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Let's hear it for the grandparents

Grandpa Was an Astronaut

Take a look at some of our favourite books about the grandparents in our life.

They're perfect for your child to share with their own granny or grandad, but otherwise with you – giving you the chance to chat about why grandparents are just so wise and wonderful. 

More seriously, a couple of these books also touch very well on some sad and delicate themes about the older relatives we love, and have loved, so much. 

  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Anna Hibiscus is at the beach with her family. She wants someone to go in the sea and splash in the waves with her but they are al…

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  • Rumbelow's Dance

    Author: John Yeoman Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Rumbelow's Dance

    Author: John Yeoman Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Rumbelow is dancing on his way to his grandparents' house - and soon, everyone else is joining in to dance too.

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  • Time for Bed, Miyuki

    Author: Roxane Marie Galliez and Seng Soun Ratanavanh

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Time for Bed, Miyuki

    Author: Roxane Marie Galliez and Seng Soun Ratanavanh

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 6+

    It's time for Miyuki to go to bed, but there are so many things she wants to do with her grandfather before then! One of the most …

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  • Grandpa Was an Astronaut

    Author: Jonathan Meres Illustrator: Hannah Coulson

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Grandpa Was an Astronaut

    Author: Jonathan Meres Illustrator: Hannah Coulson

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    Sherman is fascinated by the moon - all the more so because he knows someone who has actually been there, his Grandpa!

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  • Last Stop on Market Street

    Author: Matt de la Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Last Stop on Market Street

    Author: Matt de la Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    A New York Times Bestseller, this wonderful picture book about the riches that money can’t buy is a timely and timeless remi…

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  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This uplifting tale, which explores the nature of happiness and celebrates the touching relationship between grandparent and child…

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  • Ladder to the Moon

    Author: Maya Soetoro-Ng Illustrator: Yuri Morales

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Ladder to the Moon

    Author: Maya Soetoro-Ng Illustrator: Yuri Morales

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    In this picture book by US President Barack Obama's half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng explores the themes of humanity, love, acceptance…

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  • White Owl Barn Owl

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • White Owl Barn Owl

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    Davies cocoons the factual information within an inter-generational first-person narrative of a girl and her grandfather building …

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  • If All the World Were

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

    Interest level: 0-5

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  • If All the World Were

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

    Interest level: 0-5

    Reading age:

    This beautiful story tells the love that one little girl has for her ageing grandad. One day he isn’t there anymore, but the …

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  • The Building Boy

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • The Building Boy

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 4+

    The boy loves his grandmother dearly. Best of all, he loves the stories about her life as a prize-winning architect. One day, she …

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  • Granpa

    Author: John Burningham

    Interest level: 3-8

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Granpa

    Author: John Burningham

    Interest level: 3-8

    Reading age: 4+

    A sensitive and moving exploration of the relationship between a young girl and her grandfather.

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  • Izzy Gizmo

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • Izzy Gizmo

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5-7

    Izzy Gizmo is a girl that loves inventing things: the Swirly Spagsonic, the Tea-Mendous and the Beardtastic, for instance. Bu…

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  • Grandma

    Author: Jessica Shepherd

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Grandma

    Author: Jessica Shepherd

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

    This is a sensitive and touching picture book that helps young children understand dementia.

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  • Grandad Mandela

    Author: Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrator: Sean Qualls

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Grandad Mandela

    Author: Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrator: Sean Qualls

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    This insightful and uplifting picture book recounts the life of Nelson Mandela through the eyes of his great-grandchildren, Zazi a…

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  • How to Babysit a Grandad

    Author: Jean Reagan Illustrator: Lee Wildish

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • How to Babysit a Grandad

    Author: Jean Reagan Illustrator: Lee Wildish

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    A boy gives his account of looking after grandad when the parents go out - as, of course, grandad couldn't possibly be babysitting…

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