Book List: Beautiful Children’s Books about Grandmothers

Grandparents play such an important role in the lives of children, even more so today. Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia have all officially recognised this by declaring the last Sunday of October Grandparents’ Day (QLD celebrate Grandparents’ Day on the first Sunday in November). I’m sure it won’t take long for the other states to follow.

I thought it would be a lovely gesture for children to share a special book with their grandparents on this day. Below is a list of my favourite grandmother-themed books that you’ll hopefully be able to find at your local bookstore or library.

I have also compiled a special list of grandfather-themed books.

Cooking with Grandma

By Rosemary Mastnak

ISBN:978-1921564192

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, September 2009

Matched with whimsical illustrations and creative typography, young Anya stays with her grandparents for the week. Each day Anya and Grandma create a meal and an adventure for Grandpa.

Suitable for ages 2+

Dancing with Grandma

By Rosemary Mastnak

ISBN:978-1921288906

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, April 2008

With delightful illustrations, songs and actions, this is a beautiful book that celebrates the special memories Anya and her Grandma create. They spend quality time together dressing up, dancing and using their imaginations.

Suitable for ages 2+

Nana’s Colours

By Pamela Allen

ISBN:978-0670075379

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Viking Australia (Penguin Books Australia), 2011

Exploring colours and patterns, this simple but colourful book sees each of Nana’s grandchildren bring her a bunch of colourful (stamped) flowers for her birthday.

Suitable for ages 1+

Little Ava Stories

By Elsie Munro

ISBN:978-1921136788

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Windy Hollow Books,

Little Ava Stories truly is a collection of LITTLE stories. The little stories are made up of just a few sentences each. Dedicated to her granddaughter, Elsie has written about the small moments that a grandmother finds warm and amusing.

She has used lino-cut illustrations in natural, earthy colours to convey her stories of playing with leaves in autumn, feeding birds in spring and visiting the beach on a sky blue day.

Little Ava Stories is minimalistic but it is a lovely, sentimental, little book.

Suitable for ages 2+

My Grandma’s Kitchen

By Louise Fulton Keats (recipes by Margaret Fulton)

ISBN:978-1742701141

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books, 1 April 2011

My Grandma’s Kitchen is a children’s cookbook which exudes warmth, love and an appreciation for delicious food.  It is essentially two books in one; aligned with a gorgeous little story are simple and enjoyable recipes. The story is narrated by Lulu who writes about her adventures in the kitchen alongside her Grandma and brother, George. Told in a child-like-rhyme, the story shares meals eaten, conversations spoken, fancy terminology, and cooking tips and tricks. Read our review of My Grandma’s Kitchen.

Suitable for ages 3+

Spot Loves His Grandma

By Eric Hill

ISBN:978-0723259909

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Books, March 2008

Also available as a board book

Spot spends time with his grandparents and enjoys helping his Grandma in this board book.

Suitable for ages 1+

My Grandma

By Jeanette Rowe

ISBN:978-0733314612

Format: Paperback

Publisher: ABC Books, April 2005,

This is a great read-aloud book for young children. Lifting the flaps on this cute book will reveal what’s special about Grandma. There is also room for children to add a photo of their own Grandma to the last page.

Suitable for ages: 1+

I Love My Grandma

By Anna Walker

ISBN:978-1741696363

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, July 2010,

Our friend, Ollie, spends the day picnicking, painting, playing and singing with his Grandma in this pretty book.

Suitable for ages: 2+

Nanna’s Carrots

Author: Ros Tesoriero (Aunty Rozzy)

ISBN:978-0979985805

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Aunty Rozzy,  January 2009

In her search for Nanna’s Carrots, Harriette finds out that Nanna’s Carrots come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and that they are actually a very versatile vegetable. She is amazed at how many ways she can enjoy Nanna’s Carrots!

Suitable for ages: 2+

I Love Grandma

By Lizi Boyd

ISBN:978-0763637286

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Candlewick (Walker Books)

A visit to Grandma’s house helps to create some very treasured moments.

Suitable for ages 2+

My Grandma and Me

By Rachel Flynn

ISBN:978-0143502326

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Puffin, March 2009

This grandma always has something special to do at her house. Rachael Flynn invites the reader to think about their own Grandma in her inclusive text.

Suitable for ages: 2+.

Piglet and Granny

By Wild Margaret

ISBN:978-1921504020

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Working Title Press, 29 June 2009

While Piglet waits a long time for her Granny to visit, she fills in the time by practising all the things her Granny has taught her. A sweet book.

Suitable for ages 2+

Grandma’s Place

James Stead and Marjory Gardner

ISBN:978-1921136283

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Windy Hollow Books, November 2008

Jess shares what is special about her Grandma’s place and invites readers to share their own stories too.

Suitable for ages: 2+

With Nan

Author: Tania Cox

Illustrator: Karen Blair

ISBN: 978-1921136122

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Windy Hollow Books, March 2012

This is a book that demonstrates how much children can learn from their grandparents. Brought to life with beautiful illustrations, Simon takes a walk with his Nan who shows him how to pay attention to the small things in life

Suitable for ages: 3+

Love from Grandma

By Jane Tanner

ISBN:978-0670074099

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Viking Australia (Penguin Books Australia), August 2010

Emily must move away from her Grandma, but a strawberry plant from Grandma keeps her company until her Grandma can visit.

