Relationships with Elders – new books that promote positive bonds between youth and seniors

{originally published on MackinCommunity.com}

It takes a village to raise a child. Parents depend on extended family members as well as neighbors and educators to help teach children about life. Personally, my parents have been an important part of helping me raise my two sons. The bond my sons have with their grandparents is unique, perhaps because they are so much alike yet quite different. And when I really think about it, my grandparents are some of the most inspirational people in my life.

Two of the most loved children’s picture book authors, Patricia Polacco and Tomie dePaola are known for their books about positive relationships between children and their elders. Recently these artist-authors published HOLES IN THE SKY and STREGA NONA’S MAGIC RING. Their continued portrayal of children having strong bonds with older adults (whether it be a grandparent, teacher, or neighbor) is so important for young people to see in books.

There are many benefits of intergenerational relationships. Youth have much to learn from seniors, and vice versa. When older and younger people connect it improves both groups’ well-being. The most common activity these generations can do together is share stories. According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, sometime in the next decade there will be more people over the age of 60 in the U.S. than under 18. Books showing meaningful relationships between children and their elders are a valuable addition to any library. Following are some new books and the publisher’s summaries that promote positive bonds between youth and seniors.


PICTURE BOOKS

GRANDMA’S GARDENS

by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

PHILOMEL 2020

IN THE RED CANOE

by Leslie Davidson

ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS, 2020

OUR FAVORITE DAY

by Joowon Oh

CANDLEWICK PRESS, 2019

KEEPER OF WILD WORDS

by Brooke Smith

CHRONICLE BOOKS 2020

GRAMA’S HUG

by Amy Nielander

PAGE STREET KIDS, 2020

BIG PAPA AND THE TIME MACHINE

by Daniel Bernstrom

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS, 2020

GRANDMA’S GIRL

by Susanna Leonard Hill

SOURCEBOOKS WONDERLAND 2020

HOW TO READ TO A GRANDMA OR GRANDPA

by Jean Reagan

KNOPF BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS, 2020

ACCORDIONLY : OPA AND ABUELO MAKE MUSIC

by Michael Genhart

MAGINATION PRESS, 2020

 


SECONDARY TITLES

PARKER INHERITANCE

by Varian Johnson

ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS, 2019

BIRDIE

by Eileen Spinelli

EERDMANS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS, 2019

LOOK BOTH WAYS : A TALE TOLD IN TEN BLOCKS

by Jason Reynolds

ATHENEUM BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS, 2019

 

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