Late-Summer Book Suggestions for Grandparents to Enjoy with the Grandkids

Sunrise Senior Living  |  August 7, 2018
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Summer vacation often means grandparents and grandchildren have more time to spend together. It provides both age groups with an opportunity to relax and bond across the generations. If your grandkids will be heading to your house for a visit soon, you might find yourself worrying about what activities you can do together.

That’s an understandable concern. Many older family members say they struggle to compete with the video games and cell phone apps that the younger generation seems fixated on.

One option for an activity you can enjoy together is reading. You can make a trip to the local library or bookstore to stock up on a few fun titles.

In honor of National Book Lover’s Day on August 10, we have a few suggestions for you to explore together.

Popular Children’s Books in 2018

Here are a few new releases and a couple of books released in recent years that continue to be popular:

  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race: This is a picture book from author Margot Lee Shetterly, and it’s based on the New York Times bestselling book that was also made into a movie. It tells the tale of four black mathematicians who worked for NASA and helped to launch men into space.
  • A House That Once Was: A tale of adventure written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith. It shares the story of two friends who venture into an abandoned house and create stories of who might have lived there.
  • Crunch the Shy Dinosaur: Author Cirocco Dunlap uses a shy little dinosaur to help connect with kids who might be a bit on the bashful side, too. The book shows Crunch venturing outside his comfort zone, perhaps providing inspiration to kids to do the same.
  • New Shoes: Written by award-winning children’s author Chris Raschaka, this book is an artful delight the preschoolers in your family will enjoy. It talks about the adventure of a young child getting new shoes.
  • I’ve Loved You Since Forever: If you want your grandchildren to learn more about adoption, this is the book for you. It is written by Today Show co-anchor Hoda Kotb, who adopted her own daughter, Haley Joy.
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance: While this isn’t a brand new book, it continues to be a popular one. It shares the story of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance despite his crooked knees and thin legs. Gerald finally gains confidence and learns to dance to his own tune.
  • Dragons Love Tacos 2: This book is the follow-up to the bestseller Dragons Love Tacos. In a twist on the original, this tale is what happens when it’s discovered there are no tacos left in the world.

One final tip is to investigate local libraries and bookstores that offer summer reading clubs for kids. It can be a great activity for you and your grandchildren to attend together.

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