Shoshana Magnet is a mother of two as well as professor of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her work with picture books focuses on big feelings and topics, including divorce, grief, anger, sadness as well as issues related to social justice like on racism, sexism and homophobia. Shoshana works with a team of research assistants to curate, organize, and promote the resources you find on Picture Books to Grow. She is available to give talks and happy to recommend picture books for families going through divorce, as well as dealing with children with anxiety, grief, and other big feelings.
Parenting anxious children with picture books
As a Mom to two children who both experience anxiety, I truly believe in the power of picture books to help kids (and adults!) process difficult emotions and uncomfortable situations. Children’s books can be a place of clarity and refuge, speaking the language of “absolute sincerity” which is an important “antidote to cynicism” in these difficult times. In this workshop I will share ideas and book recommendations for parenting anxious kids.
Social justice-minded parenting skills: picture books to help our kids
I believe picture books can help teach multiple forms of literacy: visual, reading, emotional and social justice! This workshop and my project,Picturebooks to Grow, highlights feminist, anti-racist, and justice oriented picture books for all ages, to help our kids and ourselves tackle big problems and anxiety about our world and the future.
Shoshana is happy to speak to any group on these two topics. Some groups she has spoken to before include parenting groups, EDI consultants, preschool classrooms, and more. If finances are a barrier for groups, Shoshana is happy to provide workshops free of charge.