Picture Books By Topic: grandmother/granddaughter

Amazing Grace

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By: Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by: Caroline Binch
Description: Families, grandparents, school, books & stories, dramatization, gender roles, multicultural. Publ. 1991. Grace’s grandmother helps Grace, a girl who loves stories, realize that with effort anything can be achieved.
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Big Moon Tortilla

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By: Joy Cowley
Illustrated by: Dyanne Strongbow
Description: Grandparents, multicultural (Native Am.), bad days After Marta has had a bad day, her grandmother shares some comforting words of advice. Out of print
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Buffalo Storm

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By: Katherine Applegate
Illustrated by: Jan Ormerod
Description: Hallie must leave her beloved Grandmother behind when her family joins a wagon train to Oregon. A quilt gifted by Grandmother comforts her as she faces storms and other fears.
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Gabby and Grandma Go Green

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By: Monica Wellington
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Description: Grandparents, environment, recycling, activities, crafts.
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Grandmama’s Pride

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By: Becky Birtha
Illustrated by: Colin Bootman
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Description: Multi-cultural (Af.Am.) strong older role model, activism, human rights, racism, segregation Young African-American sisters visit their grandmother in 1950’s southern U.S. and encounter segregation. Along with many others Grandmama refuses to ride public buses in protest and they manage to effect change in the laws.
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I Love My Glam-Ma!

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By: Samantha Berger
Illustrated by: Suejean Rim
Description: Grandmothers go by many different names, but they are all glamorous and special in their own way, so they are all Glam-mas--especially to the children that they love, and who love them. (World Cat description)
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The Most Beautiful Thing

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By: Kao Kalia Yang
Illustrated by: Khoa Le
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Description: “Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with little money—and a great deal of love. Weaving together Kalia’s story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family’s early years in the United States.” (Book jacket)
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My Hippie Grandmother

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By: Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrated by: Abby Carter
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Description: Contemporary grandmother, intergenerational fun, farmer’s market, music, activism. No aprons here. A young girl enjoys time with her unconventional grandmother who gardens in jeans, pickets city hall and drives a purple bus. Only hints of her youth in the ‘60’s. Sadly, out of print.
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The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

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By: Tina Cho
Illustrated by: Jess X. Snow
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Description: Dayeon is a young South Korean girl who longs to be a haenyeo like her Grandma. Haenyeo’s are female divers—many are 60 years old or older and some are in their 80s. They deep sea dive off Jeju Island to “pluck treasures from the sea.” Although Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo like her Grandma, she has a scary memory of the sea and is afraid to dive.
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Paris Hop

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By: Margie Blumberg
Illustrated by: Renee Andriani
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Description: A grandmother and granddaughter have travel adventures in Paris.
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