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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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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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A is for Aging guest post on Cynsations

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The SCBWI Late Bloomer Award for Writers

Despite being a late bloomer myself, at least with regard to writing for children, I missed the deadline for the very first “Late Bloomer Award”—I learned of it just a little too—late. In 2013 the Society of Children’s Book Authors … Continue reading

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Tips on Writing from the Experts: The Loft Literary Center

I gleaned many valuable tips from the terrific speakers at the Children’s Literature Conference this spring at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota—and I’m willing to share—a few. Over sharing is definitely not encouraged, but I hope the following … Continue reading

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Six Reasons to Seek Out Positive Aging Children’s Books

Our culture bombards kids with negative stereotypes of older adults in a variety of media and these stereotypes do affect their beliefs at a very young age. (Read more.) Young children actually act on ageist beliefs according to researcher Sheree … Continue reading

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Writing Tips from the SCBWI Conference

This Spring’s SCBWI conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana was truly exceptional, so even the few nuggets shared below should send you back to your manuscript—yet again, but hopefully with renewed enthusiasm. For those not yet in the know—SCBWI is the … Continue reading

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On Word Counts

Brevity is not my middle name. In looking over my book review of Here Comes Grandma I realized that my word count vastly outnumbered the words in the book — 511 to 157! I seem to have a lot to … Continue reading

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