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5 Picture Book Biographies Highlight Older Role Models

Picture book biographies including the third stage of life offer huge benefits to young readers. Kids absorb adventure, perseverance, creativity and joy shown over the course of an evolving life. Unlike the majority of picture books with an older character, … Continue reading

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8 Acts of Kindness to Share with Older Adults

Guest post: Doing Good Together, Minneapolis, MN, and A is for Aging have similar goals and values. Here they share “8 Acts of Kindness & Stereotype-Busting Service to Share with Older Adults”  Let’s all make time to celebrate older adults, whether … Continue reading

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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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Harry and Walter: an A is for Aging Book Review

  By Kathy Stinson; illustrated by Qin Leng Annick Press, 2016. Ages 4-7. “Harry was four and three-quarters. He had lived next door to Walter all his life. Walter was ninety-two and a half. He had lived in many places.” … 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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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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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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Older Adults as Elder Activists

Occasionally we actually see media coverage of elder activists. I say occasionally, not because older adults so rarely act for the greater good, but because the topics the media seem to prefer are often much less flattering to older people. … Continue reading

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Six Great Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day (that don’t involve greeting cards)

I’m not sure how you feel, but the waning days of summer always hit me with a zillion regrets—the picnics not packed, the flowers not planted, the lakes where I never even dipped a toe. Well, I’m here to save … 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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