Children’s Books

Call a Friend

December 28 is National Call A Friend Day. It was created to remind us to slow down and talk to a friend. Magination Press has published more than 25 books for children and teens about friendship. Here are some of our recent books about making friends and the power of friendship. Too Shy to Say Hi by Shannon Anderson Shelli wants to make friends, but being shy stands in her way. She decides to take brave steps toward breaking out of her shell. “Nakata’s wispy, light brush strokes match the emotional impact of Shelli’s uncertainty, shimmering and delicate across the page... Echoes the inner thoughts some anxious children may have, hopefully making them feel less alone.” —Kirkus Reviews Hear Too Shy to Say Hi read aloud. Read an excerpt from the Reader’s Note in Too Shy to Say Hi. My Story Friend by Kalli Dakos There is the person who tells the story. This is the storyteller. And there is the person who listens to the story. This is the story friend. As a child treks across the land in search of someone to tell his sad story to, he meets a gruff mountain man who can’t stand unhappy stories, a too busy to be bothered farmer, and finally, the old woman who tells stories herself, who is willing to listen. The act of telling the story leads the child to look at the other side and make what was dark lighter and full of hope and positivity. “Chen’s mixed-media illustrations include elements of chalk, watercolor, and pastels, using fanciful clothing and setting details to contribute to the tale’s folkloric feel. The boy learns that talking about something hard can soften the experience and maybe even help him cope, and Dakos’ universal story could help children facing varying problems consider how to move forward or how to help someone else.” —Booklist Read an interview with the author. Baby Blue by Judi Abbot Baby Blue is a little boy who lives in a blue world, full of blue trees, flowers, and animals. One day, he accidentally tears a hole in the world and a strange light pours in. Through the hole, he can see a world that isn’t blue, and another little person like him. Though Baby Blue is scared, he overcomes his fear and introduces himself to Baby Yellow. “Similar to the action in Abbot’s inspiration, Leo Lionni’s classic Little Blue and Little Yellow.” —Kirkus Reviews Hear Baby Blue read aloud. Read an interview with Judi Abbot about creating Baby Blue. The Friendship Book by Wendy Moss, PhD Figure out what you want out of your friendships, how to be a good friend, how to resolve conflicts, and much more! Full of practical tips, insightful quizzes, and relatable examples, The Friendship Book is the resource you need to figure out friendship. “An introspective how-to guide for kids and teens on how to make, keep, and let go of friends… the book sets readers up to better understand themselves and

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Call a Friend 2021-12-24T23:12:33-05:00

World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day. Established in 1988 by the United Nations’ World Health Organization, World AIDS Day is the first ever international day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to HIV.  This year’s theme is End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics.  (https://www.unaids.org/en/World_AIDS_Day) In observance of World AIDS Day, we’re spotlighting books that focus on HIV/AIDS and LBGTQ+ history.  Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt by Rob Sanders From the blanket that his great-grandmother made for him as a boy, to the friends he gathered together in San Francisco as a young man, to the idea for a monument sewn of fabric and thread, Cleve Jones’ extraordinary life seems to have been stitched together bit by bit, piece by piece. This evocative biography is a touching tribute to Jones’ life of advocacy, the positive effects of a community working towards a common goal, and an inspiring story for young readers.  ★ “This neatly woven picture book biography features Cleve Jones (b. 1954), a white gay man who moved to San Francisco, became a mentee of Harvey Milk, and eventually came up with the idea for the AIDS Memorial Quilt.”  —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW Read an excerpt from Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Evelyn Hooker and the Fairy Project by Gail 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 pioneering psychologist, Hooker was also a poet herself and a towering figure in LGBTQ+ rights.  “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 Read and excerpt from Eveyln Hooker and the Fairy Project. Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD Follow the journey of a boy from a small Kansas town who made his gray life sparkle, unfurling a rainbow of color to galvanize the gay rights movement. “A colorful tribute to Gilbert Baker...creating the rainbow flag after a conversation with Harvey Milk. The art is beautiful and bright, transitioning powerfully from a subdued Kansan landscape to a flamboyant Bay Area...It's clear this book has a lot of love for the flag's promise.” —Kirkus Reviews When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD When You Look Out the Window tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, one of San Francisco's most well-known and politically active lesbian couples. Describing the view from Phyllis and Del's window, this book shows how one couple's activism transformed their community — and had ripple effects throughout the world. "Extensive information about Lyon and Martin's activism, marriage equality,

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World AIDS Day 2021-11-30T18:12:51-05:00

Explore Generosity

“GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good... It’s a simple idea:  whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.” --givingtuesday.org Magination Press has several books that feature giving in a variety of ways. Share these books with your children as you explore what giving means. Giving can mean... Being Generous Grow Kind by Jon Lasser and Sage Foster-Lasser  “An uplifting book about how to show kindness through abundant giving… Kiko's gentle adventures encourage children to think of others' needs and feelings… Lyles' colorful, collagelike illustrations are as inviting and charming as Kiko's narration… This positive, diverse book about kindness can be used in a variety of teaching and learning spaces.” —Kirkus Reviews Hear Grow Kind read aloud.  Read an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers.   Being an Ally Evelyn Hooker and the Fairy Project by Gail E. Pitman, PhD “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 Read an excerpt here.  Being a Listener My Story Friend by Kalli Dakos “The boy learns that talking about something hard can soften the experience and maybe even help him cope, and Dakos’ universal story could help children facing varying problems consider how to move forward or how to help someone else.” —Booklist Read an interview with the author. Being Respectful Jacob’s School Play: Starring He, She, and They by Sarah and Ian Hoffman “This straightforward and important book that honors everyone will help adults have thoughtful conversations with young children about gender identity, particularly the message about respecting someone's choice to use ungendered pronouns. Case's beautifully textured illustrations invite the child reader into the bustling, friendly classroom.” —Booklist Hear Jacob’s School Play read aloud.  Read an interview with Jacob. Being a Friend Red, Yellow, Blue by Lysa Mullady “This is a wonderful book about teamwork, acceptance, kindness, forgiveness, self-esteem and emotions.” —Storywraps Read an excerpt from Red, Yellow, Blue. Being a Witness I See You by Michael Genhart, PhD  “Michael Genhart's wordless picture book is about heart, compassion and connecting with others. It is the perfect medium to open the door for children and parents to begin a conversation about the many kinds of homelessness...The boy is an inspiration and reminder of a child's untainted generosity.” —Children's Books Heal

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Explore Generosity 2021-11-29T14:54:18-05:00