by them both - always. This portrayal of the life of a child whose parents are divorced is full of warmth, comfort and affection.
With simple, direct text and illustrations of dinosaurs, this book aims to help young children and their families to deal with the confusion, misconceptions and anxieties which can arise from divorce. It encourages young readers to acknowledge and express their own fears and feelings, and suggests ways of handling the new situations and difficulties that divorce brings. There are explanations of divorce words and what they mean, and why parents divorce. Other topics include living with one parent, having two homes, telling friends, living with stepparents and having stepbrothers and stepsisters.
The Suitcase Kid
The Suitcase Kid follows Andrea and her tiny stuffed rabbit through the painful adjustment of being a kid with divorced parents. She must leave the home she loves with the mulberry tree in the front yard, and deal with parents who still fight, step parents, step siblings, two different bedrooms (neither of which is really hers), loneliness, and an acute longing for the past. Her grades sink. Her friends drift away. And she's not quite sure how to fix any of it. Wisely, Jacqueline Wilson doesn't offer instant solutions; rather, she chronicles Andrea's journey to the beginning of equilibrium in her new life. Things will never be the way they were, but, as the book suggests, they'll get better over time. The publisher recommends the book for ages 8-12, but it could easily serve kids who are a couple of years younger or older.
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