How Do Kids Experience Old People?

Children’s books often reinforce ageist and sexist narratives

Vicki Larson
Crow’s Feet
Published in
4 min readMay 10, 2024

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One of the joys of having young children for me was snuggling in bed with them and reading them books before bedtime. I read my two boys all the classic children’s books, fairy tales and mythologies, and new ones, but one thing I never thought too deeply about was how old people are depicted on the…

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Vicki Larson
Crow’s Feet

Award-winning journalist, author of “Not Too Old For That" & "LATitude: How You Can Make a Live Apart Together Relationship Work, coauthor of “The New I Do,”