Tag Archives: Biographies

Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Written by Sandra Neil Wallace Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon A Paula Wiseman Book; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2020. For ages 4-8.   My Top Ten Reasons to Read Marjory save the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman … Continue reading

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Picture Book Review: The Most Beautiful Thing

  Readers please note: In 2021 I’m planning an e-newsletter delivered to your inbox 1x/month, rather than blog posts 2x/month. One brief page only with links to Age Positive book reviews & other items of interest. Fewer emails and more … Continue reading

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Review: An Old Man and his Penguin

An Old Man and His Penguin. How Dindim made Joao Pereira de Souza an Honorary Penguin. (2020). Written by Alayne Kay Christian and Illustrations by Milanka Reardon. Stamford, TX: Blue Whale Press, an imprint of Clear Fork Publishing. This delightful … Continue reading

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Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story

Truth & Honor: The President Ford Story By Lindsey McDivitt; illustrated by Matt Faulkner Sleeping Bear Press; July 2020. Ages 6-10   My second picture book biography was published recently and I’d love to tell you a bit about it, … Continue reading

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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read By Rita Lorraine Hubbard; illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner Oge More Schwarz and Wade Books; 2020. (Ages 6-10)   We know that Mary Walker lived through twenty-six presidents. That her precious … Continue reading

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Paul Erdos, Mary Garber and Jean-Henri Fabre thrived over a lifetime

There’s huge value in showing children that unusual people “who didn’t fit into the world in a ‘regular’ way” still forged satisfying lives for themselves. Paul Erdos, Mary Garber and  Jean-Henri Fabre truly “flew their freak flags,” so to speak, … Continue reading

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Nature’s Friend: The story behind the story

At the age of 60, after seven years of writing, and at least 20 drafts of the story, my first picture book was published this summer—Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story. (Sleeping Bear Press; Ages 5-9.) I find it fitting … Continue reading

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Late Bloomer: Author Cynthia Surrisi

  I’m pleased to present the first in a series of guest posts at “A is for Aging, B is for Books.”      Late Bloomers defy age stereotypes and help show us the way to tap into our creativity … Continue reading

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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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Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

Written and illustrated by Don Tate Peachtree Publishing 2015, ages 7-10 Topics: African-American pride, creativity, life experience, literacy, perseverance, poetry, slavery This award winning story begins, “George loved words. He wanted to learn how to read, but George was enslaved.” … Continue reading

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