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Picture Books about Grandparents

This beautiful collection of picture books about grandparents honors grandpas and grandmas from many cultures and periods of history. As you share these books with your children, you’ll be reminded how fortunate we are to have the strength and guidance of the older generation.

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A Day’s Work
by Eve Bunting

Francisco is thrilled when he helps his grandfather find work for the day. But the lie Francisco told to get Abuelo the job lands them in a bit of trouble. Francisco may have thought that Abuelo couldn’t get along without his help, but in the end it’s Abuelo’s lessons about honesty and integrity that are the most valuable.

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A Morning with Grandpa
by Sylvia Liu

When spirited Mei Mei finds her grandfather practicing tai chi, she jumps in and adds her own enthusiastic panache to the graceful moves. But can Mei Mei help Gong Gong learn some yoga, too? Told with humor and lyrical prose, this sweet story celebrates the joy of the special relationship between a little girl and her grandfather.

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Circle Unbroken
by Margot Theis Raven

When a young girl asks her grandmother how she learned to weave baskets, the resulting tale leads the girl through her family’s memories of sweetgrass baskets, slavery, and freedom. In Circle Unbroken, Margot Theis Raven weaves a story that winds its way through generations and across continents.

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Crouching Tiger
by Ying Chang Compestine

Vinson is excited about his grandfather’s visit from China, but his excitement soon wears thin. Grandfather’s Tai Chi moves are way too slow. And why does Grandfather have to keep calling him Ming Da? But before long, Vinson begins to realize that being Chinese is actually very special.

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Grandfather Ghandi
by Arun Ghandi and Bethany Hegedus

Arun Ghandi’s Grandfather Ghandi offers a rare look into the private family life of Mahatma Ghandi. As Arun shares the lessons he learned as a young boy living in his grandfather’s village, readers are drawn to appreciate and learn from the love and respect that a young boy has for his grandfather.

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Grandfather’s Journey
by Allen Say

Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey traces his grandfather’s steps from the villages of Japan to the mountains of California, and then back and forth again. Through the years, the strong attraction of the memories of “home” keeps the journey alive for generations of a Japanese-American family.

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Grandpa Green
by Lane Smith

In this creatively illustrated picture book, Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Lane Smith paints life in all its green, whimsical glory. Sculpted evergreens illustrate a loving great-grandson’s recollections of the seasons, milestones, and passions of Grandpa Green’s eventful—and wonderful—life.

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How to Babysit a Grandpa
by Jean Reagan

Jean Reagan’s New York Times bestselling “how-to” book is full of advice for any child who’s getting ready for a visit from Grandpa! After all, babysitting Grandpa is no easy task. You have to find the yummiest snacks and the best games. How to Babysit a Grandpa is guaranteed to turn any kid into the perfect babysitter.

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Little Bear’s Visit
by Maurice Sendak

What could be more wonderful than a special visit with the people you love? Well, for Little Bear, there is nothing better than the fun and laughter that a visit with Grandfather and Grandmother Bear brings. Maurice Sendak’s classic Little Bear’s Visit is a great chapter book for emerging readers.

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Max and the Tag-along Moon
by Floyd Cooper

The ol’ moon will always shine for you … on and on!” It’s a special promise that Grandpa makes to Max as they gaze up at the moon together. And all the way home, Max watches as the moon tags along, just like Grandpa said it would. Soft, moonlit illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for Floyd Cooper’s sweet story.

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Nana in the City
by Lauren Castillo

Lauren Castillo’s 2015 Caldecott Honor-winning Nana in the City is a wonderful read-aloud. The boy loves his Nana, but he does not love the city. The city is too loud, and has too many scary things. But the boy’s Nana gives him a special gift, and suddenly the boy feels much braver. Maybe the city isn’t so bad after all!

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Ruby’s Wish
by Shirin Yim Bridges

Ruby was a little girl in China who loved to wear red. At the turn of the century, most little girls in China didn’t go to school. Ruby loved school and wanted to keep learning, but only the boys in Ruby’s family went to university. Until one day when Ruby’s grandfather gave Ruby a surprise that changed everything.

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The Napping House
by Audrey and Don Wood

If you’ve met “the old lady who swallowed a fly,” you’ll love Audrey and Don Wood’s classic cumulative story, The Napping House. This is no ordinary house. Yes, it’s a nice house with a dog, a bed, a cat, a child, and a granny, but it’s not ordinary. That’s because everyone in the house is napping. Everyone.

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The Raft
by Jim LaMarche

Nicky isn’t looking forward to his summer at Grandma’s cabin by the river. She doesn’t even have a TV. But then Nicky discovers The Raft. The raft turns a summer of boredom into a summer of fun as Nicky discovers the wonders of life as a river rat. But best of all, Nicky discovers how wonderful Grandma is.

