2girlsBibliotherapy is an old concept in library science. The ancient Greeks maintained that literature was psychologically and spiritually important, posting a sign above their library doors describing itself as a “healing place for the soul.”

The basic concept behind bibliotherapy is that reading is a healing experience. Bibliotherapy can assist children in building confidence and self-esteem as they go through the divorce process. Books help to normalize a child’s world by offering coping skills and reducing their feelings of isolation, reinforcing creativity, and problem solving. It also gives parents an opportunity to discuss their children’s issues with the children.

Books for Preschoolers

Two Homes by Clare Masurel

Standing on My Own Two Feet by Tamara Schmitz

Books for Lower Elementary Children (5-7)

Dinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown & Laurence Krasny Brown

At Daddy’s on Saturdays by Judith Friedman & Linda Walvoord Girard

Good-bye, Daddy! by Brigitte Weninger

Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins & Bryan Langdo

Books for Upper Elementary Children (8-12)

All About Change by Donna Dansker & Kathy Kagy-Taylor

Helping Your Child Survive Divorce by Mary Ann Shaw

What I’ll Remember When I am a Grownup by Gina Willner-Pardo

Mom’s House, Dad’s House by Mary Collins Gallagher

What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce by Danielle Lowry

Books for Young Teens (12-15)

It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume

Teens Are Non-Divorceable: A Workbook for Divorced Parents and Their Children by Sara Bonkowski

Coping When Your Family Falls Apart by Dianna Daniels Booher

Books for Older Teens (15-19)

Teens Are Non-Divorceable: A Workbook for Divorced Parents and Their Children by Sara Bonkowski

Why Can’t Anyone Hear Me? by Monte Elchoness

Win. Don’t Divorce Your Children–Children and their Parents Talk about Divorce by Jennifer & Sammons Lewis

The Divorce Help Book for Teens by Cynthia MacGreggor

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