LBGTQ+: 8 Articles

Support Your Teen with Pride

As teens navigate the waves of personal, intellectual, and physical changes brought on by puberty and adolescence, they are, at the same time, working to figure out who they are. They need resources. Having role models and resources that support positive views towards sexual orientation and gender identity will help tweens and teens understand their feelings and promote acceptance of diverse backgrounds. Magination Press publishes award-winning books to help teens find their way and themselves. This book is written for guys who identify themselves as guys, regardless of what parts they have. It’s written for you, whether you are interested in boys, girls, both, “not yet,” or none of the above. Dating and Sex Dating and Sex: A Guide For The 21st Century Teen Boy, by Andrew P. Smiler, PhD, is a comprehensive, inclusive, and accessible guide to sex and relationships. In addition, it explores puberty, identity, consent, body image, and safe sex and provides questions to help readers better understand themselves. Dating and Sex has won awards for nonfiction writing. Read a piece Dr. Smiler wrote about teens and dating here. Either Way: Story of a Gay Kid, by Sandra Levins, is a graphic novel with three intertwined stories: a coming-of-age coming out story, a lesson on civil rights and marriage equality, and historical fiction about a gay man in the military. It explores the personal experience of discovery and coming out as well as the history of gay rights in America. Either Way won the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award Winner for LGBTQ Fiction for Children and Young Adults. Girl: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, by Karen Rayne, PhD, is an inclusive guide to sexuality for all self-identified girls. It provides information about identity, dating, romance, love, relationships, and sex. It also includes self-reflection quizzes, resources, and must-read real-life stories from girls. Girl was included in the Chicago Public Library's 2017 Best of the Best Books List for Teen Nonfiction. Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, Karen Rayne, PhD and Kathryn Gonzales, MBA, is an all-inclusive, uncensored guide for teens who are transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, or gender-fluid. This comprehensive guide answers questions about gender and explores mental health, physical health and reproduction, transitioning, relationships, sex, and life as a trans or nonbinary individual. Trans+ also includes real-life stories and extensive resources. It is a 2020 ALA Rainbow Book List Selection, in addition to receiving other awards. Learn about respectful and accurate language to discuss gender diversity in a piece from Trans+ here. Finding yourself reflected in the pages of a book is a powerful, affirming experience. Help your teen find themselves with books from Magination Press. Check out Magination Press's 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

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Support Your Teen with Pride 2020-11-16T21:21:02-05:00

Honor Dads and Grandpas on Father’s Day

In June we celebrate Father's Day and all the gifts fathers and grandfathers bring to a family. We also celebrate LBGTQ+ Pride and community. Magination Press has books for just the occasion. Whether you call him Papa, Daddy, Dad, Father or Grandpa, Gramps, Opa, or Abuelo, fathers and grandfathers in families play many roles. Caregiver, teacher, comforter, mentor, advisor, confidant, coach, chef, cheerleader, and protector are only a few. Here are two books from Magination Press that celebrate fathers and grandfathers: Papa, Daddy, & Riley by Seamus Kirst explores Riley's experience when one of her schoolmates asks which one of her dads is her real father. It celebrates the special, unique relationships children have with each of their parents and the love that makes a family. Read a piece Seamus Kirst wrote about why he wrote the book here. Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart, PhD, tells the story of two musical grandfathers and a boy who uses their shared love of accordions to help them connect, even though they don't speak the same language. It explores families' rich cultural diversity and how, while we may be different, we all have much in common as well. Read a piece Dr. Genhart wrote about writing the book here. What better way to celebrate Father's Day than to share a book with Dad or Grandpa?

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Honor Dads and Grandpas on Father’s Day 2020-06-10T11:55:40-04:00

Celebrating Pride with Books About Gender Diversity

Some of the best things in the world aren't one thing or the other, but in between...and entirely fantastically their own. Are you a boy or a girl? Some people expect others to be either a boy or a girl and don't understand that not everyone fits in to that either/or category. Some people identify as non-binary or gender fluid (not just a boy or a girl), transgender or gender diverse (not the sex they were assigned at birth.) Some people express themselves in gender nonconforming ways, like a boy who is most comfortable wearing dresses. You can explore gender nonconformity and gender expression with your kids with two books from Magination Press, My Maddy and Jacob's Room to Choose. In My Maddy, a young girl's parent is neither a boy or a girl. They are something entirely, wonderfully their own. In Jacob's Room to Choose, Jacob and his friend, Sophie, get chased out of the school bathroom because of the way they look, but their teacher helps the kids in their class understand stereotypes and gender expression. It's important for children to understand that people identify and express themselves in diverse and wonderful ways, and that friends and family are about love and acceptance. Magination Press books about gender nonconformity can help. Read an interview with Jacob here. Learn about appropriate gender identity vocabulary here. Magination Press is proud to offer books for kids and teens that celebrate LGBTQ+ voices and promote inclusive school and family values. Check out the Rainbow Collection.

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Celebrating Pride with Books About Gender Diversity 2020-06-07T19:34:48-04:00