Curl Up and Read: Connect with Your Grandchildren

 

The first week of January, 2018, was the start of something new here for grandparents.  Weekly Passing the Faith Tips are being shared via several social media channels to support grandparents in their unique role of passing the faith to their grandchildren.
Grandparents have been given a God-ordained role in the church and home that is not interchangeable with any other members. Their responsibility is to pass on a heritage of faith to future generations. #passingthefaith #grandparentingtip

 

If you have not come across the tips yet, you can click HERE to view them.

 

Tips for the first seven weeks focused on the necessary preparations for our “grand” role.
Week eight brought a change in focus to our weekly tips, moving us from preparation to connection.  For the next few weeks we will consider ways to build deeper relationships with our grandchildren. A strong relationship between grandparent and grandchild is foundational to our success in passing the faith.

This week’s tip was shared on Monday and in response one grandmother quickly asked for book suggestions that would help her in carrying out this tip.  What a wonderful question!

 

I jotted down a few titles I remember from reading to my own children and grandchildren (and a few from when I taught 5th and 6th grade).  The titles are listed below.  I “starred” a few that were personal favorites of mine or of my audience.

 

I’m asking for your help.  Please use the list as a resource for choosing books for reading to your grandchildren (or children), but don’t stop there.  If you have a great title or two to add to our list, please share it in the comments.  Let’s help each other build a fabulous resource that can be shared by all in building deeper connection through curling up to read!

 

My QUICK LIST

 Ages 0-3

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

Corduroy – Don Freeman

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin, Jr.

Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman

Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown

Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson

 

Ages 4-7

Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss

*The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

The Mitten – Jan Brett

The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne

*Animalia – Graeme Base

*Little House on the Prairie books – Laura Ingalls Wilder

*The Lonely Doll – Dare Wright

 

Ages 8-10

*The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe –  C. S. Lewis

*The Tales of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo

*Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnett

Sarah, Plain and Tall – Patricia MacLachlan

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Judy Blume

*We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States – David Catrow

Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling

*Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

*Pictures of Hollis Woods – Patricia Reilly Giff

*From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E. L. Konigsburg

 

Ages 11+

*The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

*Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Lord of the Rings books – J. R. R. Tolkien

 

Please note the list is built from my own personal experience.  Please take into consideration the maturity and personality of your grandchildren/children before reading any of these books to them.  For example, some young children don’t enjoy Where the Wild Things Are.  It’s a bit too scary for them.  Also, if you are a grandparent, be sure to check with your grandchildren’s parents before embarking on your read.  Some parents have strong preferences against certain types of books.