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Special Circumstances Books – ‘divorce’ and ‘beginning school’

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• No Matter Who We’re With – by Robert Vescio and Cheri Scholten

One thing I find fabulous about children’s books is their ability to put into words difficult situations, in a way that opens up conversations with our children. ‘No Matter Who We’re With’ is one of these stories; a gentle, positive and encouraging book about two parents who have separated, and the love they have for both of their children. Simple, engaging and very reassuring.

To hear a reading of this story visit


• The Terrible Suitcase – Emma Allen and Freya Blackwood

Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood award, this book follows a little girl’s excitement at beginning school, her disappointment in receiving a suitcase instead of a backpack like everyone else and the way in which imagination can lead us out of almost any grump, if we give it a little time. With beautiful illustrations and very true-to-life words, this is a lovely book to share with your little one in the pre-school years.


Jasmine Berry is the creator of Read To My Child (, a free website where she reads stories for children in a simple and natural video format. A lovely alternative to television at those busy moments in the day, all stories featured on the site are available with full permission from the authors, illustrators and publishers. Enjoy!



Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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