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In 2009, The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) started the AGHE Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging (Preschool-Primary) with meaningful, positive portrayals of older adults. These awards are presented biannually at the AGHE annual meeting.
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Below are some of the new titles featured on the 2020 Booklist:
Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Thermes
At the age of 67, Emma “Grandma” Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in 1955. She took the challenge and hiked the over 2000 mile trail from start to finish. She completed the entire trail again at age 69 and completed the trail in partial sections when she was 76. A time line of her life is included at the end of the book as well as the history of the trail. An inspiring story of determination, fulfillment and resilence.
The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt; Eileen Ryan Ewen (Illustrator)
The art and writing of Gwen Frostic are well known in her home state of Michigan and around the world, but this picture book biography tells the story behind Gwen's famous work. After a debilitating illness as a child, Gwen sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent--never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her. After creating artwork for famous Detroiters and for display at the World's Fair and helping to build WWII bombers, Gwen moved to northern Michigan and started her own printmaking business. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard; Oge Mora (Illustrator)
Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author. In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who--with perseverance and dedication--proved that you're never too old to learn.
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards; G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
Mrs. Goldman is busy making hats for everyone in their neighborhood and she teaches Sophia how to knit. Sophia makes the pompoms for the Mrs. Goldman’s hats. Mrs. Goldman has given her hat to a neighbor and does not have a hat of her own. Sophia decides to knit her one, a red one since that is Mrs. Goldman’s favorite color. The knitting doesn’t go as planned and she ends up covering the hat with pompoms. Mrs. Goldman loves her surprise hat. She shared the importance of a good deed, a mitzvah, and caring for others with Sophia. Intergenerational friendship and learning. Instructions for knitting a hat and making pompoms are given at the end of the book.
Sing, Don't Cry by Angela Dominguez
Once a year, Abuelo comes from Mexico to visit his family. He brings his guitar, his music--and his memories. In this story inspired by the life of Apolinar Navarrete Diaz--author Angela Dominguez's grandfather and a successful mariachi musician--Abuelo and his grandchildren sing through the bad times and the good. Lifting their voices and their spirits, they realize that true happiness comes from singing together.
Grandma's Tiny House by Janay Brown-Wood; Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)
Everybody meets at grandma’s house. The house is tiny but full of love and family pictures. Grandma is preparing dinner and the house has scrumptious smells of turkey’ roasting. As family and friends arrive the house fills up and there is no more space inside. They enjoy the gathering and move the dinner outside to the big back yard.
I Love My Glam-Ma! by Samantha Berger; Sujean Rim (Illustrator)
A celebration of EVERY grandma's glamorous ways -- and the special love that glam-mas share with everything they do! "Glam-mas don't just come over... they make a grand entrance! Glam-mas don't just celebrate holidays... they celebrate everything! Glam-mas don't just carry a purse... they carry a treasure chest!" A joyful celebration of grandmothers who are young at heart, adventurous, and find a bit of glamour in everything they do. Whether these glam-mas are building sandcastles, riding with dolphins, or turning blankets into reading forts and super capes, they live each day with a playful spirit -- just like their grandchildren. From the writer of Crankenstein and the illustrator of Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes comes a playful and heartwarming ode to grandmas and grandchildren everywhere... because there's nothing more glamorous than being a grandma.
How Raven Got His Crooked Nose by Barbara J. Atwater (Retold by); Ethan J. Atwater (Retold by); Mindy Dwyer (Illustrator)
An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable. A grandmother and her granddaughter are picking berries and the grandmother tells the story of how the raven got a crooked nose. The story ends with the grandmother telling the young granddaughter: “It is always best to take your time and do things right.” The Dena’ina are an Athabascan language Native people, Athabascan words are integrated throughout the text, and a glossary of Dena’ina words are given.
All Around Us by Xelena Gonzalez; Adriana M. Garcia (Illustrator)
As grandpa and his granddaughter walk he points out the circles all around them--like the half circle that is a rainbow. When they work side by side in the garden there is another circle—what we take from the earth we return. As they walk around their neighborhood they find other circles like the sun, the clock, and bicycle wheels. They enjoy there time together and observe many of the things around them. Winner of several children's book awards.
The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
The life story of the great mathematician Paul Erdos. His whole life Paul loved math more than anything else. As a young boy he did math every day. In high school he made friends who loved math like he did. Paul amazed people with his math skills. By the time he was 20 he was a world famous mathematician. As an older man he traveled the world helping other mathematicians.
Mr. Mcginty's Monarchs by Linda Vander Heyden; Eileen R. Ewen (Illustrator)
Mr. McGinty enjoyed watching monarch butterflies and knew how important milkweed was to their survival. When the butterflies supply of milkweed is threatened he and his dog Sophie go on a mission to save them. With the help of school children he saves monarch caterpillars. He and the children take care of the caterpillars until they become butterflies and then they release them. There is content at the end of the book about monarchs and milkweed and monarch migration. Intergenerational friendship and an intergenerational environmental project.
Small Wonders by Matthew Clark Smith; Giuliano Ferri (Illustrator)
A moth with a sixth sense. A wasp that hunts beetles nearly twice its size. The lives of fascinating creatures such as these were unknown until one man introduced them to the world. Meet Jean-Henri Fabre, one of the most important naturalists of all time. As a boy in the French countryside, Henri spent hours watching insects. He dreamed of observing them in a new way: in their own habitats. What he discovered in pursuing that dream was shocking; these small, seemingly insignificant creatures led secret lives--lives of great drama! With its lively, lyrical text and richly detailed illustrations, this intriguing picture-book biography introduces the man who would forever change the way we look at insects, bringing to life the fascinating world of dazzling beetles, ferocious wasps, and other amazing small wonders that exist all around us.