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Using Picture Books to Change Attitudes to Aging

Back in 2013, when I first began blogging about images of aging and older adults in picture books, I believed it to be a rather lonely effort. Awareness of the need to diversify those images in both text and illustrations … Continue reading

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Can We Talk About Ageism in Picture Books?

Deepening discussions around diversity in books for kids gives me tremendous hope for our world. Racism and sexism are being addressed in amazing ways, but ageism? Not so much. Aging gets a bad rap. But whatever their sex, skin color, … Continue reading

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Is Aging the Problem? Or Ageism?

Recently I was asked to write about the “why” of my efforts on A is for Aging—for activist Ashton Applewhite’s blog “This Chair Rocks.” It was a very personal post, not a picture book review, but I hope my reflections … Continue reading

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5 Stereotypes Positive Aging Picture Books Avoid

Why does it matter how children’s picture books present older characters and the aging process? In fact, those carefully chosen words and colorful illustrations of later life can create the older adult we will become. Yale University researcher Becca Levy … Continue reading

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We Need Diversity in AGING also

Diversity issues are creating quite a buzz these days in the children’s literature world—authors, agents and publishers are chiming in. Just watch for the hashtag  #WeNeedDiverseBooks. Many believe kids of different races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds need to see themselves … Continue reading

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21 Positive Aging Picture Books—Gifts for All Ages

Any child on your holiday shopping list would both enjoy and benefit from the gift of a Positive Aging picture book, but consider… If you gift one to an older adult such as a grandparent or older neighbor you are … Continue reading

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A is for Aging guest post on Cynsations

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Serving Seniors? 9 Reasons to use Positive Aging books

Reason number one? A collection labeled “Honoring Older Adults–Positive Aging Books for all ages” sends a clear message to all, no matter their age—this organization respects elders. Recently I’ve noted that about one third of those following A is for … Continue reading

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7 Positive Things We Can All Learn about Getting Older—from Picture Books

  “Birthdays are good for your health. The more you have the older you’ll get,” so goes the quote—from Anonymous. Well…that Anonymous is onto something, something important to all of us—by embracing positive attitudes about getting older, amazingly, we can … Continue reading

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Fighting Stereotypes

A PBS article, Children and  Media, highlights 7 Ways to Fight Stereotypes. This list does include stereotypes about age which is  frequently left out of many lists of “isms” such as racism. Avoiding race and gender stereotypes are often mentioned … Continue reading

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