Grandparents are a unique and special gift that fill our children’s lives with sweets, fun and lots of love. If your child is lucky enough to have grandparents involved in their life you will want to celebrate them on Grandparents Day. Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day and this year it will be on September 13th, 2015. Of course grandparents should be celebrated all year long but this day gives us a chance to really celebrate how special they are. Below is a list of books that will help you do just that. These books can be given as a gift or read with your little one to talk about how special their grandparents are. We hope you are able celebrate the special grandparents in your life this fall and all year long.
Books About Grandparents
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Featured Grandparent Books
I Already Know I Love You by Billy Crystal – I Already Know I Love You is a beautiful story of a Grandpa’s love for his granddaughter that has not yet been born. Throughout the book he explains all the things he will do with her and show her. This is a sweet story that any granddaughter will love.
Our Grandparents: A Global Album by Maya Ajmera – Our Grandparents is a wonderful look at grandparents the world over. The colorful photographs of children with their grandparents show that no matter where you live, what you wear or look like the relationship with your grandparents is special. The first double pages list how grandma and grandpa are pronounced in different languages. The last pages include fun things that kids can do with their grandparents.
How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan – How to Babysit a Grandpa is a sweet book full of advice for when little ones are babysitting grandpa. Readers will learn what to feed grandpa, how to entertain him, how to play with him and more. I love the concept of this book, it is fun and shows how much fun it is to spend time with grandpa no matter who is babysitting. There is also a How to Babysit a Grandma version.
You Are My Wish by Maryann K. Cusimano – You Are My Wish is a beautiful book with cozy illustrations of a grandmother bear and her grandbear. Each line in the story gives an example of what the grandmother bear is and an opposite or different part the grandbear is. For example; I am your slow steps; you are my hurry up. I love the gentle flow of the book and the loving rhyme throughout.
When a Grandpa Says “I Love You” by Douglas Wood – I love the book When a Grandpa Says “I love you”. It is such a sweet collect of all the things a grandpa might do to show his love. For children with a special grandfather in their life, this is a great book to read with or without their grandpa.
Grandma Calls Me Gigglepie by J.D. Lester – Grandma Calls Me Gigglepie is a rhyming board book that shows all the names different animal grandmas call their little ones. From the grandma snake calling her grandbaby Snaggletooth to the grandma crab calling her little one Twinkle Toes this is a fun book for kids of all ages.
Abuela by Arthur Dorros – In Abuela, a young girl imagines that she and her Abuela (grandmother) can fly. They travel around the city looking at many different sights together. This is a fun book full of color and life. There are also words and phrases throughout that are written in Spanish.
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco – Thunder Cakes is great story by Patricia Polacco about how a little girl’s Babushka (grandmother) helps her face her fear of thunderstorms. With Babushka’s help, the little girl makes Thunder Cakes and in the process learns from her Babushka that there is nothing to be afraid of. The recipe for Thunder Cake is included in the back of the book.
40 Uses for a Grandpa by Harriet Ziefert – 40 Uses for a Grandpa is a simple book that lists 40 ways we love grandpas. Each way is listed by a single word such as teacher, storyteller, referee, etc. and has a simple illustration next to each word. This is a great book for kids to read and make connects to ways their own grandpa is useful.
What Grandmas Do Best & What Grandpas Do Best by Laura Numeroff – This is actually two books in one, each side of the book is a different book. The illustrations throughout are child like and filled with animal grandchildren playing with their grandma or grandpa. The book shows all the things a grandparent can do but the end of each book tells readers the best things they do.
I Love You, Grandma by Jillian Harker – I Love You, Grandma is a sweet story of a little bear that loves and learns from his Grandma how to find food. This author also has books titled: I Love You Mommy, I Love You Daddy and I Love You Grandpa. Each book is precious and a great gift.
Grandma and Me: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz – Grandma and Me is a colorful and fun book that can be enjoyed by babies and older kids. Little Bit loves lift-the-flap-books as a 4 year old and this book is great for little ones to read with their grandparents. There is also a Grandpa and Me board book.
The Grandma Book by Todd Parr – The Grandma Book is a bright and vibrant look at how different grandmas can be. Each page shows grandmas is different ways; with cats, purses, giving advice and so on. There is also a book for grandpas; The Grandpa Book.
Me with You by Kristy Dempsey – Me with You is a beautiful story of a little girl bear and her grandfather bear. The story is a rhyming poem that shows all the way each one is their self but together they are even better. I love the soft illustrations and the fun that the two have throughout playing and being together.