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Becoming Grandma: the Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting. Lesley Stahl, $22.00

After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or researching stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to “investigate” it — as though it were a news flash. And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explored how grandmothering changes a woman’s life, interviewing friends like Whoopi Goldberg, colleagues like Diane Sawyer (and grandfathers, including Tom Brokaw), as well as the proverbial woman next door.

Along with these personal accounts, Stahl speaks with scientists and doctors about physiological changes that occur in women when they have grandchildren; anthropologists about why there are grandmothers, in evolutionary terms; and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers.

Throughout Becoming Grandma, Stahl shares stories about her own life with granddaughters Jordan and Chloe, about how her relationship with her daughter, Taylor, has changed, and about how being a grandfather has affected her husband, Aaron. In an era when baby boomers are becoming grandparents in droves and when young parents need all the help they can get raising their children, Stahl’s book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship.


Being a Proactive Grandfather: How to Make A Difference. Richard Eyre, $20.99

New York Times #1 bestselling author, Richard Eyre encourages grandfathers to ask themselves a very important question: what kind of grandfather will you be? Will you be a "disengaged grandfather," who downsizes to an adults-only condo in Sun City by a golf course and rarely sees his grandkids? Will you be a "limited grandfather," a "supportive grandfather," or — best of all — will you be a "proactive grandfather"?

Only when we choose to be proactive does grandfathering become effective, consequential, and truly fun. At this level, you deliberately ponder the needs you can uniquely fulfill, and you set goals and plans to enhance your grandchildren's lives (in concert and in teamwork with the goals and stewardship of their parents). This approach will stretch and test you, but it will also reward you with levels of fulfillment, well-being, love, and peace otherwise unobtainable.


A Boomer's Guide to Grandparenting. Kathryn & Allan Zullo, $18.95

“We are your typical boomer nana and papa," say authors Kathryn and Allan Zullo, "younger, healthier, wealthier, and better educated than our grandparents. We are more active and less formal than our own parents were at our age. We no longer fit the traditional image of our elderly kin." That description signals the need for a new kind of grandparenting. "Most boomer grandparents work hard and lead vigorous, often stressful, lives where time is a precious commodity," say the Zullos. This book helps grandparents relieve the stress of grandparenting and make the most of limited time; it provides tips for a smooth transition into grandparenting and sets the stage for successful relationships and experiences for the entire family

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Camp Granny. Sharon Lovejoy, $21.95

Make leaf rubbings, blow jumbo bubbles, bake Moon Pizzas, create a firefly lantern. More than an activity book, Camp Granny is an interactivity book, filled with 130 projects that connect grandparents and grandchildren through nature — in the kitchen, the garden, and the art room.

Illustrated with evocative photographs and the author’s watercolors, Camp Granny is a book about being adventurous, about being curious, about noticing and really seeing things — about instilling a lifelong sense of wonder. 


The Don't Sweat Guide for Grandparents: Making the Most of Your Time with Your Grandchildren. Foreward by Richard Carlson, $13.99

100 easy-to-do strategies show grandparents how to enjoy their time with their children and grandchildren to the fullest, without giving up time for themselves. Including how to set boundaries, how not to stress out about finances with reduced income, and to avoiding boredom and "retirement blues".  This book is an invaluable help for grandparents who are finding life in their golden years less easy and peaceful than they imagined.


Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother. Barbara Graham, Editor, $18.99

A fierce, funny and enlightened look at the complicated truth about being a grandmother.

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The First Three Years of a Grandmother’s Life. Carol Mathews, $15.95

A collection of short columns written by a first-time grandmother, this is a sweet reflection on the birth of a powerful new relationship.


Good to Be Grand: Making the Most of Your Grandchild's First Year. Cheryl Harbour, $19.50

Journalist and new grandmother Cheryl Harbour gets right to the point of what modern grandparents really need to know from the time they begin anticipating the birth to the end of the first year. Harbour takes the best and most relevant information from the latest research, expert interviews, and thick parenting books and tailors it specifically for grandparents, recognizing the unique bond they share with their children’s children. Each chapter provides interesting facts and observations about what has remained the same and what has changed about childcare over the years, what you can do to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of your grandchild and, most important, what you can do to make the most of the experience.


GrandLoving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren. Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson & Elizabeth Bower, $20.95

Grandloving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren includes anecdotes and hints from hundreds of grandparents, parents, and grandchildren from all over the world. Whether you’re a seasoned grandparent, newbie nana, or child caregiver, this vast collection of fun, low-cost activities, resources and helpful information provides support for family members of all ages.

