Picture Books By Topic: aging

Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey

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By: Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Creative life, imagination and perseverance, love of color. Real life Grandma P. builds her own creative home from bottles and other found materials. Sadly out of print, but still available.
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Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes

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By: Susan V. Bosak
Illustrated by: multiple award winning artists
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Description: Strengths and challenges of life stages, hopes and dreams for the future no matter what age; beautifully illustrated, includes quotes and inspiration.
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Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia

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By: Carmen Lomas Garza
Description: Non-fiction. Folk paintings and brief narratives recall the artist’s growing up in a large Hispanic family in Texas. Diversity/Multicultural – Hispanic (American), bilingual – Spanish/English, families, everyday activities, memoir
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Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keefe

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By: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by: Ora Eiten
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Description: A day in the life of famous artist Georgia O'Keefe as an active woman in her 90's.
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Grandfather’s Wrinkles

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By: Kathryn England
Illustrated by: Richard McFarland
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Description: Grandfather explains where wrinkles come from in warm and child-friendly terms.
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Grandmother School

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By: Reena Singh
Illustrated by: Ellen Rooney
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Description: Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. (Description from publisher Orca Books, 2020.)

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Grandparents

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By: Chema Heras
Illustrated by: Rosa Osuna
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Description: Fun and heartwarming--a grandfather shows his love and appreciation for his wife as he persuades her to attend a dance with him. But she has many reasons to delay their outing: she needs to put eyeliner around her eyes--which are as sad as a moonless night…Delightful. (adapted from WorldCat)
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Harry and Walter

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By: Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by: Qin Leng
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Description: Harry (4 3/4) and Walter (92 1/2) are the best of friends, until young Harry must move away. Intergenerational friendship, neighbors, community, late life happiness, wisdom
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How Old Am I?

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By: Julie Pugeat
Illustrated by: JR
Description: A first-ever children's visual reference book on age - and a unique celebration of the diversity of humankind around the globe. Created by the iconic street artist JR for young readers aged 4-8. For young children, the concept of age is abstract when they don't have a relatable context ... until now! This unique book showcases the faces and life stories of 100 people from around the world, organised by age, from a one-year-old to a centenarian, giving children a visual and descriptive reference point for each age. Striking close-up black-and-white portraits are paired with read-aloud text that shares personal experiences, wishes, memories, and emotions, leaving readers with an appreciation and understanding of the ageing process. (Description from Bookshop.org)
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Meena

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By: Sine Van Mol
Illustrated by: Carianne Wijffels
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Description: Meena’s young neighbors believe she is a witch until their many misunderstandings are cleared up.
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