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Accidentally On Purpose: a One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made. Mary Pols, $16.99

With humour, insight and honesty, movie critic Mary Pols describes the compromises, love and learning she has found as an “accidental” mother — and a life suddenly full of purpose and joy.


But Dad! A Survival Guide for Single Fathers of Tween and Teen Daughters. Gretchen Gross & Patricia Livingston, $22.95

This book is for any man raising a tween or teen daughter, but particularly the single man — with or without full custody. This is the definitive guide to helping dads when it comes to issues their daughters may be facing like sex, friendships, alcohol and drugs, and personal hygiene. This book covers it all, from what to keep stocked in the bathroom to how to talk about sex without being blown off. The authors help dads gain a better sense of what their daughters are going through, how their bodies are changing, how their relationships are changing, and how best to handle the ups and downs of these challenging years.  


Choosing Single Motherhood: the Thinking Woman’s Guide. Mikki Morrissette, $22.50

This is a comprehensive guide for single women interested in proactively becoming and being a mother. The book provides support and insight as well as practical tools and information on decision-making, adoption, fertility and conception, single-parenting and much more.

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A Complete Guide for Single Dads. Craig Baird, $24.95

A Complete Guide for Single Moms. Janis Adams, $24.95

Regardless of how you became a single parent, these books are designed to help you raise a happy, healthy child on your own. From infancy through adolescence, there is a wealth of information here to cover every aspect of parenting.


The Complete Single Father: Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Situations. Elaine Fantle Shimberg & Michael Shimberg, $16.50

Whether your kids are 12 months old or 12 years old, the tips and advice in this comprehensive guide will make the little tricks of parenting feel like second nature to you. With The Complete Single Father, you'll have everything you need to enjoy your kids while maintaining a stable environment and reducing stress for all involved — without losing your sense of humor!


A Day with Dad. Bo Holmberg, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, $17.50

A tender portrait of a day spent together.

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The Family Book. Todd Parr, $10.50

In his typically silly and reassuring style, Parr celebrates the many different types of families in this picture book.


A Father Like That. Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, $21.00 ages 3-8

A boy knows all about fathers. He knows there are little things a father understands, like how to play checkers and when to bend the rules at bedtime. And he knows there are big things a father does, like banishing nightmares and spending special time with his son. Even if he doesn't have a father, a boy can imagine one just like that.


Going Solo While Raising Children with Disabilities. Laura Marshak, $33.95

It's a fact that children with disabilities are more likely than other children to be living in single-parent homes. If you're raising a child with disabilities on your own, whether by choice or circumstance, you'll find a wealth of support, affirmation, and practical ideas in this guide to living well.

This is the first book for solo parents whose kids have a wide variety of disabilities (physical, neuro-developmental, and psychiatric), and who are widowed, separated, divorced, single by choice, adoptive or foster parents, or military spouses with deployed partners.

In Going Solo, Laura Marshak skillfully weaves together extensive interviews and survey results of solo mothers and fathers (and grandparents, too) with reliable coping strategies gleaned from 25 years as a practicing psychologist and specialist in disability adjustment. The book's insightful personal narratives and the author's deconstruction of these to offer universal lessons from the basic (e.g., practice mindfulness to de-stress) to the profound (e.g., cultivate gratitude as the antidote to resentment) will help readers assess and transform their own lives for the better. Agencies, extended family, and friends will want a copy of this book, too, to support the solos they care about.

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The Guide for Separated Parents: Putting Your Children First.  Karen & Nick Woodall, $18.99

Putting Your Children First helps mothers and fathers unlock and resolve the conflict around contact with children that can arise during and after separation. Using strategies such as parenting plans, scripted phone calls and parenting meetings, the book will enable parents to communicate effectively on all the most important things in their children's lives — and make relaxed arrangements for the continued involvement by both parents with their children.


Not the Whole Story: Challenging the Single Mother Narrative. Lea Caragata & Judit Acade, Editors, $24.99

NOT THE WHOLE STORY is a compilation of 17 stories narrated by single mothers in their own way and about their own lives. Each story is unique, but the same issues appear again and again. The themes that recur across these stories illustrate that the issues women face are not just about individual struggle — they demonstrate that major issues in Canada's social system have been neglected in public policy. This book  demonstrates the need to challenge these flawed public policies and the negative discourse that continue to marginalize single mothers.


Positive Discipline for Single Parents: Nurturing Cooperation, Respect, and Joy in Your Single Parent Family. Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin & Carol Delzer, $23.95

Completely revised and updated the 2nd edition of Positive Discipline for Single Parents delivers a clear-eyed, common-sense approach to single-parenting. Positive Discipline for Single Parents dispels the myths of single parenthood and offers practical, positive strategies for everything from self-care to discipline to respectful co-parenting. Being a single parent brings unique challenges to the most important job of your life — raising a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful. This book can help make those challenges easier and even the most overwhelming moments more meaningful.

