Magination Press continues to expand the breadth of its nonfiction books for kids, with new titles about the brain, how psychology works, and more to come this fall. During Children’s Book Week, authors Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD, and Leanne Boucher Gill, PhD, shared their experience writing for kids in this panel discussion.

Read an interview with Dr. Gill about writing Lobe Your Brain: What Matters About Your Grey Matter here.

Read an excerpt from Dr. Gill’s book, Big Brain Book: How It Works and All Its Quirks here.

Read an excerpt from Drs. Freeland and Toner’s book, Psychology for Kids: The Science of the Mind and Behavior here.

by Claire Freeland, Ph.D.

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Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, working for more than 35 years with youth and their families. With an interest in bringing psychological concepts to a wide audience, she has co-written several books for children and teens on subjects related to emotions and behavior. She lives with her husband in Baltimore, MD. They have two grown children.
by Jacqueline Toner, Ph.D

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Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD, is the co-author of a number of books for children and teens addressing social and emotional challenges. She practiced clinical psychology for over three decades serving children, teens, and families. Dr. Toner lives in Baltimore, MD, with her husband. They have three married daughters and two grandsons.
by Leanne Boucher Gill, PhD

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Leanne Boucher Gill, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University, where she received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and was named the NSU STUEY Professor of the Year. She maintains an active research program studying how exercise affects the way we think. She lives in South Florida. Visit her on Twitter.

Related Books from Magination Press

  • Lobe Your Brain: What Matters About Your Grey Matter

    Leanne Boucher Gill, PhD

    Kids know that their brain does a lot, like make them move, smile, remember, think, feel, and emote.

    But do they know how it really works? Readers will take a tour of the lobes of the human brain to discover all the cool things that it can do in this must-have introduction for all nonfiction collections.

    Includes kid-friendly examples, simple explanations, and basic anatomy illustrations that show different parts of his brain and central nervous system, basic neurological function, and how everything flows.

  • Big Brain Book: How It Works and All Its Quirks

    Leanne Boucher Gill, PhD

    Readers are welcomed to the Lobe Labs and Dr. Brain activities in this brightly illustrated, highly engaging book that uses science to answer interesting questions that kids have about the brain and human behavior.

    This is a fun primer on psychology and neuroscience that makes complex psychological phenomenon and neural mechanisms relatable to kids through illustrations, interesting factoids, and more.

    Chapters include: What is the brain made up of and how does it work? Why can’t I tickle myself? Why do they shine a light in my eyes when I hit my head in the game?

    Answers draw from both psychology and neuroscience, giving ample examples of how the science is relevant to the question and to the reader’s life experiences.

  • Psychology for Kids: The Science of the Mind and Behavior

    Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD

    This exciting new book introduces kids to the science of psychology, with chapters on the brain, personality, intelligence, emotions, social relationships, and more. Accompanied by colorful illustrations of psychology’s big ideas, and lots of hands-on experiments to try at home, there’s no better way to dive into the fascinating science of the mind.

    Why do we sleep? What are feelings? How do we make decisions, and how do we learn from them? Psychology helps us ask and answer these big questions about ourselves, others, and the world around us.