Welcome parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, writers, publishers and anyone interested in having more birthdays!
A is also for Attitudes to aging — I write books for kids and hope to tweak attitudes to aging in all life stages.
Here you’ll find a showcase for children’s picture books by many authors! They can help us all “nip ageism in the bud!”
You will read about older characters in award winners like Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs, Last Stop on Market Street, and A River of Words. Diverse titles such as Jingle Dancer, My Teacher, and Lillian’s Right to Vote. Also picture book biographies like Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story, Henri’s Scissors and Bon Appetit:The Delicious Life of Julia Child!, and classics like Miss Rumphius.
You will find older characters that remind us all–celebrating many birthdays is a good thing!
You will learn truths about growing older. (Is aging the problem or ageism?)
Read more in this Minneapolis Star Tribune article about A is for Aging.
Much of what we think we know about aging is a myth or stereotype. That’s where the sick, sad, lonely, grumpy or forgetful characters* come from. (Along with the desire for a child protagonist.)
Negative stereotypes about aging are baked into our culture, and they’re harmful to our health and happiness. Many books for kids lead them to believe that old=bad or sad. But that is adults socializing them to believe it.
Later life stages can hold many good things & happiness tends to increase with age. Truth.
*”Students often believe that what they read in books is true and right…a book may be sensitive and caring, may provide a wonderful lesson, and may be very enjoyable and still contain ageism or stereotyping.”
Barbara M. Friedman, author Connecting Generations
C is for Change!
Let’s use picture books with more accurate and positive images of aging to change attitudes and show:
- A diverse group of older adults with tremendous knowledge, inner strength & creativity
- Skills & strengths created by years of experience
- Valuable friendships between generations
Please join us in efforts to increase the diversity of older characters we show children:
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- Contact us with your thoughts & suggestions
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A warm thank you for stopping by!