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The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting. Doug Hewitt, $21.95

Whether you are divorced, separated, or simply working during the week, it's getting harder and harder to have one-on-one time with your children, much less plan for weekend play-time. Instead of turning on the television and walking away, there's now an easy way to take charge and teach, strengthen your parent-child ties, and have fun with your kids, and all at the same time.


Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men. Peggy Drexler, $18.50

A refreshing look at rejecting stereotypes about family structure in favour of creating a model based on the importance of communication, community and love.


Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice. Rosanna Hertz, $18.95

In Single By Chance, Mothers by Choice, Rosanna Hertz offers a discerning look at this fast-growing phenomenon, revealing why so many women are taking this unorthodox path and how they manage to make ‘single parenthood by choice’ work for them. They tell how their personal and social histories intersected to enable them to pursue their dream of motherhood, and how they navigate daily life. A unique window on the future of the family, this book offers a gold mine of insight and reassurance for any woman contemplating this rewarding if unconventional step.

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The Single Father: a Dad’s Guide to Parenting without a Partner. Armin Brott, $14.50

Armin Brott gives single dads the knowledge, skills, and support they need to be actively involved fathers. With the same thoroughness, accessibility, and humor that have made the books in his critically acclaimed New Father series so popular, Brott steers divorced, separated, gay, widowed, and never-married men through every aspect of fathering without a partner. Incorporating the advice of top psychologists, lawyers, and other experts, THE SINGLE FATHER offers a wealth of essential information and practical tips.


The Single Mother's Book: a Practical Guide to Managing your Children, Career, Home, Finances and Everything Else. Joan Anderson, $23.95

A sensible, up-beat and unpretentious guide to managing life as a single mother. The new edition of this popular and comprehensive book offers thoughtful and practical answers to real-life situations, including:

  • Managing finances, building credit, taxes, insurance, affording your own home, saving for retirement…
  • Legal concerns like wills, separation, divorce and custody issues…
  • Safety in the home, personal health and safety, emotional well-being…
  • Finding support and resources…
  • Parenting, co-parenting, dating, blended families…

Single Mothers By Choice: a Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood. Jane Mattes, $18.00

Single Mothers By Choice is a sensible, down-to-earth guide to help women decide if single motherhood is right for them. Author Jane Mattes provides an accessible analysis of the available options, and examines the problems, rewards and questions that a single mother can expect to face.

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The Single Mother's Guide to Raising Remarkable Boys. Gina Panettieri with Philip S. Hall, $16.50

As a single mother to a growing son, you take on many roles: coach, chef, cheerleader, buddy, housekeeper, teacher, disciplinarian, and nurturer. The Single Mother's Guide to Raising Remarkable Boys helps you juggle all these roles with aplomb. You'll also learn how to help your son:

  • Succeed at school
  • Find an appropriate male role model
  • Socialize and combat peer pressure
  • Deal with sex, drugs, and video games

Complete with resources and recommended strategies for every stage of a boy's life, The Single Mother's Guide to Raising Remarkable Boys helps you go it alone — and raise a happy, healthy, well-adjusted young man.


Who’s In a Family? Robert Skutch, $8.99

Family is important, but who's in a family? Why, the people who love you the most! This equal opportunity, open-minded picture book has no preconceptions about what makes a family a family. There's even equal time given to some of children's favorite animal families. With warm and inviting jewel-tone illustrations, this is a great book for that long talk with a little person on your lap.

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Complete Booklist

Accidentally On Purpose: a One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made. Mary Pols, $16.99

But Dad! A Survival Guide for Single Fathers of Tween and Teen Daughters. Gretchen Gross & Patricia Livingston, $22.95

Choosing Single Motherhood: the Thinking Woman’s Guide. Mikki Morrissette, $22.50

A Complete Guide for Single Dads. Craig Baird, $24.95

A Complete Guide for Single Moms. Janis Adams, $24.95

Going Solo While Raising Children with Disabilities. Laura Marshak, $33.95

The Guide for Separated Parents: Putting Your Children First.  Karen & Nick Woodall, $18.99

Not the Whole Story: Challenging the Single Mother Narrative. Lea Caragata & Judit Acade, Editors, $24.99

Positive Discipline for Single Parents: Nurturing Cooperation, Respect and Joy in Your Single Parent Family. Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin & Carol Delzer, $22.00

The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting. Doug Hewitt, $21.95

Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men. Peggy Drexler, $18.50

Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice. Rosanna Hertz, $18.95

The Single Father: a Dad’s Guide to Parenting without a Partner. Armin Brott, $14.50

The Single Mother’s Book:  a Practical Guide to Managing Your Children, Career, Home, Finances and Everything Else. Joan Anderson, $23.95

Single Mothers By Choice: a Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood. Jane Mattes, $18.00

The Single Mother's Guide to Raising Remarkable Boys. Gina Panettieri with Philip Hall, $16.50

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Books for Kids

A Day with Dad. Bo Holmberg, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, $17.50 (father living far away)

The Family Book. Todd Parr, $10.50

A Father Like That. Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, $21.00 (father not involved)

Who’s In a Family? Robert Skutch, $8.99

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