About Carrie Lara, PsyD

Carrie Lara, PsyD, has been working with children in various community mental health settings since 2005. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology through Alliant International University of San Francisco in 2009. Her specializations are working with children and families, child and human development, foster and adoptive youth, learning disabilities and special education, attachment-based play therapy, and trauma. Dr. Lara has had the opportunity to work in different socioeconomic and diverse communities professionally, and personally has a bi-cultural family. Both of these factors have deepened her understanding of the development of cultural identity and its importance. It is her hope that this book supports families having conversations about cultural identity during this very early stage in a child's development of a sense of self.

The Heart of Mi Familia

In my home, two worlds become one. My family is a mix of dos culturas, I am bicultural. Mommy's family came from Europe, a long time ago. Daddy's family came from Central America when he was a little boy. There are lots of differences between my mommy’s culture and my daddy’s cultura, but lots of things are the same too. Visiting both her grandma and her abeula, a little girl creates a birthday present for her brother that celebrates both sides of her family and all generations. The Heart of Mi Familia is a follow-up book to Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family. Hear author Carrie Lara, PsyD, read The Heart of Mi Familia aloud and offer some ideas for activities to explore family identity.

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The Heart of Mi Familia 2020-10-20T14:48:51-04:00

Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family

...colors make the world interesting and beautiful...People are different colors, too. Colors are part of us. Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Families, like people, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Follow a girl as she explores all the colors around her, including the beautiful colors of her family. Hear author, Carrie Lara, PsyD, read Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family aloud, and get ideas for easy self-portrait activities. Read a post about Marvelous Maravilloso and some of Magination Press's other books that feature Latinx families here.

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Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family 2020-10-06T15:38:02-04:00