One of the greatest joys of being a grandma is sharing great literature with your grandkids, especially when they are shared via a cozy read-aloud. While there are countless books you can read with your grands, I happen to enjoy the occasional story that highlights that special bond between grandmother and grandchild, which is what you will find in the pages of these 25 heartwarming books:
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Whether you are a nana in the city or the country, you will fall in love with this charming story of a young boy who visits his grandma in the big city and discovers new sights, smells, sounds, and adventures! (Bonus: The illustrations are lovely, and the book has won several prestigious awards and accolades.)
41 Uses for a Grandma by Harriet Ziefert
Who knew that grandmas could be so valuable? (Wink!) In the pages of this fun read, we re-discover many fun things that grandmas do with their grandkids, like building toys, timing races, or cuddling. After you finish reading, ask your grandkids if they can think of any other things that you, grandma, are extra good at.
Grandma’s Kitchen by Madison Lodi
Grandma’s Kitchen is a board book that is the perfect size and length for your smallest grandkids. Featuring rhyming verses and sweet illustrations of a grandma bunny and her grand bunny, Grandma’s Kitchen will become a fast favorite.
How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
Grandmas can be hard to babysit, which is why we love the “advice” of Jean Reagan, whose adorable story highlights that unbreakable bond between grandma and grandchild. (Is your grand staying the night? This book will tell them how to entertain you throughout the day and night. It’s so darn fun!)
Something About Grandma by Tania de Regil
There’s just something about you, grandma, as you know how to fix everything. In the case of young Julia – who is spending the night at grandma’s for the first time without her parents – grandma knows that the best cure for homesickness is hot chocolate and that Julia will get hurt if she keeps riding her bike a certain way. If you want an enchanting read that will have you smiling for the rest of the evening, this is the one for you.
Here Comes Grandma! by Janet Lord
Is there anything more exciting than when grandma comes to visit? There isn’t, as evidenced in this adorable read about a grandma who would drive a long distance, ski downhill, or hop on a train to see her grandchild.
A Grandma’s Magic by Charlotte Offsay
“When a child is born, a grandma is born too. Grandmas aren’t like regular grown-ups. Grandmas are filled with magic.” Need I say more?
The Truth About Grandparents by Elina Ellis
Okay, I will give grandpa a little time in the spotlight, too… In The Truth About Grandparents, Elina Ellis celebrates the relationship between grandkids and their grandparents through a sweet and funny storyline about the misconceptions about the supposedly old and boring grandma and grandpa. (Spoiler: The book highlights how untrue these stereotypes actually are.)
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
Warning: This one may make you cry, as it is a coming-of-age story about a little girl who – despite growing up – knows how enchanting her grandparents’ house is and how just seeing their kitchen window (the gateway into their home) can transform her entire day.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Grandmas are a wealth of information who always know just what to say, which is demonstrated in this sweet book about a little boy that wants to know why they have to take the bus to and from church, why he can’t have the same nice things other people on the bus, and other inquiries from the mouth of a babe. This is a must for the sweet storyline and for teaching empathy, gratitude, and kindness.
Llama Llama, Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney
Whether or not you’re familiar with the charming Llama Llama series, you are in for a treat, as this cute, sing-songy installment tells all about Llama’s first solo overnight stay at his grandparents! The kicker? Llama forgot his favorite stuffie, leading to a sweet solution from his grandparents.
Grandparents are Great! by Stan and Jan Berenstein
I used to love reading The Berenstein Bears books to my kids, so I am tickled pink to share them with my grandkids. In the aptly-named Grandparents are Great, Brother and Sister enjoy a fun weekend at their grandparents that will remind you of your visits with grandkids.
The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang
“When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother―a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth―who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most.” You will want to have the tissues handy when you read this!
My Mindful Walk with Grandma by Sheri Mabry
Grandmas have been around for a while, and in that time, we have learned so much and love to pass on this knowledge to those we love most. In My Mindful Walk with Grandma, that is exactly what happens, as a grandmother teaches her young granddaughter how to slow down and enjoy all of the beauty around her.
Grandma and Me by Carole Weatherford
Grandma and Me is the perfect bedtime story for your younger grandchildren, as it is a short and sweet board book that reinforces just how pure and wonderful a grandma’s love really is.
Our Walk with Grandma by Dolores F Kurzeka
While on a walk with their grandma, two children learn to see the outdoors in a new way, thanks to their grandmother encouraging them to look a little closer at all the natural beauty around them. Full of gorgeous drawings and vibrant colors, Our Walk with Grandma is one that you and the littles will be reading together for years to come.
I Loved You Before You Were Born by Anne Bowen
If you want to tell your grandchild how much you love them and how special they are, this book is for you! Written as a love letter, I Loved You Before You Were Born was deemed “Just right for sharing on Grandma’s lap” by Publisher’s Weekly, and I couldn’t agree more.
Just Grandma, Grandpa, and Me by Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer and his Little Critter series were another one of my favorites to read aloud to my kids. I am happy to report that his take on the relationship between grandparents and grandkids is just as stellar as the rest of his books!
Grandma Wishes by Julia Lobo
When you are a grandma-to-be, you get your own wishing star on which you can pin all your prayers, hopes, and dreams for your new grandchild. In Grandma Wishes, we follow a grandma owl who explains this with her new grand owl by her side.
Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa by Alayne Kay Christian
When you live far away from your grandchildren, you have to find unique ways to stay connected, which is precisely what little Emily and her grandparents do in this Mom’s Choice Award and IPPY award-winning story.
Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Grandma’s Purse is a magical place (I can attest to that!), which is highlighted in this fun and lighthearted story about all of the goodies Grandma Mimi’s granddaughter finds in her bag.
The Little Big Book for Grandmothers, Revised Edition: Fairy Tales, Poetry, Activities, Songs, Nursery Rhymes, Games, Recipes, Stories by Alice Wong
Instead of just a story, this Little Big Book has a little bit of everything for grandmas and grandchildren (as you may have already guessed from the title). Featuring dozens of classic fairytales, songs, and poems, plus recipes and activities, The Little Big Book for Grandmothers will keep you and the grands entertained for years to come.
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Mango, Abuela, and Me is a heartfelt story of Mia and her abuela, who recently moved in with Mia’s family and left behind her “sunny house with parrots and palm trees.” You will laugh and cry and fall in love with this sweet and highly relatable story about the love between a grandma and granddaughter.
Grandma Loves You! by Helen Foster James
Spring will be here before we know it, which makes this story of Grandma Bunny and her new grand bunny all the more perfect!
The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas! by Sally Lloyd-James
Last but certainly not least on my list of the best books for grandmas and their grandkids is The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas!: a manual that teaches kids all about the best ways to care for their beloved grandparents. (Super cute, right?)
I hope you enjoyed my list of special read-alouds for you and your grandkids! My hope is that these sweet stories build your bond and lead to many cuddly storytimes. 🙂 If you have any other book suggestions, please let me know!