Below is the description of the storybooks within the program and links to download the reading guides: 


Ferguson the Frog

Ferguson the Forgetful Frog: A Story About Dementia

Author:  Marta Schmidt Mendez 
Illustrator:  Andreea Mironiuc

Description:  This is a story about a frog named Ferguson who has dementia.  The author uses this animated character to help young children understand and talk about dementia.  Thisstory explains the difficulties someone with dementia could experience, the feelings they could have, and the behaviors they may have because of dementia.  The bookprovides the young reader the knowledge and awareness they need to interact withtheir loved one in a caring and empathetic way.

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A Garden of Flowers

A Garden of Flowers A Story About Alzheimer's

Author:  Marta Schmidt Mendez 
IllustratorAndreea Mironiuc

Description:  Lily’s grandfather has lived with her and her family ever since Lily was a baby. Lily has always done so many fun things with her grandfather and they are very close. As Lily gets older she starts to notice that her grandfather calls her the names of different flowers, but not her name. At first this seems a funny game but soon Lily starts to become frustrated as her grandfather does not seem to notice that she does not find the game funny. Lily’s parents step in and explain to her that her grandfather has developed Alzheimer’s. Lily has to decide and figure out how she will interact with her grandfather now that the ability to build memories is mainly one sided. A loved ones diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can impact a family greatly. 

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My New Granny

My New Granny

Author:  Elisabeth Steinkellner
Illustrator:
Michael Roher

Description:   This story explores the difficult reality of dementia and the bittersweet changing relationship between a granddaughter and her grandmother. By including children in the family discussion, parents help them become resilient and empower them to provide comfort for the grandparents or loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

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A Remember Balloons

The Remember Balloons

Author:  Jessie Olivero 
Illustrator:Dana Wulfekotte

DescriptionThis is a story about a young boy named James and his grandpa. In the story, balloons represent memories.  James notices that he has more balloons than his youngerbrother but not as many as his mother or father.  His grandpa has the most balloons. One day Grandpa’s balloons start drifting away.  James soon realizes some of Grandpa’s lost balloons are now his to hold.  This book has a unique way of explaining memoryloss and can be useful when explaining the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants Image

Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants:  A Story About Alzheimer's Disease for Young Children

Author:  Barbara Schnurbush 
Illustrator:Cary Pillo

Description:  A young girl is worried when she notices that her grandmother is having trouble reading and remembering simple things, until her parents explain to her that her grandmother is sufferingfrom a disorder known as Alzheimer's disease.

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What a Beautiful Morning

What a Beautiful Morning

Authors:  Arthur Levine andKatie Kath

Description:  Every morning is beautiful when Noah visits his Grandparents. When Grandpa and Noah wake up, they take off singing and hardly stop: walking the dog, splashing through puddles, and eating French toast with cinnamon. But one summer Grandpa seems to have forgotten how to do the things they love. Does he even know who Noah is?Grandma steps in energetically, filling in as best she can. But it is Noah who finds the way back to something he can share with Grandpa. Something musical. Something that makes the morning beautiful again.

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When My Grammy Forgets

When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember: A Child’s Perspective on Dementia

Author:  Toby Haberkorn  
IllustratorHeather Varkarotas

Description:  This story explores the difficult reality of dementia and the bittersweet changing relationship between a granddaughter and her grandmother. By including children in the family discussion, parents help them become resilient and empower them to provide comfort for the grandparents or loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

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