Books to help kids process emotionally difficult things such as separation, divorce, shared care and stepfamily living. With a focus on emotional expression, resilience, and positive messaging, our carefully crafted stories provide valuable tools for parents, carers, and children aged 4-8 to foster understanding, empathy, and healthy adjustment during challenging family transitions.
Meet Rachel, the psychologist and author behind Kinship Books.
With 20 years of experience supporting families through conflicts and transitions, Rachel's expertise shines in her two picture books, 'Max's Divorce Earthquake' and 'Harriet's Expanding Heart.' Committed to fostering emotional resilience, Rachel's heartfelt stories are a guide for children navigating family changes.
Max's Divorce Earthquake
"Before Sunday, Max didn't know the word divorce. He didn't really know what it meant. But the word divorce felt very much how Max imagined the word earthquake might feel".
This beautifully illustrated children's book is an invaluable resource for parents, friends, family members, therapeutic professionals, mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, who want to support young children understand and cope with the feelings generated by separation and divorce.View full details
Harriet's Expanding Heart
It is normal for children living in stepfamilies to have lots of different feelings and to feel different things at different times.
Harriet’s Expanding Heart follows a young girl’s emotional experiences surrounding her father re-partnering and their stepfamily beginnings. This book offers children a chance to explore, name and understand the various feelings they might feel as a result of a parent re-partnering following divorce.View full details
Milly's Parent Airport
“Today is a see you later and great to see you kind of day. Milly’s mum and stepdad call such days changeovers. Her teacher calls them transitions. Milly smiled. She prefers to think of days like today as an airport day.”View full details
"Max’s story can be read over and over. I think each child will take something away as they navigate through the different emotions, and ups and downs that come with the upheaval of divorce. This is a resource that any parent going through a separation needs to have. I wish I had something like this at my challenging time for both my understanding and my boys."
Emma, mother of two, divorcee
"This book is a lovely guide to help parents talk to children about their feelings and to help parents understand how their children might be feeling when their family changes as a result of parental separation."
Rhondda Matthews, Social Worker, The Family Relationship Network
"In this comforting and beautiful book, Max’s Divorce Earthquake gives children meaningful images and language to help them understand the complex, changing and often difficult feelings that can surround divorce. A wonderful addition to any family going through change, or a professional supporting children experiencing divorce. Highly recommended."
Michelle Montgomery, Head of Programs, KidsXpress
"This is a great resource for stepfamilies with young children. The language is simple and the illustrations beautiful. This will fill a much-needed gap in resources for children in stepfamilies."
Dr Lisa Doodson, Psychologist and founder of HappySteps