Grandparenthood – Part Two
Posted by suzanne at December 21st, 2012
Canadians love to read. As I head out to the bookstore to pick up some Christmas gifts, I am reminded of this. We are a country of readers and should all be born with a library card in our pocket.
As parents, we instil a love of reading in our kids and teach them to read at an early age. As grandparents, we really enjoy reading to our grandchildren. Reading brings immense joy. What could be more delightful than to sit with a child on your lap, cuddling as you read an adventure or look at a picture book together? Moreover, this is a wonderful way to stimulate a young mind because sitting together and reading is foundational for child development during the early years.
I have been on the lookout for children’s stories that portray wonderful family relationships that are intergenerational, especially books that have images of vivid, engaging grandparents. I have collected some real treasures. Here are a few of the favourites from my shelf:
- The Bye-Bye Pie by Sharon Jennings, illustrated by Ruth Ohi
- Bigbeard’s Hook: Nathaniel McDaniel and the Magic Attic by Evan Solomon, illustrated by Bill Slavin
- Night Noises by Mem Fox and illustrated by Terry Denton
- Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds
I expect to see more books that provide positive images of seniors on library and bookstore shelves. As the population ages, books like the ones above will be written and published to meet the demand for good intergenerational stories. If you have some books to add to this list, I’d enjoy hearing about them.
Have a wonderful holiday. Happy reading to all!
P.S. Dear Readers - To the above list, I am adding:
- A Little Something: A Story about Love and Legacies by Susan V. Bosak, illustrated by Laurie McGaw, and
- Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes by Susan V. Bosak
Category: Aging, Intergenerational, Lifelong Learning, Longevity, Relationships
Thanks Suzanne. I should have had this list BEFORE I went shopping!
My grandparents had their attic converted into a library when I was a child.
They had what seemed like THOUSANDS of books on ANYTHING you could think of. It was a wonderful day when “Pops” would pronounce you old enough to trudge all the way up the three floors to the attic and you could pick out a book to read. If you treated the book with respect and looked after it and brought it back then you got to choose another. I have such warm and fond memories of these times and of course am an avid book reader to this day, decades later…
As a retired teacher-librarian, I have enjoyed sharing books with children. I am looking forward to sharing my love of books with my little grandson. When he was born I was given a copy of All About Grandmas by Roni Schotter to add to my own library.
Thank you Nancy C., Stu and Nancy H. for your comments. Nice to hear about ‘All About Grandmas’ by Roni Schotter. I need to check that out. I also want to add ‘I Have To Go!’ by Robert Munsch to this growing list.
Reading stories at bedtime with grandchildren is very special for us. Thanks for the list of good books.