Monday, March 7, 2016

Winners! Ageism in PBs, Volume 3


Remember this little Meme Hop? Well, it turned out to be a lot of fun and easy to do. It wasn't easy to pick winners, however. Tara, Christine and I had a devil of a time. But here they are. All very funny. And I only am showing one of each entrant. Some had several. Way to go writers.



Thanks for playing everyone! Here were the book prizes. 





PepperWords won one of the $25. GC from Amazon. 




J.Lenni Dorner won an eBook of Double Negative. 


Junetta won a copy of Sudden Secrets



Check out the other winners on Tara and Christine's sites. They each offered copies of their books, and there was one more $25 GC. Were you one of the lucky meme-makers?




L.L. is one of my Newsletter followers and she just won a signed copy of A. Formento's Twigs. Congrats L.L. The book is on the way.
My March Newsletter goes out next week. Hope you've signed up. I'm sending everyone a Marketing Checklist with examples of how I'm using it to improve my marketing. More about my marketing next month. There's also some news. Yes. I actually have NEWS






In case you're interested: My previous posts on AGEISM. Post 1 Post 2



David Wiesner is one of my favorite picture book writers, and I have three of his books. I decided to take a look and see 1) if he had any elderly characters and 2) if he treated them fairly or as stereotypes. Here's what I found. In one book there were zero elderly, even the animals were young. In another there was one picture of adults, however, I couldn't count them as elderly. They were reading while their son explored the beach. In the third book there were four characters that were pictured as elderly: round glasses, gray hair and facial lines. All were stern and, while not unkind,  they were stiff and all business. It didn't look as if being older was much fun.




A writer friend, Cynthia Jaynes Omolou published this PB, so I took a look at it again to see what she'd done with elderly characters. Hurray for Omolou. She not only had three elderly characters ( two men and a woman), but they were of varied ethnicity.







Quote of the Week:  "Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right." Theodore Roosevelt

82 comments:

  1. Congratulations to the winners! You guys chose them well.

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  2. Congrats to the winners! Love that quote by Theodore Roosevelt. So true and just what I needed to hear.

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    1. I love finding quotes that make me pay attention. Glad you liked this one.

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  3. Congrats to the winners, This reminds me I have a birthday in just 2 months time, ah! another year older.
    Young at heart but outside ageing.
    Have a good week.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Early happy birthday, Yvonne. May it be a wonderful day for you.

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  4. Congrats to the winners! I love the one with the kittens. And it's so true :D

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  5. Hi Lee - congratulations to the three winners ... and yes the quote makes perfect sense ... as to getting old - sadly we all do ... but smile and enjoy life while we have it .. cheers Hilary

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  6. Congrats to the winners. Sounds like the first sure didn't make old sound fun one bit

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    1. And he's a brilliant writer/illustrator.

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  7. The meme blog hop was fun! Thanks for organizing!

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  8. Congrats to the winners! It was a fun hop. I'm going to be much more conscious of older characters and seeing how they are portrayed. All the older people I knew growing up were wonderful and so I think I have a predisposition to write characters that reflect that.

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    1. Older people are treasures in many ways. Glad you had such great ones in your life.

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  9. Yay for the blog hop winners! It was so much fun. And three cheers for Omolou! :) Have a lovely week.

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  10. Congrats to the winners! Where are the red carpet photos?

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    1. You were supposed to send those, weren't you?

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  11. I'm really enjoying your posts on ageism. Honestly, it's not something I really thought of, but you have a great point. In books and movies, the elderly are often portrayed as 'grumpy', 'mean', not something you want to become. Not someone you can learn valuable lessons from. Thanks for showing me that I need to watch for how I portray adults (and others ages) in my own writing!

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    1. From what I've read, the movies and TV are worse than books. Glad you stopped in to see the posts and comment. Thank you.

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  12. All of my elderly role models in my family are so outside the box. My niece was having a first birthday for her son and my mom was not yet there for the "generation" picture. I told my niece to just explain to her husband's family that the great-grandma is on a hot streak at the casino and she'll get there as soon as she hits the jack pot.

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    1. Love that great-ma! Hope she won tons.

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  13. Congrats to all the winners!!!! :D

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  14. Congrats to the winners - Love all the memes!! Kittens ARE adorable.

    Thanks for sharing some of the picture books and how they deal with older characters. Very interesting!

    -Lauren

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. I didn't mean to do so much on this topic, but I didn't seem able to stop.

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  15. I reckon we're all winners! Congratulations everyone, it was a fun memefest!

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  16. Congratulations to everyone! Awesome memes!

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  17. Congrats to the winners! I love both the Phillip Roth quote and the Teddy Roosevelt one. Yay for old people of different ethnicities in PBs! Have a great week, Lee. <3

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    1. We need that kind of diversity in our reading, especially for kids. Thanks, Lexa.

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  18. That was a fun hop last week. Love Roosevelt's quote. I have to use that sometime.

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    1. I'm sure he'd like his words out there as much as possible.

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  19. Congrats to the winners, and that is a great quote.

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  20. I won, yeah. Thank you for the e-books. I loved all the meme's. It was so much fun and addictive. Thank you.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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    1. Glad you won, Juneta. I did get a good laugh from what you posted.

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  21. Ha, ha, ha! "The road to hell ..." Yes, it certainly is!

    I wonder if the publishing industry plays any part in the missing elderly? I know in MG, the supposed rule is "no adult POV." And I have had books turned down for having the "wrong gender" protagonist for the genre. I wonder what "rules" PB publishers make up?

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    1. Good grief, who knows, Dianne. It's a puzzle to me what the rules are because as soon as I think I know them, they're changed.

