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30 Intergenerational Stories in Honor of Grandparents Day

Stories that feature intergenerational relationships are some of our favorite types. When older and younger people nurture friendships and share their knowledge and experiences, magic just happens! We carefully selected more than 30 of our favorite books that showcase beautiful intergenerational relationships.

We created this collection of stories in honor of Grandparents Day - an official national holiday that’s celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day every year. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed this a national holiday in 1979, and included the excerpt below in his original speech.

“Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.

We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy. Because they are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.”

If you plan on celebrating Grandparents Day in your home or classroom, here are a few ideas:
  • Make cards/art for a senior center and drop off/deliver (when possible, plan a field trip - it’s truly beautiful to see the joy a visit brings to both young and old!)

  • Create a “memory” - plan a special experience for children and the grandparents/special friends in their lives (think cooking together, learning a new song, playing a game, going on a nature walk, etc.)

  • Have children conduct grandparent interviews

  • Do a collaborative art project - check out this list for ideas!

  • Read special books about grandparents to children

Below, you can read about some of our book recommendations for celebrating Grandparents Day and intergenerational relationships.

You can see the complete list of recommendations on our Bookshop page.

A Grand Day

Author: Jean Reidy | Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill | Publisher: Simon and Schuster

“A million kisses! Hugs! Hooray!

Our grand day begins this way.

Whether planting a garden, having a picnic, or baking, any day spent together is sure to be grand.

Follow all kinds of family configurations as grandparents and grandchildren celebrate togetherness: baking, exploring, gardening, and all of life’s joyful moments. This rhyming, warmhearted picture book captures the unique bond between grandparents and grandchildren in every kind of family!”

Time for Bed, Old House

Author: Janet Costa Bates | Illustrator: A.G. Ford | Publisher: Candlewick

Isaac is sleeping over at Grandpop’s for the first time and is both excited to, and nervous about being away from home. Grandpop senses this in him, so when it’s almost time for bed, he asks Isaac to help him put the house to bed - quietly turning off lights, pulling down the shades, and getting it ready for a restful night of sleep.

We love the relationship between Isaac and his Grandpop, and how universal it is to feel anxious about something new - it always helps when someone you love is there to help you through it.