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Review: The Ocean Calls

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story Written by Tina Cho and Illustrated by Jess X. Snow. For ages 5-8 years. Kokila, 2020 (an imprint of Penguin Random House LLS, New York). Dayeon says her Grandma is “like a treasure-hunting … Continue reading

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Late Bloomer: Author Letty Sustrin

Late Bloomers are guest blog posts at A is for Aging—sharing thoughts and insights from individuals who have launched notable creative efforts in the arts in their Third Age. Author Letty Sustrin My life as a “Late Bloomer.” It’s a … Continue reading

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Using Picture Books to Change Attitudes to Aging

Back in 2013, when I first began blogging about images of aging and older adults in picture books, I believed it to be a rather lonely effort. Awareness of the need to diversify those images in both text and illustrations … Continue reading

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Gus & Me

Gus & Me: The story of my granddad and my first guitar By Keith Richards with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro; illustrated by Theodora Richards (Little Brown and Company, 2014.) We all get our start somewhere, even legendary rocker Keith … 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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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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Harry and Walter: an A is for Aging Book Review

  By Kathy Stinson; illustrated by Qin Leng Annick Press, 2016. Ages 4-7. “Harry was four and three-quarters. He had lived next door to Walter all his life. Walter was ninety-two and a half. He had lived in many places.” … Continue reading

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Betsy’s Day at the Game—Author Interview of Greg Bancroft

Betsy’s Day at the Game–Interview of author Greg Bancroft By Greg Bancroft; illustrated by Katherine Blackmore Mighty Media Press, 2013; ages 6-10 Betsy and her grandpa revel in baseball in the picture book Betsy’s Day at the Game. “In the … Continue reading

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Betsy’s Day at the Game

  Betsy’s Day at the Game by Greg Bancroft; illustrated by Katherine Blackmore. Scarletta Kids, now Mighty Media Press, 2013; Fiction for ages 6-10 (Baseball, baseball scoring, grandparents, intergenerational) It’s spring! It’s baseball season! “What do you like the most—smelling the … Continue reading

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Award Winning Picture Books!

  Not long ago I discovered an award that is given every two years for “the positive portrayal of older adults in books for kids.” An organization called AGHE (or Association for Gerontology in Higher Education) has awarded this honor … Continue reading

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