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  22. Sounds like the hop was a blast.

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  23. Maybe if 'older' people were depicted in a more favorable light, kids would have a more positive idea about getting old.

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    1. That's exactly the point. Teach kids old=pathetic and guess what?

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  24. LOVE those memes! And that last pic book looks fabulous!

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    1. Her picture book was about international time, and such a great idea.

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  25. Congrats winners. Seeing the elderly typified positively is a very good thing.

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    1. Yes. It sets us up from childhood to appreciate any age.

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  26. What a fun idea! Enjoyed seeing the memes. I also like that quote of the week. Words to live by!

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    1. I think I'll put those words above my desk with other worthwhile quotes.

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  27. I'd like to see variety. Yes, some adults are stern, but not all of them. It's important for children to see their lighter side. They can be wise, supportive, humorous, and so on.

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  28. Congratulations to the winners and the authors who donated books!

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    1. Authors really know how to do that, don't they? :-)

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  29. Congrats to the winners and I love that quote!!

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  30. Congratulations to the winners!

    I just read your other posts on ageism. It's not something I've paid attention to, but it has me thinking. In horror, those who are elderly, specifically, are often portrayed negatively. As almost scary. I imagine this reflects a fear of aging since it's in books for adults. But I'm surprised that there isn't a more positive representation in children's literature. After all, grandparents are a favorite for children. I would think there would be positive connotations.

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    1. I'm sure there are positive depictions. I'm on the lookout for those now more than I was before.

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  31. Am I the only one to find that last meme pretty creepy? What is it supposed to be? To me, it looks like a deranged chocolate-covered graham cracker.

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    1. That's the WIP for you. Deranged, slightly sweet and messy. Also a tad threatening with those teeth. Takes a horror writer to see creepy in a graham cracker.
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    2. I don't know about that...he's one freaky-looking cracker!

      Looking forward to seeing this mysterious WIP.

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  32. Wonderful quote. Congratulations, winners. The meme looked like fun. It's time that so-called "senior citizens" are shown as many of them really are. I have friends that still go snow skiing and swimming and to ball games, etc. Maybe we're a bit slower, but we get there. :)

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    1. And slow ain't bad, is it? You see so much more walking than you do running.

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  33. I think a range of heritage and age adds to a story.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. It offers some great opportunities for interaction.

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  34. Ha, ha, those are funny. Congrats to the winners! That's a great quote by Roosevelt. Glad you were able to find some positive characterizations of the elderly.

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    1. They're out there. We only need to find and buy them so our kids will have some positive role models.

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    2. They're out there. We only need to find and buy them so our kids will have some positive role models.

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  35. Your post on ageism intrigues me, and I think everything you pointed out in books applies to depictions of the elderly in TV and film too. I think it stems from our culture's fear of death...whereas in older cultures elders were revered because so few people made it to old age. Food for thought:)

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    1. TV and films can be very bad. That's why I love it when famous leading actors appear in roles as they age. Helen Mirin for example is a brilliant actor and beautiful!

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  36. Okay, Phil's quote just made me laugh. Very true! And congratulations to the winners. The meme was fun!

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  37. Congrats to the winners. I love the kitty one. :)

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  38. I can't believe we've known each other for a while and I haven't read any of your books! I blame the coffee!

    Ageism - very interesting, Lee. I've read books by Indian authors in the regional languages that do have pretty strong elderly characters - especially matriarchs in joint families and similar situations.

    Congrats to the winners - looking forward to visiting more often!

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  39. Congrats to the winners!

    I'm not inspired to make sure I include an elderly character in my writing.

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  40. Congratulations to all the winners. The MEMEs were great! I truly enjoyed the blog hop and met many new bloggers that I am now following for their insight and interviews. Ageism. This is where I think the U.S. might have it wrong. We can learn so much from the elderly and their life experiences. When I read or watch a movie, I look to see how the writers treat the elderly and what purpose they offer in the plot. Thanks for sharing this with your readers.

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  41. Those were some great entries. Congratulations to the winners.

    I think movies have added to the ageism. It's too easy to go for cheap laughs whenever older people are in a movie.

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  42. I loved the meme hop because it was such fun to see the variety of memes on everyone's blogs. Congrats to all the winners! Stephanie and I have almost all your books now, Lee. Just missing one! Can't wait to read the latest. :)
    ~Jess

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  43. We had a hamster so can totally relate to their cuteness. Until the master escape artist wreck havoc on your hous by hewing valuable and expensive stuff like large sections of carper under the beds and wiring in major kitchen appliances.

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  44. Great memes! I can see why those particular ones won. Congrats to the winners!

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  45. Congrats to the winners! The winning memes were particularly awesome.

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  46. Congrats to the winner! Love these memo's.

    And Love Teddy's quote. So True!

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  47. I have read all three posts about Ageism and I agree that the depiction of olders has to change. I don't know if you ever heard of this book, "Little Black Sambo." When I was little I remember my mother reading me that story. After the Civil Right Movement in the US and consciousness raising about racism that book was vilified. You don't see books like that anymore. So my hope is that the same thing will happen with depiction of olders. It is not only books, as everyone has said, but TV, films, all media. These negative stereotypes are so pervasive and we do internalize them ourselves as well. Studies have shown that negative stereotypes about age have affected older people's self esteem and more ominously can affect their health and longevity. It's the microaggressions we keep hearing about, the chipping away at people that eventually takes its toll. So I heartily agree that we all need to make sure we do not perpetuate ageism by the way we write and illustrate books. Thank You for writing about this important issue. :)

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