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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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Lillian’s Right to Vote

Lillian’s Right to Vote By Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans Schwartz & Wade Books/Penguin Random House (ages 5-9) In Lillian’s Right to Vote we learn about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is the 50th Anniversary of that … Continue reading

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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Loses Her Ballet Slippers

By Sheila and Letty Sustrin; illustrated by Thomas H. Bone` III Fiction for ages 4 & up; Blue Marlin Publications 2014 Themes: Dedicated teacher, appreciation, community, cooperation, helping others, active retirement, healthy aging, use of maps. “Mrs. Belle looked at herself … 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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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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Award Winning Picture Books!

  Not long ago I discovered an award that is given every two years for “the positive portrayal of older adults in books for kids.” An organization called AGHE (or Association for Gerontology in Higher Education) has awarded this honor … 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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Rosie Revere, Engineer: An A is for Aging book review

It’s not often that I begin with the ending, but I’m primed for the very last page of Rosie Revere, Engineer –it was Women’s History Month in March. Author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts dedicated it:  “With gratitude to our … Continue reading

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My Teacher–by James Ransome: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

“This book is a tribute to all of the teachers who come in early, leave late and give a little something extra to their students,” says author/illustrator James Ransome of his picture book My Teacher. This gem of a book also … Continue reading

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