Episode 59: Helping kids understand ageing

April 29, 2023

In episode 59 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Helping kids understand ageing

It’s not always easy for kids to understand the signs of ageing in beloved grandparents and elderly friends, but Megan and Allison have a list of books to help. Plus, Megan has a quick tip for role modelling lifelong reading and Allison shares a story that shows why talking about writing matters.

Books we mention

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‘Willa and Woof: Mimi is Missing’ by Jacqueline Harvey. Illustrated by A. Yi

‘The New Dog’ by Chris McKimmie 

‘Wild Bush Days’ by Penny Harrison. Illustrated by Virginia Gray

‘Jigsaw: A puzzle in the post’ by Bob Graham

‘Detective’s Guide to New York City’ by Nicki Greenberg

Books for kids about ageing

Picture Books Which Explore Cultural Diversity created by Inda Ahmad Zahri for Allison Tait

‘Dancing with Memories’ by Sally Yule with Professor Ralph Martins and Maggie Beer. Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini 

‘What do you Call Your Grandma’ by Ashleigh Barton. Illustrated by Martina Heiduczek

‘What Do you Call Your Grandpa’ by Ashleigh Barton. Illustrated by Martina Heiduczek 

‘Julian is a Mermaid’ and ‘Julian at the Wedding’ by Jessica Love

The Katha Chest’ Radhiah Chowdhury, Lavanya Naidu 

‘My Nana is a Ninja’ by Damon Young. Illustrated by Peter Carnavas  

‘The Echidna Near My Place by Sue Whiting. Illustrated by Cate James 

‘Searching for Cicadas’ by Lesley Gibbs. Illustrated by Judy Watson

‘Grandma’s Are Lovely’ by Meredith Constain. Illustrated by Nicolette Hegyes 

‘Grumble Boats’ by Susannah McFarlane. Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie  

‘Grandmas Treasured Shoes by Coral Vass  Christina Huynh 

‘Grandma Z’ by Daniel Gray Barnett 

‘Dear Grandpa’ by Kate Simpson. Illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh 

‘Grandpa’s Big Adventure’ by Paul Newman. Illustrated by Tom Jellett

‘My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch’ by Graeme Base

‘There’s Only One Grandma Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft

‘There’s Only One Grandpa Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft

‘Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge’ by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Julie Vivas. 

‘As We Grow’ by  Libby Walden. Illustrated by Richard Jones 

‘Newspaper Hats’ by Phil Cummings. Illustrated by Owen Swan. 

‘The Tide’by Clare Helen Welshe.

‘Nanna’s Button Tin’ by Dianne Wolfer. Illustrated by Heather Potter 

‘Thimble’ by Rebecca Young. Illustrated by Tull Suwannakit

‘Finding Francois’ by Gus Gordon 

‘Grandma Forgets’ by Paul Russell. Illustrated by Nicky Johnston 


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Books for kids about ageing