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mp logo 2Magination Press publishes out of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. Our authors, however, are worldwide! We publish several books by Canadian authors and illustrators—so many, in fact, that we would like to send a special shout out in honor of them on Canada Day! So, here they are—thanks for your words, your creativity, your humor, and your lovable characters. We are lucky to have your books on our shelf! —ke

Claudine Crangle is the author and illustrator of Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions. Claudine grew up just like Woolfred. She has celiac disease and cannot eat any gluten (better known as things like pizza, cookies, bread, donuts, cupcakes, and pasta). She can eat dandelions, but is not particularly fond of how they taste. Claudine works for a children’s hospital as a corporate fundraiser and volunteers for an arts organization. She typically has two or three art projects on the go at any time, and is currently working on another book for MP, Priscilla Pack Rat. We are eagerly awaiting its release!

doodle bikeElise Gravel quickly discovered a passion for illustration, after studying graphic design in Montréal in 2000. Inspired by working on her first children’s book, Le catalogue des gaspilleurs, she has since written and illustrated a dozen books for children, including the Magination Press book How Do You Doodle? Drawing My Feelings and Emotions. With humor and a sense of the absurd, she parodies the worlds of advertising, fashion, fast food, and consumerism, and encourages children to look critically and poke fun at the social problems that bother them. She won her first Governor General’s Literary Award from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2012 for her book La clé à molette.

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Sandra M. Lane, MA, SLP, is a pediatric speech language pathologist who has had worked in various settings with children born prematurely, including hospitals, developmental clinics, private practice, and schools. We had the pleasure of publishing Sandy’s first book, The Moment You Were Born: A Story for You and Your Premature Baby, coauthored with Brenda S. Miles, PhD. It is beautiful!


Steve-Mack-Icon_400pxSteve Mack grew up a prairie boy on Canada’s Great Plains and has drawn for as long as he can remember. His first lessons in art were taught to him by watching his grandfather do paint-by-numbers at the summer cottage. He has worked for greeting card companies and has illustrated several books, including three Magination Press books: The Grouchies; Sticks to It!: A Frog’s Guide to Getting Things Done; and Stickley Makes a Mistake: A Frog’s Guide to Trying Again. Steve and his children love catching frogs by the river close to their house, but have yet to find one with Bermuda shorts on…

Move your mood (duck)

Brenda S. Miles, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and school settings. She sits quietly while she writes but twists to tunes during breaks to boost her mood and creativity! She is an author and co-author of several books for children, including Move Your Mood; The Moment You Were Born: A Story for You and Your Premature Baby: Stickley Sticks to It!: A Frog’s Guide to Getting Things Done; Imagine A Rainbow; Stickley Makes a Mistake: A Frog’s Guide to Trying Again; and Princess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas. Brenda has many books in the works, so stay tuned! Definitely more to come!

colleen patterson

Colleen A. Patterson, MA, is a psychologist who has worked with children of all ages in hospital and school settings. She moves her mood by running and frequently races in support of children’s mental health. She is the coauthor of Move Your Mood; How I Learn: A Kid’s Guide to Learning Disability; and 1-2-3 A Calmer Me: Helping Children Cope When Emotions Get Out of Control.


flyawaydogAllan Peterkin, MD, is a Toronto-based physician and writer. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Head of the Health, Arts, and Humanities at the University of Toronto. Dr. Peterkin is the author of The Flyaway Blanket and What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick.


susan sweet headshotSusan D. Sweet, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist and mother of two. She has worked in hospital, school, and community-based settings and is passionate about children’s mental health and well-being. Susan is the coauthor of Princess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas; Cinderstella: A Tale of Planets Not Princes; and King Calm: Mindful Gorilla in the City (both releasing Fall 2016).

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