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Memory Care Resources: Picture Books for Those with Memory Challenges

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 "Search" box and enter terms like:

Emigration and Immigration

Farm Life

Family Life





Christmas or Thanksgiving Day, etc.

Then use the "Refine Results" filter on the left to check the Age Group boxes (Teen, Preteen and/or Primary), then hit "Apply" on the bottom




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Recommended Authors

Patricia Polacco

Cynthia Rylant

Carl Sams

Barbara Cohen