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A is for Aging, B is for Books...

Welcome parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, writers, publishers and anyone interested in having more birthdays!

     A is also for ATTITUDES to agingI write books for kids and I hope to tweak attitudes to growing older.

(NEW book! A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for his Nation.)

B is for Books that “nip ageism in the bud”!

Find a showcase for picture books with accurate & positive images of aging on the A is for Aging Blog and Picture Book List.

Read about older characters in award winners like Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs, Last Stop on Market Streetand 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.

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.

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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

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C is for Change*!

*Download a FREE RESOURCE PAGE on Aging & Ageism in Picture Books here!

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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A warm thank you for stopping by!