Best Children’s Books to Share with Grandchildren

By March 15, 2013Aging in Place

One of the most time-honored traditions between grandparents and grandchildren is reading. Whether it be a special bed time story or book that is read when children are feeling sick or scared, books play a large role in the quality time grandparents spend with young loved ones. While many thousands of books have been published over the years, there are a classic few that have stood the test of time. Many of the titles below may sound familiar, but some may be unknown to your collection. Each is worth picking up and reading!


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


This is an extremely popular children’s book dealing with the wild imagination of young children. A boy is sent to his room for being too rambunctious and decides to entertain himself in a world of imagination. The book’s pictures are extremely colorful and the boy is known as the king of scary creatures, making a little bit of scary a good thing.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


For children who are as old as seven years of age, this is a wonderful book. It has simple words and a story that is easy to follow. The book is all about a caterpillar’s transition into a beautiful butterfly, is only 14 pages long and is a great bed time story. In addition, the artwork contained in the book is bright and colorful, putting you in the mind of acrylic paints. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a book that is often passed down between family members from generation to generation.


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss


This book is no doubt one of the most well known children’s books of all time. Dr. Seuss is known for his quirky and zany rhyming verses, making him one of the best-loved authors around the world. The pages of this book are illustrated in artwork that is different, to say the least, but that is also one of the many things children love about Dr. Seuss books. Like many other children’s books, Green Eggs and Ham comes with a life lesson: If you have never tried something, how do you know that you don’t like it?

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd


This is the perfect bedtime children’s book, as it does not have a story that is too exciting or will get children worked up when they should be going to sleep. It is a short story and does not take over 10 to 15 minutes to read. Each page is full of pictures that look like a bedroom that is darkened and ready to be slept in, while the story is about one child’s nightly routine of saying goodnight to everything he sees.


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