Your Parenting Plan

A guide to making practical arrangements for your children if you live apart.

Books for Children

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear
by Vicki Lansky, 1998
This is a 'read together' book for parents and young children aged 3 to 7 years during divorce that helps to explain words and feelings.

Dinosaur's Divorce
by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown, 1988
For children aged 4 to 8 years, this book uses cartoon dinosaur characters to cover topics such as 'why parents divorce', 'what will happen to me?', 'Living in two homes'.

The Huge Bag of Worries
by Ironside and Rodgers, 2011
A popular story book for younger children about a little girl who finds she is carrying an ever growing 'bag of worries'. She finds there are lots of different ways of dealing with or sharing worries.

Two of Everything
by Babette Cole, 2000
This is a 'funny' book for children, from 6 to 12 years, that tells the story of parents being 'unmarried'.

When Mom and Dad Separate
by Marge Heegaard, 1991
A workbook for children (5 to 12 years) to work out their feelings about separation and divorce.

The Suitcase Kid
by Jacqueline Wilson, 2006
This is a well told story about a girl and her rabbit adjusting to life being a kid with divorced parents. For ages 8 to teens.

It's an Aardvark eat Turtle World
by Paula Danzinger, 2007
An entertaining read about two teenagers who were best friends and become sisters after their parents fall in love, for children 10 to 12 years.

Mom's House, Dad's House for Kids
by Isolina Ricci, 2006
Designed for children 10 years and older, this book helps children to learn about how their family is changing and develop important life skills.

It's Not the End of the World
by Judy Blume, 2011
This is a story about divorce and its' impact on family life, from a teenage perspective. Written with insight, sensitivity and honesty for ages 10 to teens.

What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce?: A Survival Guide for Kids
by Kent Winchester and Roberta Beyer, 2002.
Written to and for kids, in a simple question-and-answer format, this book is a valuable tool for helping children cope with separation.

"Makes me wonder how we ever managed without a proper plan for the school holidays."

"It wasn't so bad. It reminded me we used to talk a lot about all kinds of things. It's easier now when we do see each other."

"I liked that mum and dad both asked me what I think."




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