The best children's books that capture the funny and heartwarming stories about grandchildren and grandparents

Who am I?

I have always loved being around children, first as a primary school teacher, then as a parent and now as a grandma. The love, laughter, humour, and fun that I share with my grandkids keep me young in mind, body, and soul. My story is about the wonderful adventures we have. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the world through the eyes of a child and I am enjoying every minute of it.


I wrote...

The Sleepover

By Lynda Pilon,

Book cover of The Sleepover

What is my book about?

Claire, Andrew, and Griffin are excited about their sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s farm. Laughter, humour, and fun are always in abundance when they visit and they can’t wait to get there. But who is the biggest kid? Well, it is Grandpa who misbehaves a lot much to the delight of the children and to the frustration of Grandma. When bedtime arrives, Grandma is ready for everyone to settle down for the night but Grandpa has other ideas. Sleep is not his idea of fun so Grandpa and his antics make sure that the sleep is over before it has even begun.

The books I picked & why

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The Truth about Grandparents

By Elina Ellis,

Book cover of The Truth about Grandparents

Why this book?

This author’s writing style and her great sense of humour will definitely be a big hit with the kids and also with grandparents. I love the twist Ellis puts on her book. She accomplishes this by telling a story that does not in any way match the illustrations. The reader’s attention is captured immediately because he realizes that something is different about this book, something isn’t quite right. The drawings are funny, exaggerated, and colourful, all the ingredients that kids love to see in a book. I’m a grandparent and I laughed right along with my grandchildren as we read the story. The ending is priceless. On the last page, the illustrations finally match the words. What an entertaining book for both the young and the young at heart.  

The Truth about Grandparents

By Elina Ellis,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Truth about Grandparents as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A Children's Book of the Year in The Telegraph and an Empathy Lab Read for Empathy book 2020.

A very funny and lovable picture book tribute to grandparents and older people.

When you're small, everybody bigger than you seems really old. But does being older have to mean being boring, or slow, or quiet? NO! Elina Ellis' wonderful illustrations reveal that the age you are makes no difference to how amazing you can be.

From the winner of the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2017, The Truth About Old People is an instant favourite with children and grown-ups that tackles ageism…


How to Babysit a Grandma

By Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (illustrator),

Book cover of How to Babysit a Grandma

Why this book?

Jean Regan has written a beautiful, funny, heartwarming story about the love and fun that is shared between the different generations, a grandmother and a granddaughter. I love the way she has reversed the roles of her main characters. This approach will appeal to little ones who will definitely want to babysit their grandma while still enjoying all the wonderful activities that a visit to Grandma’s house entails. The illustrations are cute, detailed, and add to the storyline. This is a great little book for parents to read to their children before they visit and a good source of activity ideas for grandmas to have for their little guests once they arrive.

How to Babysit a Grandma

By Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked How to Babysit a Grandma as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandkids with this delightful New York Times bestseller that puts the kids in charge of babysitting...if just for one day. The perfect gift for Mother's Day, Grandparent's Day, and any day shared with Grandma!

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. (Be sure to check out the sections on: How to keep a grandma busy; Things to do at the park; Possible places to sleep, and…


My Grandparents Love Me

By Claire Freedman, Judi Abbot (illustrator),

Book cover of My Grandparents Love Me

Why this book?

Claire Freedom uses animal characters to tell this story about the wonderful, loving relationships that exist between grandparents and a grandchild. I love the fact that it is never quite made clear whether the grandchild is a boy or a girl and as a result, the story applies to both. Children will quickly see themselves as the little zebra having fun and being spoiled rotten by two loving grandparents. The rhyming adds to the flow of the book.

My Grandparents Love Me

By Claire Freedman, Judi Abbot (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked My Grandparents Love Me as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I'm off to Gran and Grandpa's, There's a BIG smile on my face,
I always feel wrapped up in love, When I stay at their place!
Affectionate, funny, and joyful, this is the perfect book for little ones and their grandparents to share. My Grandparents Love Me brings together two huge stars of the picture book world, internationally successful illustrator Judi Abbot and award-winning author Claire Freedman.


My Grandpa Is Great

By Gaby Goldsack,

Book cover of My Grandpa Is Great

Why this book?

I love the humour in this story. Grandpa definitely knows how to entertain and have fun with his grandson. This book shows how special bonds are formed between the young and the not-so-young. Age is not a barrier. The words and illustrations work extremely well together. In many instances, the picture gives the correct meaning to the written part which results in bringing a smile to your face. This book is a fun read.

My Grandpa Is Great

By Gaby Goldsack,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked My Grandpa Is Great as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Grandmas From Mars

By Michelle Robinson, Fred Blunt (illustrator),

Book cover of Grandmas From Mars

Why this book?

I love this crazy, silly book. The plot will captivate the children’s attention as there are so many twists and turns throughout the story. Are the grandmas really grandmas or are they aliens? How will they solve this mystery? The use of rhyme adds to the flow and humour of the tale. Illustrations are imaginative and off the wall funny. The ending is priceless. I think there definitely should be a sequel.

Grandmas From Mars

By Michelle Robinson, Fred Blunt (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Grandmas From Mars as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Fred and Nell's grandma is babysitting and the kids couldn't be happier. But hang on, there's something not quite right about her. In fact, she's acting very strangely indeed. And is that a spare eyeball? A tail? A striped tongue? That's NOT their grandma; it's an alien ... RUUUUUUN!

Find out how Fred and Nell overcome the invasion by grandmas from Mars (and get their own grandma back!) in this completely crazy and brilliantly bonkers, fun and irreverent picture book from the talented Michelle Robinson, with illustrations by rising star Fred Blunt.


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