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Featured Books

Be A Great Divorced Dad

A fine book sensitively written by a family therapist and divorced Dad. It is a straightforward and practical approach on how fathers can deal with the fears and realities of post-divorce parenting. Insightful and emotionally rich. Very readable format.


Encouraging Words for New Stepmothers
By Jean McBride

A wonderful new book by stepfamily specialist Jean McBride. It consists of many short essays that cover most topics new stepmothers want and need to hear about. Full of useful suggestions and real-life stories Encouraging Words is a "must own". Stepmothers will return to it over and over in their early years.


"What Am I Doing In A Stepfamily?"
by Claire Berman

Reviewed by Lucy

What did you like about this book?
I liked that some parts were funny. [continued]


The Enlightened Stepmother
by Perdita Kirkness Norwood with Teri Wingender

Reviewed by Wendy

This book is for anyone who may be thinking of becoming a stepmother, has found themselves in the role of stepmother, or even those who interact professionally in support of the stepmother (counselors or attorneys). [continued]


Chelsea's Tree

Chelsea’s Tree
by Marcy McCann
A high-quality, compact book/photo album/sticker book ideal for girls 7 through 12. Chelsea’s loving family helps her create a hands-on visual picture of her stepfamily.

“My 8-year old stepdaughter loves it. You don’t find many family trees that include stepfamilies. This has been very useful in helping her puther life together.”

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The Stepfamily Library


Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.

The Good Divorce (Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart) by Constance Ahrons, Ph.D.

Voices of Children of Divorce by Dr. David Royko (1999)

Dear Mom and Dad: What Kids of Divorce Really Want to Say to Their Parents by Gillian Rothchild.



Chores Without Wars: Turning Dad and Kids from Reluctant Stick-in-the-Muds to Enthusiastic Team Players by L.Lott & R. Intner (Part of the "Developing Capable People" series).

Get Out Of My Life, but first will you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.

Positive Discipline for Blended Families. Nurturing Harmony, Respect and Unity in Your New Stepfamily by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and H. Stephen Glenn.

I Was My Mother's Bridesmaid by Erica and Vanessa Carlisle (1999). (See review in For Kids/Teens)


For Kids/Teens

I Was My Mother's Bridesmaid by Erica and Vanessa Carlisle (1999).

The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin by Robin Cruise (1998).

It's Not the End of the World by Judy Blume.

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.

What Am I Doing In A Stepfamily? by Claire Berman. (See review in "Featured Books")



Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage and Parenting in the 1st Decade by James Bray & J. Kelly.

Making It As A Stepparent: New Roles & New Rules by Claire Berman.

How To Win As A Stepfamily by Emily B. Visher, Ph.D. and John S. Visher, M.D.

Mom's House, Dad's House by Isolina Ricci.

Money Advice for Your Successful Remarriage by Patricia Schiff Estess.

Yours, Mine, and Ours by Anne C. Bernstein, Ph.D.

Other People's Children by Joanna Trollope.



The Enlightened Stepmother, Revolutionizing the Role by Perdita Kirkness Norwood. (See review in "Featured Books")

Stepmotherhood by Cherie Burns.

When You Marry A Man With Children by Barbara Mullen Keenan.

Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love by Janet Wright.

Women and Stepfamilies: Voices of Anger and Love edited by Nan Bauer Maglin and Nancy Schniedewind.



Still A Dad by Serge Prengel.

Successful Step-Fathering by Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D.

Featured Books

The Love They Lost
By Stephanie Staal


Reviewed by Steve

The Love They Lost tells the story of divorce through the eyes and hearts of children (of all ages) who have experienced the divorce of their parents. [continued]


Stepliving for Teens
By Dr. Joel D. Block & Dr. Susan S. Bartell

Reviewed by Ryan (Age 12) and Jack (Age 14)

I enjoyed the book Stepliving For Teens. One of the good parts of this book was how it explained how to work problems out in great detail. [continued]


HELP! A Girl's Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies

Reviewed by Roxie (Age 16)

Help! from the AmericanGirl Library is a detailed, yet very understandable book for young girls. I think it would be appropriate for girls between 5 and 13 years old. [continued]


Take Back Your Kids, Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times
by William J. Dougherty

Reviewed by Laureen

I think it must be very difficult for biological parents to put their foot down and say, "enough" to societal expectations of what they are supposed to do for their children--how far they have to go to be a "good parent". [continued]


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