Do you know that National Grandparents’ Day falls on the first Sunday of the month after Labor Day? When grandparents read aloud to their grandchildren, they strengthen a special relationship. Nothing compares to grandparents reading to their grandchildren. Whether grandparents live near or far, grandparent picture books highlight their special relationship.
In reading to their grandchildren, grandparents show them the fun of reading. Those experiences will benefit grandchildren for years to come as they share them. It doesn’t matter whether the books have strong moral messages or are just plain silly, they develop an enthusiasm for reading.
Grandparent Picture Books We Love
A few of our favorite grandparent picture books tell the stories of loved ones. What could be better than a read-aloud that highlights that special relationship between grandparent and grandchild? This is why we enjoy reading these grandparent picture books.
The Great and the Grand
As a new baby and an old grandfather meet for the first time, simple words explore the vastly deep themes of life and love. While reflecting on this relationship, soft strings and woodwinds are paired with the sounds of baby coos and trains.
Last Stop on Market Street
CJ laments his bus rides with his grandmother on Sundays when his friend has a car, but his grandmother encourages him to enjoy the world. Together with vivid illustrations and text, the sounds of a bustling city bring the bus ride to life.
While Allen Say’s grandfather marvels at America’s sights, he will never forget the music of kotos and Japanese flutes. The sounds of his homeland are woven throughout the soundscape. The moment he returns to his native land, he discovers he now has two homes in his heart. Many families today can relate to Say’s ode to his grandfather.
Thank You, Omu
Omu’s delicious stew is a dream come true for everyone in the neighborhood! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. Each of them receives a portion of Omu’s meal. Soon the pot is empty. Is she so generous that she has nothing left for herself?
This story is gently pushed along by highly interactive music. Trills and flourishes from the strings that follow the scent of Omu’s stew up the hall, out the windows, etc. Then about a dozen voices thank Omu.
Strega Nona’s Harvest
Strega Nona teaches Big Anthony her secret gardening techniques, but he ignores the lesson on organization. What will he do with his haphazard harvest? Throughout the journey, an authentic accordion melody is played. You’ll love Tomie dePaola’s book about eating local, growing, and sharing.
Just Grandma and Me
This classic book features Mercer Mayer’s beloved character, Little Critter, spending a day at the beach with his grandma. With charming sounds that bring back memories of childhood and perhaps even the beach, this music celebrates the special bond between grandparent and grandchild.
Read Aloud Ideas for Grandparent Picture Books
Want to help your child build their reading skills while celebrating their grandparents? Celebrate Grandparents Day with these fun reading activities.
- You can have grandma and/or grandpa over for a family read-aloud. Show them how much you love and appreciate them with the perfect picture book.
- Allow your child to read aloud to their grandparents through a video call. If time zones make this difficult, a video recording is just as precious.
- Give a copy of a cherished picture book to the grandparents in your family. You can include a handwritten note from their grandchildren that will be treasured for years.
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