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The Bagel King. Andrew Larsen, $18.99 (ages 3-7)

Every Sunday morning, no matter the weather, Eli could count on Zaida to bring bagels from Merv's Bakery. Eli loved the time they spent together enjoying their favorite treats. Eli thought bagels were the best thing about Sunday. But one Sunday, Zaida didn't come. He had fallen at Merv's and hurt his tuches, and the doctor said Zaida had to rest at home for two whole weeks!

Award-winning author Andrew Larsen's picture book story offers a gently humorous take on the special bond between a boy and his grandfather and the simple ritual that looms so large in their lives. It also highlights a terrific character education lesson about how a young child can take responsibility and, with a little initiative, help a family member in need.


Emma’s Question. Catherine Urdahl, $8.95 (ages 4-7)

Emma’s grandmother is very sick and needs to stay in the hospital. When Emma comes to visit, she wants to ask her grandmother a very important question — but she’s afraid of what the answer might be.

This simple picture book helps young children address their concerns when a grandparent becomes ill. As well it gives adult readers some insight into the emotions and fears illness can raise in children this age.


15 Things NOT to Do with a Grandma. Margaret McAllister, illustrated by Holly Sterling, $21.99

DON'T hide an elephant in Grandma's bed. DON'T send Grandma up to the moon in a rocket, or wear her pants on your head, or give her squashed jelly beans on toast for breakfast. But do... dance with Grandma, listen to Grandma's stories, hug her and love her lots. She loves you!

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Get Well Soon, Grandpa! An Swerts & Jenny Bakker, $21.50 (ages 5 & up)

Faye loves staying over at Grandpa Bert’s house — they always have so much fun. But after Grandpa has a stroke, he has to stay in the hospital a very long time. Faye visits Grandpa every day, determined to do everything she can to help him get better soon.


Grandfather and I. Helen Buckley, $8.50

Everybody is in such a hurry these days — mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers. About the only people who aren't in a hurry are grandfathers. With them there is always time to stop...and look...just as long as you like.


Grandma. Jessica Shepherd, $19.99

A sensitive picture book about a boy named Oscar, his beloved Grandma, and how things change as Grandma starts to behave differently.

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Grandma. Debbie Bailey, $6.95 (toddlers)

Grandpa. Debbie Bailey, $6.95 (toddlers)

The simple text and engaging photographs in these boardbooks explore a young childís world, using photographs of a variety of children interacting with their grandparents.


The Grandma Book. Todd Parr, $8.50

The Grandpa Book. Todd Parr, $9.50

Celebrate all kinds of grandparents and what makes each of them so special!


Grandma Calls Me Beautiful. Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee, $18.95

Set in Hawaii, Grandma Calls Me Beautiful is beautifully illustrated in watercolors that help tell the story of unconditional love.

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Grandma Comes to Stay. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $10.99

In this book set in Ghana, Stephanie is getting everything ready because Grandma is coming to stay. Grandma shows Stephanie how to wear traditional dress, reads her favourite book, and takes her to see real-life dancers at a festival. In return, Stephanie shows Grandma how to kick a ball, ride a bike and play the drum.


Grandma Forgets. Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston, $23.99

Grandma Forgets is the heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandmaís dementia. Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms.

But now, Grandma canít remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dadís keys. Sometimes Dad is sad because he has to hold onto the memories for both him and his mother now, but fortunately his daughter is only too happy to help him make new memories to share.


Grandma and the Pirates. Phoebe Gilman, $8.99 (ages 5-8)

Because her noodle pudding is so delicious, a band of pirates kidnaps Grandma and her parrot, Oliver. When her granddaughter Melissa tries to save them, she gets captured too. Life aboard the pirate ship isn't so bad ó Grandma makes lots of noodle puddings and Melissa helps to sail the ship. But the pirates are mean and nasty. At last Melissa comes up with a plan: they'll stop trying to get away from the pirates, and let the pirates get away from them. Join Grandma, Melissa and Oliver for a rollicking adventure as they take to the high seas with three hungry, savage pirates.


Grandpa Has Changed. Pam Pollak, Meg Belviso & Marta Fàbrega, $8.50 (ages 4-8)

When a loved one has Alzheimer’s, we have to learn to deal with our feelings and the changing situation.

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Grandpa's Face. Eloise Greenfield, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

Tamika loves the look of her grandfather's face, but when she sees him making a mean, unloving face while practicing for a play, she wonders if someday he will make that face at her.


