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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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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau: An A is for Aging Book Review

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau Written by Michelle Markel & illustrated by Amanda Hall   (Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2012) For ages—5-9 Themes/Topics—Arts, creativity, non-fiction bio, perseverance, resilience Opening— “Henri Rousseau wants to be an artist. Not a … 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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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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Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes

Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter. Beach Lane Books 2014. Non-fiction ages 4-8. Themes: Arts, bio, creativity, dreams, intergenerational, memory This selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday begins, “If you had lived on Utopia Parkway not so long ago, … Continue reading

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6 Picture Book Bios Show the Joy of Long Lives

I’m a big fan of picture book biographies, especially since finding six that showcase the arc of a long life well-lived. And when the subject labors with joy and tenacity at a career that brings them happiness and satisfaction late … Continue reading

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Henri’s Scissors: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

Henri’s Scissors is a picture book bio of artist Henri Matisse featuring burgeoning creativity in old age–and the cherry on top? Author/illustrator Jeanette Winter is herself past midlife—a veteran artist showing us her own talents. She traces the early life … 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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It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

Bill Traylor first picked up a pencil to draw at the age of 85 and people of all ages stopped to admire his drawings as he worked on the street. Award winning author Don Tate illuminates the hardscrabble life of … Continue reading

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An Elder’s Story via Story Corps

Chinese/American grandmother, Kay Wang, only shared details of her life with great reluctance. But her tales of growing up in China and then years later, working as a Bloomingdale’s store detective in NYC, were her last precious gift to her … Continue reading

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