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Six Reasons to Seek Out Positive Aging Children’s Books

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.) Young children actually act on ageist beliefs according to researcher Sheree … Continue reading

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The Creative Age

Spring is busting out all over here in Michigan—finally, and I’m ready to celebrate “Mrs. Muddle style.” From the top of the stack today we have Mrs. Muddle’s Holidays by Laura F. Nielsen (Farrar Straus Giroux; ages 5-8.) Mrs. Muddle moves … Continue reading

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Three Book Reviews: Late Life Love

I’m perpetually on the prowl for positive aging picture books, but I’ve recently discovered that many, even some on my resource list, are living only in university libraries, not public libraries. I certainly hope those twenty somethings at college are … Continue reading

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Here Comes Grandma

Here Comes Grandma by Janet Lord (Henry Holt, 2005) is designed to excite the youngest children, toddlers included, about grandma’s upcoming visit. Grandma posts a letter to her grandchild and the successive pages show her on her way via different … 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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Images of Aging in Children’s Books

Imagine for a moment that you are a grandmother, or a grandfather — a Nana or a Papa, to a sweet six year old. Let’s call her Lily. Perhaps you have silvery hair and “crumples” — in the words of … Continue reading

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The Lasting Legacy of Miss Rumphius

The long life of Miss Alice Rumphius, who never marries, included work, travel to exotic places, a beautiful home by the sea, and making a difference in the world… sigh, not too shabby. The book Miss Rumphius has also had … Continue reading

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From the top of the stack: Patricia Polacco

I think it’s fair to say that Michigan’s own Patricia Polacco is truly the Queen of positive aging children’s literature. In her own words she has a “…genuine curiosity for the wonder of living a very long life,” and it … Continue reading

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As We Age: The Power of Our Beliefs

What is easier than enticing young children to eat more vegetables, and even better for their health? Actually, simply changing the way they think about aging could help them live longer and better. A recent article in the New York … Continue reading

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