Picture Books By Topic: late-life career

A River of Words

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By: Jen Bryant
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Description: Biography/picture book Poets & poetry, biography, vocations, persistence Though he practiced medicine, William Carlos Williams became a recognized poet continuing well into his sixties.
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Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

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By: Jessie Hartland
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Description: Non-fiction picture book biography of chef Julia Child, who had a long, productive, and happy life.
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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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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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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

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By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by: Katy Wu
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Description: The riveting true story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Forced to retire at 60, but then asked to return, Grace finally retired from the Navy at age 80. (adapted from publ description)
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Grandpa’s Face

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By: Eloise Greenfield
Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper
Description: Tamika sees her beloved grandfather making a mean face while he rehearses for one of his plays and becomes afraid that someday he will make that face at her. Actors, African-Americans, families, grandparents, perception, fears.
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark

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By: Debbie Levy
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Baddeley
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Description: Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements. (from the publisher)
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The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

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By: Laurence Anholt
Description: Julie, daughter of French painter Berthe Morisot, visits the country garden of painter Claude Monet. Shows late life creativity and painting and gardening as lifelong activities.
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Miss Colfax’s Light

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By: Aimee' Bissonette
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: In 1861, at the age of 37, Harriet Colfax took on the job of lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan. It was a bold and determined endeavor. For 43 years, until the age of 80, Harriet kept her light burning, through storms, harsh winters, and changes in technology. This true story contains excerpts from her actual log. (adapted from publisher)
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My Abuelita

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By: Tony Johnston
Illustrated by: Yuyi Morales
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Description: Grandparent raising her grandchild, multi-cultural, late life work. A young boy lives with his grandmother who is preparing for her mysterious job.
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