Magination Press News

Explore Magination Press, APA's line of books for kids and the adults in their lives, and see our spring lineup for 2010

Editor's Note:
At the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, we became aware that many librarians, particularly in academic libraries, were not acquainted with Magination Press, APA's line of books for kids and the adults in their lives. The books deal with tough issues that children face on a daily basis and provide support for researchers with a clinical focus and an interest in children and adolescents, family counseling, counselor and teacher education programs, or those in an allied health area.

Lineups for 2009 and 2010

If you haven't seen the Magination books, or haven't looked at them recently, this might be a good time to review our 2009 publications and take a look at the spring 2010 lineup. In a later issue of PsycINFO News, we'll also run an interview with one of our recent authors, Debbie Wagenbach, who has worked at the Burlington, Iowa Public Library for more than 20 years.

A Quick Overview

Magination Press books are written by psychologists and other experts who work with children. Tackling topics ranging from everyday issues such as shyness and fears to issues like divorce, depression, serious injury or illness, trauma, and death, the books are designed to help children understand their own feelings.

The Magination Press line is indexed in PsycINFO®. The records include information on the age group covered, a Table of Contents guide, and of course, searchable index terms and keywords.

Magination Press Screen Shot from Volume 29, Issue 1This is a sample record for My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic on APA PsycNET.

The books fall into three overall categories: picture books for young children (ages 4 to 8); middle school readers for children (ages 9 to 13; these are chapter books); and nonfiction books and workbooks for older children (ages 9 to 13 and teens).

The picture books include a Note to Parents section by a (doctoral level) psychologist that provides additional background and resources, whereas books for older children are interlaced with practical tips, strategies, and advice. The books have vivid graphics that are commissioned by APA expressly for each title.

The Guidelines for Submitting Proposals states the goals of the press this way:

Magination Press books are distinguished by their psychological and emotional accuracy and complexity. We are as interested in the child's inner experience of the problem as its practical resolution. We want to see the evolution of the child's feelings, expressed in his or her thoughts. There should be no magical solutions but a realistic working-out of the problem and an emotional coming to terms with it. The coping and resolution suggestions must also be comprehensive. We are not interested in proposals that offer a single, albeit charming or clever, solution.

In 2009, we received awards from groups that included iParenting Media Award, Mom's Choice Award, Independent Publisher Books Awards, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, and Young Voices Award.

To read a sample from each of our books and get information about the content, authors and illustrators, and awards, please visit the Magination Press web site.

Our spring 2010 lineup promises to be a good cross-section of the kinds of books Magination provides, including works for each age group on topics ranging from cancer to lying.

Let us know how you like them.