Books about Kids & Divorce

kids’ books about divorce

As timely as ever…

One Year Commencing — published in 1997, but would having to decide which parent you want to live with be any easier now than it was then? Thistledown Press doesn’t think so. This book and 4 more YA titles are on sale for 30% off this week, through their website only.

Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Any More  — published in 1984 and republished with new illustrations in 2007, because young kids still need the assurances this book offers. I was reminded of this last month when CBC Radio contacted me about an “Out in the Open” feature they were doing on kids and divorce. (Scroll down to “How have kids’ books changed…” for that interview. A free copy of Mom and Dad… to the first person to comment on this blog — on my website, not on Facebook — identifying the two errors in the interview title.)

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. lindaschueler on November 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    The apostrophes are wrong. It should be kids' and it's.

  2. Kathy Stinson on November 24, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Right you are,Linda. Congratulations! Please send me the address where you'd like the book sent (via "Contact") and I will send it along. Also please let me know if you'd like the book inscribed – to you or to anyone else.

  3. Pam MIrehouse on November 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks Kathy for drawing my attention to this. I will repost next week on my page!

    • Kathy Stinson on November 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Terrific, Pam. Thanks. The novel won't be on sale then, but it could be of interest to your people even so.

  4. Janet Barclay on November 26, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I think Thistledown is right! It's easier for kids to stay in touch with out-of-town friends now because of the internet, but I think the emotional struggles of divorce are timeless. Glad to see these two books are still getting attention!

    • Kathy Stinson on November 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      I think you're right, Janet, and unfortunately these books are still much needed by young readers – and maybe their parents too.

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