11 Children’s Books Featuring Strong Grandparent & Kid Relationships

HarperKids
Aug 22 · 6 min read

11 Children’s Books Featuring Strong Grandparent & Kid Relationships

Grandparents can be an important part of kids lives and influence the way they’re raised. Here are 11 books featuring strong relationships between kids and grandparents for readers 8+!

Just Like Jackie

For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. But Grandpa’s memory has been getting bad — so bad that he sometimes can’t even remember Robbie’s name. When she’s made to join a therapy group, Robbie worries that if she tells anyone how forgetful Grandpa’s been getting lately, they’ll take her away from him. He’s the only family she has — and it’s up to her to keep them together, no matter what.

Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

Spirit Hunters

Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. With the help of her grandmother, Raine begins to piece together what’s going on inside her house, but will she be too late to save her brother?

Finding Orion

Rion Kwirk comes from a rather odd family, but no one in the family is more odd than Rion’s grandfather, Papa Kwirk. He’s the kind of guy who shows up on his motorcycle only on holidays handing out crossbows and stuffed squirrels as presents. When Rion and his family learn of Papa Kwirk’s death, Rion can’t help but feel that that’s not the end of his story. That there’s so much more to Papa Kwirk to discover. He doesn’t know how right he is…

Finding Orion by John David Anderson
Finding Orion by John David Anderson

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list. That’s important when you have a grandfather who is constantly forgetting. And it’s even more important when your grandfather can’t care for you anymore and you have to go live with a foster family out in the country. Prez is still learning to fit in at his new home when he answers the door to meet Sputnik — a kid who is more than a little strange and who has secrets of their own.

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Tangled in Time

Life used to be great for Rose, but when her mother dies in a car crash, Rose is sent away to live with a strange grandmother she hardly knows and forced to attend a new school where mean girls ridicule her at every turn. The only place Rose finds refuge is in her grandmother’s greenhouse. But one night she investigates a strange light glowing from within it and finds herself transported back five hundred years to Hatfield Palace, where she becomes servant and confidant of the banished princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII.

Max Tilt

When thirteen-year-old Max Tilt happens upon his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne’s unfinished, unpublished manuscript, The Lost Treasures, he doesn’t realize that he’s found the answers to all his problems. And Max has a lot of problems — his mother is sick, his father is out of work, and his home is about to be foreclosed on. But when Max and his cousin Alex discover that Verne’s last work reveals everything he wrote was fact, not fiction, they realize that the book holds the key to something incredibly valuable. A treasure that can save his house — and maybe his entire family.

New Kid

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

New Kid by Jerry Craft
New Kid by Jerry Craft

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen — he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Finding Esme

After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill, twelve-year-old Esme’s been inextricably drawn to that spot, although her grandmother warns her to stay away. But when she follows her little brother, Bo, and her dog, Old Jack, up the hill while chasing fireflies, she makes an incredible discovery — dinosaur bones peeking out from underneath the abandoned tractor.

Finding Esme by Suzanne Crowley
Finding Esme by Suzanne Crowley

The Doldrums

Archer B. Helmsley wants an adventure. No, he needs an adventure. His grandparents were famous explorers . . . until they got stuck on an iceberg. Now Archer’s mother barely lets him out of the house. As if that would stop a true Helmsley. Archer enlists Adelaide — the girl who, according to rumor, lost her leg to a crocodile — and Oliver — the boy next door — to help him rescue his grandparents.

Walk Two Moons

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the “Indian-ness in her blood,” travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a “potential lunatic,” and whose mother disappeared. As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

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