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Picture Books for Those with Dementia   Tags: alzheimers disease, dementia, memory impaired, picture books, reminiscence  

Reading suggestions for caregivers and for those in the latter stages of dementia.
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017 URL: Print Guide
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Things to Look For

  • A straightforward storyline (not abstract metaphor or literary devices)
  • Uncomplicated, easy to understand sentences
  • A little humor
  • A moderate amount of text
  • A familiar story (folk tales, fairy tales, or fables are good)
  • A story that depicts aspects of daily life (cooking, sewing, farming, animals, gardening, and taking care of a child or someone who is ill)
  • Beautiful illustrations are a plus (pictures you can dwell on and talk about)



Search Tips

In our RiverShare catalog, use the "Keyword Search for" box and enter terms like:

Emigration and Immigration

Farm Life

Family Life





Christmas or Thanksgiving Day, etc.

Then click on the "Search Options" link, and choose "Juvenile Picture Book" under "Collections."



Recommended Picture Books

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The Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant; Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
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Publication Date: 1993-07-31

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ISBN: 015201084X
Publication Date: 1998-04-01

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The Storm - Marc Harshman; Mark Mohr (Illustrator)
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A Christmas Story - Brian Wildsmith (Illustrator)
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Klara's New World - Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0679906266
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Rocks in My Pockets - Marc Harshman; Bonnie Collins
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Lizzie Nonsense - Jan Ormerod
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