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A Grandparents Day Gift that Keeps on Giving

It’s Grandparents Day—would you care to give something more valuable than a greeting card? Perhaps you are a grandparent yourself and contemplating the type of recognition you’d appreciate? Maybe like me—that sweet, special status is something you long for—someday… I’m … 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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North Woods Girl

By Aimee Bissonette; illustrated by Claudia McGehee Minnesota Historical Society Press 2015. Fiction, ages 3-7   North Woods Girl opens— “My grandma says she’s not a good-looking woman. I don’t know. She looks pretty good to me. She is not … 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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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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Is Aging the Problem? Or Ageism?

Recently I was asked to write about the “why” of my efforts on A is for Aging—for activist Ashton Applewhite’s blog “This Chair Rocks.” It was a very personal post, not a picture book review, but I hope my reflections … 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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Top 10 Reasons to read “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”

    A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip and Erin Stead, is no longer a new book, but you know that old is good…right? (Roaring Brook Press 2009.) I’m pretty certain this beautiful blockbuster, a Positive Aging picture … Continue reading

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The Matchbox Diary: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

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