Category Archives: Book Reviews for Ages 6-9

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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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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Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

Written and illustrated by Don Tate Peachtree Publishing 2015, ages 7-10 Topics: African-American pride, creativity, life experience, literacy, perseverance, poetry, slavery This award winning story begins, “George loved words. He wanted to learn how to read, but George was enslaved.” … Continue reading

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These Hands: An A is for Aging book review

  These Hands By Margaret H. Mason; illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011; ages 6-9) “Look at these hands, Joseph. Did you know these hands used to make the ivories sing like a sparrow in springtime? Well, I … Continue reading

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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children By Jan Pinborough; illus. by Debby Atwell (Houghton Mifflin, 2013; ages 6-9) “Once in a big house in Limerick, Maine, there lived a little girl name Annie Carroll … Continue reading

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Ageless Love: Late Life Romance

I’m always on the prowl for Positive Aging picture books, but not all books with an older character make the cut. Too few feature older adults kids can admire. And there are attributes to admire in every older. Those enjoying … Continue reading

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Betsy’s Day at the Game—Author Interview of Greg Bancroft

Betsy’s Day at the Game–Interview of author Greg Bancroft By Greg Bancroft; illustrated by Katherine Blackmore Mighty Media Press, 2013; ages 6-10 Betsy and her grandpa revel in baseball in the picture book Betsy’s Day at the Game. “In the … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman.  (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014) Ages 5-8                                             … Continue reading

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Lillian’s Right to Vote

Lillian’s Right to Vote By Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans Schwartz & Wade Books/Penguin Random House (ages 5-9) In Lillian’s Right to Vote we learn about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is the 50th Anniversary of that … Continue reading

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