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Thunder Cake
by Patricia Polacco

If your little one is afraid of thunderstorms, this Patricia Polacco classic is just what he needs. The next time the thunder starts to rumble and light flashes across the sky, just let Babushka keep your little one’s mind off the storm. All it takes is a slice of Babushka’s Thunder Cake and a little bit of bravery.

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Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup by Tomie dePaola

In Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup, prolific children’s author Tomie dePaola delivers another masterpiece. Joey is embarrassed to have his friend meet his old Italian grandma. But when Grandma wins Eugene over with her “grandmotherly” ways, Joey realizes his Grandma is pretty cool after all!

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Favorite Picture Books about Grandparents Recommended by Our Readers

  • Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola (Recommended by Robin E. via Facebook)
  • Vera’s Baby Sister by Vera Rosenberry (Recommended by Katherine C. via Facebook)
  • Just Grandma, Grandpa, and Me by Mercer Mayer (Recommended by Heather S. via Facebook)
  • Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth by Douglass Wood (Recommended by Hinna M. via Facebook)
  • Grandpa’s Garden by Stella Fry (Recommended by Melanie W. via Facebook)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (Recommended by Shauna T. via Facebook)
  • How To Babysit Grandma by Jean Reagan (Recommended by Renee S. via Facebook)
  • Grandpa’s Wonderful Glass by Sam and Beryl Epstein (Recommended by Debbie N. via Facebook)
  • The Grandpa Book/The Grandma Book by Todd Parr (Recommended by Gail T. via Facebook)
  • Grandfather Buffalo by Jim Arnosky (Recommended by Megan A. via Facebook)
  • Georgia Music by Helen V. Griffith (Recommended by Alene V. via Facebook)
  • Fireflies for Nathan by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim (Recommended by Tyna B. via Facebook)
  • My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth (Recommended by Mary S. via Facebook)
  • Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma’s by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Recommended by Darcy D. via Facebook)
  • Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney (Recommended by Kristina P. via Facebook)
  • Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Men Fox (Recommended by Allison via blog comment)
  • Tom by Tomie DePaola (Recommended by Karen via blog comment)

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Jennifer Marquardt

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Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa by Alayne Kay Christian
This book is a beautiful book that was great for my daughter when her grandparents moved away. It would be good for any grand children, but it has a nice story and message, particularly if you have grandparents that live away.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for this recommendation, Jennifer. It sounds like a lovely book.

Lauren M

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This is a great list! Thanks! I’ll have to check some of these out for the grandparents to read with our kids.

Anne McClure

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Thank you! My grandpa recently passed away, and my kids (his great grandkids) are really having a tough time with the loss. I will check these out!

Robin E.

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Anne,
I am sorry for your loss. Some of these books will likely be both sweet and tearful for you at this time.

Sandy

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I love booklists. We read a picture book every night and my son hates repeats. I am always looking for more great choices.

Robin E.

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We’re happy to help, Sandy. :D

Courtney

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Thank you for your library lists! I love the additional suggestions.

Texas Momma

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We love The Napping House! I added several more off the list to our library twist list for this week 😊

Sarah Lukitsch

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Interesting list! My kids are lucky to have a grandma who is a retired school teacher and very supportive of homeschooling. She likes to do lessons once in awhile which gives them a new perspective and me some time off, lol

Korie Cox

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These are excellent book suggestions. The relationship between children and their grandparents is so precious and unique!

Krissy

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I didn’t realize how many books about grandparents there are. Great list!!

Morrighan Crowe

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Perfect for Grandparents day.

Kelly VT

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What a great list! Heading to the library today, thanks for the ideas!

Jocelyn K

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Thank-you for the suggestions!

Katie

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Such lovely books!

Anna

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Love to read some of these especially since we don’t have grandparents near by.

Robin E.

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Anna,
Most of my kids grandparents live far away too, so I understand. These books could be a good way to keep a closer feeling.

Lucy

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What a sweet list!

Hiliary

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This are wonderful gift idea for grandparents and children.

Annie Bleuer

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I love these books! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah Lohrey

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Great list! Thanks!

Rajeeva Jayaratne

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this is great idea. i’am very much interested.these books could strengthen family ties.

Darlene Cruz

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We need more books like this and reading is so good for them. With all the technology our children tends to gravitate to it however with books like this they will surely read more if not encourage them to read.

Nora

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I will be taking this list to the library with me next visit. We travel to see distant grandparents in a few weeks; it’ll be nice to read some of these first.

Jessica

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I love it!! We need lots of these. With Grandparents living far away from us, we could use some of these sweet books to help our kids understand the gift that they are!

