September 8, 2010

Free iPad App Offered by Magination Press, APA’s Children’s Book Imprint

"The Grouchies" helps kids deal with bad moods

WASHINGTON  Magination Press, the children’s book imprint of the American Psychological Association, has developed a free iPad application of “The Grouchies,” a book created to help kids – and their parents – deal with bad moods.

“This book really lends itself to an iPad application because it’s colorful and engaging, and it’s designed for parents to use with their children,” said Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, APA’s publisher. “After downloading the book, parents can read it along with their kids. And, like other Magination titles, this book includes a note to parents from a psychologist – this one offers practical advice on how to help their children work through bad moods.”

“The Grouchies” application is available for free at the Apple App Store. The app, which was released Aug. 13, reached No. 1 in the Free Education category within its first 10 days, and it stayed in that spot for five days. As of Sept. 7, the app had been downloaded 20,500 times.

User response has been enthusiastic: “What a great tool for teaching about emotions,” wrote one.

“As the father of two young children, I was pleased to find such a well-written book on this common emotion,” wrote another. “I look forward to seeing more apps/books from this publisher. Five stars for sure!”

“The Grouchies” written by Debbie Wagenbach and illustrated by Steve Mack, shows kids simple and fun ways to turn around grouchy moods. The app will help them understand how their mood and negativity can affect their family and friends, and really get in the way of having a good day.

The extensive Note to Parents, by Mary Lamia, PhD, further explains the child's experience and provides parents with easy-to-apply tips and tools for helping their kids when a grumpy day comes along.

Magination Press publishes self-help books for kids and the adults in their lives.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.