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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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Top Ten reasons to read “A Map into the World”

In this beautiful new picture book “A Map into the World” we see warm friendships blossom across multiple generations, and across cultures. Author Kao Kalia Yang gives us insights into a Hmong-American family and Seo Kim‘s lovely illustrations complement her … 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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A Gefilte Fishy Tale

    By Allison and Wayne Marks Illustrated by Renee Andriani MB Publishing (2016; ages 4-8) One giant jar of Gefilte fish, one grandson and one set of grandparents—a surprising formula for a fun and lively delight of a picture … Continue reading

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Babu’s Song

           By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen; Illustrated by Aaron Boyd Lee & Low Books, 2003, 2008; ages 5-8 Topics: Africa, creativity, grandparents, education, mentoring, poverty, wisdom Bernardi is a young boy living in Tanzania with his grandfather Babu. … 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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These Hands: An A is for Aging book review

  These Hands By Margaret H. Mason; illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011; ages 6-9) “Look at these hands, Joseph. Did you know these hands used to make the ivories sing like a sparrow in springtime? Well, I … Continue reading

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Ageless Love: Late Life Romance

I’m always on the prowl for Positive Aging picture books, but not all books with an older character make the cut. Too few feature older adults kids can admire. And there are attributes to admire in every older. Those enjoying … Continue reading

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Lillian’s Right to Vote

Lillian’s Right to Vote By Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans Schwartz & Wade Books/Penguin Random House (ages 5-9) In Lillian’s Right to Vote we learn about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is the 50th Anniversary of that … Continue reading

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Can We Talk About Ageism in Picture Books?

Deepening discussions around diversity in books for kids gives me tremendous hope for our world. Racism and sexism are being addressed in amazing ways, but ageism? Not so much. Aging gets a bad rap. But whatever their sex, skin color, … Continue reading

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