Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 11, 2015

Books by Theme: National Grandparents Day and Back to School

National Grandparents Day is September 13th and as I thought about my grandparents and now being a grandparent, I pondered books my family enjoys that feature at least one character who is a strong grandparent. I also noticed some of them have many themes with children in attending school so I made a list featuring a combination of school and grandparents. One of our all-time favorites is A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck and it is number one on the list. It is a delightfully funny and charming story featuring Grandma Dowdel as the main character. There are so many laughs to be had as you discover what happens when Mary Alice leaves Chicago to spend a year with her gruff grandmother. It has a very tender ending that I will not reveal. You may see some of your family favorites on our list. Some of the books were read individually while others were read aloud and others are most enjoyed via audio book. Share some of yours if you would

roll of thunder2 Walk 2 moons
Our List:
**A Long Way from Chicago, and A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck features Grandma Dowdel
***Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, and Let the Circle be Unbroken, by Mildred D. Taylor features Big Ma
***Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Munoz Ryan features Gram (a great-grandmother)
***Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech features the Moreys
*Bloomability, by Sharon Creech
* Wonder Hardcover by R. J. Palacio
*Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
*The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
*Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (Home School)
* From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
*Summerhill Secrets, Volume 1: Whispers Down the Lane/Secret in the Willows/Catch a Falling Star/Night of the Fireflies/A Cry in the Dark (Summerhill Secrets 1-5) by Beverly Lewis
*Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene
*Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
*The Giver, by Lois Lowry
*School theme, **Strong Grandparent figure or (elder person(s) who take on care of children)
***School and Strong Grandparent figure(s)

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