Books With Grandparents As Important Characters #grandparentsday

September 13, 2020

Books With Grandparents As Important Characters #grandparentsday

Books With Grandparents As Important Characters (Image: a young boy and a grandfather walk through the woods with backs to camera)

Do you have or did you have a special relationship with a grandparent?

I love family-centered stories and especially ones that include grandparents!

Several countries around the world celebrate Grandparents Day on a variety of dates….this Wikipedia post lists some of the countries and dates.

Happy Grandparents Day text with blue hearts

forget-me-not flowers

Forget-me-not flowers are associated with National Grandparents Day.

Today, September 13 is National Grandparents Day in the United States. To celebrate, I’ve collected several books which feature grandparents (or grandparent-like figures) as main characters.  Do you have a title to add to this list?

Call or write a note to your grandparent today!

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (cover)

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

(Adult) In his memoir, J.D. Vance shares how his (imperfect but loving) grandparents saved his life by providing some stability when his life was in chaos. My review of Hillbilly Elegy.

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai (cover) Image: white text over a mountaineous background

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

(Adult) A poignant story of a Vietnamese grandmother and granddaughter. My review of The Mountains Sing.

My Grandmother Aked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a girl stands on the road with her very large black dog

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

(Adult) A young girl experiences some adventures after the passing of her beloved grandmother. (no written review)

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a grandfather and young grandson sit on a bench with backs to the camera overlooking a body of water

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

(Adult) Poignant conversations between a grandfather, son, and grandson as the grandfather slips into dementia. My brief review of And Every Morning… included in this post.

The Switch by Beth o'Leary (Image: two of a young woman walking a dog in the country and another of an older woman standing outside a building)

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

(Adult) A seventy-nine-year-old grandmother and twenty-something granddaughter switch homes and live each other’s lives for two months. (light women’s fiction). My review of The Switch here.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech (cover) Image: a young girl and young boy stand at the kitchen sink

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

(MG)  Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again for twelve-year-old Rosie with her interesting stories and family recipes. (no written review)

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (cover) ....girl on bike

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

(MG) Merci’s grandfather is her biggest supporter but is facing some health challenges. My Goodreads review of Merci Suarez Changes Gears.

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (cover) Image: a drawing on a boy looking dejected (hands in pockets)

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

(YA) In his memoir, Jarret Krosoczka explains how his grandparents became his parents which changed his life. (contains profanity) My review of Hey Kiddo.

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (cover) Image: a young girl's face in profile

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

(MG) Louisiana has an interesting relationship with the woman she calls “grandmother.” My brief review of Louisiana’s Way Home here (scroll down the page).

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (cover) Image: flowers and a humming bird

Saving CeeCee Honeycut by Beth Hoffman

(Adult) A great aunt and her friends save CeeCee Honeycutt from her tragic childhood. Although the relative is a great aunt, she is very much like a grandmother (thank you for indulging me as I include it in this list). No written review.


Do you have a title I can add to this list? 

Have you read any of these titles?

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  1. Great post. I can’t think of another book than Hillbilly Elegy at the moment but I’m sure I’ve read some that would fit into your list.

    I don’t really know anyone personally who was brought up by their grandparents but I think it is something most grandparents would do if their kids were not able to look after their children.

    • One of my friends ended up adopting her grandchild. And my adult daughter and my 6 yo grandson live with us, so I feel like we’re a big influence in his life! Being a grandparent is the best! 🙌

      • I have a high school friend who adopted her granddaughters after her son and DIL lost their parental rights due to drug addiction. They were amazing with those girls! And it’s something I saw a good deal of when I volunteered as a Child Advocate in Houston. I have a lot of admiration for grandparents who take on that responsibility.

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