Mental Health

Creating Art for Picture Books: Interview with Illustrators

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. 

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Creating Art for Picture Books: Interview with Illustrators 2021-07-27T11:23:32-04:00

Books for BIPOC Mental Health Month

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month. It was created in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face related to mental illness in the communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Magination Press has several stories that may be helpful to BIPOC communities. Many of our stories feature biracial or multicultural families.  Accordionly: Abuelo And Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart When both of a boy’s grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can’t understand each other’s language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson’s clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family through an unexpected shared musical talent. This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family. Hear Accordionly: Abuelo And Opa Make Music read aloud here. Lulu The One And Only by Lynnette Mawhinney Lulu loves her biracial family. But being a mix of her Mama and Daddy always brings around THAT question. Lulu hates THAT question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a “power phrase” so she can easily express who she is, not what she is. Includes an Author’s Note, sharing her experience as a multiracial person. Here Lulu The One and Only read aloud here. Read an excerpt from the Author’s Note here. My Singing Nana by Pat Mora "Always amigos!" This book is a compassionate tribute to families dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. The story celebrates the ideals of family, heritage, and happy memories, showing kids that no matter how their loved one might change they always have ways to maintain their special connection. Read an excerpt from the Note to Parents here. Marvelous Maravilloso: Me And My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Mommy says it is part of our culture and the big word diversity — diversidad. This award-winning story explores what color means within the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and culture, and is told from the point of view of a young interracial child. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers. Hear Marvelous Maravilloso read aloud here. The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara Follow a young girl as she works with her abuela and her grandma to create a wonderful birthday present for her brother that celebrates her multiculturalism and honors both sides and generations of her family. This follow-up to the award winning Marvelous Maravilliso: Me and My Beautiful Family is a must-read for all families. Hear The Heart of Mi Familia read aloud here. Read an excerpt from the Readers’ Note here. Something Happened In Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD and Ann Hazzard, PhD ABPP Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A Black man was shot by the police. "Why did the police shoot that man?" "Can police go to jail?"

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Books for BIPOC Mental Health Month 2021-07-06T23:50:39-04:00