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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Books To Celebrate National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is September 8 2019 and today I'm sharing four wonderful books, from Candlewick Press, that are perfect to help you and your little ones celebrate the grandparents in their life. Full of beautiful stories, diverse characters and cultures, engaging illustrations, and a lot of heart and love, each of these charming picture books will delight readers of all ages...

Around the Table that Grandad Built 
By Melanie Heuiser Hill 
Illustrated by Jaime Kim 
September 10, 2019 
Candlewick Press 

A beautifully illustrated celebration of bounty and gratitude, family and friendship, perfect for the holidays and every day.  

This is the table that Grandad built.
These are the sunflowers picked by my cousins, set on the table that Grandad built. 

In a unique take on the cumulative classic "This Is the House That Jack Built," a family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal around a table that brims with associations: napkins sewn by Mom, glasses from Mom and Dad's wedding, silverware gifted to Dad by his grandma long ago. Not to mention the squash from the garden, the bread baked by Gran, and the pies made by the young narrator (with a little help). Serving up a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is poised to become a savored part of Thanksgiving traditions to come. 

My Grandma and Me 
By Mina Javaherbin 
Illustrated by Lindsey Yankey 
August 13, 2019 
Candlewick Press 

In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories. 

In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma. 

While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin's words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey's illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page. 

Grandpa’s Top Three 
By Wendy Meddour 
Illustrated by Daniel Egneus 
September 3, 2019 
Candlewick Press 

A young boy's original game coaxes a grieving grandpa to reconnect with the world in a touching intergenerational story of love and resilience. 

Henry loves talking with Grandpa, but Grandpa has stopped listening. Mom says to just give him time. But Henry wants to talk to Grandpa now. So Henry tries his favorite game: Top Threes. And something amazing happens: Grandpa starts talking again. Out of a tale of favorite sandwiches and zoo animals, outings and trains, emerges a moving story about love, loss, and the wonder of grannies and grandpas. 

Our Favorite Day 
By Joowann Oh 
August 16, 2019 
Candlewick Press 
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Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild in a quiet yet powerful debut. 

"Thursdays are my favorite days." 

"Mine, too." 

Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there's one day each week that is extra special. That's the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path. With its spare text and wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh's tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader. 

**I received copies of the titles above for review/feature purposes. All reviews, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

Tonja Drecker said...

I can see the kids sitting with their grandparents and reading these. Thanks for the broad ideas.