Grandparents Get a Day Too!

How are you celebrating National Grandparents Day, this Sunday, September 10? Grandparents can be amazing! As the caretakers of decades of wisdom, trusted perspectives, and tested values, they share great human riches with their families. Grandparents can be the keepers of communities. Daily, they nurture younger generations to encourage authentic and thoughtful people. Grandparents sometimes create communities under their own roofs, too, opening their homes and hearts to relatives who need a place to stay, whether it be for a short or extended amount of time. Grandparents can also be nurturing, adventurous, inspiring, and make lovable books to share across generations, and we want to celebrate them today.

Here are some books from our publishers for you and your little ones to enjoy for Grandparents Day.

I Love You, GrandmaTT_Love Grandma
This lyrical board book from Tiger Tales Books, with illustrations by Rory Tyger, pays tribute to the tender relationship that youngsters have with their grandmothers. Simple text on each page combines with soft illustrations to compose a beautiful poem about the undying love a grandmother has for her grandchild.

 

TH Melena's JubileeMelena’s Jubilee: The Story of a Fresh StartThe morning after a particularly bad day, Melena awakes with a new song in her heart. At breakfast, she shares the song with Gramma, and Gramma, in turn, shares some songs of her own. A story about forgiveness and second chances, Melena’s Jubilee is written by Zetta Elliot, illustrated by Aaron Boyd, and published by Tilbury House.

 

CP Ossiri and the Bala MengroOssiri and the Bala Mengro
After her parents explain that they can’t afford to buy Ossiri a musical instrument, the determined Traveler girl decides to create her own musical contraption. She calls it the Tattin Django, and despite the cacophony that emanates from its rustic body, Ossiri’s grandparents encourage her to keep practicing and playing what she feels is in her heart. Published by Child’s Play, this picture book is written by Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby, with illustrations by Hannah Tolson.

How Nivi Got Her Names
Written by Laura Deal and illustrated by Charlene Chua, this story from Inhabit Media introduces traditional Inuit naming and Inuit custom adoption. Nivi’s mom tells her stories of the people for whom she is named, including the grandmother of one of her moms, the grandpa of her anaana (her other mom), and the grandmother of her puukuluk, or birth mother.

IM Nivis NamesPJ Waiting for Sophie

Waiting for Sophie
Liam relies on the creativity and carpentry skills of his grandma in this illustrated chapter book from Pajama Press, written by Sarah Ellis and illustrated by Carmen Mok. While Liam impatiently waits for his baby sister to grow into a playmate, Nana-Downstairs teaches him the basics of building and helps him to create a very special machine.

GP_GrandmaWhere Is Grandma?
This story of one boy’s odyssey through the hospital is written and illustrated by Peter Schossow and published by Gecko Press. While his nanny is distracted taking a phone call, Henry sets off on his own in search of his grandmother. He interacts with all kinds of people and overhears all sorts of conversations on his journey, but he won’t let anything stop him until finds his grandma.

 

FL_Top SecretTop-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Tumble Dryer

Middle grade readers looking for a befuddling mystery and a good laugh can delight in a new series by the ever humorous David MacPhail and published by Floris Books. Eleven-year-old Jay Patel is off to solve the hilarious (no, really!) and wacky murders with the help of his (top-secret) ghost sidekick—who is none other than Jay’s grandad, Sanjeev!

 

Take a moment today to encourage children to spend time with their grandparents. Reading would be a great activity for them to do together. Make sure to snap a photo and post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Feel free to tag us (@pubspotlight) and make sure you use #grandparentsday to show off your favorite intergenerational moments with books!

It’s interactive! It’s a book!

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 9.28.58 AMIn the 21st century, literacy is defined not just as decoding and understanding printed text. Multi-modal literacy is essential to functioning, and thriving, in the world. To help the littlest arrivals on the literacy scene learn how to look, listen, express, and understand words, images, sounds, concepts, and meanings, there are burgeoning supplies of great books, audiobooks, apps, and other media.

And sometimes, a print book–in this case a board book, at that–can fulfill a variety of these expressive and interpretative functions.

Cedric Ramadier and Vincent Bourgeon created Help! The Wolf Is Coming! to tell an engaging and entertaining story that needs the reader to touch and turn the book. And there will be no problem with either the simple storyline or the need to interact with it, whether the reader is 20 months old or 250 months old.

From the front cover to the back, the not-very-threatening approach Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 9.28.31 AMof this wolf can be impeded by following the simple directions the text offers…oops, until a plot trick that suits the target age group right where their funny bone is developing.

Help! The Wolf Is Coming!, from Gecko Press, 2015

Update 25 October 2015: We have a wonderful video now from a pair of Tennessee kids who know how to make a book trailer!  Enjoy!