A new year provides the opportunity for setting new goals or aspirations. Magination Press has books for children and teens that can help with that process. Whether it’s setting goals, making friends, taking risks, or overcoming fears, these books can help your child make the most of the new year.

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Dream It! A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness by Scott Stoll and Sara E. Williams

Dream It! is filled with open-ended brainstorming activities designed to help kids identify their goals and dreams.

Dream It! oozes empowerment with every page. Readers will leave this text feeling enabled and ready to communicate their goals with others.”  Children’s Book and Media Review


The Not-So-Scary Dog by Alanna Propst

Tommy’s fear of dogs is keeping him away from the birthday party of the year, so he and his mom hatch a step-by-step plan to overcome his fear in time for the party. This is a lighthearted, straightforward introduction to the concept of exposure therapy for kids dealing with phobias. 

Beneficial to families… A fear of dogs is no match for serviceable practicality.”  Kirkus Reviews


Band Together by Chloe Douglass

Duck loves peace and quiet! When a rowdy band asks him to join the show, he agrees, but gets nervous to perform with them. Why would they want him to play with them? A charming tale about being with friends and making new ones.


Fantastic You by Danielle Dufayet

Fantastic You shows readers how to develop and nurture a loving and positive relationship with themselves. Kids will learn that self-care includes positive self-talk and self-compassion for a happy, self-empowered life.

“We all need to take a page from Dufayet’s book: We can all forgive ourselves, and that’s a pretty important part of self-love. Dufayet’s book is a great reminder to adults and children alike that anyone can love themselves without the help of anyone else.”  —SDSU Children’s Literature


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