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All Kinds of Grandparents

Grandparents come in all shapes and sizes and ages and personalities. Although National Grandparents Day isn't until September, why wait to celebrate?

Check out a grandparent story to share: there are suggestions below. Or take a few minutes to call or write to your own grandparents, reach out to a friend who happens to be a grandparent, or spend some time remembering the grandparents you've known.

After disappointingly receiving a lemon tree from her grandma on her birthday, a young girl doesn't know what to do with it other than care for it and wait, but her patience eventually pays off.

A plan for Pops by 1968- Heather Smith
Also available in: e-audiobook

Lou visits his two grandfathers--Grandad, who is interested in technology, and Pops, who loves rock and roll--every Saturday, but things change when Pops falls and will have to use a wheelchair, so Lou comes up with an idea.

Grandma's purse by illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse.

Ojiichan's gift by Chieri Uegaki

Every year when Mayumi and her family visit Japan, she and her grandfather tend a garden made only of gravel and stones, but when her grandfather grows too old to care for the garden, Mayumi gives him a gift they both can cherish.

A day with Yayah by Nicola I Campbell

On an outing a Native American family forages for herbs and mushrooms while the grandmother passes down her language and knowledge to her young grandchildren. 

I really want to see you, Grandma by illustrator Tarō Gomi

Yumi and her grandmother really want to see each other, but when they both set out from their homes at the same time they keep missing each other.

Stardust by Jeanne Willis

A girl who is always outshined by her older sister is comforted by her grandfather, who reminds her that everything and everyone is made of stardust that shines in all different ways.

Stop that yawn! by Caron Levis

Gabby convinces Granny to leave Sleepytown and stay up all night in a new place, but before long, a contagious yawn takes control.

Drawn together by 1979- Minh Lê
Also available in: e-book

A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.

Little Kunoichi, a young ninja, finds adventure when she spends the day with her inventor grandmother.

Bubbe's got the beat by 1944- Judy Press

A grandchild and grandmother make preparations for a family Shabbat meal and celebration.

There's a tiger in the garden by illustrator Lizzy Stewart

When her grandmother tells her that there is a tiger in the garden, a young girl refuses to believe her and sets out to explore the garden and prove her grandmother wrong.

When I found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam

Maya misses her grandmother, but when she comes to visit for spring break things do not go the way Maya thought they would.

Leave me alone by illustrator Vera Brosgol

Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.

A gift from Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz

Abuela begins saving money for a special treat for her beloved Niña, but as time goes on and her world changes, Abuela's dream of a surprise for Niña seems impossible, until they both realize that the very best gift of all is free.

Ocean meets sky by Terry Fan
Also available in: e-book

A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories.

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by illustrator Anna Dewdney

Spending the night at Gram and Grandpa's house, Llama Llama discovers that he cannot sleep because he has left Fuzzy Llama at home, but Grandpa soon comes up with a solution to replace the stuffed toy.

Curious and energetic Mei Mei attempts some tai chi forms as her grandfather demonstrates them, then tries to teach him basic yoga poses.

Joy by Corrinne Averiss

Fern's Nanna has not been herself of late. When Mom remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to go on a joy hunt. With her catching-kit at the ready, Fern sets off and finds joy in all sorts of unusual places. But how will she bring it back to Nanna? 

The bagel king by 1960- Andrew Larsen

Eli loves the Sunday ritual at his house of sharing time over bagels with his grandfather, and when his grandfather is injured and must rest at home for two weeks, Eli finds a solution to make sure their weekly tradition continues.

Nana in the city by illustrator Lauren Castillo

A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy thecity is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.

Mango, Abuela, and me by Meg Medina
Also available in: audiobook

When Mia's Abuela comes to live with Mia and her family, she helps her learn English while Mia learns Spanish, both with the help of a parrot named Mango.

Where's Halmoni? by artist 1973- Julie J. Kim

Searching for their missing grandmother, two Korean children follow tracks into a fantastic world filled with beings from folklore who speak in Korean. Includes translations and information about the folkloric characters.

Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Also available in: e-book | video | e-video

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Imagine that! by illustrator Yasmeen Ismail

Mommy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is busy playing in her own imaginary world. Grandpa decides to join Lila--because using your imagination is even more fun when you play together!

All around us by Xelena Gonzalez
Also available in: e-audiobook | video

Finding circles everywhere, a grandfather and his granddaughter meditate on the cycles of life and nature.

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

Two grandmas. Two delicious recipes. Sophie loves Bubbe's Jewish chicken soup, made with kreplach. She also loves Nai Nai's Chinese chicken soup, with wonton. But don't tell Bubbe and Nai Nai that their soups are the same!