Picture Books By Topic: late-life happiness

A Map into the World

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By: Kao Kalia Yang
Illustrated by: Seo Kim
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Description: Paj Ntaub, a young Hmong American girl, and her family reach out to an older grieving neighbor. Growth & aging & death are portrayed as normal and natural. Four generations are clearly delineated.
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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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The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma’s

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By: Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
Description: By the end of the week a brother and sister stop worrying about what they will do at Grandma and Grandpa's and have lots of fun. Shows the similarities between young and old.
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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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Goose Moon

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By: Carolyn Arden
Illustrated by: Jim Postier
Description: Grandpa and granddaughter fish, toboggan and sit by the fire as he plays guitar. He shares a tale inspired by Native American folklore of the coming Goose Moon--a sign summer is on its way.
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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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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trial

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By: Jennifer Thermes
Illustrated by: Jennifer Thermes
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Description: At age 67, Emma Gatewood decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines, braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises relying on the kindness of strangers. A story of true grit and girl power at any age. (Adapted from author’s website)
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Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack

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By: Alan Page, Kamie Page
Illustrated by: David Geister
Description: "Here is the gentle story of a granddaughter discovering one of the great joys of her grandfather's youth, spring in the north woods when the maple trees are bursting with sap. Together, grandfather and granddaughter make their way out into the chilly pre-dawn woods to find and tap maple trees, hang buckets, and collect sap. And then patiently (or not!), they wait for the sap to boil into syrup back at the sugar shack. They wait. And they wait. Until ... at last! The first sweet taste of amber sticky goodness is ready."--Jacket.
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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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Gus & Me

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By: Keith Richards
Illustrated by: Theodora Richards
Description: True tale by Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards about his relationship with his grandfather and introduction to music.
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