One of the most difficult parts of divorce is explaining it to children. These books are among the best of the some 60 current books on the subject. They can help affected children -- and perhaps their parents -- better adjust to a painful period.
Two Homes To Live In: A Child's-Eye View of Divorce, by Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrated by Peggy Luks (Human Sciences Press, $6.95).
Young Niki is terribly confused by her parents' divorce. With time and the assurance that she was not to blame, Niki's hurt heals and her life, although changed, once again stabilizes. (Ages 4-8).
she's Not My Real Mother, by Judith Vigna (Albert Whitman, $6.50).
After a weekend visit with his Dad and "HER . . . his new wife," Miles realizes she's not so bad after all. He learns, in fact, there's love enough in his heart for both moms. (4-8).
Where Is Daddy? The Story of a Divorce, by Beth Goff, illustrated by Susan Perl (Beacon, $5.95).
After her parents' divorce, Janey fusses and yells a lot at her Mommy and tries to sit on Daddy's lap at every opportunity. Her adjustment to a working mother and a distant Daddy became more bearable when her parents explain she is still, and will always be, their Janeydear. (3-5).
The Family That Changed, by Francine Spilke, illustrated by Tom O'Sullivan (Crown, $6.95).
This simply-told and deftly illustrated story of a divorce contains the gentle and reassuring words that parents often find difficult to express to a preschooler. (3-5).
I Won't Go Without a Father, by Muriel Stanek, pictures by Eleanor Mill (Albert Whitman, $5.95).
How can Steve face his schoolmates at Open House with only Mom? Although his one-parent situation can't be changed, it becomes more acceptable as Steve realizes he is not the only child like this. (6-9).
Talking About Divorce and Separation, by Earl A. Grollman, illustrated by Alison Cann (Beacon, $3.95).
A compassionate dialogue between parent and child encourages healthy discussions. A helpful Parents' Guide is included. (4-10).
Divorce Can Happen to the Nicest People, by Peter Mayle and Arthur Robins (Macmillan, $9.95).
Divorce is no longer considered a "rare and awful disease . . . to be ashamed of." It does happen, and this marvelous book will show families how they can lovingly help each other handle it. (6-12).
A Month of Sundays, by Rose Blue, illustrated by Ted Lewin (Franklin Watts, $4.95).
Why does Jeffrey's Dad always have to plan something extra special for their Sundays together? Jeffrey just wants to play around and be pals like they used to be. A frank discussion rectifies the situation. (7-11).
A Book for Jodan, by Marcia Newfield, illustrated by Diane de Groat (Atheneum, $8.95).
Jodan hated her parents' separation. Didn't they love her anymore? She and her Dad find a poignant way to stay close, even when they're far apart. (7-11).
What's Going to Happen to Me? by Eda LeShan, illustrated by Richard Cuffari (Four Winds, $6.95).
At a time when a child thinks his or her whole world is coming apart, LeShan eases the terror by explaining what divorce is all about and what a child can expect to feel and encounter. (8-12).
My Other-Mother, My Other-Father, by Harriet Langsam Sobol, photos by Patricia Agre (Macmillan, $6.95).
With a younger brother, divorced parents, new step-siblings, step-parents AND eight grandparents, Andrea wonders just where she fits in. She does -- in a very special place. (8-12).
What About Me? Understanding Your Parents' Divorce, by Francine Spilke, illustrated by Ken Hamilton (Crown, $6.95).
This second guide in the excellent Divorced Family Series provides answers to the barrage of questions young people raise. (9-15).