About Eileen Hanning

Eileen Hanning, M.Ed., has more than twenty years designing reading curriculum for underserved kids and training for their parents and social service providers about reading and child development. Her passion for children’s books and hands-on learning has lead her to review children’s books, learn, research and write about education, child development and toxic stress, and to create her own consulting company, ReadLearnReach, where she serves a variety of clients with their curriculum, children’s book and writing needs.
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Celebrate Pride Month This June and All Year Long

June is Pride Month! Here are some recently published and upcoming books about LBGTQ+ history and inclusion from Magination Press that are great for current celebrations, and all year long.  Bernice Sandler and the Fight for Title IX by Jen Barton Title IX was designed to fight injustice based on gender. Today it’s protections extend to the transgender community.  Bernice Sandler and the Fight for Title IX is a lively engaging biography that drives home the message that it doesn’t take a person with power to make a difference. More often, it takes determination. When confronted with injustice, regular people can effect change. Includes extensive backmatter about how to be an activist. Read an interview with the author. Stitch By Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt by Rob Sanders Mentored by Harvey Milk, Cleve Jones first had the vision for what became the AIDS Memorial Quilt during a candlelight memorial for Milk in 1985. Along with friends, Cleve created the first panels for the quilt in 1987. The AIDS Memorial Quilt grew to be one of the largest public arts projects ever and helped grow awareness of HIV and AIDS. The Quilt is an iconic symbol of hope and remembrance and is Jones’ shining achievement. It has since toured the world and been seen by millions. ★ It's story is beautifully captured in the book’s smooth pacing and brief paragraphs. Readers will follow its journey from that march as it becomes both a monument to mourning and a means of changing the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS…the book is pretty darn impressive. Storytelling and history, beautifully stitched together.  —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books  Bronze Award, Florida Book Awards Read an excerpt from the discussion guide. Listen to the author read Stitch By Stitch aloud. Evelyn Hooker and the Fairy Project by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD This evocative biography tells the story of Evelyn Hooker, the extraordinary woman behind the research, advocacy, and allyship that led to the removal of the “Homosexuality” diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. “A true story of true allyship… this offers helpful materials for young researchers and audiences curious about LGBTQ+ history… Offers interesting information on a lesser-known hero.”  —Kirkus Reviews NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book Read an excerpt from the Note to Readers about becoming an ally. They’re So Flamboyant by Michael Genhart, PhD This fun and funny bird’s-eye tome to individuality, community, and harmony follows the reactions of a neighborhood full of birds when a “flamboyance” of flamingos moves in. “Clever book about stereotypes, uncomfortable feelings, acceptance, and inclusion. What’s more, readers will also learn about birds…The book, full of wordplay and alliteration, includes a list of birds and their associated collective nouns..”  —Booklist Read an excerpt from the Note to Readers about inclusion. Hear the author read They’re So Flamboyant aloud. And coming soon, in October 2022:  The Mother of a Movement: Jeanne Manford—Ally, Activist, and Co-Founder of PFLAG

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Celebrate Pride Month This June and All Year Long 2022-06-02T17:26:12-04:00
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Week of the Young Child: Books to Share

Celebrate little kids! April 2-8 is the Week of the Young Child.  The Week of the Young Child®  was established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It recognizes that the early childhood years, from birth through age 8, lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life.  The purpose of the Week of the Young Child® is to focus public attention on the needs of young children, ages birth to 8,  and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. 1  Magination Press has published a number of books specifically for young children. Here are some of our series that explore developmental stages, experiences, and emotions from the young child's world. Share them with your young child! Big Little Talks Series The Big Little Talks books are fun stories to ease both parents and children through typical and common life stages using empathic listening and encouraging an understanding of age-appropriate behavior and emotions. Feel Better Books Series This acclaimed series of books for kids ages 4-8 that explores young children's common feelings and experiences. Written in light, rhyming verse, The Feel Better Books identify emotions or challenging situations and provide kid-friendly coping strategies. Get Ready Board Books Series   This series of cleverly wordless board books with bright illustrations will delight little ones and their parents and provides an endless opportunity to engage toddlers in their own storytelling and interpretation of what they see in the book. Super cute and appealing, little kids will see themselves in the stories as the books capture a family's experience. Once Upon a Garden Series “The series is perfect for young children who are working with issues of shyness, self-acceptance, and courage, and discovering new talents, skills and hard work. There is simplicity in the text and the illustrations are happy and bright and compliment the emotions and themes in each book. This series is sure to boost the self-confidence of children.”  —Children’s Books Heal Terrific Toddlers Series Written with simple language and reflective of children's realities, the Terrific Toddlers series is based on understanding of the developmental level of young toddlers. Books for Nourishing Friendships Series “Children will relate to strong and memorable characters that jump off the pages, identify with their friendship problems and learn some new strategies for coping. The characters deal with their own issues and do their own problem solving in all three stories — no adults involved...This series will be a winning one with children.” —Children's Books Heal Check out other books feelings, family, and friendship to read with your young child.

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Week of the Young Child: Books to Share 2022-04-06T17:05:12-04:00

Nurture Your Child’s Inner Optimist

March is National Optimism Month You might think your child has a sunny or gloomy personality. You might describe them as an optimist or pessimist. But optimism isn’t a disposition someone is born with. It’s a learned skill, and it’s an important factor in determining a person’s level of happiness. Magination Press has several books about optimism, positive psychology, and positive self-talk.  Celebrate National Optimism Month by sharing these books with your child.  Help build their sense of optimism and positive thinking skills. What to Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Negativity by Dawn Huebner, PhD What to Do When You Grumble Too Much guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat negative thinking. Lively metaphors and illustrations help kids see life's hurdles in a new way, while drawing and writing activities help them master skills to get over those hurdles. And step-by-step instructions point the way toward becoming happier, more positive kids. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change. It includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by the author.  “Dr. Huebner has a gift for describing abstract issues in simple, concrete terms…a unique resource that helps children practice how to think differently. Highly recommended.”  —Carina Ziemek, MA, school counselor See other books in the What to Do Guides for Kids Series.    A Feel Better Book for Little Tears by Holly Brochmann and Leah Bowen This rhyming book will help kids identify what it feels like to be sad and what they can do to respond to it. It offers suggestions such as talking about what makes you feel sad, imagining happy things, or crying as a way to let the emotion out. The book lets kids know that it's perfectly normal to feel sad — but offers a gentle reminder that the feelings won't last forever. A Note to Parents and Caregivers provides guidance about how to help children respond to strong feelings of sadness. “Brochmann and Bowen have provided readers with the tools to help their kids get through their first bouts of sadness.”  —BookTrib Read an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers.  Hear A Feel Better Book for Little Tears read aloud. See other books in the Feel Better Books for Little Kids Series. Grow Happy Jon Lasser, PhD and Sage Foster-Lasser Grow Happy shows kids that they can play a pivotal role in creating their own happiness. The main character, Kiko, shows the reader how she grows happiness: by making good choices, taking care of her body and mind, paying attention to her feelings, problem solving, and spending time with family and friends. A Note to Parents and Other Caregivers provides more strategies for helping children learn how to grow happiness. “In Grow Happy, the authors help children to think metaphorically about growing happiness in a variety of strategic ways. This is a fun and meaningful way for children to learn

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Nurture Your Child’s Inner Optimist 2022-03-24T16:12:51-04:00