multicultural families: 8 Articles

Celebrate Grandparents

Grandparents’ Day is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. Grandparents and children share a special connection. Magination Press has several books exploring this special relationship. 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. That Missing Feeling by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater Mia’s life feels split in two after her parents get divorced. 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 little blue notebook saying, “When I write about Grandma, I am sad but I am happy too. She is gone, but you are here. Life changes, and writing helps me think about these changes. My notebook is a home for my heart.” Read an interview with the author My Singing Nana by Pat Mora My Singing Nana is a compassionate tribute to families dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. It explores a child’s experience as his grandmother begins to lose her memory. This story celebrates the ideals of family, heritage, and happy memories, showing kids that no matter how their loved one might change they always have ways to maintain their special connection. Read an excerpt with strategies to help kids understand and cope with a loved-one’s dementia Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Michael 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. Listen to Accordionly read aloud Read a piece by Dr. Genhart about creating the book The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara, PsyD Mommy’s family came from Europe, a long time ago. Daddy’s family came from Central America when he was a little boy. There are lots of differences between my mommy’s culture and my daddy’s cultura, but lots of things are the same too. Visiting both her grandma and her abeula, a little girl creates a birthday present for her brother that celebrates both sides of her family and all generations. Listen to The Heart of Mi Familia read aloud Read a piece by Dr. Lara about embracing cultural identity Explore other books about families

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Celebrate Grandparents 2021-09-07T22:54:00-04:00

Books for BIPOC Mental Health Month

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month. It was created in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face related to mental illness in the communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Magination Press has several stories that may be helpful to BIPOC communities. Many of our stories feature biracial or multicultural families.  Accordionly: Abuelo And Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart When both of a boy’s 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 through an unexpected shared musical talent. This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family. Hear Accordionly: Abuelo And Opa Make Music read aloud here. Lulu The One And Only by Lynnette Mawhinney Lulu loves her biracial family. But being a mix of her Mama and Daddy always brings around THAT question. Lulu hates THAT question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a “power phrase” so she can easily express who she is, not what she is. Includes an Author’s Note, sharing her experience as a multiracial person. Here Lulu The One and Only read aloud here. Read an excerpt from the Author’s Note here. My Singing Nana by Pat Mora "Always amigos!" This book is a compassionate tribute to families dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. The story celebrates the ideals of family, heritage, and happy memories, showing kids that no matter how their loved one might change they always have ways to maintain their special connection. Read an excerpt from the Note to Parents here. Marvelous Maravilloso: Me And My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Mommy says it is part of our culture and the big word diversity — diversidad. This award-winning story explores what color means within the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and culture, and is told from the point of view of a young interracial child. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers. Hear Marvelous Maravilloso read aloud here. The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara 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 multiculturalism 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 here. Read an excerpt from the Readers’ Note here. Something Happened In Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD and Ann Hazzard, PhD ABPP Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A Black man was shot by the police. "Why did the police shoot that man?" "Can police go to jail?"

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Books for BIPOC Mental Health Month 2021-07-06T23:50:39-04:00

Celebrate Fathers and Father Figures

Celebrate the father figures in your life! Whether you call him Dad, Papa, Father, Gramps, Opa, Abuelo, or Maddy—and no matter which pronouns they use—these people are an important part of families. Check out our stories about dads and father figures: My Maddy by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD explores what it’s like to have a gender-nonconforming parent from a child’s perspective.  “Most mommies are girls. Most daddies are boys. But lots of parents are like my Maddy. My Maddy has hazel eyes which are not brown or green. And my Maddy likes sporks because they are not quite a spoon or a fork. The best things in the world are not one thing or the other. They are something in between and entirely their own.” Read an excerpt from My Maddy’s Note to Readers here. Pockets Full of Rocks by Yair Engelberg presents a young daughter’s questions to her depressed father. He offers direct answers and promotes the hope that he will become his old self again. This gentle, hopeful book will help kids cope with a parent’s mental illness. Read an interview with the author here. 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. Hear Papa, Daddy, & Riley read aloud here.  Read a piece by Seamus Kirst about the power of inclusion 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. Hear Accordionly read aloud here. Read a piece Dr. Genhart wrote about writing the book here.

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Celebrate Fathers and Father Figures 2021-06-14T18:51:24-04:00