Picture Books By Topic: late-life happiness

Grandad’s Camper

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By: Harry Woodgate
Illustrated by: Harry Woodgate
Description: Gramps and Grandad were adventurers. They would surf, climb mountains, and tour the country in their amazing camper. Gramps just made everything extra special. But after Gramps died, granddad hasn’t felt like traveling anymore. So, their amazing granddaughter comes up with a clever plan to fix up the old camper and get Grandad excited to explore again. This beautiful picture book honors love and reminds us not only to remember those we have lost, but to celebrate them. (Description Little Bee Books)
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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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The Cats of Mrs. Calamari

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By: John Stadler
Illustrated by: John Stadler
Description: "Mrs. Calamari has cats, lots of them, but her new landlord, Mr. Gangplank, and his dog, Potato, do not like cats. Fortunately, Mr. Gangplank has lost his glasses so he believes Mrs. Calamari when she says she doesn't have cats... This has everything going for it: true humor, adorable artwork, and a story that hangs together from beginning to end. The cat's meow!" (description from Booklist) *Starred Review, Booklist*
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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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