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Share a Story: Grandparents Storytime


In case you missed our Grandparents storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own storytime at home. For more information on Grandparents' Day, check

From Storytime

In the red canoe by Leslie Davidson

A multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tribute to the fragile, wild places that still exist. A celebration of the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.


Clap Your Hands for Grandma (Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie); from Literary Hoots

     Let's clap our hands for Grandma, for Grandma, for Grandma,

     Let's clap our hands for grandma, let's clap them this way.

     Clap this way and that way, clap this way and that way,

     Let's clap our hands for Grandma, let's clap them this way.

     (repeat, clapping for Grandpa, Nana, Papa, Grandparents, or whoever you like!)

Let's dance, grandma! by Nigel McMullen

Dance-loving fox Lucy anticipates a fun-filled visit with grandma in spite of her mother's warning that grandmas do not dance, a declaration that leads to enjoying other games and Lucy's growing wish that grandma and she might still dance together.


Five Dancing Shoes

     Five dancing shoes, moving to the beat

     They jump, spin and swirl, and then one takes a seat.

     (Count down until no more dancing shoes are left)

We bounced our parachute to Grandma's Feather Bed, a great tune for dancing!

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

Superhero [sound recording] by Laurie Berkner
Also available in: e-music

Try sitting down with the song Face to Face.


My Grandparents Love (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus); from Joco Library

     My grandparents bounce me up and down. Up and down, up and down.

     My grandparents bounce me up and down, because they love me so.

     My grandparents swing me side to side. Side to side, side to side.

     My grandparents swing me side to side, because they love me so.

     My grandparents love to read to me. Read to me, read to me.

     My grandparents love to read to me, because they love me so.

     My grandparents give me great big hugs. Great big hugs, great big hugs.

     My grandparents give me great big hugs because they love me so.


Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea

A young bear cub, who is alone in the world, and Old Bear, who is grumpy and tired of living alone, meet and discover what they have been missing.

Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Also available in: video | e-video

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Rain by Sam Usher

Forced to stay indoors during a rainstorm, young Sam drinks hot chocolate, reads and dreams of adventures while his Granddad does paperwork until the need to mail an important letter triggers an adventure into the wet outdoors.

Nana in the city by Lauren Castillo

A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.

Curious and energetic Mei Mei attempts some tai chi forms as her grandfather demonstrates them, then tries to teach him basic yoga poses. Includes introductions to t'ai chi and yoga, as well as instructions for the exercises described in the text.

In plain sight : a game by Richard Jackson

An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find.

After his teacher says that anything can be in an art exhibition, and his fellow students give myriad reasons why something might belong in a museum, a child offers his special grandmother as an exhibit but when the curator cites a rule against accepting grandmas, the child has a better idea.

Leave me alone by Vera Brosgol

Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.

Imagine that! by Yasmeen Ismail

Mommy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is busy playing in her own imaginary world. Grandpa decides to join Lila--because using your imagination is even more fun when you play together!

15 things not to do with a grandma by Margaret McAllister

A brother and sister learn what not to do with either of their two grandmothers, including putting leftover spaghetti in her purse or sending her to the Moon in a rocket, and also what to do.

Don't call me Grandma by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

A granddaughter recounts the reasons why her grandmother is hard to love--and why she loves her anyway.

We are family by Patricia Hegarty

Rhyming text and illustrations of families explore how all families are different, but also the same.