Our children are truly blessed with the world’s greatest grandparents. Both my parents and my husband’s parents are simply crazy about their grandkids. It brings us so much joy to see our parents love our children so intensely. Since we live within a few miles of both sets of grandparents, they have a unique relationship that I hope our kiddos will treasure their entire lives.
With Grandparents Day coming up on September 7th, I thought I would share some books about grandparents! These would be fun to read aloud to your child in preparation for seeing their grandparents or they would even make a great gift!
The Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman
This beloved classic is about a grandpa who used to be a song and dance man back in the “good old days, the song and dance days.” He takes his three grandchildren into the attic and digs out his old costumes and tap shoes. Then he puts on a show, which delights his grandchildren. I absolutely love this book because it opens up a discussion on past experiences that grandparents (and even parents) have had in their lifetimes. Each one of us have lived a unique and exciting life in one way or another…this book is a great introduction to talking about those experiences with our children and grandchildren!
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
Not only is this book a Caldecott winner, it is a precious book about the relationship between grandparents and a grandchild. The little girl (also the narrator of the story) leaves her Mom and Dad and runs over to her grandparents house. But before she walks in the door, she passes by the “hello, goodbye window”. Through this window, she sees the amazing things that await her in the kitchen of her grandparent’s house. The illustrations in the book are eclectic and almost child-like, which only adds to the appeal of the book (in my opinion).
How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan
Our boys gave this book to their grandpa for Father’s Day. It is an adorable “how to” book from a child’s point of view…a manual of sorts for how to babysit a grandpa. The illustrations are humorous and this reversed story makes our boys laugh every time they read it. This book is perfect for 3-4 years and up…old enough that they can understand the humor but young enough that they are still in that egocentric stage of development. :)
How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
Here Comes Grandma by Janet Lord
This book is written in short and simple sentences with the repetitive phrase “Here comes grandma!”, making it perfect for beginning readers. It details all of the things the grandma would do to see her grandchild: walk a long way, pedal her bicycle, leap on a horse, drive in a car, hop on a train, ski down the mountain, sail in a hot air balloon, swim in the ocean, and fly in a plane. When she finally arrives, she whirls and twirls, laughs, sings, and hugs. This is a great book to read aloud before grandma comes to visit, especially if she lives far away!
Hugs on the Wind by Marsha Arnold and Vernise Pelzel
This sweet story is about a cottontail rabbit who misses his grandfather who lives far away. He asks his mother what she thinks his grandfather misses the most about him. He decides to give him hugs across the wind , his smiles up in the clouds, tells jokes through the river, and blows kisses through the moon. This is a perfect book to read whenever your children are unable to see their grandparents due to distance
What Grandmas Do Best / What Grandpas Do Best by Laura Numeroff
This two-in-one book (from the author of the popular If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books) is perfect for grandparents. Half of the book is about what grandmas do best (play hide-and-seek, take you for walks, paint, go on picnics, take naps with you…) and then you flip it over and the other half is about what grandpas do best. The text is exactly the same for both books, but the illustrations show the grandparents doing these things in different ways (for example: one page says “make you a hat” and the grandma is shown knitting a hat while the grandpa is making paper hats out of newspaper). I actually think this is brilliant because it shows that the same activity can be new and different depending on who you are doing it with! Each of the pages features a different personified animal pair.
Where is Coco Going? by Sloane Tanen
This is an interesting book. The illustrations look like actual photographs taken using three dimensional miniature sets. Throughout the book, Coco (a yellow chick) is traveling…in a taxi, on a train, on a skateboard, etc. We don’t find out where Coco is going until the very last page: To Grandma’s house! This might be a cute book to read to a toddler or young preschooler prior to traveling to Grandma’s. Older kids might also be intrigued by the photographs.
I Love You, Grandma by Jillian Marker
This sweet book is about a young bear cub and his grandma. His grandma teaches him to use his nose, claws, and tongue to find food. Each time she teaches him something new, the bear cub looks up and tells her, “I Love You, Grandma”. This would be a sweet book to give grandparents, along with the I Love You, Grandpa book.
Other Picture Books We Haven’t Reviewed (but look great)
Just Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer
Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer
Grandpas Are for Finding Worms by Harriet Ziefert
Grandmas Are For Giving Tickles by Harriet Ziefert
I Already Know I Love You by Billy Crystal
We gave this precious board book to my dad for Father’s Day. It is written by Billy Crystal after he found out he was going to be a grandpa for the first time. The book is written about all the things he will do with his granddaughter once she arrives. It is definitely a tear-jerker and would be a precious way to tell your father/father-in-law that you are expecting! :)
Grandma and Me by Karen Katz
Grandpa and Me by Karen Katz
In Grandma’s Arms by Jayne C. Shelton
Grandma Loves You by P.K. Hallinan
Grandpa Loves Me! by Marianne Richmond
Grandma Loves Me by Marianne Richmond
Do you have a favorite book about grandparents???