During Children’s Book Week, Magination Press illustrators shared their experiences creating art for picture books in this panel discussion, moderated by Magination Press’s designer, Rachel Ross. 

The panel included:

Brittany E. Lakin, illustrator of Blossom and Bud

Mackenzie Haley, illustrator of Pockets Full of Rocks: Daddy Talks About Depression

Sandhya Prabhat, illustrator of Peacock and Sketch

Jamey Christoph, illustrator of Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Read a two-part excerpt from author Dr. Frank Sileo’s note to parents and caregivers from Blossom and Bud here and here.

Read an interview with Pockets Full of Rocks author, Yair Engelberg, here. 

Related Books from Magination Press

  • Blossom and Bud

    Frank J. Sileo, PhD

    Blossom and Bud live in Mr. Baxter’s flower shop, among plants of every imaginable size, color, and shape. Blossom doesn’t like how tall she is and tries to hide her height. Bud doesn’t like how he looks, so he tries to force his flower to bloom. But Mr. Baxter thinks they are just right, as they are, and has a special role for each of them.

    This story will help kids love themselves all around, no matter their shape or size. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers about nurturing a positive body image in children.

    This new story is from the author of the popular books that feature Bentley the bee, Bee Still: An Invitation to MeditationBee Heartful: Spread Loving-Kindness, and Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga; as well as Snitchy WitchDid You Hear? A Story About GossipA World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in MindfulnessDon’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story about Self-Confidence, and Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing.

  • Pockets Full of Rocks: Daddy Talks About Depression

    Yair Engelberg

    As a young girl gently questions her depressed father, he offers direct answers that help her understand what he is going through. This gentle, hopeful book will help kids cope with a parent’s mental illness. It is developmentally appropriate, addressing common questions that kids have.

    This will be a very useful guide for parents as well as psychologists and mental health professionals working with young children.

  • Stitch By Stitch: Clive Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt

    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.

    Mentored by Harvey Milk, 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.

    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. Includes a timeline and extensive back matter.

  • Coming Soon

    Peacock and Sketch

    Allan Peterkin, MD

    A gorgeous peacock hatches an escape from the zoo in search of fame, only to realize
    that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be, and that instant stardom can be tough and
    beauty is more than feathers deep.

    Peacock loves to see his friend Sketch, a girl who comes to the zoo and inks drawings of him. But life was lonely when she wasn’t around. As a free bird, his adventures attract all the attention he’d always dreamed of, adoring fans, tons of photos, and news headlines. But when he starts to molt, as peacocks do, his tail feathers fall out. His fame evaporates, and Peacock finally comes to appreciate Sketch, who’s stayed by his side from the beginning.

    This story is a lighthearted exploration of the fleeting nature of social media stardom,
    and the importance of real-world friendships. Includes a Note to Parents and
    Caregivers about how to navigate social media with kids.

    Peacock and Sketch will be released on January 11, 2022.