Allison

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What a great list of books to check out! One I thought of is Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Men Fox- it’s not about grandparents exactly, but a boy who spends time with various residents of a nursing home and develops close relationships with them. It is a very special one.

Allison

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*Mem Fox, not men :) I blame autocorrect

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks for the recommendation, Allison! Mem Fox sounds like a great book.

Marie Greenhalgh

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My son thinks the tai chi one and the babysitting grandpa one look very intriguing.

Karen

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Thanks. This is a great list. I love the multiculturalism.

Nicole

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I always enjoy the books that are recommended.

Sarah

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This is a great list!! One of my favorites on this list is the “napping house.” I love that book and my girls do too!

Laura

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Thank you for this list!

Amy

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Thanks for the list! Looks like a lot of great books!

Liz

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My mom is an integral part of our homeschooling day. My children love having her read to them. This is a great way to honor the impact that grandparents have on their grandchildren. And I love book lists!! Thank you for this list collection.

Robin E.

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Liz,
My kids and I were just discussing today how nice it would be to have grandparents in the same house, or at least next door. You are blessed to have your mom right there each day.

Karen

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I also love Tom by Tomie de Paola. Tommy’s grandfather is a butcher and there is a funny incident with chicken feet. My children loved it.

Robin E.

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Thanks for the recommendation, Karen. I’ve loved everything I’ve seen by de Paola, but I have seen this one.

Amanda Maybach

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Great list especially since we just had Grandparents Day Sept.11!!

Jolin

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Interesting books. Thanks for the list

Rosanne

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A lot of the books in this list are favorites in our family!

Bonnie

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Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs is one of my favorite books about grandparents!

Cindy

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So many precious books about Grandparents!

Amber Baatz

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My 1st grader and I are enjoying the first weeks for AAR and AAS. He really likes the variety of different ways to learn. His favorite is the phonogram app.

Marlea

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We love the illustrations in The Napping House & Thunder Cake!

h Murphy

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Great program!

Betina

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The Napping House is one of my favorite books.

Pauline

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Thank you for the list!

Elizabeth

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“How to babysit a grandpa” was a big hit at our home!

Robin E.

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That one caught my eye as especially cute. Thanks for the added recommendation, Elizabeth!

Marsena Hatfield

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Thanks for the library list.

Bobbi

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Circle Unbroken looks like an awesome book!

Janel

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Thank you for the encouragement to homeschool.

Melissa

says:

Such great book ideas!

SF

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Thank you for these suggestions!

jessica

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what fun! always looking for great books that make reading interactive and enjoyable! thanks

Jennifer g

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I love these books!

Ashley Lebo

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These look like my kids would enjoy them.

April F

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Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney

AmyE

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All of Patricia Polacco’s books are wonderful! My daughter always asks to make Thundercake if she hears thunder (the recipe is in the book). I highly recommend all of her books, she has yet to write a book that didn’t pull on my heart.

Robin E.

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Amy,
What a special memory! As more and more of my kids are growing up and getting taller than me, I’m finding myself more nostalgic for the days when they were little.

Carolsue

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Ahhh, such cute books! I think my son would love the one called Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa. He loves llamas!

Erica L

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I am always looking for great book lists to take with us to the library. Looking forward to reading these! Thank you!

Jackie C

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My mother always buys books for the grandchildren. She will be delighted with this list!

Beautiful assortment of books. Thanks for putting this together.

Ashley F.

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I love this idea…so important to include Grandparents! But AAR always has such great books!

Denise

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We read Grandfather’s Journey and would recommend it for anyone who wants to look into their family history or start talking about generations!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for this recommendation, Denise. This title caught my eye and we’ll be reading it next week.

Kristina

says:

Looks Great!

Kelly H.

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Thanks so much for all of these wonderful picture book lists!

Billie Caskey

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Thank you for sharing, look forward to taking my library list when we visit again!

Christina Todd

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Great list!! Thx for providing it to make our lives easier.

Bethany Engstrom

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Just purchased AAR for my 1st grader and she’s so excited to try it!

Amber

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Love love love the diversity of characters on these books!

Jacelyn Gray

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Love AAS!

Carrie Bailey

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Thank you for this! I will need to make a trip to the Library!

Sarah Avila

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Thanks so much for this great list!

adrienne

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thanks for the great suggestions for grandparents day!

Jessica Floyd

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Thanks for all the recommendations! Sometimes it’s hard for me to find books tha will interest my son without having some sort of super hero in them.

Melesia

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I really would lobe to do this for my children, my father is deceased and my mom has dementia, this is a wonderful idea.

Amanda

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Great Books!

Linda

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I have Grandfather’s Journey. There are some others on this list I should find! Thanks for the ideas.

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