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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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Bridging Cultures: Sitti’s Secrets and Grandfather Counts

Use your “own experiences in everyday surroundings as a bridge to connect with faraway family members,” says author Alayne Kay Christian. Those words of advice from a long distance grandmother in the trenches also holds true for grandparents when they … Continue reading

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Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa: An A is for Aging Book Review

                    When I imagine grandparent-hood, I think of the sweetness of regular interactions with a young child dear to my heart. But in reality, like the granddaughter and grandparents in Butterfly … 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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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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Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes

One of my beloved summer pastimes is the hunt for gleaming agates on the rocky North Shore of Lake Superior. Finding this book was like spotting a shiny agate among the gray pebbles—a hidden treasure glowing with rainbow stripes.  Dream: A … Continue reading

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Grandmama’s Pride: A Tool Against Both Racism and Ageism

The search for a true “positive aging” picture book is much like picking through a lovely box of chocolates—so many appeal at first, but then disappoint upon further “investigation.” But with Grandmama’s Pride, by Becky Birtha, there is no such … Continue reading

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Here Comes Grandma

Here Comes Grandma by Janet Lord (Henry Holt, 2005) is designed to excite the youngest children, toddlers included, about grandma’s upcoming visit. Grandma posts a letter to her grandchild and the successive pages show her on her way via different … Continue reading

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The Lasting Legacy of Miss Rumphius

The long life of Miss Alice Rumphius, who never marries, included work, travel to exotic places, a beautiful home by the sea, and making a difference in the world… sigh, not too shabby. The book Miss Rumphius has also had … Continue reading

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