Common childhood experiences and emotions can create big challenges for kids. Magination Press’s What to Do Guides for Kids provide interactive exploration of these common challenges, helping kids manage issues like shyness, perfectionism, separation anxiety, worry, and more. This highly acclaimed, award-winning series is now available in electronic format for Kindle, as well as in paperback. If your child prefers e-books, or if you want to have a What to Do Guide available on-the-go, the Kindle versions are for you. Kindle versions of the What to Do series include: What to Do When the News Scares You by Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD What to Do When Fear Interferes by Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD What to Do When It's Not Fair by Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD What to Do When You Don't Want to Be Apart by Kristen Lavallee, PhD, and Silvia Schneider, Dr. rer. nat. What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner, PhD What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck by Dawn Huebner, PhD What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner, PhD What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake by Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD What to Do When You Feel Too Shy by Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD Check out all of our books that are available in a digital format.Read More
About Eileen HanningEileen Hanning, M.Ed., has more than twenty years designing reading curriculum for underserved kids and training for their parents and social service providers about reading and child development. Her passion for children’s books and hands-on learning has lead her to review children’s books, learn, research and write about education, child development and toxic stress, and to create her own consulting company, ReadLearnReach, where she serves a variety of clients with their curriculum, children’s book and writing needs.
Whether going back to school in-person or online, kids may encounter stressful situations. Going to school for the first time, going back to school after COVID-19 distance learning, making new friends, learning how to behave, meeting new teachers, changing schools, or starting a routine can cause anxiety. Share these books with your child to start a helpful conversation. Starting School for the First Time When a Dragon Goes to School by Caryl Hart Follow the dragon’s lead as kids headed to class explore school manners. When a dragon goes to school, will she throw crayons and refuse to share the toys? Why, no! Dragons don’t do that! While behaving well at school isn’t always easy, this dragon makes it fun. A companion book to the manners must-have When a Dragon Comes to Stay, this book helps kids get fired up for good classroom behavior. Read an interview with Caryl Hart I Don’t Want to Go to School! by Alberto Pellai, MD, PhD and Barbara Tamborini New routine, new friends, new places, and new faces, and parental or caregiver separation can be a lot to handle at first! This sensitive book will help kids and parents talk about this big step and transition to being apart during the day—and maybe even have fun at school! Includes a Reader’s Note to further explain this common behavioral and emotional stage of childhood. Read an excerpt from I Don’t Want to Go to School! Changing Schools New Kid, New Scene: A Guide to Moving and Switching Schools by Debbie Glasser, PhD, and Emily Schenck Calling all new kids! Do you know a kid who is ready for their starring role? Or one who has stage fright? Maybe you know a kid who feels like an extra in a movie featuring some other kids and their fabulous lives? New Kid, New Scene was written just for kids like that. They will learn ways to get adjusted and ease into their new school and surroundings. Every chapter is packed with stories, useful advice, and quizzes to help kids learn more about who they are. This book gives kids the ins and outs of navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch with old ones), and finding a place that feels like their own. Goodbye, School by Tonya Lippert, PhD, LCSW Franny loves her school. She's played, read, studied, and even napped here. Franny has lots of good memories there. But today it's time to leave. As Franny prepares to move to a new school, she takes time to reminisce and cherish her old school. She wants to find a way to honor this special place. How can Franny say goodbye? Includes a Reader's Note by the author with information on how to guide children through periods of transition or change and acknowledge their feelings throughout the experience. Read an excerpt from Goodbye School ADHD School Strategies The Homework Squad’s ADHD Guide to School Success by Joshua Shifrin, PhD The Homework Squad isRead More
In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we're reposting a piece from July 2020. It features books that get kids moving. Physical activity, whether it’s playing a sport, dancing, walking the dog, gardening, or riding a bike, can reduce stress and improve mood! Magination Press offers books for young children and teens that encourage physical movement or exercise. Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga by Frank J. Sileo, PhD, illustrated by Claire Keay, introduces kids to beginning yoga poses such as Mountain, Chair, Airplane, Cobra, and more. A note to parents and caregivers provides suggestions for introducing children to yoga and instructions for the poses in the story. Ready to start feeling better? Move and groove your way into a better mood! Move Your Mood! by Brenda S. Miles, PhD, and Colleen A. Patterson, MA, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown, invites kids to explore their emotions through movement and introduces the idea that moving our bodies affects the way we feel inside. A note to parents, caregivers, and teachers provides suggestions for how to use the book with your child, and additional ideas for teaching your child about emotions. These books for teens provide more comprehensive guides toward self-care: Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive by Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD, and Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, draws on Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help teens understand depression, and provides practical information on actions they can take to start feeling better. How to Feel Good: 20 Things Teens Can Do by Tricia Mangan, MA, offers strategies for teens to use to slow down and and pay attention to how they feel and what they think about themselves. Suggestions of "ways to be kind to your whole self" explore how caring for your physical body can improve your mood. Getting moving is a great way for kids and families to spend time together and feel better. If your child seems especially anxious or you are concerned about depression, please seek professional help. APA can help you find a psychologist near you.Read More