From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Janet McDonnell

Janet McDonnell

Janet McDonnell is a writer and illustrator living in the calm outskirts of the Windy City. Her characters populate many books and magazines for children. I’ve wanted to work with Janet for years keeping her tear sheet on my desk, waiting for the “right” book for her to illustrate. And, we found it (three times over)! Janet has illustrated two (and is… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD


              Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD, are clinical psychologists in Baltimore, Maryland, with over thirty years each in private practice working with children and parents. We delighted when they agreed to write books for our hugely popular What to Do series. They also just released a teen self-help book… Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Euan Cook


Euan Cook is an illustrator living and working in London. I had Euan’s art samples for a long while, sitting and waiting on my desk for the right story. Eventually I found it and together, we watched a story unfold, words become illustrated, and characters drawn to life. And WOW–then we had a book! Although Euan has drawn for books and magazines published around the… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Sandra Levins


Sandra Levins lives in Burlington, Iowa with her husband, Jim. Their diverse family includes five sons, their partners, and five adorable grandchildren. She is the author of award-winning books such as Eli’s Lie-O-Meter: A Story About Telling the Truth; Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story For Little Kids About Divorce; Do You Sing Twinkle? A Story About Remarriage and… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Judith M. Stern


Judith M. Stern, MA, is a teacher and private educational consultant in Rockville, Maryland, specializing in work with children who have learning and attention problems. She is an experienced learning disabilities teacher, reading specialist and classroom teacher. She speaks nationally on subjects such as attention deficit disorder, learning problems and children’s study/organizational skills. Judith is the co-author of three Magination Press… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Andrew P. Smiler, PhD

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Andrew P. Smiler, PhD, is a therapist and author residing in Winston-Salem, NC. Andrew holds a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Towson University. He has authored more than 20 journal articles and book chapters relating to boys, men, sexual development, and identity issues, namely, Challenging Casanova: Beyond… Read more »

Back to School!

MagPress   August 30, 2016   No Comments on Back to School!
Shield Up!

  Wow, it’s hard to believe the summer’s almost over! Only one more week of pool time! With many kids going back to school this week and next, we thought we’d round up some books that might be helpful for the back-to-school transition…and beyond. So, pull out your binders, sharpen your pencils, and check out these back-to-school resources! School Made… Read more »

From Sketch to Book: Kim Fleming

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Kim Fleming has always been passionate about creating visual content for children. Her specialty is children’s books, but her illustrations can be found in many different places, from children’s games to greeting cards.  She enjoys working traditionally, and creates her illustrations using watercolor, pencil, and lots of love. Kim illustrated Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death (August 2016)…. Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Bryan Langdo

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Bryan Langdo is the illustrator of over 30 books for children and the author of two. His picture book Tornado Slim & the Magic Cowboy Hat (Two Lions, 2012) won a 2013 Spur Award for Storytelling from Western Writers of America. I’ve worked with Bryan on 5 books — his funny details and quiet little (inside) jokes get me every… Read more »