Tag Archives: Biographies

6 Picture Book Bios Show the Joy of Long Lives

I’m a big fan of picture book biographies, especially since finding six that showcase the arc of a long life well-lived. And when the subject labors with joy and tenacity at a career that brings them happiness and satisfaction late … Continue reading

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Henri’s Scissors: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

Henri’s Scissors is a picture book bio of artist Henri Matisse featuring burgeoning creativity in old age–and the cherry on top? Author/illustrator Jeanette Winter is herself past midlife—a veteran artist showing us her own talents. She traces the early life … Continue reading

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Two Picture Books about Nelson Mandela, a Wise Elder

I was born in the same land, South Africa, as the esteemed Nelson Mandela, but I wasn’t very proud of that fact. Unfortunately, despite my family’s 300 year history in South Africa, we were of the white minority whose government … Continue reading

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It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

Bill Traylor first picked up a pencil to draw at the age of 85 and people of all ages stopped to admire his drawings as he worked on the street. Award winning author Don Tate illuminates the hardscrabble life of … Continue reading

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An Elder’s Story via Story Corps

Chinese/American grandmother, Kay Wang, only shared details of her life with great reluctance. But her tales of growing up in China and then years later, working as a Bloomingdale’s store detective in NYC, were her last precious gift to her … Continue reading

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My Hippie Grandmother

No matter what they were up to in the 1960’s, I suspect any Baby Boomer grandma or grandmother wanna be, will smile at the funky little picture book My Hippie Grandmother. Reeve Lindbergh, the author, is herself a child of … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is Another Day

Back in the day, losing yourself in a big, juicy book always meant holding the weight of those pages in your hot little hands. I well recall propping up Gone With the Wind’s 1037 pages on a pillow while a … Continue reading

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