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Honoring Grandpa's Legacy: Children's Books About Losing a Grandfather

Updated: Jan 2


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Whether you call him Pop Pop, Grandpa, Abuelo, Gramps, or Paw Paw, the impact of a loving grandfather is undeniable. These children's books celebrate the love and legacy of a grandfather and can help children process the complex feelings that comes with losing him.


“Grandpa has ears that truly listen, arms that always hold, love that’s never-ending, and a heart that’s made of gold." Unknown


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Discover a wonderful grandfather-granddaughter relationship, as a little girl hatches the perfect plan to get her Grandad adventuring again.


Gramps and Grandad were adventurers. They would surf, climb mountains, and tour the country in their amazing camper. Gramps just made everything extra special. But after Gramps died, granddad hasn't felt like traveling anymore. So, their amazing granddaughter comes up with a clever plan to fix up the old camper and get Grandad excited to explore again.


This beautiful picture book honors love and reminds us not only to remember those we have lost, but to celebrate them.


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One young girl reflects on a year with her beloved grandpa.


She remembers the fields and parks they explored in the springtime and the old toys they fixed up in the summer. She remembers the handmade gifts they exchanged in the fall and the stories Grandpa told by the fi re each winter.


But this year, the girl must say good-bye to Grandpa. In the face of her grief, she is determined to find a way to honor him. She decides to record her Grandpa stories in the notebook he made for her and carry Grandpa with her as she grows.



An honest and relatable depiction of loss, Grandpa's Stories celebrates life and the ways in which love lives on.

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A young girl and her grandmother move past a shared loss together.


Gracie loves when her grandmother comes for a visit, but this time Bubbe is sad.


Her husband, Gracie's grandfather, recently died. Gracie misses Zayde too, so when Bubbe reveals that she used to speak Yiddish with him, Gracie is eager to learn.


As Gracie picks up more words, she and Bubbe move past Zayde's loss and find moments of joy together.


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A story about coping with loss and the magical comfort of friendships, both old and new.


Alejo loved his Abuelo. They did everything together and were the best of friends. They had so much fun that one little neighbor couldn't help but notice and admire their strong bond. But one day, Abuelo wasn't there anymore. He got too sick to come home. Nothing makes Alejo feel better; doing all of things he used to do with Abuelo just makes him feel more lonely. But, maybe, just maybe, one special little neighbor can help.



This collaboration from debut author David Corredor Benavides and award-winning picture book writer Nelly Buchet tells a heartwarming story of beautiful friendships, of grieving and coping with the loss of a loved one and supporting one another through gentle acts of kindness. Alejo's story was inspired by Corredor Benavides' unforgettable adventures with his own grandfather, as well as Buchet's admiration of such a magical relationship. (March 7. 2023)


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In this gentle, award-winning picture book, an African American boy nicknamed Bird uses drawing as a creative outlet as he struggles to make sense of his grandfather's death and his brother's drug addiction.


Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With drawings, he can erase the things that don't turn out right. In real life, problems aren't so easily fixed.


As Bird struggles to understand the death of his beloved grandfather and his older brother's drug addiction, he escapes into his art. Drawing is an outlet for Bird's emotions and imagination and provides a path to making sense of his world. In time, with the help of his grandfather's friend, Bird finds his own special somethin' and wings to fly.

Told with spare grace, Bird is a touching look at a young boy coping with real-life troubles. Readers will be heartened by Bird's quiet resilience and moved by the healing power of putting pencil to paper.


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