Just For Kids!
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.
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.$9.99ISBN: 9781582462417Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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$19.95ISBN: 9781632171467Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$7.99ISBN: 9780763619848Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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)$16.99ISBN: 9780763658694Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$9.95ISBN: 9780962050220Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$18.99ISBN: 9780684830780Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: Touchstone - November 18th, 1997
Internationally renowned therapist, family expert and mediator Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.$9.95ISBN: 9780962050237Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$16.99ISBN: 9780763636319Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$17.99ISBN: 9780803735163Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$16.95ISBN: 9781419713101Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: Abrams Appleseed - October 14th, 2014
Celebrate feelings in all their shapes and sizes in this New York Times bestselling picture book from the Growing Hearts series!
Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant.$16.99ISBN: 9780316450010Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.
One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad, and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color.$17.99ISBN: 9780525707189Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$16.99ISBN: 9780807512753Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$9.99ISBN: 9781575422091Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.$9.95ISBN: 9781433821103Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: Magination Press - March 14th, 2016$7.99ISBN: 9780689801143Availability: On Our Shelves Now or RecentlyPublished: 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.