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More than 6 million children in the United States are being raised by grandparents or other relatives. Many questions about mommies and daddies can arise from children, and sometimes other children may ask them too. This book explains through warm illustrations and text that not everybody has a mommy or daddy tucking them in to bed and that it's okay because not all families are alike. Demonstrating unconditional love and support, this book is an excellent tool to teach children about other kinds of families, as well as confirm to children being raised by family members that they are loved too. 32 pages, hardcover from Abbeville Press. Recommended for ages 2-5.
Written from a child’s point of view, this touching picture book centers around a nontraditional family of grandparents raising their grandchild.
Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas shares a child’s experience living with and being cared for by grandparents through the eyes of a cheerful and delightful little girl. Uplifting watercolor illustrations give extra warmth to this caring and loving story, to which a growing number of children can identifyover 4.5 million children in the United States are primarily cared for by a grandparent.
Poignant moments expressing the child’s curiosity and questions give way to comforting and playful exchanges at home with Nonnie and Poppy. Spending the day with this grandparentled family, we see that it’s not always Mommies or Daddies that care for children, and that’s okay!
Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas is the winner of the 2012 Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging in the primary reader category from the The K-12 Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). It provides a great resource for children who seek reassurance about their particular experience. This unique book will appeal to any grandparent raising or providing longterm care for a grandchild, as well as any teacher who wants to educate children about nontraditional families. Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas sensitively addresses a topic that has been nearly absent in the children’s book market, until now.
Gayle Byrne can usually be found reading with little ones at Killingworth Library, where she has been the Children’s Librarian for ten years, or playing in the backyard with her granddaughter and their dog, Buddy. An award-winning educator, she previously taught English and Child Development. Byrne is an active member of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and lives happily with her granddaughter, Jasmine, and Jazzy’s Poppy in Connecticut.
Mary Haverfield has been illustrating children’s books for more than twenty years. Haverfield studied art at the University of Houston, Texas, and The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She has illustrated more than ten picture books for children, including Harriett the Homeless Raccoon. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Pat.
"This is a wonderful story, with the right tone and message. It leaves one with a sense of calm, warmth and security, which is something many grandchildren desire." Deborah M. Whitley, Director, National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
"A warm and comforting children's book about grandfamilies." Grandparents(dot)com, American Grandparents Association
"With beautiful illustrations and simple, yet warm and sincere, text
this book is a welcome addition to children's literature addressing diversity in family structure
" ACEI Journal (Association for Childhood Education International)
"This lovely story and attractive illustrations is a great way to introduce the concept of a different family to young readers. It's the perfect addition to any public or school library collection." Liz Duffy, Baker + Taylor CATS Sales Coordinator
"Strikes a warm, happy note
"A great way to introduce children to other family structures." New Haven Register
"Haverfield's watercolors give a softness to the illustrations, perfectly reflecting the tone of the story itself." The Hartford Courant
"A delightful children's book
warm and comforting." Together (a Generations United magazine)
"[This] book will likely fill a gap in many collections." School Library Journal
"Byrne's book will be a favorite of children in grandparent custody and can be a valuable learning tool for other children as well
Books celebrating this particular type of happy family are in short supply." About(dot)com