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Christine Gazulis PhD
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Suggested Readings

Suggested Reading for Parents
Preschool: (4-6 year olds)
Elementary School: (7-9 year olds)
Preteen and Teenage
Specialized Group Interventions and Materials for High Conflict Parents
Resources for Parents and Professionals

Suggested Reading for Parents

Berman, Claire.  Making It as Step-Parent.  Bantam Books, 1980.

Bonkowski, Sara. Tots Are Non-Divorceable.  ACTA Publications, 1998.  (A workbook for parents and their children). Birth to 5 years.

Burns, Cherie.  Step-Motherhood:  How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left-Out or Wicked. Times books, 1985.

Hannibal, Mary Ellen. Good Parenting Through Your Divorce. Marlowe & Company, New York, 2007.

Kalter, Neil.  Growing Up With Divorce:  Helping Your Child Avoid Immediate and Later Emotional Problems. Free Press:  A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, 1990.

Kelly, J.B. & Emery, R.E. Children’s Adjustment Following Divorce:  Risk and Resilience Perspectives.  Family Relations, 52,(4), 352-362. 2003.

Marston, Stephanie.  The Divorced Parent:  Success Strategies for Raising Your Children After Separation.  Morrow, 1994.

Neuman, Gary M.  Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way.  Random House, New York, 1998.

Oddenion, Michael.  Putting Kids First:  Walking Away From a Marriage Without Walking Over the Kids.  Family Connections, 1995.

Ricci, Isolina. Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child. Fireside of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, 1997.

Ricci, Isolina.  Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids.  Fireside of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, 2006.


Preschool: (4-6 year olds)

Abercrombie, Barbara.  Charlie Anderson.  Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, New York, 1995.

Best, Carl.  Taxi Taxi. Little, Brown. 1994. (Tina, a school-aged daughter of divorced parents, looks forward to the Sunday afternoons she spends with her Papi, driver of the most yellow taxi in New York City. Each Sunday, Tina and Papi drive to the country to tend their flower and vegetable garden and to enjoy quiet times in each other's company. Spanish words and phrases are sprinkled throughout this realistic picture of life in a bilingual, divorced family). Ages 4-8.

Brown, Laurence, and Marc Laurence.  Dinosaurs Divorce. Little, Brown, 1986.

Cain, Barbara.  Double-Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions.  Magination Press, 1990.

Caines, Jeannette.  Daddy.  Harper and Row, 1977. (Child visits father and stepmother each Saturday.  African-American stepfamily).

Christiansen, C.B. My Mother’s House, My Father’s House. Atheneum/Macmillan, New York, 1995.

Helmering, Doris.  I Have Two Families. Abingdon, Nashville, 1981.

Hoffman, Mary. Boundless Grace. Dial Books, 2000. (African American girl goes to Africa to visit her father).

Lansky, Vicki. It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear.  Book Peddlers, 1998. (Available in English and Spanish).

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

Willhoite, Michael.  Daddy’s Roommate.  Horn Book, Inc., 1991.  (A young child discusses his father’s new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving and living).

Wyeth, Sharon Dennis.  Always My Dad. (A father whose visits are unpredictable but treasured reminds his family that, no matter where he is, he’s always dad. Beautiful illustrations of an African-American family).  Ages 4-8.


Elementary School: (7-9 year olds)

Caseley, Judith.  Priscilla Twice.  Greenwillow Books, 1995. (A story of a girl who feels split in half.  It helps her understand in reassuring and even humorous ways that there is more than one kind of family).

Clearly, Beverly.  Dear Mr. Henshaw.  Avon Co., 1994.  (An award winning book about a 10-year-old-boy who writes letters to an unmet hero describing how he misses his father.  Also available in Spanish).

Cruise, Robin.  The Top Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin. Harcourt Brace, San Diego,  1998.

Fassler, David; Lash, Michele; Blakeslee Ives, Sally.  Changing Families:  A Guide for Kids and Grown-Ups. Waterfront Books, Vermont, 1988.  (Designed to be used by children and parents together).

Johnston, J.F. Breuning, K., Garrity C., & Baris, M. Through the Eyes of Children:  Healing Stories for Children of Divorce.  The Free Press, 1997.

Jong, Erica.  Megan’s Two Houses.  Dove Kids, 1996. (Struggling with the many problems faced by children of divorced families, eight-year-old Megan tries to adjust to having two rooms, two pets, two sets of possessions, and two potential stepparents).

Park, Barbara.  Don’t Make Me Smile.  Bullseye, 1990.  (An eleven-year-old boy feels his life will never be the same again after his parents divorce; people try to cheer him up to no avail.  He goes for professional counseling). Ages 8-12.

