Thursday, September 1, 2022

Candlewick's special "grandparent & family" picture books are perfect to celebrate "Grandparent's Day" September 11 [Giveaway]

Something About Grandma, Author & Illustrator: Tania de Regil (Ages 4 to 8 - Also available in Spanish)

About the book:
On a first solo visit to her grandmother’s home outside Mexico City, a young girl discovers what makes Grandma so special in this enchanting and personal picture book.

At Grandma’s house, where Julia is staying without her parents for the first time, the breeze is sweet like jasmine. Mornings begin with sugared bread, and the most magnificent hot chocolate cures all homesickness. There’s something about this place . . . and about Grandma. Like how she can tell when Julia has been quietly picking limes from the garden. Or that she can see the future—and knows when Julia is about to fall off her bike. Or how she can journey back in time through the stories she tells. With Tania de Regil’s heartfelt illustrations, incorporating poems by her great-grandfather that were handwritten by her grandmother, Something About Grandma offers a tender and playful exploration of the magic of intergenerational love and wisdom.

I’ll Go and Come Back by Rajani LaRocca & illustrated by Sara Palacios - Ages 3 to 7

About the book: 
A tender, beautifully illustrated story about a girl in America and her grandmother in India, whose love stretches between languages and cultures—and across the world.

When Jyoti visits her grandmother halfway around the world, she is overwhelmed by the differences between India and home. At first she feels lonely and out of place, but soon, despite a language barrier, she and Sita Pati are able to understand each other. They form a bond—looking at books together, making designs with colored sand, shopping at the market, playing games, eating chapatis, and sipping warm milk with saffron to bring sweet dreams. When it’s time to part, Jyoti doesn’t want to leave, but then she remembers that in Tamil, people don’t say goodbye, they say “I’ll go and come back.” Sure enough, the two reunite the next summer when Pati visits Jyoti in America, and it’s Jyoti’s turn to make her grandmother feel welcome. Can they create some special memories that will last until the next time they see each other?

Granny and Bean by Karen Hesse & illustrated by Charlote Voake - Ages 4 to 8

About the book: 
From a stellar creative team, the lyrical story of a grandmother and grandchild as they share an intimate adventure by the windy sea—and make a stop for teatime.

Gray skies, foamy waves, and brisk wind await Granny and Bean when they head out for their day by the sea. But they are full of only wonder and delight at all the shore has to offer. They listen for the shrieks of the seabirds as they discover treasures hidden in the sand, greet dogs as they pass, leap over logs, and settle out of the wind for a cozy treat before tramping homeward again. Rendered in simple, lilting text by Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse and expressive, windswept art from acclaimed illustrator Charlotte Voake, Granny and Bean have an adventure to cherish until their next magical day at the shore.

Poppy’s House by Karla Courtney & illustrated by Madeline Kloepper - Ages 4 to 8

About the book: 
A warm story of the bond between young and old that evokes the wild, windswept banks of Newfoundland—and the joys of a traditional way of life.

In a picture book as cozy as wool socks and as sweeping as a lighthouse beam, a little girl takes a ferry to an island to spend time with her Poppy. After fresh-baked bread for breakfast, the two tidy up, garden, and set out to explore together. They pass docks and green hills specked with puffins, counting their favorite things along the way: masts, animal tracks, silvery waves. At the end of each day, they snuggle on Poppy’s worn velvet armchair to read by lantern light. When it’s time to travel home, the little girl begins counting the days until she and Poppy will be together again. A patchwork of exquisitely patterned and textured art evokes a traditional quilt in this ode to coastal Canada and to the days spent with an attentive, caring older person.
2 Winners, Each 3 Books 
Begins September 1
Ends September 23 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
No P.O. Boxes
Canadian winners must provide phone number
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate review/post. Opinions expressed are mine alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. When the children were young, it was fun to go to the beach to look for shells, dig in the sand, walk along the shore, and to feed the seagulls stale bread.

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  2. I took my friend grocery shopping

  3. I think that "wordless books" for children are great and that they foster imagination and creativity.

  4. 1 Please share a "day at the beach" occasion you and/or your family have experienced that brings fond memories back to you. -- Last time I was at the beach has to be 18+ yrs. Spend a week at Barbados with mother sister and niece and great niece. It was a great trip but the real memory I have about the trip is that I got SHINGLES there.

    2 What do you think of "wordless books" for children?


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