Grandpa's Girls. Nicola Campbell & Kim LaFave, $16.95

A young girl delights in a visit to her grandpa’s farm. She and her cousins run through the fields, explore the root cellar where the salmon and jars of fruit are stored, swing on a rope out the barn loft window, visit the Appaloosa in the corral and tease the neighbor’s pig. The visit is also an opportunity for this child to ask Grandpa what her grandmother, Yayah, was like, and explore the “secret room,” with its old wooden trunk of ribbons, medals and photos of Grandpa in uniform. There is a wonderful blend of fun and family history in this visit to a grandparent, but also the realization that there can be some things about the people we know and love that will always remain a mystery.


Grandpa’s Little One. Billy Crystal, illustrated by Guy Porfirio, $8.75

Billy Crystal captures the heartfelt emotions of a grandfather for his grandchild as they celebrate milestones of baby’s first year.


I Already Know I Love You. Billy Crystal, $9.99

Based on the author's own experience, I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU describes the cavalcade of feelings that comes with being a grandfather for the very first time. Beginning with anticipating the new baby's arrival, this book celebrates all the moments, great and small, that a new grandpa is ready to share. Whether it's taking a nap together or rooting for the Yankees, this grandpa just can't wait. Lush and dreamy pastels complement the heartfelt text, and together they celebrate all the joy a brand-new baby brings to the world.

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I Call My Grandma Nana. Ashley Wolff, $19.99

I Call My Grandpa Papa. Ashley Wolff, $19.99

Abuelo. Abuelito. Awoway. Dadu. Opa. Lolo. Nonna. MeMaw. What do you call YOUR grandparents?


I Loved You Before You Were Born: a Love Letter from Grandma. Anne Bowen, illustrated by Greg Shed, $9.99

A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her grandchild. She dreams of the baby's soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes, and imagines the infant smiling, rolling over, and crawling for the first time.

Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special message: Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you.


I Really Want to See You, Grandma. Taro Gomi, $22.99

Yumi and her grandmother have the same great idea: They want to see each other. So they each head out to do just that, only to completely miss each other along the way! No problem ó they'll just head back home and wait for the other to return. The trouble is that they have the same great idea — again — resulting in the ultimate missed connection! Will this duo ever find each other? An action-packed story that sweetly, and humorously, celebrates the powerful grandparent-child bond.


The Imaginary Garden. Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, $16.95

When Poppa moves from his big old house to an apartment, his granddaughter Theo is misses their days of gardening together. So Theo comes up with an idea and she and Poppa bring their new garden to life with paint and imagination.

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In the Red Canoe. Leslie Davidson & Laura Bifano, $19.95

Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads ó a multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book. A tribute to those fragile, wild places that still exist, In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.


The Little Word Catcher. Danielle Simard, illustrated by Genevieve Cote, $14.95 (ages 5-8; about a grandparent with Alzheimer's)

Elise wonders why her grandmother's words keep escaping her. Do they fly off to play tricks on her? Elise's grandmother used to know many marvelous words, but now she seems to be losing them all the time. Can Elise help her by catching them, like butterflies in a net? This award-winning picture book offers a gentle exploration of the effects of Alzheimers on the relationships in a family, and the special bond it creates between a grandmother and her granddaughter. By the end, Elise comes to believe that her grandmother has used up all her words and has passed them on to her, as a gift.


Max and the Tag-along Moon. Floyd Cooper, $9.99

Max loves his grandpa. When they must say good-bye after a visit, Grandpa promises Max that the moon at Grandpaís house is the same moon that will follow him all the way home. On that swervy-curvy car ride back to his house, Max watches as the moon tags along. But when the sky darkens and the moon disappears behind clouds, he worries that it didnít follow him home after all. Where did the moon go ó and what about Grandpaís promise?


My Grampy Can't Walk. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan & Kristin Blackwood, $10.95 (about multiple sclerosis)

Grampy can't walk anymore because he has multiple sclerosis. But that doesn't slow him down — or his grandchildren. Together they go places, do things and learn about life as only grandparents and grandchildren can.

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My Two Grannies. Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain, $8.95

Alvina has two grannies she loves with all her heart. So when her parents go on vacation, Alvina can’t wait for her two grannies to take care of her. But the two grandmothers like difference food, music and stories — and they are competing for Alvina’s affection! Can clever Alvina think of a way to help her two grannies to get along?


Nana’s Getting Married. Heather Hartt-Sussman & Georgia Graham, $19.99

Sharing Nana is NO FUN AT ALL!!


Our Grandparents: a Global Album.  Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade & Cynthia Pon, $9.95 (ages 4 and up)

Vibrant photographs capture the joy and affection shared by grandparents and grandchildren around the world.

