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Grandparent Picture Book Recommendations–Spring 2023

Grandparent picture book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.

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cartoon of grandparents and grandchildren

I’m always on the lookout for picture books with grandparents and grandchildren relationships and have been pleased to see five brand-new ones in our public library. I hope there are more to come this year.

Grandparent picture book cover of Mama Shamsi at the bazaar with her granddaughter clinging to her.

Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar 

by Mojdeh Hassani  (Author), Samira Iravani (Author), Maya Fidawi (Illustrator). Publisher 鈥 : 鈥 Dial Books. 2023. K-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 鈥 : 鈥 978-0593110614.

Brief summary: Samira is a bit nervous about going to the bazaar with her grandmother for the first time to buy groceries. She repeatedly asks Mama Shamsi to hide in her chador, but the woman wisely resists using humor to soothe her granddaughter’s fear.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 馃摋馃摋馃摋馃摋

Grandparent picture book of a grandson standing with his grandfather behind him

At the Drop of a Cat 

by 脡lise Fontenaille (Author), Violeta L贸piz (Illustrator), Karin Snelson  (Translator), Emilie Robert Wong (Translator). Publisher 鈥 : 鈥 Enchanted Lion Books. 2023. K-3. Hardcover. ISBN-13 鈥 : 鈥 978-1592703821.

Brief summary: A grandson visits his Grandpa Luis every Wednesday and Sunday. His grandpa is not only a talented artist but can make anything grow, creating the beautiful garden where they spend their days. The six-year-old is learning to read and write and tells us that his Grandpa does not know how as he was an immigrant from Spain to France who had to work in the fields as a child.

This is a French translation and captures the two kindred spirits. I like the mixed-up idioms and how the grandson narrates how he is getting to know Grandpa Luis.

For more details or to buy, click here (in ENGLISH).

Rating: 3.5/5 馃摋馃摋馃摋1/2

For more details or to buy, click here (in FRENCH).

Grandparent picture book of Abuela's Super Capa of the abuela and her grandson in capes flying in the air high fiving one another

Abuela鈥檚 Super Capa 

by Ana Siqueira  (Author), Elisa Chavarri  (Illustrator). Publisher 鈥 : 鈥 HarperCollins. 2023. K-3. Hardcover. ISBN-13 鈥 : 鈥 978-0063113657.

Brief summary: Luis and his abuela have fun every Saturday going around the neighborhood being superheroes. One Saturday, she does not visit. Luis learns that his abuela is very sick in the hospital. She comes to stay with them as she recovers. Although Luis is saddened that his abuela is unable to be as active, he tries to come up with a way to have fun and realizes his sister, Isabel, can be his new sidekick and fight and do adventures together in their capes. 

There is a glossary of the Spanish words used in the book.

For more details or to buy, click here(in ENGLISH).

Rating: 3.5/5 馃摋馃摋馃摋1/2

For more details or to buy, click here in SPANISH.

The sun's rays coming down through the trees onto the road a the child runds to a grandparent

In Every Life 

by Marla Frazee  (Author, Illustrator). Publisher 鈥 : 鈥 Beach Lane Books. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 鈥 : 鈥 978-1665912488.

Brief summary: The text has seven lines with seven words each(except for the last line). Each line is across the top of a two-page spread with small illustrations below, and then the next two-page spread is an illustration matching that color scheme.

The words are calm and straightforward. The stunning illustrations are done with pencil and gouache and are detailed little scenes of family members with everyday interactions. I stopped and looked at the details of each one before continuing to the following line and was glad to see that grandparents were included.

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Rating: 5/5 馃摋馃摋馃摋馃摋馃摋

Picture book cover of a grandmother and her grandchild walking in the rain

Together with You

by Patricia Toht  (Author), Jarvis  (Illustrator). Publisher 鈥 : 鈥 Candlewick. 2023. PreK-1. Hardcover. ISBN-13 鈥 : 鈥 978-1536223514.

Brief summary: A grandmother and her grandchild put on rain gear to play in Spring’s rain. Summer arrives with them cooling off from the hot sun. Autumn brings the wind they need to fly a kite and enjoy the falling leaves. Winter comes with them getting cozy and watching the snow from inside. Each season is spent with one another.

The seasonal color schemes go in hand with this gentle and calming book that blends from one season to the next.

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Rating: 4.5/5 馃摋馃摋馃摋馃摋1/2