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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Retires

By Letty Sustrin; illus. by Thomas H. Bone’ III Blue Marlin Publications 2017 (Ages 4 and up) In The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Retires, twenty years have passed in the life of teacher Mrs. Belle since the School Rules … Continue reading

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Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods

By Mary Quattlebaum; illustrated by Laura J. Bryant (Dawn Publications 2013;     ages 1-4) Dawn Publications has been “Connecting Children and Nature since 1979” and the Jo MacDonald series of picture books definitely fits that mission. Far fewer children grow … Continue reading

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Resolutions, Role Models, Big Changes and News!

2018. I like the sound of that. It seems somewhat auspicious. But perhaps it’s simply that I’ve just turned 60, and personally I’m in transition—on many levels. From child raising to empty nest. From Michigan to Minnesota. From married to … Continue reading

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Gus & Me

Gus & Me: The story of my granddad and my first guitar By Keith Richards with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro; illustrated by Theodora Richards (Little Brown and Company, 2014.) We all get our start somewhere, even legendary rocker Keith … Continue reading

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A Grandparents Day Gift that Keeps on Giving

It’s Grandparents Day—would you care to give something more valuable than a greeting card? Perhaps you are a grandparent yourself and contemplating the type of recognition you’d appreciate? Maybe like me—that sweet, special status is something you long for—someday… I’m … Continue reading

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5 Picture Book Biographies Highlight Older Role Models

Picture book biographies including the third stage of life offer huge benefits to young readers. Kids absorb adventure, perseverance, creativity and joy shown over the course of an evolving life. Unlike the majority of picture books with an older character, … Continue reading

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8 Acts of Kindness to Share with Older Adults

Guest post: Doing Good Together, Minneapolis, MN, and A is for Aging have similar goals and values. Here they share “8 Acts of Kindness & Stereotype-Busting Service to Share with Older Adults”  Let’s all make time to celebrate older adults, whether … Continue reading

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A Gefilte Fishy Tale

    By Allison and Wayne Marks Illustrated by Renee Andriani MB Publishing (2016; ages 4-8) One giant jar of Gefilte fish, one grandson and one set of grandparents—a surprising formula for a fun and lively delight of a picture … Continue reading

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Babu’s Song

           By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen; Illustrated by Aaron Boyd Lee & Low Books, 2003, 2008; ages 5-8 Topics: Africa, creativity, grandparents, education, mentoring, poverty, wisdom Bernardi is a young boy living in Tanzania with his grandfather Babu. … Continue reading

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Harry and Walter: an A is for Aging Book Review

  By Kathy Stinson; illustrated by Qin Leng Annick Press, 2016. Ages 4-7. “Harry was four and three-quarters. He had lived next door to Walter all his life. Walter was ninety-two and a half. He had lived in many places.” … Continue reading

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