The Best Picture Books Featuring “Grandparents”

a special article from Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow, founders

The greatest gift a grandparent can give to their grandchildren is quality time. We love sitting in a big chair all cozied up, reading books together. It’s so good for the grandkids, and it’s good for us. Here’s a list of some of our favorite children’s picture books featuring grandmas and grandpas. We promise your grandchildren will get a kick out of the story lines – they’re filled with warmth, love, creativity and much more!  Take a gander, and remember these books make super-duper fun gifts for other ‘grand’ parents you know!

Don’t Call me Grandma by Vaunda Nelson, Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Great-grandmother Nell eats fish for breakfast, she doesn’t hug or kiss, and she does NOT want to be called grandma. Her great-granddaughter isn’t sure what to think about her. As she slowly learns more about Nell’s life and experiences, great- granddaughter finds ways to connect with her prickly great-grandmother. Ages 5-9


How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan, Illustrated by Lee Wildish
Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit or there is a sleepover at Grandpa’s house. Ages 5-8

How to Babysit A Grandpa


How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan and Illustrated by Lee Wildish
When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. Ages 5-8

How to Babysit A Grandma


Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney
It’s an exciting day for Llama Llama; he’s going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! It’s his first night away from home….and from Mama. He makes sure to pack everything he needs. There are so many fun things to do with Gram and Grandpa. It’s not until he gets ready for bed that he realizes that he’s forgotten something important. Fuzzy Llama! Fortunately, Grandpa Llama has a wonderful solution and soon Llama Llama is having sweet dreams. Ages 3-5

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa


Just Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer
Family fun and love are in abundance when Little Critter and his grandfather head to the big city! Little Critter sure is little, but he’s a big help to his grandfather. Little Critter holds his hand so his grandfather doesn’t get lost, demonstrates how to go up and down the store’s escalator, and even shows grandpa how to use chopsticks for the first time! Ages 3-7

Just Grandpa and Me


Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is spending a day at the beach with his grandma in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. This book celebrates the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild. Ages 3-7

Just Grandma and Me


The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma by Diane and Christyan Fox
A comical twist on “Little Red Riding Hood” told by Cat and Dog! Cat starts reading “Little Red Riding Hood” and explains, “It’s a story about a little girl who always wears a red cape with a hood.” Dog says, “COOL! I love stories about superheroes. What’s her special power?” Cat says, “She doesn’t have any special powers. It’s not that kind of a story.” And then the fun ensues! Ages 4-8

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma


Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie by Laurie Jacobs, Illustrated by Anne Jewett
Lucky for Sophie and Chloe, Grandma Tillie knows how to royally entertain her grandchildren. To their delight, whenever Grandma Tillie babysits, she seems to disappear, only to be replaced by a parade of lovable characters. There’s Tillie Vanilly with the bright pink hair, star of The Tillie Vanilly Show, who loves to tell jokes and dance the conga; Chef Silly Tillie with the lampshade hat who offers up a dinner of Worm Chili with Glue Gravy; and Madame Frilly Tillie with the sparkly eyeglasses and towel turban, the world’s most creative bath-bubble stylist. Sophie and Chloe wonder who will appear to tuck them into bed: Hiker Hilly Tillie, Explorer Chilly Tillie, or Zoo-lady Gorilly Tillie? To their surprise, it’s the best character of all—just plain Grandma Tillie. Ages 5-7

Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie


The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas and Grandpas by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by Michael Emberley
Did you know that when there is a grandma or a grandpa in your family, there are guidelines for how best to take care of them? There are all sorts of special things you need to do to make them feel loved. Now here at last is a manual packed with advice, pointers, and helpful hints. For instance, you need to dance for them, sing to them, draw pictures for them, and even hold their hand when they cross the street! It’s also very important that sometimes you take a nap with them (so that they’re not the only ones). But most importantly, you need to give them lots of hugs and kisses—because that’s what grandmas and grandpas like best! Ages 4-8

The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas and Grandpas