Category Archives: Especially For Teachers

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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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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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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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Loses Her Ballet Slippers

By Sheila and Letty Sustrin; illustrated by Thomas H. Bone` III Fiction for ages 4 & up; Blue Marlin Publications 2014 Themes: Dedicated teacher, appreciation, community, cooperation, helping others, active retirement, healthy aging, use of maps. “Mrs. Belle looked at herself … 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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Award Winning Picture Books!

  Not long ago I discovered an award that is given every two years for “the positive portrayal of older adults in books for kids.” An organization called AGHE (or Association for Gerontology in Higher Education) has awarded this honor … Continue reading

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My Teacher–by James Ransome: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

“This book is a tribute to all of the teachers who come in early, leave late and give a little something extra to their students,” says author/illustrator James Ransome of his picture book My Teacher. This gem of a book also … Continue reading

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Two Picture Books about Nelson Mandela, a Wise Elder

I was born in the same land, South Africa, as the esteemed Nelson Mandela, but I wasn’t very proud of that fact. Unfortunately, despite my family’s 300 year history in South Africa, we were of the white minority whose government … Continue reading

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