All about Adoption: How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel about It
By Marc Nemiroff & Jane Annunziata
Illustrated by Carol Koeller
Magination Press

For the child who already understands the concept of adoption, this work provides a deeper understanding of how the adoption process works and the feelings that many children have about being adopted. Topics include why children are given up for adoption and why adoptive parents want to adopt. It also helps children understand feelings of sadness, anger, curiosity about the birth parents, fears about abandonment, worries about fitting in and being teased, and feelings about being different.

 What readers are saying:

  • “There are many story books on international adoption but very, very few on adoption of older kids from foster care. It’s a must-have for families, teachers, and therapists.”

  • “This book has helped re-focus a lot of 8-yr-old anger.”

  •  “As a foster and adoptive parent, I liked that this book could help an elementary-aged (or even older) child understand "the process" of care and custody and finalization. It is a great conversation starter for family and close friends who have questions and could even be used to help siblings or cousins understand adoption. I am buying several copies to have on hand, and I hope to share the book!”

Why Am I An Only Child?
By Marc Nemiroff & Jane Annunziata
Illustrated by Margaret Scott
Magination Press

 Eudora is a little rhino with a big problem: she wants a baby brother, or even a baby sister! She tries to talk her parents into giving her one. Finally, with the help of her parents, Eudora learns that she is only, but not lonely.

 What readers are saying:

  • “…it's a question most of them dread. It can take the wind out of them… Mom and dad encourage her to think about the positive aspects of being an only child. Once Eudora reconsiders her situation she realizes that there are definite advantages to being an only child. With her parents' help she comes to understand that every family "has its own right size." She may be an only child but she has many friends, cousins and neighbors. She is not alone. Eudora sorts out her feelings and gets the message that being an only child doesn't mean that you are either lonely or disadvantaged. In fact, Eudora comes to understand just how lucky she is.”

The Very Lonely Bathtub
By Marc Nemiroff & Ann Rasmussen
Illustrated by Katy Flanagan
Magination Press

The tale of a little girl who used to love her bathtub, but now won't go near it. This book is designed to help parents understand children who are suddenly obstinate and to help children overcome obstinacy.

 What readers are saying:

  • “This book is a truly user friendly tool when it comes to dealing with kids who won't budge an inch! The problem is exacerbated when parents adopt the same approach. The authors offer little gems on how to change tactics to get our children to do things they simply won't. As a parent I wondered ‘Why didn't I think of all this in the first place!’”

Marc Nemiroff, working with co-authors, has taken on some of the most challenging of children’s emotion and issues, written for children and with discussion with parents and therapists in mind. These works include:

Sometimes I’m Scared
By Marc Nemiroff & Jane Annunziata
Illustrated by Brian Langdo
Magination Press

Fire! Spiders! Thunder! Clowns! Monsters! Kids can be afraid of lots of things. It's normal. But these fears can seem really big! Well, have no fear; ""Sometimes I'm Scared"" is here. This book outlines easy steps kids can use to overcome their everyday fears. An extensive Note to Parents gives parents additional information on why fears naturally develop and how to help their kids understand and deal with common fears

 What readers are saying:

  • “Vivid, delightful, practical, and friendly to kids.”

​Marc Nemiroff

A Child's First Book about Play Therapy
By Marc Nemiroff & Jane Annunziata
American Psychological Association

This text is designed to answer the questions children have about therapy in words and images that four to seven year olds can understand. Topics include things children do that indicate a problem; how a child enters treatment; the therapist's office and equipment; and the activity of play therapy.

 What readers are saying:

  • “What better way to ease a child's mind and nerves than reading a story? This book makes an excellent tool for educating children about the therapy process, engaging their participation, and joining with the child on his or her level. I use it as a beginning intervention with all of my new clients...some of them request it again and again.”

  • “This book helps you understand simple facts about play therapy, the therapist and the parents' first experience of this in a gentle way. Children and parents can read this together and prepare themselves for their first therapy moment. The illustrations and language make therapy an approachable and meaningful journey- a non-threatening one by any yard stick.”

  • “The kids I have used it with seem to like it ... no they can't take my copy home, no they can't color the big pictures in my book. They normally ask those questions ... and many more. I like it!”

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Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs: A Kid's Menu of Feelings
By Marc Nemiroff & Jane Annunziata
Illustrated by Christine Buttuz
Magination Press

What readers are saying:

  • “As a school psychologist, I purchased this book to use with students who may need help identifying their feelings and finding positive coping skills for negative emotions. I haven't been able to use with students yet (on summer break), but have repeatedly read with my "excited" 6 year old son. Highly recommend!”

  • “My five year old struggles with jealous feelings and getting angry. I read this at the library and then bought it. It's great.  I love how it talks about how mini feelings can turn into big feelings like anger. Great book!!!!” 

  • “I'm very impressed with the book and have already seem some "lightbulb moments" in my son's reaction to it. If you've got an older child who has difficulty understanding, controlling or articulating his feelings (or those of others), this may be the book for you.”