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15 Children’s Books that Celebrate Grandparents

I Love My Grandma by David Bedford  (Author), Brenna Vaughan (Illustrator): One day, Grandma is preparing a picnic, but Little Hedgehog wants to play hide-and-seek! And when he is finally found, Grandma has a game of her own for him to play. This lively, playful, and loving picture book is perfect for any grandma and her little one to share.

I Love My Grandpa by David Bedford  (Author), Brenna Vaughan (Illustrator): Its a beautiful day for a swim, but Little Bear isnt sure that he likes the water. With Grandpas encouragement, will he be brave enough to try something new? This sweet, encouraging, and comforting picture book is perfect for any grandpa and his little one to share.

Grandma Wishes by Julia LoboCottage Door Press, et al.: Did you know there’s a special wishing star that only grandmas see? Every time a new grandchild is expected, their grandma has special hopes and dreams for her new little love. 

Grandpa’s Top Threes by Wendy Meddour: A young boy’s original game coaxes a grieving grandpa to reconnect with the world in a touching intergenerational story of love and resilience. Henry loves talking with Grandpa, but Grandpa has stopped listening. Mom says to just give him time. But Henry wants to talk to Grandpa now. So Henry tries his favorite game: Top Threes. And something amazing happens: Grandpa starts talking again. Out of a tale of favorite sandwiches and zoo animals, outings and trains, emerges a moving story about love, loss, and the wonder of grannies and grandpas.

Grandpa’s Top Threes by Wendy Meddour

 

Grandma’s Gardens by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Lemniscates: Grandma Dorothy shared her love of gardens with her daughter, Hillary, and her granddaughter, Chelsea. She taught them that gardens are magical places to learn, exciting spaces for discovery, quiet spots to spend time with family and beautiful areas to share stories and celebrate special occasions. But most of all, she taught them that in her gardens, her love grew and blossomed.  In this inspiring and heartwarming mother-daughter story, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton team up to show readers how sharing the things we love with the people we love can create powerful, everlasting bonds between generations.

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster (Author), Chris Raschka (Illustrator): A Caldecott Medal Winner. This award-winning tale is a love song to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.  The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy’s house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt. Her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant art that garnered the highest honor in children’s book illustration in 2006.

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The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster (Author), Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

 

I Loved You Before You Were Born: A Love Letter from Grandma by Anne Bowen (Author), Greg Shed (Illustrator): A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her first grandchild—dreaming of the baby’s soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes. Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special message: Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you.

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton: Spend the day with a grandma and granddaughter in this charming picture book about the magic found in their favorite accessory, a perfect gift this Mother’s Day! When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. You never know what she’ll have in there–fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it’s pure magic!  In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma, beloved picture book creator Vanessa Brantley Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary.

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney: It’s an exciting day for Llama Llama; he’s going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! His first night away from home….and from Mama. But he makes sure to pack everything he needs. And there are so many fun things to do with Gram and Grandpa. It’s not until he gets ready for bed that he realizes that he’s forgotten something important. Fuzzy Llama! Fortunately, Grandpa Llama has a wonderful solution and soon Llama Llama is having sweet dreams.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (author) and Christian Robinson (illustrator): Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty, and fun, in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share and that comes to life vibrant text and radiant illustrations

Last Stop On Market Street
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (author) and Christian Robinson (illustrator)

 

How to Babysit a Grandma and Grandpa by Jean ReaganFrom making a pirate cave fit for a grandpa, to planning a sleepover with Grandma, each book is chock full of tongue-in-cheek tips and ideas for enjoying time with the grandparent in your life!

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Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers by Mairi Hedderwick (Author)

Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams and Illustrated by the award-winning Tony RossJack’s Grandpa…*wears his slippers to the supermarket; *serves up Spam à la Custard for dinner; *and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name. But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day. An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams (Author): Another hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams.  A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David’s previous bestsellers. Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house.  She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma: 1) She was once an international jewel thief and 2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help…

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl  (Author): Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!



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