A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus

...now, super-people everywhere are wearing masks to protect each other from coronavirus. Feel free to wear a cape, too! Everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids and grownups alike have lots of questions. This picture book, written in simple language that even the youngest child can follow, answers kids' questions. A Note to Parents and Caregivers provides tips to help kids manage anxiety caused by the pandemic. Hear author, Rebecca Growe, read A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus aloud. Download the book here. View all Magination Press books to help kids cope with COVID-19.

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A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus 2020-06-30T15:13:00-04:00

Nurturing Resilience and Mental Strength Through Creativity

Strength is often only considered in only one way: physically. But we also have to teach our children about mental strength which is arguably more important in today’s hectic world. My story, Doug’s Dung, is about how a dung beetle is mocked by his peers for being too weak to lift the heavy balls of dung like the others. You’re not strong or powerful. You’ve just given up!” they jeered... A passing butterfly helps Doug realize his strength in another way, and it doesn’t take long before Doug’s creativity begins to blossom!  Doug is so inspired to make art that he becomes completely absorbed in it, taking inspiration from the world around him. Even when the other dung beetles criticize or laugh at him, he retains the grit, determination and self-belief to continue creating more amazing art sculptures. When nobody comes to see Doug’s first art exhibition, he clearly feels a little sad and disappointed, but he finds the strength to overcome his sadness and disappointment and is more determined than ever to carry on making art. After all, he doesn’t need justification from others. It is something which gives Doug happiness in itself. Eventually, the butterfly passes by once more to admire Doug’s art and before long, the whole garden has come to see his exhibition.   Our children can sometimes feel down-trodden with the first failed attempt at a new pursuit or can be so influenced by their peers that they begin to doubt their own judgement. It’s important to gently express to them how giving up too early can sometimes mean you feel even more defeated and it often takes lots of practice to get better at any task. Artistic and creative activities are often especially challenging in this way. If your child has a new and exciting idea and others cannot see their vision, it could make them feel it’s not worth pursuing. This is something which happens to author-illustrators, like myself a great deal! Sometimes an idea just isn’t quite ready to share, sometimes it needs a bit more refining, and sometimes you need a break in order to see the problems within your creative idea. This is all part of the creative process and should be praised. All new ideas from our children should be encouraged. It is great to sometimes work on art with children with the understanding that we don’t know the final outcome, it might go differently than planned, or a mistake could turn into a whole new idea and turn into something even better! Nurturing creativity, rather than avoiding failure, is a great way to also conduct yourself as a grown up. Creative thinking and trying new things is courageous and no matter what your age. You have the ability to ride that creative train just like Doug did. Take the lead with creativity and trying new things, and be unafraid to make mistakes.  When you model grit for your child, you show them that risk-taking requires determination and self-belief.

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Nurturing Resilience and Mental Strength Through Creativity 2020-06-23T16:36:58-04:00

Something Happened in Our Town

A Black man is shot by a policeman, and Emma and Josh have questions. Emma asks her mom, "Why did the police shoot that man?"  Josh asks his mom, "Can police go to jail?" Both families, one Black and one White, talk about the shooting, about the history of racial injustice in the United States, and about how they can help break the pattern of racism. Hear authors, Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP, read their book Something Happened in Our Town, aloud. For resources about how to read the book aloud with kids, click here. For a list of books and resources, click here.

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Something Happened in Our Town 2020-06-09T16:54:20-04:00