Grandparents offer kids much more than the kindly pat on the head and home-baked cookies. They are pillars of support, always ready to lend a shoulder when a child needs to cry or complain. Kids bask in the love and attention their grandparents’ shower on them. Thus, the reason behind the secure and strong attachment of kids to their grandparents. This special relationship between a child and their grandparents is worth celebrating no matter the day. So, if you’re looking for some of the best picture books about grandparents, then you’re in the right place. These picture books are lovely reads that both grandparents and kids will love.
Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi
From the bestselling author and cooking show host, Padma Lakshmi comes with a bright story inspired by her experiences and memories. The story centers on young girl Neela, who assists her amma (mother) with cooking since this makes her feel closer to her paati (grandmother), who lives far away in India. This tasty picture book celebrates grandparents who live far from their grandchildren, and the traditions passed down through families. In Tomatoes for Neela, the intergenerational warmth and pleasure in cooking together are palpable. This heartwarming and lushly illustrated tale will speak to young children on how love knows no bounds even when they’re far away.
Grandpa Nick’s Bump by Lynda M. Daniele
Lynda Daniele’s debut picture book is a grandpa’s story on Grandpa Nick’s Bump. This book is based on the true story of the author’s late husband, who has significantly shaped the lives of neighborhood children. Lynda takes a fanciful look at the typical grandparent and grandchild relationship. This book will greatly appeal to young readers and be enchanted by this familiar slice-of-life story with bright and energetic illustrations. Grandpa Nick’s Bump celebrates that love goes on beyond death and that even if you aren’t related by blood, you can still experience that strong familial bond. This is a wonderful choice for one-on-one sharing with a weighty message for both child and adult.
Drawn Together by Minh Lê
Minh Lê crafted a story about a grandson and grandfather struggling to communicate across divides of language, age, and culture. Perfectly narrated to express universal emotions that connect generations separated by numerous life barriers. This picture book is so beautiful and sweet. The story alone pulls readers’ hearts with its relatable storyline. This narrative is as vibrant, emotional, and uplifting as the art is colorful. Illustrated in bright, childlike collages, this one is a classic for a reason.
Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney
This picture book adventure from Paul McCartney is perfect for celebrating the fun-filled adventure that grandparents and grandkids can get up to. Meet Grandude, the super-cool grandfather who has impressive tricks up his sleeve. Join him and his four grandkids off on a whirlwind adventure around the world. Such a sweet magical journey that won’t disappoint. Paul does a fine job of upping the ante on each page, leaving readers to worry and laugh at the same time. The colorful illustrations add to the enchantment of the book. Hey Grandude! is a suitable bedtime story for your little explorers with the promise of future adventures is in the air.
Grandma Loves Me! by Marianne Richmond
There’s nothing quite like Grandma’s love, and Marianne Richmond agrees. In her book, Grandma Loves Me! is the perfect work to introduce your child to the amazing love of a grandmother. This book is filled with delightful illustrations that are simple yet touching, sure to remind the young one of the special place Grandma lives in their hearts. Each page pays tribute to the special acts grandmothers to do for their grandchildren. It’s sure to make Grandma feel special when she reads it to her grandchild, who already knows they’re the best thing ink the world.