Picture Books By Topic: respect for elders

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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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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Jingle Dancer

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By: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrated by: Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Description: Contemporary Native American family, inter-generational sharing of traditions Young girl represents four loving, older family members in the traditional Jingle Dance.
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The Most Beautiful Thing

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By: Kao Kalia Yang
Illustrated by: Khoa Le
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Description: “Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with little money—and a great deal of love. Weaving together Kalia’s story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family’s early years in the United States.” (Book jacket)
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Nelson Mandela

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By: Kadir Nelson
Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson
Description: A picture book biography of the South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid. Bio, apartheid, multi-cultural (South Africa), late life work, respect for elders, wisdom
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Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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By: Nelson Mandela , Abridged by Chris van Wyck
Illustrated by: Paddy Bouma
Description: Official picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. Activism, apartheid, late life work, multi-cultural (South Africa), respect for elders, wisdom.
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niwicihaw/I Help

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By: Leona Morin-Nielson
Illustrated by: Caitlin Nicholson
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Description: This simple story in Cree and English explores a young child’s relationship to his grandmother, or nôkhom, as they go for a walk in the woods to pick rosehips. The young boy follows his grandmother, walking, listening, picking, praying and eating, just as she does. In doing so, he absorbs the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage. (from the publisher)
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