Our Philosophy

At Kinship Books we know that research tells us that reading and storytelling with children from infancy through kindergarten and beyond, encourages and supports brain development and imagination, teaches children about language and emotions and empathy and strengthens their relationships. It can also help build resilience and mental strength.

We believe that by reading books with young children about issues such as divorce, post separation parenting/shared care and stepfamily living, parents and carers can have a positive influence on how their children cope. We aim to write books about these types of sensitive issues to help pave the way to improved emotional expression in children, enabling them to move through their feelings (what ever they may be) and towards adjustment and resilience.

Our Books

Rachel specialises in writing books for children between 4-8 years of age that have experienced changes in their family situation as a result of divorce, separation or a parent re-partnering and stepfamily formation. Max’s Divorce Earthquake is Rachel’s first book. Her second story, Harriet's Expanding Heart was published in Australia in 2020 and in the United Kingdom in 2021. A story about a girl named Milly and her experiences of frequent changeovers between her two homes is on track for release in 2024. Entitled, Milly's Parent Airport, this will be Rachel's third book.

Introducing a new story or book about a specific, sensitive topic such as divorce can be particularly helpful for young children because it can help to clarify feelings, provides words and language enabling a child to more easily talk about feelings, and assist in validating a child’s experience. Books and stories can also reassure children that what they are feeling in response to a stressful situation or event is normal, give them ideas about how to handle feelings as well as foster an awareness that they are not alone in their feelings or the first/only one to encounter a particular problem.

  • The messages contained in our books are ultimately positive: children are reassured that all of their feelings are normal; that there is no right or wrong way to feel; that their parents still love and will care for them no matter what; and that their changed family circumstances are neither their fault nor their problem to fix.

  • Our books also contain basic tips for parents/adults/carers about how they can emotionally support their children when change happens within a family as a result of parental separation, divorce, a parent re-partnering and/or stepfamily formation.