Bookend generations come together through story We generally think of reading aloud as something that is shared between an adult and a child; but imagine that the adult is an individual living with dementia . . . perhaps a grandparent.  Society often focuses on what people with dementia can no longer do, but researchers have… Read More


A beneficial tool for memory care Older adults with dementia who have enjoyed reading all their lives can continue to read in different ways.  While some may read every word on a page, others may be more comfortable with single-word activities.   Three-part cards are illustrated, single-word activities that invite the participant to match picture to… Read More


Author Clare Helen Welsh and illustrator Ashling Lindsay deliver on a beautiful story that conveys, with sensitivity, a child’s perspective on the memory loss of her beloved grandfather. Recommended: Ages 4 – 7 In a poignant story of acceptance and understanding, The Tide explores the relationship between a little girl (the narrator) and her grandfather,… Read More


Answering the demand for more contemporary stories for children,  the award-winning team of Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson conveys the dreams, wishes and everyday antics of a young child of immigrants in Carmela Full of Wishes. The story is set in a migrant community steeped in Mexican culture.  It is Carmela’s birthday and… Read More


A couple of years ago I was introduced to the work of award-winning dementia educator, Jennifer Brush, and her use of the Montessori approach with people living with dementia. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, Jennifer focuses first on what individuals with dementia can do. I was excited to learn from her work that reading… Read More


There’s a lot to unpack about diversity in children’s books. While there are many wonderful stories that celebrate the diversity of human experience; in 2018 there is still a disproportion of books with white protagonists, a tendency to tell a “single story” about marginalized groups, a distortion of historical facts, and a need for authenticity… Read More