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Celebrate Banned Books Week: READ!

In recent months there has been a resurgence of book banning, especially books for children and teens that depict a diversity of experiences. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country. The theme for Banned Books Week is Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. These Magination Press books have been challenged recently:  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 is included on the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2020. It was challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views. Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. It includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues. Hear Something Happened in Our Town read aloud by the authors. This Day In June by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD was Named one of the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018 by American Library Association  and is included in the American Library Association’s”Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past Decade. In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day In June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. Also included is a Reading Guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways. This Day In June is an excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart, PhD A positive tool for celebrating a wide range of human diversity and all kids of familial love. —Booklist A must-have primer for young readers and a great gift for pride events and throughout the year, beautiful colors all together make a rainbow in Rainbow: A First Book of Pride. This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent's love for their child and a child's love for their parents. With bright colors and joyful families, this book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals

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Celebrate Banned Books Week: READ! 2022-09-17T19:50:51-04:00

KIDS!! Vote for Your Favorite Books!

GREAT NEWS! Three of our books are finalists in this year’s KIDS’ BOOK CHOICE AWARDS. The awards are organized by the Children’s Book Council. The Kids' Book Choice Awards are the only national awards that are chosen by kids. Please, encourage your kids to vote for their favorite books in several categories. Voting will end November 13.  VOTE HERE! Magination Press finalists by category are: For Favorite Book Cover:  All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal With Climate Change, by Leslie Davenport, cover by Jessica Smith All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal With Climate Change is a timely, thoughtful book that will help young readers work through their feelings of anxiety about climate change. Through informative text and activities, the book gives children age-appropriate information about the climate crisis and gives them the tools they need to manage their anxiety and work toward making change.   For Best Info Meets Graphic:  Big Brain Book: How It Works and All Its Quirks, by Leanne Boucher Gill This is a fun primer on psychology and neuroscience that makes complex psychological phenomenon and neural mechanisms relatable to kids through illustrations, interesting factoids, and more. For Favorite World Changer:  The Heroes from The Hero Handbook, by Matt Langdon Heroes take chances, do hard things, and sometimes even change the world. To become a hero, kids can surround themselves with supportive people, boost their self-esteem and self-awareness, find their passion, and have the courage make things happen. This book shows them how to be the hero of their own story and discover their own hero journey. What makes a hero? Activists, advocates, allies, and friends. Sometimes heroes are our parents, teachers, or siblings. The truth is, heroes are inside everyone, and kids can and discover their inner hero, too!

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KIDS!! Vote for Your Favorite Books! 2022-09-17T19:15:30-04:00

Making Friends and Nurturing Friendships

The United Nations proclaimed July 30th International Friendship Day. “The resolution places emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.”   Magination Press books can help kids develop that understanding and respect for diversity with our stories that explore the ins, outs, ups, and downs of friendship. Check out some of our newest titles: Peacock and Sketch by Allan Peterkin, MD  A gorgeous peacock hatches an escape from the zoo in search of fame, only to realize that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be, and that instant stardom can be tough and beauty is more than feathers deep. Check out the book here.  Read an excerpt from the Reader’s Note about friendship and social media here. My Story Friend by Kalli Dakos There is the person who tells the story. This is the storyteller. And there is the person who listens to the story. This is the story friend. After a long journey, a child finds someone in this world who will listen to their stories, even the scary ones. Check out the book here.  Read an interview with Kalli Dakos about creating My Story Friend here.   Band Together by Chloe Douglas Duck loves peace and quiet! When a rowdy band asks him to join the show, he agrees, but gets nervous to perform with them. Why would they want him to play with them? A charming tale about being with friends and making new ones. Check out the book here. Hear Band Together read aloud here. Read an interview with Chloe Douglass about creating Band Together here. Keep an eye out for Better Together, the sequel to Band Together, coming out in September. It’s a classic battle of the band tale, where envy gets side-tracked by the sweet revenge of reconciliation and friendship. Check out the new book here.    Too Shy to Say Hi by Shannon Anderson Shelli wants to make friends, but being shy stands in her way. She decides to take brave steps toward breaking out of her shell. Check out the book here.  Hear Too Shy to Say Hi read aloud here. Read an excerpt from the Reader’s Note in Too Shy to Say Hi here.   Baby Blue by Judi Abbot Baby Blue is a little boy who lives in a blue world, full of blue trees, flowers, and animals. One day, he accidentally tears a hole in the world and a strange light pours in. Through the hole, he can see a world that isn’t blue, and another little person like him. Though Baby Blue is scared, he overcomes his fear and introduces himself to Baby Yellow. Check out the book here.  Hear Baby Blue read aloud here.  Read an interview with Judi Abbot about creating Baby Blue here.   Like Ability: The Truth About Popularity by Lori Getz, MA and Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD Like Ability is a practical, insightful guide for teens

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Making Friends and Nurturing Friendships 2022-08-01T22:12:17-04:00