Some of our most cherished relationships are with the older people in our lives. Grandparents, great-aunts, and older neighbors and friends are special people and deserve special remembrances. And wouldn’t you know it, May is Older Americans Month, which commemorates and celebrates people whose life experiences and love offer us something precious and priceless. Here are seven books from the Children’s Wing of Orem Public Library to read with your family; or alone in a warm, shady spot; or with your own special older person.
Books to Read with Grandparents
A Morning with Grandpa
By Sylvia Liu
This is a fun and lively story of how Mei Mei and her grandfather spend a morning teaching each other how they like to work and stretch their bodies at the beginning of each day. Winner of the New Voices Award.
My Mindful Walk with Grandma
By Sheri Mabry
A young girl and her grandmother go for their yearly spring walk to the pond to visit the loons. Along the way Grandma teaches her grandmother how to take in the moments and places along the walk, rather than focus only on arriving at the pond.
How to Babysit a Grandma
How to Babysit a Grandpa
By Jean Reagan
These companion books with comical illustrations “teach” a child how to take care of a grandparent who comes for a visit while Mommy and Daddy are away, and needs some fun and care.
By Uma Krishnaswami
A young bunny named Daysha comforts her sorrowful grandma with small gifts of remembrance of her grandfather, who passed away a year ago. This gentle story may soothe children (and adults) who have experienced the loss of their older person.
By Barbara Cooney
This lovely story follows the long life of a woman from her childhood to her older years, as she accomplishes the goals she sets for herself, leaving a legacy of beauty along the way.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
By Mem Fox
Little Wilfrid Gordon lives next door to a home for older people, and visits them often. He learns that one of his dear older friends is losing her memory, so he gathers items to help protect her from the loss.
Written by Anne