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Grandma Rules: Notes on Grandmotherhood, the World's Best Job. Jill Milligan with Michael Milligan, $14.95

Younger and hipper than ever before, twenty-first century grandmas are savvy enough to realize that after all the work they put into their own kids, they can now kick back and just have fun grandmothering — a job with far less hassle and responsibility than mothering. If fifty is the new forty, then grandmas are better looking, more successful, more active, and more interesting than ever before. Why shouldn't they get the most out of every facet of their lives — including grandmotherhood?

Written in a lighthearted and irreverent tone, and brightened by sharp and colorful illustrations, Grandma Rules is the perfect gift for the grandmother you know — for Mother's Day, for her birthday, upon the birth of her new grandchild, or just for her to read and enjoy while she's at the gym.


The Grandmother Book: a Book about You and Your Grandchild. Andy & Susan Hilford, $20.99

This is the “other” baby book — the one you fill in and give to your grandchildren. It’s all about you and your life and the lessons you want to hand down to a new generation.


Grandmothering: the Secrets to Making a Difference While Having the Time of Your Life. Linda Eyre, $26.99

Grandmothers make the best cookies and give the best hugs, but there's so much more to being the kind of grandmother who leaves a legacy that stands the test of time. New York Times #1 bestselling author and grandmother Linda Eyre shares her secret formula for teaching your grandchildren values, building meaningful connections with them, and giving them grit and resilience in an ever-changing world. Broken into short, digestible chapters for quick reading, this guidebook is filled with time-tested advice and stories from a panel of grandmothers, plus an appendix of easy, delicious recipes to feed a crowd at your next family reunion.


The Grandparent Solution: How Parents Can Build a Family Team for Practical, Emotional and Financial Success. Arthur Kornhaber, $18.99

The Grandparent Solution is designed to give parents the tools to build a family "team - the best possible family arrangement that offers your children loving support from grandparents and gives busy parents the practical and emotional support they need to do the best job possible raising children. A wise, practical guide to giving children the love, support and care they deserve.

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Grandparenting the Blended Family: How to Succeed with Your Step or Adopted Grandchildren. Dene Low, $20.95

Ever wonder what other grandparents do to succeed with their grandchildren? GRANDPARENTING THE BLENDED FAMILY explores over 30 different grandparents and how they interact with their grandchildren — natural, step, and adopted.


Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs. Charlotte Thompson, $24.95

When a new baby is born into a family, grandparents are excited about having a baby to enjoy and love. If the child is born with a disability, it can be difficult to know how to react and how best to help the child and the family as a whole. This book provides guidance on how to grandparent a child with special needs and give every grandchild the love and care they deserve and parents the added support they need.


Grandparents as Parents: a Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family. Sylvie de Toledo & Deborah Edler Brown, $24.95

If you're among the millions of grandparents raising grandchildren today, you need information, support, and practical guidance you can count on to keep your family strong. This is the book for you. Learn effective strategies to help you cope with the stresses of parenting the second time around, care for vulnerable grandkids and set boundaries with their often-troubled parents, and navigate the maze of government aid, court proceedings, and special education. Wise, honest, moving stories show how numerous other grandparents are surviving and thriving in their new roles. Updated throughout, and reflecting current laws and policies affecting families, the second edition features new discussions of kids' technology use and other timely issues.

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The Granny Diaries: an Insider’s Guide for New Grandmothers. Adair Lara, $13.95

Columnist Adair Lara reports from the frontlines — sharing lessons she learned the hard way.


Help! I'm a Granny. Flic Everett, $18.95

After your children move out of the family home, you can finally look forward to enjoying life after parenthood. Or can you? When your offspring unexpectedly start to have children of their own, you may have to face up to the 'G' word at the same time as being catapulted back into a new cycle of nappies, baby alarms and toddler tantrums. With easy-to-navigate sections and practical lists with step-by-step instructions, Help! I’m a Granny is the ideal reference for grans who have had to relearn all those tricky parenting skills and acquire new ones for the Internet age. Learn everything from texting your first baby pictures to coping with competitive mums at the nursery gates and from how to Skype a bedtime story to what to do when you never learned to knit.


If I Knew It Was Going to Be This Much Fun I Would Have Become a Grandparent First. Willard Scott and Friends, $18.95

Now in paperback, the book that celebrates grandparenting as one of life's greatest joys, from New York Times bestselling author Willard Scott and his friends.

