Category Archives: Meet Magination Authors

Meet Magination Press Author: Lysa Mullady!

Lysa Mullady has been an elementary school counselor for 28 years. She is known for her engaging, enthusiastic, and creative counseling style. Her passion is to teach her students to be problem solvers by talking it out and thinking good things. Lysa was born and raised on Long Island, where she still lives with her family and two golden-doodles. You… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Carrie Lara!

Carrie Lara, PsyD, has been working with children in various community mental health settings since 2005. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology through Alliant International University of San Francisco in 2009. Her specializations are working with children and families, child and human development, foster and adoptive youth, learning disabilities and special education,… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Authors: Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard!

Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP, worked together for over two decades as Emory University School of Medicine faculty members serving children and families in Atlanta. All three psychologists have been involved in community advocacy efforts focused on children’s behavioral health and social justice. Dr. Celano and Dr. Hazzard have developed and utilized therapeutic… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Authors: Sara Williams and Scott Stoll!

Sara is a child psychologist, and Scott is an author and graphic designer. Together, they wrote Dream It: A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness. Scott drew all of the illustrations by hand. They both love traveling and inspiring others to take adventures — they believe that encouraging children to dream is the best adventure of all! Please join us in… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Jo Rooks!

Jo Rooks is an illustrator, author, and graphic designer living in leafy South West London with her husband and two children. Jo studied at Bath School of Art and Design and pursued a career in graphic design. When Jo had her two children, she began to rediscover her love of art, poetry, and creative writing for children. She is passionate… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Debbie Wagenbach!

Debbie Wagenbach grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa, the oldest of nine siblings. She has been reading and telling stories to children for as long as she can remember. As a retired children’s librarian, she now writes books for children herself, mostly during the daylight hours. Debbie still lives on the same farm, where she enjoys quiet strolls… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Kristen Lavallee, PhD!

  Kristen Lavallee, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and a licensed school psychologist. She has coauthored several empirical studies and a book chapter on causes and treatment of separation anxiety. Kristen co-wrote What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart with Silvia Schneider, Dr. rer. nat., a professor of child clinical psychology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Recently we… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Authors, Leah Bowen and Holly Brochmann!

Sisters Leah Bowen and Holly Brochmann are our newest MP authors! Leah has a Master of Education degree in counseling with a focus in play therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist in the state of Texas. Holly has a degree in journalism and enjoys creative writing both as a hobby and as a primary part… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Ellen Flanagan Burns!

Ellen Flanagan Burns is a school psychologist and the author of Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism and Ten Turtles on Tuesday; A Story for Children About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Ellen devotes her writing to helping children overcome anxiety. She believes that children’s books can be a powerful therapeutic tool and supports cognitive-based interventions for children with anxiety-related issues. It was fun hearing… Read more »

Meet Magination Press Author: Kalli Dakos!

Meet Kalli Dakos! Kalli Dakos has been delighting readers with poetry since the release of her best-selling book, If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand. She has written six IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Selections, such as Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig and A Funeral in the Bathroom. We recently had the chance to ask Kalli a few big… Read more »