Just for Kids! - A Resource Guide to Picture Books Helping Children Cope with Issues Concerning Divorce, Child Custody, Grief & Loss

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A Resource Guide to Picture Books Helping Children Cope with Issues Concerning Divorce, Child Custody, Grief & Loss

Presented by Castellanos & Associates, APLC

We understand that families often seek out books for guidance and comfort to deal with challenging and complicated family situations. We are collaborating with Los Angeles independent booksellers, Children's Book World, to curate a list of books that speak to many of the issues that can arise surrounding divorce, child custody, and other family law matters. Most of the books appearing on this list can be ordered, shipped or picked up directly from Children’s Book World during normal business hours. Children’s Book World is located at 10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. You can reach them by telephone at (310) 559-2665. Please note that our firm does not receive any commission from the purchase of any book you obtain from Children’s Book World. We hope you will find this list of children’s books helpful to you and your family.

Dinosaurs Divorce (Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316109963
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 1988

For over 25 years, changing families have been using Dinosaurs Divorce to learn to talk to each other about one of life's most difficult moments, from the creators of the beloved, bestselling Dino Life Guides--over 1.5 million copies of the series sold.

Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe's and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582462417
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Published: Tricycle Press - March 1st, 2008

"An upbeat look at the ways in which, with the right support, kids of divorce can grow stronger and more able to navigate life's storms. I recommend this kid-friendly, parent-helpful resource." --M. Gary Neumann, LHMC, Helping Your Kids Cope With Divorce the Sandcastles Way

The Co-Parenting Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted and Resilient Kids from Little Ones to Young Adults through Divorce or Separation Cover Image
By Karen Bonnell, Kristin Little (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781632171467
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Published: Sasquatch Books - August 22nd, 2017

A valuable resource for parents who are transitioning from being married with children to co-parenting together, this handbook will help ensure kids and co-parents thrive. 

Two Homes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763619848
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2003

"Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offerings as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centered as this one. . . . Simple, yet profoundly satisfying." — Booklist (starred review)

Living with Mom and Living with Dad Cover Image
By Melanie Walsh, Melanie Walsh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763658694
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Published: Candlewick - June 12th, 2012

For young children who live in two homes, this bright, simple story with oversized flaps reassures young readers that there is love in each one.

When Mom and Dad Separate: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief from Divorce (Drawing Out Feelings) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780962050220
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Published: Woodland Press (MN) - July 23rd, 1996

Divorce creates stressful feelings of grief from loss and change, and children who are unable to understand or verbally express their feelings often act them out in unhealthy ways. This book discusses basic concepts of marriage and divorce and offers young minds a creative way to sort out and express all the powerful feelings resulting from their parents' decision to separate.

Mom's House, Dad's House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684830780
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Published: Touchstone - November 18th, 1997

Internationally renowned therapist, family expert and mediator Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.

When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief (Drawing Out Feelings) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780962050237
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Published: Woodland Press (MN) - July 23rd, 1996

Creates ways for children to explore the fright, confusion, and insecurity caused by traumatic events in their lives. The 'Drawing Out Feelings' series has been designed to provide parents, educators and counselors with an organized approach to helping children cope with grief, family loss and change. A workbook to help children work out feelings about a traumatic event.

Who's In My Family?: All About Our Families (Let's Talk about You and Me) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763636319
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2012

Trusted New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris continues her series for preschoolers with a look at the many kinds of families that make up our world.

The Great Big Book of Families Cover Image
By Mary Hoffman, Ros Asquith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803735163
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2011

This fun and fascinating treasury features all kinds of families and their lives together. Each spread showcases one aspect of home life-from houses and holidays, to schools and pets, to feelings and family trees. Ros Asquith's humorous illustrations perfectly complement a charming text from the acclaimed Mary Hoffman; kids will love poring over these pages again and again.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings Cover Image
By Jo Witek, Christine Roussey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419713101
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 14th, 2014

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316450010
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

Unpack feelings with color in this international bestseller that helps young readers identify emotions and feel more in control -- now in board book.

When Sadness is at Your Door Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525707189
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 29th, 2019

A comforting primer in emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests we approach the feeling of sadness as if it is our guest.

Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are--an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation.

Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated Cover Image
By Becky Birtha, Maja Kastelic (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807512753
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 7th, 2017

Children can experience many emotions when a parent is in jail or prison. They may be angry, sad, lonely, or scared. Sometimes friends act differently toward them. Sometimes the children begin acting differently too. In this important book, young readers will learn that even when it feels like nothing can get better again, there are ways they can improve their circumstances.

Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights Cover Image
ISBN: 9781575422091
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Published: Free Spirit Publishing - November 15th, 2006

All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too.

Somebody Cares: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect Cover Image
ISBN: 9781433821103
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Published: Magination Press - March 14th, 2016

Charlie Anderson Cover Image
By Barbara Abercrombie, Mark Graham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689801143
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 1st, 1995

Charlie, a fuzzy gray cat, walked out of the woods one evening and into Elizabeth's and Sarah's hearts. Now he sleeps on their beds, lets them dress him up in doll clothes, and laps up warm milk on chilly nights. But where does Charlie go during the day?
It's not until a storm keeps Charlie away one night that the two sisters discover his other, daytime, home.

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