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Celebrating Grandparent’s Day Book List

August 29, 2009

amazing grace     Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
With encouragement and stories from Nana, Grace believes she can be anything and do anything that she wants to do.

big mamas  BigMama’s by Donald Crews
Do you remember visiting your grandma and feeling the comfort of knowing that some things never change?

hooray for granparents day    Hooray for Grandparent’s Day by Nancy Carlson
What happens if you don’t have a grandparent to take to school on Grandparent’s Day?
This is a tribute to people in our lives that play the role of honorary grandparents.

 hundredpennyThe Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
I used this Newbery Honor Award winning book as a mentor text when teaching fifth graders. It is a story about a young boy who shows compassion in taking care of his a hundred year old great-great aunt. The story inspired great discussion amongst the students. The parents were included in this unit of study, and they were asked to share special memories. Students created a time line of their life and chose one event about which to write.

nana    Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie De Paola
A story from the memories of Tomie De Paola touches the heart of all readers. This book would be an excellent Everybody book to read to third, fourth, and fifth graders as a mentor text for writing about a special memory.


napping house   The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Everyone has a snoring granny on a comfy bed! Children love the rhythm of this cumulative rhyme. Great for a Read Aloud!


nowonefoot   Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie de Paola
Tomie de Paola tells a touching story of young boy who helps his grandfather rehabilitate after a stroke. The story is an excellent mentor text to use with third, fourth, and fifth graders.


shoes grandpa Shoes From Grandpa by Mem Fox
From the author of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, this cumulative tale describes the series of events that begins with a gift of shoes from Grandpa.  This is a good mentor text for sequence of events and cause and effect.

  songdanceman    Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman
This nostalgic book reminded me of the time I spent in my grandmother’s parlor as she told stories of years gone by. In this story, grandpa takes his grandchildren to the attic where they relive his days as a song and dance man on the vaudeville stage. This is a good resource for teaching writing about a special memory or a snapshot in time.














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