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These Children’s Books Get Aging Right

By Holly Lawrence (February 13, 2020) abbreviated

A Morning with Grandpa
By Sylvia Liu; Illustrated by Christina Forshay. This picture book is one of my personal picks for not only how well it departs from age stereotypes of older men, but also how beautifully it shows the value of intergenerational relationships.

I Love My Glam-MA
By Samantha Berger; Illustrated by Sujean Rim. I Love My Glam-MA breaks away from the age stereotypes of devalued older women, and lovingly portrays happy intergenerational relationships between children and their grandmothers.

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story, 
Book was published in 2018. It’s a biography of Michigan printmaker, Gwen Frostic. The book is richly illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen. “[Frostic] actively defied stereotypes of age, gender and ability — as an artist, early environmentalist and businesswoman,” said author Lindsey McDivitt.

Weeds in Nana’s GardenA heartfelt story of love that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
Written and illustrated by Kathryn Harrison. Weeds in Nana’s Garden by Canadian author Kathryn Harrison amazed me for its beautiful, ingenious portrayal of an intergenerational relationship between a child and her stylish, vibrant, outdoorsy grandmother who becomes afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

Books for Kids

Recommended by Alzheimer’s Association

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

Wendelin Van Draanen 
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016 
Still My Grandpa
Véronique Van den Abeele, Claude K. Dubois (Illustrator)
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007
Graduation of Jake Moon
Barbara Park  
Aladdin, 2002 
Memory Box
Mary Bahr, David Cunningham (Illustrator)
Albert Whitman Concepts, 1992
Wordsworth Dances the Waltz
Frances H. Kakugawa, Melissa DeSica (Illustrator)
Watermark Publishing, 2007 
Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator
Max Wallack, Carolyn Given 
CreateSpace, 2013