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I was lucky enough to have a wonderful relationship with both my maternal and paternal grandparents. When I lost my grandmother a few years ago, my last living grandparent, it broke my heart every time I remember that I won’t ever walk into her kitchen again and have her there to greet me with something that she freshly baked. I will always treasure every memory I have of the time I spend with my grandparents.
My own kids are very luck because we live not too far from my parents and they get to spend a lot of quality time together.
These books make wonderful gifts for grandparents, as well as gifts from grandparent to their grandchildren. If you live far away from grandparents, you can read these aloud together for a virtual story time. You could even make a video of a grandparent reading aloud a boo to send to grandchildren—a video like this is to become a treasured heirloom.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here at Amazon.
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. Get it here at Amazon.
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. Get it here at Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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. Get it here on Amazon.
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