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Intentional Grandparenting: a Boomer's Guide. Peggy Edwards & Mary Jane Sterne, $24.99

Grandparenting is one of the greatest joys in life. Most "grandboomers" are young, active, and anxious to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren. However, grandparenting in the twenty-first century is often complicated by long distances, family breakups, and remarriage. Based on solid evidence from the experts combined with inspirational — and sometimes funny — real-life stories from grandparents, parents, and grandchildren, Intentional Grandparenting provides readers with ten child-centred principles to guide their decision-making as modern grandparents. At the heart this approach is the notion of intentional grandparenting, a process for planning ahead and taking deliberate action to be the kind of grandparent you want to be. The authors identify the challenges and offer practical, parent-friendly advice to help boomers become happy and effective grandparents. Written in an accessible and engaging style, Intentional Grandparenting is at once entertaining and informative.


Kids and Grandparents: an Activity Book. Ann Love & Jane Drake, Illustrated by Heather Collins, $14.95

Whether they live on the same block or on opposite sides of the world, kids and grandparents can make memories and bridge the generation gap with this fun-filled activity book in the Family Fun series created just for them! Children will enjoy learning the games their grandparents played (remember cat's cradle?), and grandparents will get a kick out of the gifts they receive from their grandkids. Together they can research the family tree, make a birdfeeder, plant a garden or create their own memory book. Regardless of which activity they choose, they will treasure the time they spend together. Perfect for spending time with kids ages 6-10.


The Modern Grandparent's Handbook. Georgia Witkin, $16.00

Grandparents today are healthier, more active, and more youthful and young at heart than their predecessors. THE MODERN GRANDPARENT'S HANDBOOK is the ultimate guide to the new rules of Grandparenting:

  • How to connect with their grandchild — online and off; near or far
  • How to contribute to their grandchild's emotional development
  • The hidden stresses of being a grandparent and how to deal with them
  • The three things they should never say to their son- or daughter-in-law

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Raising Grandkids: Inside Skipped-Generation Families. Gary Garrison, $19.95

Raising Grandkids focuses on “skipped generation” families or grandparent-headed households. Collecting together stories from other grandparents and reflecting on his own experience as a caregiver to his step-grandchildren, Gary Garrison paints a compassionate yet compelling picture of the joys, fears, and passions that drive some grandparents to put their later lives on hold to raise their children’s children.

Grandparents in this situation have particular challenges, as they often have to battle their own children for custody, deal with pressures from caseworkers, negotiate their own health and financial issues, and address the guilt and resentment they may feel towards the missing son or daughter who conceived the children now in their care. As well, many fear their grandchildren will be taken away, which keeps them silent and isolated. This fear can be particularly profound for Indigenous and Metis grandparents, who bear intergenerational wounds of racism and genocide, as they struggle to create a better future for themselves and their grandchildren. No matter their background, grandparents looking for comfort, guidance, and wisdom will find meaning in this brave and clear-eyed book.


Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: a Strengths-Based Perspective. Bert Hayslip Jr. & Gregory Smith, Editors, $75.50

The study of grandparents raising grandchildren has tended to have a negative bias, emphasizing the difficulties such people face and the negative impact that grandparent caregiving has on them physically, socially, and emotionally. This book seeks to reverse this trend by taking a positive approach to understanding grandparent caregivers, focusing on their resilience and resourcefulness. This method reflects a strengths-based approach and the importance of benefit-finding and positive coping. Chapters feature information from both qualitative and quantitative studies and are written by a diverse range of professionals, such as counselors, psychologists, geriatric social workers, and nurse practitioners, to provide multidisciplinary perspectives for practitioners working with grandparent caregivers.

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So Now You’re a Grandparent. Kim Oates, $19.99

After having your own children, becoming a grandparent is one of life's most exciting challenges. Pediatrician and child advocate Dr Kim Oates explains how to negotiate the transition from parent to doting grandmother or grandfather. So Now You’re a Grandparent offers helpful suggestions on creating a loving relationship with your grandchildren, as well as advice on more serious issues such as separation and divorce, and the death of a family member. The book also looks at the importance of a healthy lifestyle, so that you can keep up with your grandchildren for a long time to come.


So, You're Raising Your Grandkids! Tested Tips, Research, & Real-Life Stories to Make Your Life Easier. Harriet Hodgson, $18.95

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 10% of all American grandparents are raising their grandkids, and the number is increasing. You may be one of these grandparents, and it's a role you never expected.

Help has arrived — this engaging book includes topics such as: methods for improving grandparent-grandchild communication, ideas for how you can connect with your grandchild's school, the latest child development information, and more. Hodgson draws on her 21 years of caregiving experience, including seven years of raising her twin grandkids. It's a book that will have you cheering for all the loving grandparents — including you — who are putting grandchildren first.


