Picture Books By Topic: wisdom

A Chair for My Mother

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By: Vera Williams
Description: Grandparents, families, cooperation, saving, goal-setting A girl, her mother, and grandmother all contribute coins to the coin jar that will buy a new chair for mama after a fire destroys their possessions.
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Big Moon Tortilla

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By: Joy Cowley
Illustrated by: Dyanne Strongbow
Description: Grandparents, multicultural (Native Am.), bad days After Marta has had a bad day, her grandmother shares some comforting words of advice. Out of print
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Buffalo Storm

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By: Katherine Applegate
Illustrated by: Jan Ormerod
Description: Hallie must leave her beloved Grandmother behind when her family joins a wagon train to Oregon. A quilt gifted by Grandmother comforts her as she faces storms and other fears.
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Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa

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By: Alayne Kay Christian
Illustrated by: Joni Stringfield
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Description: Long distance grandparents, story and coping ideas for kids and grandparents using nature.
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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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Grandfather Gandhi

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By: Bethany Hegedus, Arun Gandhi
Illustrated by: Evan Turk
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Description: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.
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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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Grandmama’s Pride

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By: Becky Birtha
Illustrated by: Colin Bootman
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Description: Multi-cultural (Af.Am.) strong older role model, activism, human rights, racism, segregation Young African-American sisters visit their grandmother in 1950’s southern U.S. and encounter segregation. Along with many others Grandmama refuses to ride public buses in protest and they manage to effect change in the laws.
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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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Julian is a Mermaid

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By: Jessica Love
Illustrated by: Jessica Love
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Description: Riding the subway with his abuela Julian glimpses beautiful costumed mermaids. All he can think of is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will his abuela think about how Julian sees himself. A jubilant celebration of self love, individuality and acceptance.
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