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Check It Out: Celebrate National Grandparents Day with tales

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If your family is spread apart, it can be very difficult to connect in person these days. My husband and I are experiencing this as our parents and siblings are scattered across the country. Phone calls and social media help bridge the gap, but they can’t compare to in-person visits. This weighs on me, as I’m certain it does for many people, and today is yet another reminder that our lives have been completely turned upside down because it is National Grandparents Day.

It’s hard enough accepting the fact that the pandemic has forced us to social distance from each other, but when we find ourselves separated from family members, it is especially hard. Grandparents and grandchildren in particular may not even be able to connect by phone or computer if loved ones are in the hospital or assisted living.

This is why I thought a reading list for children might be a comfort if your family finds itself in one of these situations.

Of course grandparents should be celebrated throughout the year, so the books I’m recommending are relevant no matter what day it is. For more children’s titles about grandparents, be sure to search the library’s catalog at There are many wonderful books available to help celebrate our older, wiser generations.   

“Elmer and Grandpa Eldo” written and illustrated by David McKee.

Elmer and Eldo are elephants, and what’s better than taking a stroll down memory lane between young and old pachyderms?

“Encyclopedia of Grannies” written and illustrated by Eric Veille.

How many types of grannies are there? Read this quirky picture book to find out. “City grannies and country grannies, grannies in ski suits and grannies of the South Seas,” the list goes on and on.

“Hey Grandude!” by Paul McCartney, illustrated by Kathryn Durst (also available as eAudiobook).

Yes, this story is written by that Paul McCartney. Can a grandfather turn a dull weekend into a fun adventure? The walrus says, “You bet!”

“I Love My Grandma” by Andreae Giles, illustrated by Emma Dodd.

A heartwarming picture book to read out loud with your little ones.

“The Truth about Grandparents” written and illustrated by Elina Ellis.

When you’re little, all adults seem old to you, especially your grandparents. But old doesn’t mean boring as a boy discovers while spending time with his not-so-boring grandma and grandpa.

“When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree” by Jamie L.B. Dennihan, illustrated by Lorraine Rocha.

When a child receives a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday, she’s disappointed. But Grandma knows what she’s doing, and it isn’t long before her granddaughter learns the meaning behind “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

“When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox” by Jamie L.B. Dennihan, illustrated by Lorraine Rocha.

Now it’s Grandpa’s turn to give a gift to his grandson, but just like the granddaughter with Grandma’s lemon tree, the grandson is disappointed with his gift. Grandpa’s a smart cookie, though (just like Grandma), and before you know it, the toolbox becomes the greatest gift ever.