Tag Archives: Role models

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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Interview of Sandra McGuire Ph.D. at A is for Aging

I’m pleased to share a brief interview of Dr. Sandra L. McGuire, who has been an invaluable advisor to this blog and website at A is for Aging, B is for Books for a number of years. Dr. McGuire created … 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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Miss Rumphius: A Classic for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, I’m sharing Miss Rumphius, a picture book beloved by many—both adults and children. Often called “the lupine lady,” it was written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney who illustrated many books for children.   The long … 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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Resolutions, Role Models, Big Changes and News!

2018. I like the sound of that. It seems somewhat auspicious. But perhaps it’s simply that I’ve just turned 60, and personally I’m in transition—on many levels. From child raising to empty nest. From Michigan to Minnesota. From married to … 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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