March 19, 2012 (Edition #8) Celebrating Being A Grandparent!

March 19, 2012

Edition #8

This edition is dedicated to my new little granddaughter, Danielle, who was born 10 days ago.  Keith and I are first-time grandparents (Grampy & Grammy), as well as Danielle’s other grandma, Judi (Nana).  We are all filled with love and joy over this new little one!!

I hope you enjoy reading about these grandparent books that I have chosen to feature.  Some are newer and some have been around for a long time.  I chose these because I believe they are special, just like the bond between children and their grandparents!

(This has been my FAVORITE edition to write up so far!)

BOOK 1:

What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best

Written by Laura Numeroff    Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (2000)

Available in Hardcover

This is a two-in-one book, where after you read, “What Grandmas Do Best”, you can flip it over and read, “What Grandpas Do Best”.  The text is identical for both stories, showing that both Grandma and Grandpa can play hide-and-seek and such.  The grandparents are depicted as different animals throughout the book, with warm, sweet illustrations.  This is a book you will surly want in your child’s collection, written by the same author as the classic, “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”.

Other books by Laura Numeroff:
(Listed are some, but not all, of Laura Numeroff’s books)

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
If You Give a Dog a Donut
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Give a Pig a Party
What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best
What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best
What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best
What Puppies Do Best
The Jellybeans and The Big Dance

BOOKS 2 & 3:

Grandma and Me

Grandpa and Me

Written and Illustrated by Karen Katz  (2002/2004)

Available in Board Book

Author and Illustrator, Karen Katz, is one of my favorites, when it comes to board books!  These two are a part of her large collection of board books that she has written.  The illustrations are fun, with lift-the-flap surprises on each page.  Most toddlers ADORE lift-the-flap features, giving them a sense of independence while being read to.  The Grandma and Grandpa stories are darling, with Grandma coming for a special visit and Grandpa making a pizza with all the steps included!  You will want to check out all of Karen Katz’s board books, most of which have lift-the-flap features!  For more fun and information go to www.karenkatz.com

Other books by Karen Katz:
(Listed are some, but not all, of Karen Katz’s books)

Where is Baby’s Belly Button?
Where is Baby’s Puppy?
Where is Baby’s Yummy Tummy?
Where is Baby’s Beach Ball?
Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake?
Peek-A-Baby
Princess Baby
Princess Baby, Night-Night
A Potty For Me!
Toes, Ears, & Nose!
No Hitting!
No Biting!
I Can Share!
Excuse Me!
Best-Ever Big Sister
Best-Ever Big Brother
Counting Kisses
Twinkle Toes
Nutcracker Twinkle Toes
Superhero Me!
Mommy Hugs
Daddy Hugs
Ten Tiny Tickles

BOOKS 4 & 5:

The Grandma Book

The Grandpa Book

Written and Illustrated by Todd Parr  (2006)

Available in Hardcover, Paperback, and Nook e-reader formats

I have loved Todd Parr’s simple, chunky, brilliantly colored books since he first started publishing them.  His books celebrate diversity and multiculturalism.  The text in The Grandma Book and The Grandpa Book are updated to be a true reflection of modern grandparents of today.  His characterization is often quirky and always smart.  Both of these books celebrate the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren.  Once you discover Todd Parr’s books, you are going to want to collect them all!  For more information and Todd Parr’s beautiful website, go to www.toddparr.com

Other books by Todd Parr:
(Listed are some, but not all, of Todd Parr’s books)

The Mommy Book
The Daddy Book
The Family Book
The Peace Book
It’s Okay To Be Different
The I Love You Book
The Earth Book
Do’s and Don’ts
We Belong Together
The I’m Not Scared Book
The Feel Good Book
The Best Friends Book
The Feelings Book

BOOK 6:

The Hello, Goodbye Window

Written by Norton Juster   Illustrated by Chris Raschka  (2006)

Available in Hardcover

When I first read this book, some years ago, the abstract drawings threw me off a bit.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about them.  Then as I read the story, however, the illustrations really are a perfect fit, given that the story is told through the perspective of it’s young girl protagonist.  This book was awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book in 2006.

This is taken directly from the Barnes & Noble website (I can’t describe it better than this!):

“This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy’s house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations. The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.”

Check it out!

Other books by Norton Juster:

The Phantom Tollbooth
Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie
The Odious Ogre
Neville
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
Alberic the Wise
Otter Nonsense
As Silly as Knees, as Busy as Bees

Other GRANDPARENT books that I would highly recommend:

-My Granny’s Purse

-My Grandpa’s Briefcase

-Grandmas are for Giving Tickles

-Grandpas are for Finding Worms

-In Grandma’s Arms

-The Berenstain Bears and the Week as Grandma’s

-The Berenstain Bears and the Giddy Grandma

-I Loved You Before You Were Born

-Love Song for a Baby

-Song and Dance Man

-Me With You

-Spot Loves His Grandma

-Spot Loves His Grandpa

-Spot Visits His Grandparents

-I Already Know I Love You

-Grandpa’s Little One

-Just Grandma and Me

-Grandma’s Garden

-Just Fishing With Grandma

-Just Grandpa and Me

-Grandma, Grandpa, and Me

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About picturebooklook

Hello picture book enthusiasts! I am the mother of 3 twenty-something children and became a grandmother for the first time in early 2012. I have had an affection for picture books for almost as long as I can remember. I have acquired a treasured collection from when my children were young. I have never lost my fondness for them! I have worked in the Children's department of my local Barnes & Noble for the last 10 years. Each month I hope to feature a new picture book review, along with a classic picture book. The fact is, these books are true works of art! The stories are simple, sweet lines, that often stay with us into our adult lives. This blog is dedicated to Danielle Catherine and all of my future grandchildren, and also to all of you who love the beauty of picture books as much as I do!
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4 Responses to March 19, 2012 (Edition #8) Celebrating Being A Grandparent!

  1. Sis says:

    You are an awesome grammy to have…

  2. JoanMcIntosh says:

    Good Reviews Li. You and Keith will be awesome grandparents.

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