Resources

Websites

  • Voices in the Middle – www.voicesinthemiddle.com
    Website created by children who have been through their parents’ divorcing. It has a strong campaign message which creates a sense of community and removes stigma. It also includes resources for parents as chosen by children.

Books

  • Miss Dirt the Dustman’s Daughter by Allan Ahlberg (recommended ages 3 – 5)
    A light-hearted book showing a child living equally between the homes of two parents, including new partners and a disparity in financial circumstances.
  • The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Asquith Hoffman (recommended ages 3 – 6)
    A long book which beautifully illustrates (with lots of pictures) the various configurations that families can take. It includes differences in activities, holidays and pets.
  • Rita’s Rhino by Tony Ross (recommended ages 4 – 7)
    A book ostensibly about a child and a rhino, however it uses humour to explain how the child and the rhino can love each other but need to live apart. A good story for families in which the child will only see one parent during school holidays – Rita and the rhino have an annual holiday by the sea together.
  • Izzy Gizmo Invention Convention (recommended age 5 – 10)
    This is one of a series which is light-hearted and fantastical – Izzy seems to live with her grandpa only and so is good for representing families who are not made up of two parents who live together with the child.
  • The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson (recommended ages 10 – 14)
    This book focuses on a 10-year-old’s experience of her parents’ divorce. Both parents have new partners with children and the book explores the way in which families can be blended. The central character spends one week at her mum’s house and the next week with her dad. She really struggles with the change and wants everything to go back to how it was before.
  • The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson (recommended ages 10 – 14)
    A hard-hitting story of a single mother who struggles with her mental health. It includes siblings who live together but have different fathers and explores the way children can feel about different father-figures.

Before buying, do ask us – we have copies we can lend to families.

For Parents