New titles for 2016

MagPress   January 15, 2016   No Comments on New titles for 2016

We have been busy! Just wait until you see what we have to offer. Beautiful, sometimes funny, but always helpful books, full of hop—Magination Press plans to release 17 titles in 2016 on the topics of picky eating, bullying, childhood depression, anxiety/worries/bedtime fears, neglect, emotional regulation and movement, individual differences, making mistakes, death in the family, hyperactivity, planning and organization skills for kids with ADHD, social anxiety/phobia, and women in STEM fields/studies, and teen depression.

Whew! First up this spring are these wonderful books:

BigRedAndTheLittleBittyWolf_CoverBig Red and the Little Bitty Wolf by Jeanie Franz Ransom and illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. Big Red is a modern twist on the classic tale in which a little wolf’s unexpected solution to the class bully is met with surprising success. The book talks about bullying, and what to do / how to find help (school counselor) should you need to. Features a note to parents by school psychologist, Elizabeth McCallum, PhD. (February 2016)




Princess Penelopea Hates Peas

Princess Penelopea Hates Peas by Susan Sweet, PhD and Brenda Miles, PhD and illustrated by Valeria Docampo is a spunky story about Princess Penelopea who lives in Capital Pea where peas are plentiful and popular. But there is a problem. Princess Penelopea hates peas! What is a princess to do? Features a note to parents and caregivers with strategies to help children enjoy a variety of healthy foods. (February 2016)






In Emily Grace and the What- Ifs by Lisa B. Gehring and illustrated by Regina Flath, Emily Grace lies in bed while all kinds of fears and worries—the “what ifs”—race through her head. What if a big rhinoceros charges out through my closet door? What if I wake up tomorrow and I am a princess far, far away from home, all by myself? Emily Grace faces her fears and calms herself…and eventually thinks, What if I close my eyes now and go to sleep?Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Bonnie Zucker, PsyD with more ideas for coping with nighttime fears and making bedtime less of a struggle. (March 2016)



Somebody Cares by Susan Farber Straus, PhD and illustrated by Claire Keay, explores the feelings and thoughts many kids have when they’ve had to look out for themselves or be alone much of the time.  A useful book to read with a caring adult—such as a parent, foster parent, kinship parent, or therapist—Somebody Cares reassures children who have experienced neglect that they are not to blame for what happened in their family, and that they can feel good about themselves for many reasons. An extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers, including a list of helpful resources, is available online here. (March 2016)


MoveMoodRGBMove Your Mood by Brenda Miles, PhD and Colleen Patterson, MA and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown, invites kids and adults to twist, wiggle, shake, hop…and smile! Reading this book with your child is an active and fun way to teach your child about emotions, and introduce the idea that moving our bodies affects the way we feel inside. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with suggestions for how to use the book with your child, and additional ideas for teaching your child about emotions. (April 2016)




Danny and the Blue Cloud by James Foley, DEd and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez is a story about childhood depression. Danny was born under a blue cloud and he didn’t know why, but sometimes the cloud made him cry. Some days he didn’t want to get out of bed. Some days he was one big GROWL! With the help of Barnaby, Danny learns to think more positive thoughts, feel better about himself, and dance his way into a better mood until his cloud turns lighter and brighter. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with more information about childhood depression and strategies to help children cope. (April 2016)


Here’s to a happy, healthy, and hopping new year! –ke

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