family relationships: 4 Articles

Celebrate the Holidays with Family

Winter holidays often mean time spent with family. Breaks from school and work allow people to travel to see or to host family or friends. Celebration and tradition mark the season. Magination Press has published more than 50 books that honor and explore families of all kinds and the situations they experience.  Here are some of our stories about families. When Nana Dances by Jane Yolen and Maddison Stemple-Piatt Nana can make any object a dancing partner. An umbrella, a broom, even a rake! Both onstage and off, she can shimmy, she can mambo, and do the bunny hop. She’s won prizes and can dance to grandpa’s music or to her own beat. But nothing is more special than when grandma dances with her grandchildren. This fun story is filled with the movement, energy, and laughter that comes when kids dance with their grandparents. "A cadenced celebration of grandparent-grandchild relationships.”  —Publishers Weekly Read an interview with the authors. That Missing Feeling by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater Mia’s life feels split in two after her parents get divorced—even her cat and dog now live in two separate places. When she’s at her dad’s house, Mia misses her mom’s jokes and singing. And when she’s at her mom’s house, she misses her dad’s laugh and cooking. Mia just can’t quite shake that missing feeling. Sometimes that missing feeling makes her angry. And sometimes it makes her sad. One day when Mia visits her Grandpa, he gives her a notebook to write her feelings. Mia keeps her notebook wherever she goes, writing about happy and sad memories. And soon her notebook becomes a way to balance that missing feeling. And also a home for her heart.  “A sweet beginner’s guide to keeping calm.” —Kirkus Reviews Read an interview with the author. The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara, PsyD 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 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.  “Bicultural kids will feel seen in this sweet family story.”  —Kirkus Reviews Hear The Heart of Mi Familia read aloud. Oh Brother! By Alberto Pellai, MD, PhD, and Barbara Tamborini This charming story about a new addition to the family will help older siblings appreciate their expanded family. The little brother has arrived, and all he does is sleep and cry! He doesn’t play ball or swim or do anything a little brother is supposed to do. And he takes up all the parents’ time. But the little brother smiles when his big brother makes faces and claps when he plays the drums. Maybe being a big brother will be great?  Read an excerpt from the Reader’s Note. Papa, Daddy, & Riley by Seamus Kirst Riley is Papa’s princess and Daddy’s dragon. She loves her two fathers!

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Celebrate the Holidays with Family 2021-12-13T17:46:18-05:00

Celebrate Sisters!

August 1 marked National Sisters’ Day. What does it mean to have a sister? What does it mean to be one? These Magination Press stories explore sisterhood in a variety of forms. The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara, PsyD 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 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. Hear The Heart of Mi Familia read aloud. Pooka and Bunny by Jennifer Zivoin Oh no! Pooka knocked down her big sister Bunni’s pillow castle! Pooka needs to fix it before Bunni returns. Even though she’s small, Pooka uses her big imagination, creativity, and perseverance to figure out how to build an even better castle. This clever story highlights sibling bonding and how big sisters can learn a lot from their little sisters! Read an interview with Jennifer Zivion about creating Pooka and Bunni. Hear Pooka and Bunni read aloud. The Find Out Files: My Sibling by Isabelle Filliozat This helpful activity book offers activities to help kids get along with their brothers and sisters. Kids think that they are expected to love their brothers and sisters unconditionally, but sibling relationships can be really complicated. This book covers jealousy, fairness, sharing, parent-relationship, and tons more and helps kids find a common ground with their siblings if things get too fraught or upsetting. Includes an extensive section for parents and caregivers with tools and tips for exploring the topic. Read an interview with Isabelle Filliozat about creating My Sibling. Autism, The Invisible Cord: A Sibling’s Diary by Barbara S. Cain, MSW “Sure, everyone at school knows about Ezra. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. But I don't talk about him to anyone but Zoe…I rarely talk about him even to her. She doesn't ask and I don't tell. If I were to bare my soul about Ez, I'd worry she might turn against him or think less of me or say something about him I couldn't forgive. So I stay silent.” Meet Jenny — a teen who confides in her diary about what it is like to live with Ezra, her younger brother with autism, and her life with the most "wacky, exasperating, infuriating, amazing younger brother! If living with Ezra weren't hard enough, Jenny must deal with school bullies, rude classmates, and fragile friendships. But with the promise of a summer writing program and an Ezra-inspired project, Jenny finds the courage to be more than just "Ezra's sister, protector, defender, and his best and only friend," and loosens the invisible cord just enough to follow her own dreams.  Includes a Note to Readers. Check out these other books about sisters, families, and family relationships.

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Celebrate Sisters! 2021-08-03T16:35:33-04:00

Musical March: Stories that Celebrate Music in Our Lives

March is Music in Our Schools Month. Research shows that music can have positive effects on children’s early development. Investing in music education early helps children develop fine motor skills, as well as physical and mental health. In recognition of the important role music can play in families, communities, and for the individual, here are some terrific stories that include voices, ensembles, interesting instruments, and more.  Music is at the heart of these stories: Elephant’s Music by Monika Filipina All of the animals in the forest can play an instrument, except Edward the Elephant. He tries, and he tries, but all he can do is make a terrible noise. So instead he became happy just listening, and so much so, that he became the band’s biggest fan! After walking up late for a performance one day, Edward runs through the jungle…DUM DUM DUM DUM…and discovers that he was musical after all. He turns out to be the beat the band needed! This is a playful yet important story about individual differences and finding ways to belong. “Even a noisemaker can find a place in a band...An agreeable lesson in inclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews Band Together by Chloe Douglass Duck is a solo act. He loves the peace and solitude of his beachside home, strumming his ukulele beneath the stars. After helping stranded band players Bear, Fox, and Seagull fix their broken-down tour van, he has tons of fun playing songs and hanging out with his new friends. Maybe he could ask the Band if they want to play with him again. But why would they want to be friends with Duck? When Seagull gets sick, it looks like the concert will get canceled. Or will Duck drum up the courage and accept Bear’s invitation to join the Band? Will Duck help his new friends out? Music is the universal language “A loner duck comes into his own...Both vulnerability and self-confidence shine.”  —Kirkus Reviews Hear Band Together read aloud by Chloe Douglass. Read an interview with Chloe Douglass.  Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Micheal Genhart, PhD When both 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. This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family. “Genhart pulls from his own childhood growing up in a bicultural family in this cheery picture book, which tells of a young boy and how the accordion brought his family together…. Music is the universal language….Great for reading aloud and featuring bright, energetic illustrations, this endearing story supports diversity and multicultural inclusion.” —Booklist Hear Accordionly read aloud by Dr. Genhart. Read an article about multicultural families and the power of music. My Singing Nana by  Pat Mora "Always amigos!" My Singing Nana is a compassionate tribute to

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Musical March: Stories that Celebrate Music in Our Lives 2021-03-09T22:52:33-05:00