Are there any people who make you feel like a child more than your grandparents?
People who live near Bart’s parents are a big reason we moved to Utah a few years ago and bought the house we did, so we could walk to them. It has been two years since we moved near our grandparents for the first time. The novelty of it hasn’t worn off yet! If my in-laws are around, I love running by them in the morning, dropping off my big girls for piano lessons with their grandmother, or having someone to watch the other girls while we take our birthday girl out on a date. Who said living with grandparents changed the game? You’re right.
They don’t matter if your grandparents live next door or on the other side of the world. These books about grandparents celebrate the happy relationship between a grandparent and their grandchild. As long as we love them, I hope you will, too.
Wonderful Books about Grandparents
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder
A Frog and Toad book is about the same length as a Charlie & Mouse book. This book, in which their grandfather – Grumpy – comes to visit, is just so sweet. I love the Charlie & Mouse books.
The Hello Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
This book about grandparents is so cute that it won the Caldecott medal. In it, a little girl and her grandparents watch the stars and the sun through a kitchen window and say hello and goodbye.
Drawn Together by Minh Le
They have almost no words in this beautiful, almost wordless book. It shows a boy who goes to spend the day with his grandfather, which doesn’t make him happy because they have almost no in common. Boy: I didn’t know that my grandfather likes to draw. I opened up my sketchbook.
The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros
It’s the kind of book about grandparents that will make your heart break. This is the one. The grandfather is losing his memory, and each memory is shown as a balloon. One by one, they start to drift away. The little boy decides that he will help his grandfather hold on to those memories because his grandfather can no longer.
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
This little boy is scared to spend the night with his grandmother. She lives in the city. It’s big and noisy and a little scary. As long as his cape helps him feel less afraid, the little boy finds out that a city is actually a lot of fun.
Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
There are a lot of things to love about when Grandma Mimi comes to visit us. Isn’t the best part? Her purse is full of amazing things that her granddaughter will love to look through.
Baking Day at Grandma’s by Anika Denise
Bear cubs walk through the snow to their grandmother’s house, where they spend the day baking together. A copy of this book came with our board book box. I’ve read it to Tally at least 50 times, and I’m sure we’ll read it again soon.
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan
Getting a lemon tree for your birthday isn’t as bad as getting the things you really wanted. But, maybe, Grandma was right when she gave you that lemon tree. It turns out there is a book called When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox that goes along with this one.
Rain by Sam Usher
I love this four-book series about a little boy and his grandfather in all seasons. They go on wonderful, a little magical adventures together no matter what the weather is like.
Oliver and Amanda and Grandmother by Jean Van Leeuwen
I have been a fan of the Oliver and Amanda Pig books for a long time, and Grandmother is one of my favorite characters. The ups and downs of having a grandparent come over for a week are shown in this one.
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
When I think of books that are sweet, I don’t think anyone comes close to Tomie dePaola. This one is based on his childhood. He sees his grandparents every week. His favorite person to spend time with is his grandmother’s mother, Nana Upstairs, who is mostly in bed at the age of 94. In the afternoon, both of them need to take a nap. Then he sees a shooting star from his bedroom window when he’s four years old.
I Really Want to See You Grandma by Taro Gomi
You can go with Yumi to see her grandmother. And her grandmother wants to see her. People set out to see each other, but they naturally didn’t see each other on their two trips. Will they be able to meet? There is no doubt that they do.
Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell
Three young children are visiting their grandfather, who has a lot of vegetables in his garden. On a rainy day, they go out into the garden to pick vegetables to make Grandpa’s Rainbow Stew.
The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen
They eat bagels every Sunday. A little boy has to act on his own when his grandfather doesn’t show up with a bag of bagels on Sunday.
The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning
Could you send a hug by mail? Sweet story: A little boy does just that, with a whole lot of kind postal workers passing the hug around until it reaches the grandmother, who is very happy.
Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper
When Max has to go back to his own house, his grandfather promises that the moon will follow him all the way. He’s right! With the Tag-Along moon shining through his window, Max goes to sleep.
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
This is what you need to know about the person who is now your grandpa and your gardener: He had a long and rich life. As he gets older, his memory starts to fade, so he uses his garden to make topiaries that look like things from his life.
Between Us and Abuela by Mitali Perkins
Many people read this book when it came out last Christmas. To visit their grandmother, Maria and Juan are going with their mother. Because they live in California and she lives in Mexico, they will only be able to talk for a short time through the border fence. Juan has given their grandmother a gift that is too big to fit through the fence. Maria comes up with a way to get it to their grandmother.
Our Favorite Day by Joowon Oh
Every day, the grandfather has a very specific plan. When it comes to Thursday, that routine is a little different, though: Because on Thursdays, he gets to spend the day with his favorite granddaughter, who is always there. As a side note, the cut paper illustrations in this book are amazing.
Stolen Words by Melanie Florence
Her grandfather says he doesn’t know the words anymore and that they were taken from him as a child. There is love between a grandparent and a grandchild even when the grandparent has been hurt very much. This book is about that kind of love, even though the grandparent has been hurt very much.
Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola
She loves this book right now. I can’t get through it without crying. It doesn’t matter what Tomie dePaola does. He always makes me smile. It’s clear that Bobby loves his grandfather very much, and the two of them can’t be apart (Bobby is named after his grandfather). Whenever Bob has a stroke, Bobby is very sad, but he doesn’t know why They used to do a lot of things together. Will they ever do them again?
Grandpa’s Top Threes by Wendy Meddour
In the beginning, Henry was excited when Grandpa moved in with them. Now, Grandpa is very quiet and doesn’t listen to Henry at all. I want you to tell me which three things you think are the best for Henry to do. As time goes on, Grandpa starts to talk again.
Grandpa’s Stories by Joseph Coelho
This is how it works: A little girl and her grandfather love to go on adventures together. When he dies, she is sad. But as she thinks about how happy they were together, she comes up with a way to record her memories of their relationship.
Mango, Abuela & Me by Meg Medina
Dominguez In the beginning, they become close friends when Mia’s grandmother moves in. But it’s hard because Mia doesn’t speak much Spanish, and her Abuela doesn’t speak much English, so it’s not easy. With the help of a parrot, the two learn to talk about the things that matter most.