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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Loses Her Ballet Slippers

By Sheila and Letty Sustrin; illustrated by Thomas H. Bone` III Fiction for ages 4 & up; Blue Marlin Publications 2014 Themes: Dedicated teacher, appreciation, community, cooperation, helping others, active retirement, healthy aging, use of maps. “Mrs. Belle looked at herself … Continue reading

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Paris Hop!: An A is for Aging Book Review

In Paris Hop! (MB Publishing 2014, ages 4-7) delight in all the distractions Paris offers as a grandmother and granddaughter explore it en route to the “tippity-top” of the Eiffel Tower. What begins as a race to reach it within … Continue reading

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Bridging Cultures: Sitti’s Secrets and Grandfather Counts

Use your “own experiences in everyday surroundings as a bridge to connect with faraway family members,” says author Alayne Kay Christian. Those words of advice from a long distance grandmother in the trenches also holds true for grandparents when they … Continue reading

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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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Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa: An A is for Aging Book Review

                    When I imagine grandparent-hood, I think of the sweetness of regular interactions with a young child dear to my heart. But in reality, like the granddaughter and grandparents in Butterfly … Continue reading

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Is Aging the Problem? Or Ageism?

Recently I was asked to write about the “why” of my efforts on A is for Aging—for activist Ashton Applewhite’s blog “This Chair Rocks.” It was a very personal post, not a picture book review, but I hope my reflections … Continue reading

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Nana in the City: An A is for Aging Book Review

In Nana in the City a young boy is intimidated by the brash sounds and sights on his first visit to his Nana’s new apartment. (Clarion Books 2014, ages 4-8). However, his grandmother obviously revels in her bustling urban setting–she … Continue reading

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Rosie Revere, Engineer: An A is for Aging book review

It’s not often that I begin with the ending, but I’m primed for the very last page of Rosie Revere, Engineer –it was Women’s History Month in March. Author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts dedicated it:  “With gratitude to our … Continue reading

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10 Positive Aging Picture Books for Pre-schoolers: Promoting love of life…and reading!

We all want our children to live long and healthfully, but did you know that merely tweaking the images of aging they’re exposed to could add years to their lives? The earlier the better when it comes to protecting kids … Continue reading

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My Teacher–by James Ransome: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

“This book is a tribute to all of the teachers who come in early, leave late and give a little something extra to their students,” says author/illustrator James Ransome of his picture book My Teacher. This gem of a book also … Continue reading

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