Social Emotional Learning

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Books

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight APA children’s books featuring Latinx families.  Each of these books celebrates family and highlights the richness of culture and the strength of community and love. Explore them with your child. Something Happened to My Dad: A Story About Immigration and Family Separation by Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP, and Vivianne Aponte Rivera, MD Algo Le Pasó a Mi Papá: Una Historia Sobre Inmigración y la Separación Familiar by Vivianne Aponte Rivera, MD and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP “A well-researched, deeply affecting picture book examines deportation and its effects on communities and immigrant families. ...An important, empathetic, and well-told immigration story that strikes a hopeful note of resilience. (glossary of immigration terms, illustrator’s note, further reading, Spanish edition).” –Kirkus Carmen loves doing magic with her Papi. She is sad and scared when she learns he has been detained because he is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Carmen learns she can find strength in herself and maintain her connection with Papi, no matter what happens. Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart, PhD “This is a reassuring story, emphasizing that though we may be different we can find common ground, an especially important message for multiracial/multiethnic children who can often feel pulled between competing identities… "—Kirkus Reviews Abuelo speaks Spanish. Opa speaks German. Both play the accordion. The little boy in Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music, shows great creativity and wisdom as he finds a way to help his grandfathers connect through music. Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara, PsyD  “A wonderfully presented picture book story from the point of view of a young interracial child about what color means within the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and culture." —Midwest Book Review Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Explore the colors of the world, including the peoples’ beautiful and unique colors, with a little girl and her family. The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara, PsyD “A child explores what being bicultural means to them in ways that feel familiar to young readers… Bicultural kids will feel seen in this sweet family story. " —Kirkus Review Follow a young girl as she works with her abuela and her grandma to create a wonderful birthday present for her brother. She creates a gift that celebrates her multicultural family 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. My Singing Nana by Pat Mora “A winning story that also serves as a useful family resource." —Publishers Weekly Billy and his Nana are very close. They love to sing together. When Billy notices that his Nana is forgetting things, his mom explains that she sometimes needs help. When Nana is having a hard day, Billy draws on his special connection with her to include her in family events.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Books 2022-09-17T19:38:26-04:00

New School Books for a New School Year

The new school year has started! The American Psychological Association has books for kids and teens to help with that transition, including books about:  starting school for the very first time, starting at a new school, making friends, gender nonconformity,  what it’s like to have a learning difference, and  new titles about how to manage challenges in middle school. Managing Middle School The Kid Confident Books are an awesome nonfiction book series developed with expert psychologist and series editor, Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, that authentically captures the middle school experience. These books skillfully guide middle schoolers through those tricky years between elementary and high school with a supporting voice of a trusted big sister or a favorite aunt, stealthily offering life lessons and evidence-based coping skills. Kid Confident offers what kids need to have fun with it all and navigate middle school with confidence, humor, perspective, and feel our mad respect for being the amazing humans they already are. Kid Confident Book 1: How to Master Social Power in Middle School by Bonnie Zucker, PsyD Kid Confident Book #1 discusses the dynamic of social power, equal and unequal, in the context of friendships and with unfriendly peers. Readers learn how to be more assertive and how to create more self-confidence and balance the power in their friend groups. Check out the book.  Kid Confident Book 2: How to Master Your Mood in Middle School by Lenka Glassman, PsyD Kid Confident Book #2 helps middle schoolers identify, manage, and self-regulate their emotions and moods. It teaches the importance of sleep, exercise, nutrition and relaxation in creating stability and balance. It also addresses the cognitive distortions that often create an imbalanced mood. Check out the book.  Starting School for the First Time When a Dragon Goes to School by Caryl Hart Follow the dragon’s lead as kids headed to class explore school manners. When a dragon goes to school, will she throw crayons and refuse to share the toys? Why, no! Dragons don’t do that! While behaving well at school isn’t always easy, this dragon makes it fun. Check out the book. A companion book to the manners must-have When a Dragon Comes to Stay, this book helps kids get fired up for good classroom behavior. Read an interview with Caryl Hart. I Don’t Want to Go to School! by Alberto Pellai, MD, PhD and Barbara Tamborini  New routine, new friends, new places, and new faces, and parental or caregiver separation can be a lot to handle at first!  This sensitive book will help kids and parents talk about this big step and transition to being apart during the day—and maybe even have fun at school! This book includes a Reader’s Note to further explain this common behavioral and emotional stage of childhood. Read an excerpt from I Don’t Want to Go to School!  Changing Schools New Kid, New Scene: A Guide to Moving and Switching Schools by Debbie Glasser, PhD, and Emily Schenck Calling all new kids! Do you know a

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New School Books for a New School Year 2022-09-03T18:36:21-04:00

Better Together

Seagull has always been the lead singer and songwriter of The Band...until Duck joined. Now Duck is writing songs, and Bear and Fox seem to like them better! Seagull feels pushed aside and like she’s not even part of The Band anymore. Will Seagull’s jealousy make her quit The Band? Would a solo act give her all the attention she’s missing out on? Can this friendship be repaired? This heartfelt sequel to Band Together explores some difficult emotions of like envy and jealousy, and the ups and downs of friendship. Hear Chloe Douglass, the author and illustrator, read Better Together  aloud. Follow Chloe on social media:  @chloillustrates for Twitter and @chloeillustrates for Instagram.

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Better Together 2022-09-14T19:47:55-04:00