It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
Four years ago, we launched a theme called Grey and Golden, Young and Fleeting. For that theme, we featured several picture books featuring grandparents. I think that grandparents make the world a better place. Today’s post is yet another tribute to grandparents, featuring two picture books that have been published a few months ago.
Written by Saumiya Balasubramaniam
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Published by Groundwood Books (2019)
A young girl named Maya could not wait to see her grandmother who lives thousands of miles away from her. When her grandmother finally came to visit, it was not at all what Maya had expected. Maya’s grandmother brought her treats but Maya preferred cupcakes. Maya’s grandmother also wore a sari, which Maya found too fancy! Her grandmother surely did not need to wear that in Maya’s school! What would happen to the rest of Maya’s grandmother’s stay?
When I Found Grandma teaches a lesson about love transcending cultures and distance. It’s a great book for children who are getting to know their grandparents, especially those who live far from home.
Written by Clare Helen Welsh
Illustrated by Ashling Lindsay
Published by Tiger Tales (2019)
The Tide tells the simple story of a young girl who loves her grandfather very much. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandfather at the beach. They built sand castles, had beach picnics, and held hands and walked along the beach. Most of all, they enjoyed watching the tide come in. As the girl told her story, she also spoke about helping her grandfather remember the good memories they’ve shared.
The Tide is a beautiful picture book that helps kids deal with a loved one who has dementia. While it can be frustrating sometimes, it must be scary to forget things. This is when they would most need our love, support, and understanding.
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