"Dinosaurs Divorce" is a picture book. Colorful dinosaurs in situations that children can relate to explain why parents divorce, what happens after divorce, living with one parent, having two homes, celebrating holidays and what it's like to tell friends about it.
"The Kids' Book of Divorce: By, For and About Kids" by the Unit at the Fayerweather Street School. Edited by Eric Rofes (Random House, paperback: $4.95. Black-and-white photos and illustrations. Recommended ages: 8 and over).
Twenty children from 11 to 14 wrote this book as a school project. Fourteen of those children experienced divorce in their families. Chapters deal with the fears and fantasies children of divorced parents experience.
"Two Homes to Live In: A Child's-Eye View of Divorce" by Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrated by Peggy Luks (Human Sciences Press, paperback: $5.95. Recommended ages: 4 to 8).
This book concentrates on the intense feelings of sadness a young child may have but may not be able to express. It attempts to reassure by explaining that sometimes parents stop loving each other, but they never stop loving their child.
"One More Time" by Louis Baum, illustrated by Paddy Bourma (William Morrow, hardcover: $10.25. Recommended ages: 3 to 5).
"One More Time" is about a small boy named Simon who spends a wonderful Sunday afternoon with his father. At the end of the day, when his father returns him to his mother's home, Simon happily waves goodby; he knows there will be more wonderful Sundays.
The following is a list of children's bookstores that may carry the titles in this sampler or others on the same themes. An asterisk indicates a major stock of children's books. Also check with your local public library.
Sources for Books
*Children's Book and Music Center, 2500 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (213) 829-0215. Open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
*Children's Book World, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles; (213) 559-2665. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.
*Book Emporium, 5539 Stearns St., Long Beach; (213) 431-3595. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday (until 8 p.m. Thursdays), 9 a.m.-5:30 Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
*Pages Books for Children and Young Adults, 18399 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; (818) 342-6657. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
*San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, 2475 Huntington Drive, San Marino; (818) 795-5301. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
*Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, 1355 N. Grand Ave., Covina; (818) 339-9914. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
*Children's Bookshelf, 873 Via de la Paz, Pacific Palisades; (213) 459-0063. Open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
The Enchanted Elf, 703 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; (213) 379-7992. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
Baby Motives, 8362 West 3rd St., Los Angeles; (213) 658-6015. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (until 7 p.m. Wednesdays), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.
*Happily Ever After, 2640 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles; (213) 668-1996. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
Joy of Learning, 18722 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; (818) 343-7116. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Page One, 966 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena; (818) 798-8694. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
Young Scholar, 235-A N. Central Ave., Glendale; (818) 246-7063. Open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
*Once Upon a Time, 2284 Honolulu Ave., Montrose; (818) 248-9668. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.