Stay Close: 40 Clever Ways to Connect with Kids When You’re Apart. Tenessa Gemelke, $13.95

How do you keep up with your son’s interests when you’re a hundred miles away? What can you do to express your love to a granddaughter you rarely see? How can you make sure a young person grows up happy and healthy even when you’re not physically there? When you’re away from a young person you love, concerns like these can make the distance seem insurmountable. Stay Close: 40 Clever Ways to Connect with Kids When You’re Apart offers adults fun and creative solutions for nurturing long-distance relationships with kids. This new resource uses activities, real-life anecdotes, and helpful tips to show adults how easy it is to bridge the physical (and generational) gap. Whether you’re 200 or 2000 miles apart, Stay Close will keep your young person just a heartbeat away.

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Today’s Grandmother: Your Guide to the First Two Years. Angela Bowen, $26.99

A lot has changed since you had your baby! This book will give you practical information and sensible tips to navigate this wonderful, transforming — yet sometimes challenging — relationship with your new grandfamily.


Unconditional Love: a Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today. Jane Isay, $34.99

For many grandparents, a grandchild offers a second chance to become the parent they didn’t have the time or the energy to be when raising their own children. Being a grandparent, family relationships expert Jane Isay argues, is the opportunity to turn missed opportunities into delight.

Drawing on her personal experience, dozens of interviews, and the latest findings in psychology, Isay shows how a grandparent can use his or her unique perspective and experience to create a deep and lasting bond that will echo throughout a grandchild’s life. She explores the realities of today’s multigenerational families, identifying problems and offering solutions to enhance love, trust, and understanding between grandparents, parents, and grandchildren. She also offers a wealth of practical advice, from when to get involved, when to stay away, and how to foster a strong relationship when you’re separated by long distance.

A great gift for grandparents-to-be and a wonderful resource for all, Unconditional Love is a beautiful and psychologically astute look at what it means to be an engaged grandparent.


Wondrous Child: the Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting. Edited by Lindy Hough, $23.95

29 tender and inspiring essays from grandmothers, grandfathers and grandchildren.

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Complete Booklist

Becoming Grandma: the Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting. Lesley Stahl, $22.00

Being a Proactive Grandfather: How to Make A Difference. Richard Eyre, $20.99

A Boomer's Guide to Grandparenting. Kathryn & Allan Zullo, $18.95

Camp Granny. Sharon Lovejoy, $21.95

The Don't Sweat Guide for Grandparents: Making the Most of Your Time with Your Grandchildren. Foreward by Richard Carlson, $13.99

Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother. Barbara Graham, Editor, $18.99

The First Three Years of a Grandmother's Life. Carol Mathews, $15.95

Good to Be Grand: Making the Most of Your Grandchild's First Year. Cheryl Harbour, $19.50

GrandLoving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren. Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson & Elizabeth Bower, $20.95

Grandma Rules: Notes on Grandmotherhood, the World's Best Job. Jill Milligan with Michael Milligan, $14.95

The Grandmother Book: a Book about You and Your Grandchild. Andy & Susan Hilford, $20.99

Grandmothering: the Secrets to Making a Difference While Having the Time of Your Life. Linda Eyre, $26.99

The Grandparent Solution: How Parents Can Build a Family Team for Practical, Emotional and Financial Success. Arthur Kornhaber, $18.99

Grandparenting the Blended Family: How to Succeed with Your Step or Adopted Grandchildren. Dene Low, $20.95

Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs. Charlotte Thompson, $24.95

Grandparents as Parents: a Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family. Sylvie de Toledo & Deborah Edler Brown, $24.95

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The Granny Diaries: an Insider's Guide for New Grandmothers. Adair Lara, $13.95

Help! I'm a Granny. Flic Everett, $18.95

If I Knew It Was Going to Be This Much Fun I Would Have Become a Grandparent First. Willard Scott and Friends, $18.95

Intentional Grandparenting: a Boomer's Guide. Peggy Edwards & Mary Jane Sterne, $24.99

Kids and Grandparents: an Activity Book. Ann Love & Jane Drake, Illustrated by Heather Collins, $14.95

The Modern Grandparent's Handbook. Georgia Witkin, $16.00

Raising Grandkids: Inside Skipped-Generation Families. Gary Garrison, $19.95

Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: a Strengths-Based Perspective. Bert Hayslip Jr. & Gregory Smith, Editors, $75.50

So Now You're a Grandparent. Kim Oates, $19.99

So, You're Raising Your Grandkids! Tested Tips, Research, & Real-Life Stories to Make Your Life Easier. Harriet Hodgson, $18.95

Stay Close: 40 Clever Ways to Connect with Kids When You're Apart. Tenessa Gemelke, $13.95

Today’s Grandmother: Your Guide to the First Two Years. Angela Bowen, $26.99

Unconditional Love: a Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today. Jane Isay, $34.99

Wondrous Child: the Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting. Edited by Lindy Hough, $23.95

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