Read something grand!
Published 11:22 am Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Grandparents’ Day is celebrated annually on September 10. This year, read something grand with your grands! Here are some lovely children’s books about the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren.
Grandma and Me by Carole Boston Weatherford
A celebration of family love, this beautiful rhyming board book is filled with all the sweet reasons why Grandma’s love is so special! With simple rhyming text, a young child reflects on the many reasons they love their Grandma. From the games they play together to the way she understands her grandchild, this sweet story shows us all just how much our grandmas love us!
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.
Biking with Grandma by Chris Santella
Sam and their intrepid grandma bike around the world together in this sweet intergenerational adventure! Grandma Rose’s job is having amazing adventures around the globe and writing about them. Her next trip is extra-special—because this time, Sam is tagging along! Together Sam and Grandma Rose will bike and explore national parks, villages, and sprawling cities, from bear sightings in Alberta to sloths in Costa Rica, and from gelato in Italy to bánh mi in Vietnam.
Around the Table That Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill
A beautifully illustrated celebration of bounty and gratitude, family and friendship, perfect for the holidays and every day. In a unique take on the cumulative classic “This Is the House That Jack Built,” a family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal around a table that brims with associations: napkins sewn by Mom, glasses from Mom and Dad’s wedding, silverware gifted to Dad by his grandma long ago. Not to mention the squash from the garden, the bread baked by Gran, and the pies made by the young narrator (with a little help).
Our Favorite Day by Joowon Oh
Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild. Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there’s one day each week that is extra special. That’s the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path. With its wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh’s tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader.
Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit polklibrary.org or call (828) 894-8721.