Positive tools for thriving families.


AFP_OrangeAspiring Families Press is dedicated to picture books, picture storybooks, chapter books, and workbooks that focus on psychology, developmental psychology, positive psychology, children, parenting, family, diversity, and mental health. We would like to promote exceptional books that are strongly founded in well-established theory, research, and clinical expertise by both new and established authors.

For every book we publish, we have a reader in our minds, and, as parents ourselves, we hope our books also touch the parents and grandparents of that reader, and all the teachers and professionals working with children. We hope everyone benefits from reading and sharing our books.

Upcoming Books:

Mandy, The Grey Panda Bear
A story about visible differences and teasing in children.

I Can Do It!
A story about separation anxiety and coping in children.

Where Did My Friend Go?
A workbook for young children who have witnessed gun violence.

I Can Be All That I Can Be
A story about a young boy who enjoys more traditionally female-oriented activities.

I Chose You
A story that explains IVF to young children born of IVF.

I Am American Too!
A picture book about racial, ethnic, and cultural differences in the U.S.

My Story:  Healing from Pregnancy Loss 
For families who have experienced any form of pregnancy loss.

Wholesale Pricing:

Aspiring Families Press titles are available through Ingram and Baker and Taylor, or you can order direct from AFP. We encourage you to contact us with any questions.

Wholesale Pricing for Family Changes by Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D.


We are currently seeking submissions in the following areas:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Parenting
  • Coping and Resilience to a Stressor
  • Diversity and Mental Health

Please follow the submission guidelines listed here:


  1. We accept submissions by POST ONLY:
    Please send the FULL TEXT of your book, plus copies of any supporting visual material. Please DO NOT send original artwork (double-spaced, printed on one side of paper only).
  2. Please send a cover letter containing all relevant information about you and your work. Please date your letter and remember to include all contact information, including your current mailing address, email, and phone number for correspondence purposes.
  3. We also require you to submit your current curriculum vitae in full, so that we better understand your expertise.
  4. Please enclose a large, stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like the material returned. Whilst every care is taken of manuscripts/submissions we cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, destruction or delay in their return.
  5. Please send your submission to:
    Submissions, Aspiring Families Press, 12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92130
  6. We require that you use REGULAR POST rather than signed-for services.

Please don’t be too disappointed if we are unable to accept your work or if we don’t respond. We are a small company and can only publish a few new books each year.
Thank you for your interest in Aspiring Families Press. We look forward to your submissions.


Please send submissions to:

12625 High Bluff Drive
Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92130

  • Exceptional, impressive, thoroughly 'kid friendly' from beginning to end, "Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" should be a part of every community library Parenting Studies collections. For families with young children who are having to deal with divorce, "Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" will prove to be an invaluable and instructive aid.

    Editor in Chief - Midwest Book Review

  • Those of us parenting, working with, or caring for children experiencing divorce will welcome Family Changes as a unique, positive, and creative resource for helping children understand and cope with this complicated transition. The comprehensive note to adults effectively explains how children work through painful questions and feelings. The touching story—with the endearing Zoey and her attempt to understand a very grown up topic—ends with extremely helpful follow up questions that will be highly valued by parents, child advocates, therapists, and others who wish to better serve children during this difficult time. I highly recommend this book to parents and professionals.

    Sacha Coupet, Ph.D., J.D. Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Family Law, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

  • Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is an outstanding book that is gentle, positive, and validating for both children and adults. With an excellent and informative parent guide about the value of talking to children about their feelings, a highly sensitive and engaging story with exquisite illustrations, and an effective list of questions that children typically ask, this book is essential reading for divorcing families, and for therapists and advocates working with children of divorce.

    Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Michigan

  • Family Changes is an inspiring and exceptional book on divorce. It explains divorce in a developmentally appropriate and comforting language that validates children's complex feelings about divorce. Dr. Maker's expertise and years of experience working with children who are coping with the grief and confusion that often accompany divorce shine through in every page. I highly recommend this book to divorcing parents, schools, libraries, and professionals working with children of divorce.

    Martha Crowe, M.A. Child Development, Institute for Public Health, San Diego State University, CA

  • Dr. Maker has brought us this excellent child-centric educational book about how to navigate the changes of a family undergoing divorce. Dr. Maker takes us through this experience from the child's point of view and shares the gift of positive transformation that can occur during this life-changing time. The illustrations are sublime and the topic is handled so gently and ingeniously. Of course, it is written by a child psychologist with the gift of creativity. It's a book that every child therapist, library, school, and families going through a divorce should have on their shelves.

    Krista Royabal, M.D., Psychiatrist, Executive Medical Director, True Life Center for Wellbeing, CA

  • Based on the typical emotional turbulence a child feels from separation or divorce, Family Changes receives high recommendation as the first title that adults should turn to in the effort to explain, explore, and support a child's feelings in the matter, concluding with a list of 'process questions' which adults can use to further enhance the story line's overall approach.

    CA Bookwatch/Donovan’s Literary Services/Recommended Reading

  • The story touches on several key issues that children worry about - will their parents still love them, will they have two homes now, did they somehow cause the divorce, etc. The book also opens with a straightforward Note to Adults and ends with a list of questions that adults can discuss with children. Often books that do a good job of explaining divorce and separation are so focused on the child's point-of-view, that they don't offer any advice for the parents, caregivers, and teachers that are trying to help the child makes sense of it all. Family Changes avoids that problem and gives good guidelines for adults. I would recommend this book to parents and other family members, educators, and counselors.

    NetGalley Reviews/The Fairview Review - Librarian

  • This story is filled with little moments that reflect the nature of children perfectly. If you need to explain what it means to be divorced or separated to your child then this is one of the best ways to do that. The book is filled with relatable emotions and questions that a lot of children will have if their family is going through a separation. Dr. Maker’s years of experience are evident in the story as she masterfully addresses many common concerns for children experiencing a divorce in their family.

    The Littlest Bookshelf