Single Parent

Books that focus on single parent families.

Zolotow, Charlotte

A young boy shares with his mother his daydreams about the father who left before he was born.
Lindsay, Jeanne Warren
J306.856 LINDS

A single mother explains to her son that his daddy left soon after he was born. Includes a section with suggestions for answering the question, "Do I have a daddy?"
Cooper, Melrose

Since money is tight on Thursdays, the day before his mother's payday, Andre is upset when he realizes that his report card and the promised celebration for making the honor roll will come on a Thursday.
Seward, Angela

Eight-year-old Phoebe looks forward to a visit from her absent father and must deal with her disappointment when "something comes up" and he must postpone his visit.
Warner, Sally

Eight-year-old Emma is upset to learn that her mother is dating, but not passing along a message about a cancelled date makes Emma feels worse.
Weitzman, Elizabeth
J306.856 WEITZ

Examines potential problems and issues that might arise in several different kinds of single-parent homes.
Downey, Roma

Schotter, Roni

At Walter's World of Beauty, Luisa's secret plans are underway to create a very special birthday celebration for her hard-working, single mother who is employed there as a stylist. For one magical night, Luisa wants to make her single mother's worries disappear. Every day after school Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty to watch her mama work-- cutting, coloring, and curling customer's hair, transforming them into the images of their dreams. Mama works hard and hardly ever smiles, but when she does, she is the prettiest flower in all the World. At the end of each day, she puts her tip money in a special envelopes for Luisa-- the envelope marked "college." She wants to give her daughter the world-- but Luisa has plans of her own. It's Mama's birthday and, for one night, she wants to make Mama smile... the way she smiles in an old photograph of her dancing at a place called Roseland. So Luisa transforms Walter's World of Beauty into Roseland, by decorating it with roses and collages of Mama's customers, who are also in on Luisa's secret. And it isn't long before everyone is happily dancing, especially Mama, who is the happiest of all.
Cerato, Mattia

A young boy is reluctant to accept his mom's new friend, Dan. However, when they all go on a road trip together, he finds that Dan is not as bad as he imagined.
Woodson, Jacqueline

When Mama's pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.
Hanson, Warren
J306.856 HANSO

Schuette, Sarah L.
J306.856 SCHUE

"Simple text and photographs present single-parent families, including how family members interact with one another"--Provided by publisher.
White, Jen

Soon after their mother's sudden death in San Diego, Liberty, twelve, and Billie, eight, are abandoned at an Arizona gas station by the father they barely know and Liberty must find a way to keep them together and safe until either Dad returns or they can contact Julie, their mother's best friend.
Zisk, Mary

A girl tells how her mother decided to become a single parent and traveled overseas to adopt her and describes their happy life as a family.
Gantos, Jack

"Everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey as he becomes the man of the house, looking after his new baby brother, taking care of his troubled mother, and seeking out his missing father"-- Provided by publisher.
Thomas, Eliza

Tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby.
Matthies, Janna

From playing in the snow to a rainy-day ride, to double-scoop treats and crash-landing in leaves, two can be the perfect number for creating life's memories. And two can definitely be enough for a warm family, full of the love, support, and comfort that every child needs. Whether a father and daughter, mother and son, or a grandparent and grandchild, two is enough to fill each season of the year with wonders, big and small. Author Janna Matthies' soothing rhyme and Merrilee Liddiard's warm illustrations of diverse pairs make this story perfect for encouraging a sense of acceptance, security, and community.
Spinelli, Eileen

When Mama arrives home, she and her child enjoy a series of activities together before bedtime.