Picture Books By Topic: neighbors

Albert the Fix-It Man

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By: Janet Lord
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Elder valued in community, neighborliness, active older man
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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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Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

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By: Bethany Hegedus, Arun Gandhi
Illustrated by: Evan Turk
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Description: t Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste. (from website Grandfather Gandhi.)
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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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Grandpa’s Soup

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By: Eiko Kadono
Illustrated by: Satomi Ichikawa
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Description: After the death of his wife, an old man gradually realizes that making the soup she used to cook and sharing it with friends eases his loneliness. His resilience and generosity are inspiring.
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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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I Know a Lady

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By: Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by: James Stevenson
Description: Communities, neighbors, friendliness, everyday activities Out of print

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Jayden’s Impossible Garden

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By: Mélina Mangal
Illustrated by: Ken Daley
Description: "Nine-year-old Jayden loves the outdoors, but his mother is nervous about him playing in their neighborhood. With the help of his neighbor Mr. Curtis, can Jayden help Mama see that nature and beauty are all around?"
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Miss Rumphius

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By: Barbara Cooney
Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
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Description: Growing older, a lifetime, legacies, flowers, planting When still a little girl, Alice Rumphius decided that when she grew up she would visit faraway places, live by the sea and do something to make the world more beautiful–per her grandfather’s advice.
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn/series

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By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Arthur Howard
Description: Easy Reader. Mr. Putter’s neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, decides that they should join a band, but finding the right one isn’t as easy as it sounds—for them or their pets. Mr. Putter’s everyday adventures continue in other books in the series such as Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch;
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