Grandparent Books

Many books explore and celebrate the very special bond between kids and grandparents. We've compiled a list of great choices, from picture books to middle grade fiction to young adult novels, that show kids and grandparents -- silly or serious -- sharing a home, navigating visits, taking road trips, having adventures, and even dealing with illness and loss. Bonus: Many are perfect for reading together! For more books that are fun to share, check out our lists of Read-Aloud Books and Classic Books for Kids

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Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa Book Poster Image
Museum trip sparks love of learning in fun tale.
By David Soman, Jacky Davis
(2017)
(2017)
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Last Stop on Market Street Book Poster Image
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Peña
(2015)
(2015)
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Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa Book Poster Image
First-sleepover anxieties melt away in reassuring tale.
By Anna Dewdney
(2015)
(2015)
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Book Poster Image
Zany food-as-weather tale full of humor, great drawings.
By Judi Barrett
(2003)
(1978)
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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever Book Poster Image
Giggles abound in friendship-focused read-aloud.
By Marla Frazee
(2008)
(2008)
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Down by the River: A Family Fly Fishing Story Book Poster Image
Boy learns from his grandpa in warm family tale.
By Andrew Weiner
(2018)
(2018)
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Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly Book Poster Image
Butterflies and grandparents can be fancy too.
By Jane O'Connor
(2008)
(2008)
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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar Book Poster Image
Rolling Stones guitarist's warm, inspiring childhood memoir.
By Keith Richards
(2014)
(2014)
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Ice Cream Summer Book Poster Image
Whimsical art and ice cream tie in summer learning and fun.
By Peter Sis
(2015)
(2015)
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In Plain Sight Book Poster Image
Playful, loving relationship shines in sweet grandpa tale.
By Richard Jackson
(2017)
(2017)
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Leave Me Alone! Book Poster Image
Granny treks off to knit in peace in funny modern folktale.
By Vera Brosgol
(2017)
(2016)
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My Abuelita Book Poster Image
Robust artwork with a Latino touch celebrates storytelling.
By Tony Johnston
(2010)
(2009)
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Nana in the City Book Poster Image
Vibrant art, gentle story of Nana and a boy's magical cape.
By Lauren Castillo
(2015)
(2014)
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Ocean Meets Sky Book Poster Image
Boy remembers his grandfather in magical, visual tale.
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan
(2018)
(2018)
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Grandpa Green Book Poster Image
Man's life is lovingly recalled by his grandson and garden.
By Lane Smith
(2012)
(2011)
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Peeny Butter Fudge Book Poster Image
Toothsome gift for zany grandmas to share with grandkids.
By Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison
(2009)
(2009)
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Crouching Tiger Book Poster Image
Boy learns to appreciate his heritage in universal story.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2012)
(2011)
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Tea Cakes for Tosh Book Poster Image
Touching story of boy's bond with grandma, family history.
By Kelly Starling Lyons
(2013)
(2012)
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This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration Book Poster Image
Lyrical story of a rope and one family's migration north.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2013)
(2013)
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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond Book Poster Image
Sweet tale of biracial girl in search of lost family.
By Brenda Woods
(2014)
(2014)
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The Fourteenth Goldfish Book Poster Image
Funny, sweet fountain-of-youth fantasy about growing wiser.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2014)
(2014)
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Gone Crazy in Alabama Book Poster Image
Harrowing tale of Gaither girls' summer in the South.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2015)
(2015)
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Kindred Souls Book Poster Image
Gentle tale of a boy fulfilling his grandfather's last wish.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(2012)
(2012)
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The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez Book Poster Image
Rich, authentic characters are heart of thoughtful novel.
By Peter Johnson
(2014)
(2014)
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Prairie Evers Book Poster Image
Great novel about a girl, her chickens, and her best friend.
By Ellen Airgood
(2012)
(2012)
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Seven Stories Up Book Poster Image
Sweet time-travel story teaches kids about the Depression.
By Laurel Snyder
(2014)
(2014)
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Sun & Spoon Book Poster Image
Boy seeks something to remember his grandmother.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
(2004)
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Under the Egg Book Poster Image
Plucky heroine uncovers stolen painting in engaging mystery.
By Laura Marx Fitzgerald
(2014)
(2014)
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When the Sea Turned to Silver Book Poster Image
Rich folklore-fantasy blend makes a great read-aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2016)
(2016)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
(2012)
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All the Answers Book Poster Image
Worried girl gets magical pencil in reassuring story.
By Kate Messner
(2015)
(2015)
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Bud, Not Buddy Book Poster Image
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
(1999)
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The Center of Everything Book Poster Image
Sweet, funny story of girl recovering from grandma's death.
By Linda Urban
(2013)
(2013)
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Circus Mirandus Book Poster Image
A mesmerizing journey through a wonderful, magical world.
By Cassie Beasley
(2015)
(2015)
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The Egypt Game Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor book is a fun mystery romp.
By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
(2007)
(1985)
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Freak the Mighty Book Poster Image
Outcasts join forces to conquer readers' hearts.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2004)
(1993)
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Heidi Book Poster Image
Classic story has lost none of its joy and power.
By Johanna Spyri
(2003)
(1880)
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Listen, Slowly Book Poster Image
Captivating tale of U.S. girl meeting her family in Vietnam.
By Thanhha Lai
(2015)
(2015)
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Red:  The True Story of Red Riding Hood Book Poster Image
Strong heroine leads the adventure in fairy tale revamp.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2016)
(2016)
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The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2012)
(2005)
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Book Poster Image
A funny novel with a devastating emotional punch.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
(1995)
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Phoenix: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
By Jeff Stone
(2012)
(2012)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(2005)
(1961)
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As Brave As You Book Poster Image
Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Crow Book Poster Image
Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.
By Barbara Wright
(2012)
(2012)
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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Book Poster Image
Vibrant, touching story of lovelorn teen finding his voice.
By Pablo Cartaya
(2017)
(2017)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2010)
(2009)
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Ghost Hawk Book Poster Image
Gorgeous tale of friendship between colonist and Indian.
By Susan Cooper
(2013)
(2013)
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The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky Book Poster Image
Girl turns trash into treasures in hopeful underdog tale.
By Holly Schindler
(2014)
(2014)
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Public School Superhero Book Poster Image
Inner-city middle school tale is funny and compassionate.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2015)
(2015)
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The Secret Hum of a Daisy Book Poster Image
Girl struggles to find home in story of grief and healing.
By Tracy Holczer
(2014)
(2014)
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Sunny Side Up Book Poster Image
Funny, moving graphic novel takes on teen substance abuse.
By Matthew Holm, Jennifer Holm
(2015)
(2015)
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The Thing About Luck Book Poster Image
Migrant worker girl faces big responsibility in sweet story.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2013)
(2013)
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The Turtle of Oman Book Poster Image
Poetic story about boy who doesn't want to move to America.
By Naomi Shihab Nye
(2014)
(2014)
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Walk Two Moons Book Poster Image
Dramatic, complex tale has rich characters, emotional depth.
By Sharon Creech
(2010)
(1994)
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Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina Book Poster Image
Boy and dog face danger, find friends in fast-paced tale.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2014)
(2014)
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Olive's Ocean Book Poster Image
Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.
By Kevin Henkes
(2003)
(2003)
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My Antonia Book Poster Image
Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2010)
(2011)
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The Last Forever Book Poster Image
Heartfelt, realistic depiction of teen going through a loss.
By Deb Caletti
(2014)
(2014)
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