Suitable for ages: 3+

Our Granny

Author: Margaret Wild

Illustrator: Julie Vivas

ISBN:978-1862911956

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Omnibus Books (Scholastic),

< An amusing book that celebrates grandmothers in all their shapes and sizes

Recommended for ages 3+

My Grandma is Wonderful

By Nick Butterworth

ISBN:978-1406312430

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, February 2008

A bold and beautiful tribute to all wonderful grandmas

Suitable for ages: 3+

My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch

By Graeme Base

ISBN:978-0670834983

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, October 1990

A lively tale from Graeme Base about an Aussie Grandma like no other.

Suitable for ages: 4+

Grandma’s Gloves

By Cecil Castellucci

ISBN:978-1406327755

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Walker Books, November 2010

This is beautiful book for children who have recently lost their grandmother. A little girl remembers what her grandmother taught her, particularly about gardening.

Suitable for ages 5+

Grandma Joins the All Blacks

By Helen McKinlay

ISBN:978-1869506407

Format: Paperback

Publisher: HarperCollins New Zealand, February 2008

All grandmas know how to make things better and this Grandma is no exception. She puts a firecracker under the All Blacks team and even plays for them on game day in this nonsensical story.

Suitable for ages 5+

Mind Your Gramma!

Author:  Yvonne Morrison

Illustrator: Nikki Slade Robinson

ISBN:978-1775430414

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Scholastic New Zealand, November 2011

This is an amusing book about a grandma who is always correcting her granddaughter’s grammatical errors. The corrections go over her granddaughter’s head, and she is confused by her grandma’s contribution to the conversation. As readers you will giggle along to the double meanings being portrayed in the story.

Suitable for ages 6+

Ladder to the Moon

Author: Maya Soetoro-Ng

Illustrator: Yuyi Morales

ISBN:978-1406337730

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, January 2012

With dream-like illustrations, this is a magical story about a young girl who joins her grandmother in heaven one special night. Before she must return home, they bring kindness, care and help to the world, and it helps Suhaila learn about the grandmother she never met. Written by Barack Obama’s half-sister

Suitable for ages 6+

Older Readers

Our Gags

Catriona Hoy

ISBN: 978-1921529092

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Walker Books Australia, April 2011

There are three short stories in this illustrated early reader book that describe how helpful Gags (Grandma) can be when a new baby comes along.

Suitable for ages: 6+

The Day Grandma Came to Stay (and Spoilt My Life)

By Diana Kidd

ISBN:978-0207170119

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Angus & Robertson Children’s Books (Harper Collins), October 1990

Grandma-sitting isn’t as bad as it initially seems for Lucy, who gets up to adventures with her grandma and learns about her Italian heritage.

Suitable for ages: 9+

My Gran the Gorilla

By Jackie French

Illustrator: Stephen Michael King

ISBN: 978-0207200120

Format: Paperback

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) , December 2005

Part of the ‘Wacky Families’ series, TJ and her Gran save the day when wombat poachers come to town.

Suitable for ages: 8+

Activity Books

To My Granny: Doodles for You

ISBN: 978-1921848216

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books, April 2011

A small format activity book for children to colour and fill in before giving it to Granny as a gift.

Suitable for ages: 4+

I’m Glad You’re My Gran

By Cathy Phelan

ISBN:978-0230746619

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Black Dog Books (Walker Books)

Suitable for ages: 4+

BOOKS ABOUT GRANDPARENTS

Spot Visits His Grandparents

By Eric Hill

ISBN:978-0140558289

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Puffin UK (Penguin), September 1999

Suitable for ages 1+

Spot visits his grandparents and enjoys learning about his mum and he goes through an old family photo album.

Things I Love About Grandparents

By: Trace Moroney

ISBN: 978-1742487090

Format: Hardback

Publisher: The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, November 2011

Suitable for ages 1+

Trace Moroney writes books that assist parents in helping their children to become positive thinkers. In this book, she looks at the positive aspects of relationships with grandparents.

The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas!

Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Illustrator: Michael Emberley

ISBN:978-0060756871

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: HarperCollins, May 2008,

Playing with your grandparents, looking after them, loving them and enjoying them; this book offers all the guidelines any grandchild would need to make the most of their time with their grandparents.

Suitable for ages 3+

The Big Book of Families

Catherine and Laurence Anholt

ISBN: 978-1406303513

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Walker Books, December 2006

A book full of poems about all family members, including Grandpas and Grannies.

Suitable for ages: 3+

Is your favourite grandmother-themed book missing from this list?

Book List: Beautiful Children’s Books about Grandmothers

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  1. What a list! And I have only ever seen ONE of them. Yay! More books to look for. Your wonderful blog is going to break my bank! Thank you!

  2. We love a special visit Topsy and Tim. In this Topsy and Tim go round to their Nanny and grandad’s to play.

    • Thank you for adding this book to the list Amy. I know the Topsy and Tim series but haven’t read this book .

  3. One for the grandmothers themselves: New Age Nanas: Being a Grandmother in the 21st Century by Doreen Rosenthal and Susan Moore, Big Sky Publishing, 2012.

  4. Wow this is a huge list! Little Ava stories looks especially cute.

  5. What a great idea for a list!

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