As the one year anniversary of my Grandma’s passing creeps slowly closer, I’ve been drawn subconsciously to all things reminiscent of her. During the months after her passing, I found myself dialing her number on the way home from work to share a funny story or searching in a drawer for the perfect postcard to mail. Catching myself in these moments hurt deeply and I had to delete her phone number from my contacts using my laptop. It felt too intimate, too personal somehow to do this on the phone itself. While these moments have mercifully ceased, the other day, I found myself drawn to a section in the library that held all of the books my Grandma read with me as a little girl.
Flipping through the books, I realized that most of these books shared a common theme of strong independent girls and young women. In her own way, Grandma was planting the seed in my mind; affirming, cultivating and accepting those traits in me.
Reading together bridged the gap between us throughout the middle school years, giving us something common to discuss during those years which are notoriously difficult and known for moving children away from their grandparents. Reading books like the Little House on the Prairie series and Blue Willow also opened up a gateway for Grandma to share her own story and those of her parents and grandparents. These stories fueled my (very unusual for an adolescent) passion for history, Westerns, and ancestry.
I highly recommend these 7 books for Grandmothers to share and read with their Granddaughters. Most of these books have been adapted into movies, giving Grandmas one more activity to share with their Granddaughters after finishing the book.
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- Heidi by Johanna Spyri
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Blue Willow by Doris Gates
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
p.s. These are also wonderful books for Mothers to share with their Daughters!