The best picture books about caregiving and assisted living

Joan Budilovsky Author Of A Land of Walkers and Wonder
By Joan Budilovsky

Who am I?

My mother was rarely without pen and paper in hand. She wrote stories – true stories. After suffering a stroke she wasn’t able to compose the long enchanting novels she used to, but nevertheless kept writing. The stroke made it difficult for her to tell her special stories to her adored young grandson.  So we became creative. I took photos of her daily life with us. Brooke Dahmen drew beautiful illustrations from these photos. With her grandson’s and my help, grandma wrote true and heartfelt captions for the illustrations. All created in gratitude for the joys of senior living and the kind helping hands of a child.


I wrote...

A Land of Walkers and Wonder

By Leona Budilovsky, Joan Budilovsky, Brooke Dahmen (illustrator)

Book cover of A Land of Walkers and Wonder

What is my book about?

Is grandma or grandpa moving to assisted living? A Land of Walkers and Wonder is written specifically for children and seniors to explore these new types of living arrangements and be inspired by them. The story is about a day in the life of a 5-year-old boy as he visits his grandmother at her apartment in a senior living center. Everyone old is young again as fun games and surprises unfold between generations. Creativity holds no age limit. Inspiration exists in all shapes, sizes, abilities, and ages. Let this book inspire you to dream big at every age.

The books I picked & why

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One Morning in Maine

By Robert McCloskey,

Book cover of One Morning in Maine

Why this book?

First published in 1952 and continues today as a fine example of finding joy and beauty in the simple experiences in life. McClosky draws a stunning view of Maine’s coastline that dazzles the senses. I sure plan to go find Buck’s Harbor there someday! The breezes, the seagulls, the sand, the small town ways of life along the eastern coast. I’m not the only one who finds this book a treasure. It holds the prestigious Caldecott Honor Book Award. Bravo, Robert!


The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages

By Jan Karon, Robert Gantt Steele (illustrator),

Book cover of The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages

Why this book?

How lovely to watch the journey of a seed as it grows into blossom-hood. Handled oh so carefully by the ‘nice lady.’ Kindness and patience resonate throughout the pages. This book will surely make the reader want to gently plant some moonflowers in their garden and watch eagerly what happens.


Guess How Much I Love You

By Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (illustrator),

Book cover of Guess How Much I Love You

Why this book?

A fun and charming story about learning from our elders what life and love are about, even when you’re just a little bunny rabbit. It’s where the popular phrase “I love you right up to the moon – and back” stems from. This book’s a moon voyage worth taking!


I Love You Through and Through

By Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, Caroline Jayne Church (illustrator),

Book cover of I Love You Through and Through

Why this book?

A board book with simple illustrations and words. A child will easily see him or herself in the pages and begin to understand that one’s varying mood changes or expressions are all just fine. Through each expression a child is loved and treasured. So, express yourself! You got this!


Carl's Afternoon in the Park

By Alexandra Day,

Book cover of Carl's Afternoon in the Park

Why this book?

Alexandra Day’s Illustrations speak volumes. They cause one to marvel over the simple things in life like a trip to the park. Of course, it helps to have a dog like Carl create excitement around every simple little thing. Thank you, Carl. And Kudos to Alexandra for taking us along on that magnificent and artistically beautiful trip to the park.


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