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Growing Up and Growing Older:

Books for Young Readers 

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." - Dr. Seuss

Selected Work from the 2024 Booklist

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About the Author of the Children's Reading List: Dr. Sandra McGuire


Dr. Sandra McGuire has spent her professional career focused on understanding the process of aging, and studying the importance of communicating the positive aspects of aging to younger generations not only for better lives for those who are aging in front of them but also for children to look forward to living lives as older adults that are filled with love, adventure, and purpose. Inspiring our youth to view older adults and aging as a gift instead of a curse has been the fuel behind Sandra's countless hours spent creating this annotated list of children's literature. 

Dr. McGuire is an advocate for combating ageism and promoting positive aging. Positive aging encompasses attitudes, lifestyles, and activities that maximize the potentials of life’s later years and enhance quality of life.  She has presented at conferences and published in journals including: Childhood Education, Journal of School Nursing, Educational Gerontology, Journal of Health Education, and Creative Education; books including: The Encyclopedia of Ageism and Violence, Neglect and the Elderly; and in the federal Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) system.  Dr. McGuire is a co-author of a 6th edition community health nursing text where she contributed information on aging.  She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was an Assistant Dean and Professor (Caylor School of Nursing) at Lincoln Memorial University, and is a Fellow of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).  She serves on the Gerontological Society of American (GSA) K-12 Gerontology Education and Intergenerational Interest Groups. Dr. McGuire is director of the Kids Are Tomorrow’s Seniors (KATS) program and served as a member of AARP’s National Policy Council.  Her annotated booklist: Growing Up and Growing Older: Books for Young Readers is available, free online at  

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