Paulsen, Gary.  The Hatchet.  Noguer y Caralt Editores, S.A., 1996. (In Spanish: El Hacha.)  (After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce).

Pickhardt, C.E.  The Case of the Scary Divorce.  (A ten-year-old- boy meets the mysterious “Professor Jackson Skye: Helping Investigator” who enlists his aid in solving eight cases, each dealing with a problem he himself is experiencing during his parents’ divorce). Ages 9-12.

Stinson, Katherine.  Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore.  Annick Press, New York, 1985.

Tax, Meredith.  Families. Little, Brown, 1981. (This book illustrates that there are all kinds of families, and “The main thing isn’t where they live or how big they are…it’s how much they love each other.”  This book normalizes differences between many types of families, and is recommended for children who feel stigmatized by coming from a divorced family.  It is culturally sensitive).

Vigna, J. Saying Goodbye to Daddy.  Albert Whitman, Illinois, 1991.


Preteen and Teenage:

Blume, Judy.  It’s Not the End of the World.  Dell, New York,  1986.  (This is the story of how a girl and her siblings react to their parents’ separation.  Karen is concerned about how the family will manage financially and who will take care of them.  She tries to get her parents to reconcile.  Her 6-year-old sister develops fears of the dark and of being left alone.  Her 14-year-old brother runs away for a few days.  Karen meets another girl whose parents are divorced, and learns some new ways of coping from her).

Danzier, Paula.  The Divorce Express.  Paper Star, 1998.  (A 14-year-old girl lives in a joint parenting situation.  Problems arise when her mom plans to marry.  After Phoebe’s parents divorce she has to travel every Sunday to see her dad.  Just when she thinks she has a handle on it all, her mom makes a decision that will change everything again). Ages 12-15.

Evens, Maria D.  This is Me and My Two Families.  Magination Press, 2000.  (An awareness scrapbook/journal for kids living in two separate families).

Ford, Melanie, Annie and Steven.  My Parents Are Divorced, Too.  Magination Press, 1997.  (Three stepsiblings in a blended family discuss their experiences, and those of friends, with divorce and remarriage.  These young authors write about their own experiences frankly and clearly, in a way that can be understood by young readers.  More than just a recounting of experiences it is a guidebook for getting adjusted to a new life, and a means for opening new avenues of communication at a difficult time in everyone’s life).  Ages 8-12.

Goldman, Katie.  In the Wings. Dial, New York, 1982.

 Klein, Norma.  Breaking Up. Avon, New York, 1980.

Krementz, Jill.  How It Feels When Parents Divorce.  Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1988. (A sensitive view of the experiences of children, mostly adolescents, who were interviewed and photographed).

Richards, Arlene & Irene Willis.  How to Get It Together When Your Parents Are Coming Apart.  Willard Press, 1976.  (A comprehensive “coping” book that addresses those needing help with the stresses and confusion of parental divorce; includes an excellent section on legal aspects of divorce).

Voight, Cynthia.  Solitary Blue, Athenium, 1983.  (A sophisticated sensitive story about a high school boy-Jeff- who resolves his feelings about his custodial father and absent mother.  Jeff’s mother, who deserted the family years before, re-enters his life and challenges Jeff to overcome his pain about his family).


Specialized Group Interventions and Materials for High Conflict Parents:

After the Storm:  Resolving Post-Separation Conflict. Video, manuals.  www.divorce-education.com.

Parenting Without Conflict – Los Angeles County Superior Court Family Court Services.

Kids’ First Group for Parents in High Conflict – Freeport, ME.




Online Resources for Parents and Professionals:

Divorce Education Programs:

Cooperative Parenting 101, Frederica Conrad, Ph.D. (415-456-5484), Sheryl Hausman, Ph.D. (415-924-8940). Email for Information at cooperativeparenting101@yahoo.com                                                  

          Children in the Middle. www.divorce-education.com.

          CODIP – www.childrensinstitute.net

          Kids’ Turn. www.kidsturn.org. (415) 437-0700.

          Lemons2lemonade – www.lemons2lemonade.com

Coparenting Software and Guides:




Collaborative Practice Information:

Online Information:

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP): www.collaborativepractice.com

Collaborative Practice California:  (CP-CAL):  www.cpcal.com


Cameron, Nancy J. Collaborative Practice:  Deeping the Dialogue.  The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2004.

Naff, Monza. Must We Say We Did Not Love?  The Need For Divorce Rituals in Our Time.
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc., 2008.

Tesler, Pauline H., and Thompson, Peggy. Collaborative Divorce, Harper Collins, New York 2006.

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