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Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

Rainbows are...nature's way of smiling at us all. Rainbow flags...celebrate love, hope, diversity, and acceptance. Rainbow flags celebrate rainbow families: families with two moms or two dads. Each color in the rainbow flag has a meaning.  Hear author, Michael Genhart, PhD, read Rainbow: A First Book of Pride aloud and learn what each stripe of the flag means. Read a piece Dr. Genhart wrote about writing Rainbow: A First Book of Pride here.

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Rainbow: A First Book of Pride 2020-06-16T16:02:00-04:00

Celebrate Pride Month with Books!

June is Pride Month! Every week in June, Magination Press Family will post a piece featuring books in our Rainbow Collection. Magination Press is proud to offer books for kids and teens that celebrate LBGTQ+ voices and promote inclusive school and family values. Our books: are evidence-based and written by child development experts come with guides for caregivers and resources to further books' messaging in the classroom, in the community, and at home backed by the American Psychological Association's mission to benefit society and improve lives Some of our titles for young readers focus on pride itself, the rainbow flag, and LBGTQ+ community leaders. For example: Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, by Michael Genhart, PhD, explores the meaning of pride and of the different colors in the rainbow flag in a format perfect for young readers. Read a piece Dr. Genhart wrote about writing Rainbow: A First Book of Pride. Three books by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD explore various aspects of LBGTQ+ history and experience for young readers: This day in June… Parade starts soon… Rainbow arches… Joyful marches! Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag was selected for the American Library Association's 2020 Rainbow List. It tells the powerful story of Gilbert Baker and the creation of the rainbow flag. This Day in June shares the sights, sounds, and people celebrating at a Pride festival. It won a Stonewall Book Award and was a Top Ten Selection for the ALA Rainbow List. Read an interview with Dr. Pitman about writing This Day in June. When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community shows how one couple's activism transformed their community—and had ripple effects throughout the world. In upcoming posts we'll explore Magination Press books about gender identity and expression, LBGTQ+ families, and books for LBGTQ+ teens. Check out our whole Rainbow Collection!

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Celebrate Pride Month with Books! 2020-06-03T22:13:24-04:00

Magination Press Learning at Home: Celebrate Children and Books!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros is Children's Day/Book Day. It’s a celebration of children, families, and reading that happens all over the world, culminating yearly on April 30. Commonly known as “Día,” it celebrates the importance of literacy for children from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. “As celebrated by libraries and librarians, Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, a celebration which took hold in 1925 following the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and many other Latin American countries choosing April 30.” (Pat Mora, About Día) The observance of Día in the United States was founded by Magination Press author, Pat Mora, after she heard how Children’s Day was celebrated in Mexico. She wanted to link the celebration to literacy and bilingualism. The first El día de los niños/El día de los libros was celebrated in April 1997. Seeing their experiences and cultures positively reflected in books they read builds children’s self-image as well as reading motivation. Magination Press publishes books for children reflecting diverse families, cultures, and experiences.  In honor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Magination Press highlights books featuring Latinx families. Each one celebrates family and highlights the richness of culture. Enjoy them with your child! Three accordions, two grandpas, one family! Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart, PhD 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. Colors make the world pretty, colors make the world interesting and beautiful. Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara, PsyD  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. Always amigos! My Singing Nana by Pat Mora 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 a family event. Reference List The American Library Association: Together with Dia Pat Mora: What’s Dia

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Magination Press Learning at Home: Celebrate Children and Books! 2020-04-29T11:16:44-04:00