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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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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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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Retires

By Letty Sustrin; illus. by Thomas H. Bone’ III Blue Marlin Publications 2017 (Ages 4 and up) In The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Retires, twenty years have passed in the life of teacher Mrs. Belle since the School Rules … 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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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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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau: An A is for Aging Book Review

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau Written by Michelle Markel & illustrated by Amanda Hall   (Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2012) For ages—5-9 Themes/Topics—Arts, creativity, non-fiction bio, perseverance, resilience Opening— “Henri Rousseau wants to be an artist. Not a … Continue reading

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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children By Jan Pinborough; illus. by Debby Atwell (Houghton Mifflin, 2013; ages 6-9) “Once in a big house in Limerick, Maine, there lived a little girl name Annie Carroll … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman.  (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014) Ages 5-8                                             … Continue reading

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Mr. Frank

  Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher Groundwood Books 2014; ages 4-7, see activities at bottom of post. “Mr. Frank was a tailor. He had been measuring, cutting, stitching, sewing, mending and pressing clothes for many years.” He is about to begin … Continue reading

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