Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 9, 2012

Celebrating grandparents

Reading with grandpa - image by Flickr user Phil Scoville

Today is Grandparents Day! In appreciation of all those special progenitors out there, here are some picture books at the Montclair Library featuring all kinds of grandparents, perfect for reading aloud with the grandchildren in your life:

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith – A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

Abuela by Arthur Dorros (and illustrated by local author and illustrator Elisa Kleven) – While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.

What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum – When her grandson arrives for his first sleepover, Granny’s resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless (but humorous) night for both of them.

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster (pictures by Chris Raschka) – Told from the perspective of a little girl whose grandparents babysit her, this story is full of love and imagination.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold – In this take on the classic song, after accidentally swallowing her grandson’s pet fly, Grandma tries to retrieve it by consuming progressively larger animals.

I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada – A young girl enjoys the similarities and the differences between her English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grandparents.

I Call My Grandma Nana by Ashley Wolff – Students respond, in rhyming text, to their teacher’s question about what each calls his or her grandmother, offering examples of things they like to do together.

I Call My Grandpa Papa by Ashley Wolff – The grandpa version of the book above.

Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke – For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran’s house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.


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