Six Reasons to Seek Out Positive Aging Children’s Books

  1. Our culture bombards kids with negative stereotypes of older adults in a variety of media and these stereotypes do affect their beliefs at a very young age. (Read more.)
  2. Young children actually act on ageist beliefs according to researcher Sheree Kwong See of the University of Alberta, yet most parents want to foster understanding and respect in their kids—for people of different ages, and those of different race, gender and ethnicity. (Read more.)
  3. In contrast to the negative stereotypes about aging, late life holds many good things and older adults actually tend to be happier than younger people. (Read more.)
  4. Simply seeing old age in a positive light leads to improved cardiovascular health and helps people live longer and healthier according to researcher Becca Levy, Ph.D. of Yale University. (Read more.)
  5. Positive attitudes to aging have the greatest effect on health and longevity if instilled in childhood. (Read more.)
  6. Adults reading with children will be impacted in positive ways. Positive images of late life can potentially affect the physical health and dignity of parents, grand-parents, teachers and librarians as they get older. (Read more.)
  7. Well, yes, I did say six reasons, but after all—do we really want our children or grandchildren to think less of us, or our parents, as we all age in a perfectly normal way?

Coming soon—ideas for using picture books to facilitate communication between generations. I welcome your comments, questions and ideas.

Grandpa's Face by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Floyd CooperPlease take a peek at my resource list of positive aging children’s books and watch for regular additions on my A is for Aging blog page.

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6 Responses to Six Reasons to Seek Out Positive Aging Children’s Books

  1. Angela G. Gentile says:

    Love this post! We need to teach our children important values about respect and acceptance of all people, especially those who are older and often get bad press (esp. the older woman). Keep up the great work!

    • lindseymcd says:

      Thank you Angela for your great comment. You hit the nail on the head. As I told you via LinkedIn, I appreciate your efforts also.

  2. Liz says:

    What a great idea. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    • lindseymcd says:

      Hi Liz, oops, so sorry to reply so slowly! I really appreciate your enthusiasm–thanks for taking the time to comment.

  3. Jan says:

    Sitti’s Secret by Naomi Shibab Nye
    I was a school media specialist in an elementary school on 9/11. (One of our staff lost her husband in the Pantagon.) On 9/13/01, when we returned to school, I read this book to the Kindergarteners.

    • lindseymcd says:

      Thank you so much for this suggestion. I found a description of Sitti’s Secret and it sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it and hopefully offering a review for others before too long.

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