Kids everywhere are missing their grandparents at the moment.
You certainly don't need us to tell you how hard the current circumstances are. Among many things, kids all over the country are really missing their grandparents at the moment.
Books, while they can never replace the real thing, can bring comfort and awareness to almost all situations, and these stories about the love between kids and their grandparents are nothing short of heartwarming.
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Here are four books about the special bond between children and their grandparents.
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET written by MATT DE LA PEÑA illustrated by CHRISTIAN ROBINSON
Put simply, this is a beautiful book. The bright, eye-catching illustrations bring the reader on a journey to a bustling city through the eyes of a little boy, CJ. There is also a big focus on CJ's endearing relationship with Nana, who shows him the beauty in everyday routines.
JULIAN IS A MERMAID by JESSICA LOVE
We absolutely love this one. It has been described as "celebratory and ground-breaking" by The Sunday Times Ireland and we could not agree more. While riding the subway with his Nana one day, Julian sees three women dressed as beautiful mermaids. When he gets home, we cannot wait to make his own mermaid costume and dress like the women he saw on the subway. But what will his beloved Nana think? This book is wonderful for teaching children about loving yourself and what it means to be loved unconditionally.
BAD NANA: OLDER NOT WISER written by SOPHY HENN
Jeanie's Grandma is pretty bad. Not malicious bad, but more in the way that she is always up to no good and is never without a trick up her sleeve. If Jeanie had her way, she would be called "Fun Nana" of "Bad Nana". This hilarious book is the first in the Bad Nana series and celebrates the special understanding between a grandmother and granddaughter.
MINT CHOC CHIP AT THE MARKET CAFÉ written by JONATHAN MERES illustrated by HANNAH COULSON
This gorgeous story revolves around Priya and her grandmother. Priya loves helping her dad out in his family business until she meets Stan. Stan's father also runs a similar shop to Priya's family and Priya is not impressed - that is until her Nana-ji teaches her some facts about how life works.
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