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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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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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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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7 Positive Things We Can All Learn about Getting Older—from Picture Books

  “Birthdays are good for your health. The more you have the older you’ll get,” so goes the quote—from Anonymous. Well…that Anonymous is onto something, something important to all of us—by embracing positive attitudes about getting older, amazingly, we can … Continue reading

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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire: An A is for Aging book review

A gray haired, first grade teacher dons her disguise and slips back into school—first as a window washer, next as the lunch lady, and finally as the fire inspector. This is The Teacher Who Would Not Retire and she is … Continue reading

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Educators on Using Picture Books to Change Attitudes to Aging

Blogging about positive aging picture books I’ve realized something—it’s not as “lonely” an effort as I first believed. Readers and organizations of great variety are supporting me (thank you!), both publishers and authors have requested book reviews, and several fascinating … Continue reading

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A Resource for Late Bloomers from “A is for Aging”

This book will inspire you to start NOW—making plans to make the most of the years past mid-life. Reading this, those of you who are younger will look forward to late life. I promise. So quick, jot down this title: … Continue reading

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Research on Age Stereotypes

Last week I was privileged to meet the Yale University scientist who, along with the late Dr. Gene Cohen, sparked my own small effort to change children’s attitudes to aging. Becca Levy, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology and psychology, … Continue reading

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A Respected Elder

Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine  is the rare picture book that shows a grandfather imparting a valued skill to his young grandson. It is a quiet, contemplative book, similar to the gentle martial art of tai chi that it … 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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