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Questions to Bring You Closer to Grandma & Grandpa: 100 + Conversation Starters for Grandchildren and Their Grandparents. Stuart Gustafson & Robyn Freedman Spizman, $10.99

Questions to Bring You Closer to Grandma & Grandpa promises to open up your relationship and strengthen the bond between you. This wonderful little book will help you gain a deeper understanding of your family and its history. With plenty of space to write in, it will be a keepsake for years to come.


Something from Nothing. Phoebe Gilman, $7.99 (ages 5-8)

Throw it out! Cries Joseph's mother. So Joseph runs to his grandfather with his favourite blanket. Grandpa can fix anything. From the tattered blanket, Grandpa makes a handsome jacket. With a few passes of his needle, a vest becomes a Sabbath tie. And snip! Snip! A ragged handkerchief turns into a brand-new button. But when the button is lost, what's to be done? Even Grandpa can't make something from nothing! Phoebe Gilman's loving portrait of shekel life will endear Joseph and his family to readers young and old.


Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas Not Mommies and Daddies. Gayle Byrne, illustrated by Mary Haverfield, $22.99

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas is a delightful and uplifting story of a young girl being raised by her grandparents.

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Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure. Naomi Rose, $26.95

TASHI AND THE TIBETAN FLOWER CURE shines a tender light on the special bond between a grandchild and grandparent.


What Grandmas Can't Do. Douglas Wood, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

There are lots of things regular people can do, but grandmas can't. Grandmas can't bake your favorite cookies by themselves. And sometimes they can't laugh without tears coming out of their eyes. Grandmas can't let you go to bed without reading you a story — or six. But of all the many things grandmas can't do, there's one thing that they can't do best of all; they can't possibly love you more than they already do!


Your Moon, My Moon. Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated Bryan Collier, $19.99

A grandmother's words to a faraway child.

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Complete Booklist

The Bagel King. Andrew Larsen, $18.99 (ages 3-7)

Emma's Question. Catherine Urdahl, $8.95 (ages 4-7)

15 Things NOT to Do with a Grandma. Margaret McAllister, illustrated by Holly Sterling, $21.99

Get Well Soon, Grandpa! An Swerts & Jenny Bakker, $21.50 (ages 5 & up)

Grandfather and I. Helen Buckley, $8.50

Grandma. Debbie Bailey, $6.95

Grandma. Jessica Shepherd, $19.99

The Grandma Book. Todd Parr, $8.50

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful. Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee, $18.95

Grandma Comes to Stay. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $10.99

Grandma Forgets. Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston, $23.99

Grandma and the Pirates. Phoebe Gilman, $8.99

Grandpa. Debbie Bailey, $6.95

The Grandpa Book. Todd Parr, $9.50

Grandpa Has Changed. Pam Pollak, Meg Belviso & Marta Fŗbrega, $8.50 (ages 4-8)

Grandpa's Face. Eloise Greenfield, $7.99

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Grandpa's Girls. Nicola Campbell & Kim LaFave, $16.95

Grandpa's Little One. Billy Crystal, illustrated by Guy Porfirio, $8.75

I Already Know I Love You. Billy Crystal, $9.99 (boardbook)

I Call My Grandma Nana. Ashley Wolff, $19.99

I Call My Grandpa Papa. Ashley Wolff, $19.99

I Loved You Before You Were Born: a Love Letter from Grandma. Anne Bowen, illustrated by Greg Shed, $9.99

I Really Want to See You, Grandma. Taro Gomi, $22.99

The Imaginary Garden. Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, $16.95

In the Red Canoe. Leslie Davidson & Laura Bifano, $19.95

The Little Word Catcher. Danielle Simard, illustrated by Genevieve Cote, $14.95 (about a grandparent with Alzheimer's)

Max and the Tag-along Moon. Floyd Cooper, $9.99

My Grampy Can't Walk. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan & Kristin Blackwood, $10.95 (about multiple sclerosis)

My Two Grannies. Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain, $8.95

Nana's Getting Married. Heather Hartt-Sussman & Georgia Graham, $19.99

Our Grandparents: a Global Album.  Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade & Cynthia Pon, $9.95 (ages 4 and up)

Questions to Bring You Closer to Grandma & Grandpa: 100 + Conversation Starters for Grandchildren and Their Grandparents. Stuart Gustafson & Robyn Freedman Spizman, $10.99

Something from Nothing. Phoebe Gilman, $7.99 (ages 5-8)

Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas Not Mommies and Daddies. Gayle Byrne, illustrated by Mary Haverfield, $22.99

Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure. Naomi Rose, $26.95

What Grandmas Can't Do. Douglas Wood, $21.99

Your Moon, My Moon. Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated Bryan Collier, $19.99

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