Ajmera, Maya and John D. Ivanko. Come Out and Play. Charlesbridge, 2001. Colorful, vibrant photos show children in more than 35 countries and what they do for play.
Aliki. Christmas Tree Memories. HarperTrophy, 1994. Sharing a bedtime snack on Christmas Eve, a family reminisces about their tree ornaments, each laden with family history.
Aliki. Feelings. Greenwillow, 1986. Children often have difficulty articulating emotion. This lighthearted book helps explore the territory of feelings.
Anglund, Joan Walsh. A Christmas Sampler. Harcourt Brace, 2001. A timeless sampler of carols, legends, original poems, and even a gingerbread recipe.
Anholt, Laurence and Dan Williams illus. The Magpie Song. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Carla, who lives with her family in the city, shares a close relationship -- and a secret -- with her grandad in the country through the letters they write each other.
Arnold, Marsha Diane and Julie Downing illus. The Chicken Salad Club. Dial, 1998. Nathaniel looks forward to sharing chicken salad sandwiches with his 100-year-old "Greatpaw" and listening to his stories.
Ashman, Linda and Lauren Stringer illus. Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs. Harcourt Brace, 2001. "There's no place like home" is warmly and comfortingly explored through rhyming verse about the many varied and unique dwellings different creatures live in.
Atkins, Jeannine and Tad Hills illus. A Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance. Atheneum, 1999. Family and friends gather at Lauren's house to make a quilt panel to remember Uncle Ron (he has died of AIDS, though this is only directly mentioned in the final note about the AIDS memorial quilt).
Atwell, Debby. Pearl. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Beginning with the time her grandfather was scooped out of a crowd to ride alongside George Washington in his Inauguration Day parade, 98-year-old Pearl tells the fascinating story of her life, which intersects with many significant historical events and people.
Bang, Molly Garrett. When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry.... Scholastic, 1999. When Sophie has to share a toy with her sister, she gets very, very angry. The story follows her as she works through her rage and gets back into a good mood.
Bateson-Hill, Margaret and Christine Fowler et al (illus). Shota and the Star Quilt. Zero to Ten Childrens Books, 2001. Through a bilingual text in both English and Lakota, the story follows a Lakota Sioux girl living in a contemporary American city who makes a star quilt and saves her apartment building from being torn down.
Below, Halina. Chestnut Dreams. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000. Anya and her grandmother watch the many changes in a Horse Chestnut tree in the park from season to season.
Best, Cari and Giselle Potter illus. Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! DK Publishing, 1999. Sara's Russian grandmother has requested that there be no presents at her birthday party, so Sara must think of a gift from her heart.
Blos, Joan W. and Stephen Gammell illus. Old Henry. Mulberry, 1990. The neighbors are upset with old Henry's odd ways and his beat-up old house (he prefers to read and paint), but when he moves away neither he nor his neighbors are happy.
Bodkin, Odds and Terry Widener illus. The Christmas Cobwebs. Harcourt Brace, 2001. A poor shoemaker and his family awaken on Christmas morning to find a magical surprise.
Bogart, Jo Ellen and Barbara Reid illus. Gifts. North Winds Press, 1994. With delightful verse, a grandma brings her granddaughter souvenirs from her travels throughout the world.
Bond, Ruskin and Allan Eitzen illus. Cherry Tree. Boyds Mills Press, 1996. Rakhi lives in the Himalayan foothills of India. Her grandfather suggests that she plant a cherry tree and, as she tends it, it grows into a lovely tree just as she grows into a lovely young woman.
Bosak, Susan V. and Laurie McGaw illus. Something to Remember Me By: An Illustrated Story for Young and Old. The Communication Project, 1997. In this moving story, a grandmother gives her young granddaughter special keepsakes; as the years pass and both grow older, it becomes clear that one gift -- the legacy of love -- is the most precious gift of all. This book inspired the Legacy Project. Visit www.legacyproject.org.
Bourgeois, Paulette and Stephane Jorisch illus. Oma's Quilt. Kids Can Press, 2001. Emily makes a special quilt for her grandmother.
Breckler, Rosemary and Deborah Kogan Ray illus. Sweet Dried Apples: A Vietnamese Wartime Childhood. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. A young Vietnamese girl narrates a bittersweet tale of a village childhood during the final stages of the Vietnam conflict when she gets close to and then loses her grandfather.
Brown, Alan and Andrew Langley illus. What I Believe: A Young Person's Guide to the Religions of the World. Millbrook, 1999. Introduces Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Shinto, and Taoism through the eyes of young members of those faiths.
Bruchac, Joseph and James Watling illus. The Arrow Over the Door. Dial, 1998. Based on a true historical incident, the lives of two 14-year-old boys, one a Quaker and one an Abenaki Indian, intersect at the time of the Revolution to show that sometimes it takes more courage to build peace than wage war.
Brumbeau, Jeff and Gail de Marcken illus. The Quiltmaker's Gift. Scholastic, 2001. In a tale that celebrates the spirit of giving, a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a beautiful quilt for a greedy king -- but only if he gives away all his other possessions. Lush, colorful illustrations with quilt patterns and a dustjacket puzzle.
Buckley, Helen E. and Jan Ormerod illus. Grandfather and I and Grandmother and I. Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1994. Two warm, reassuring companion books, told from the perspective of a child.
Bunting, Eve and David Diaz illus. Going Home. Harper Trophy, 1998. When Carlos and his family return to his parents' village in Mexico for Christmas, he realizes the sacrifices his parents have made to make a new home in America so their children may have better lives.
Bunting, Eve and Karen Barbour illus. I Have an Olive Tree. HarperCollins, 1999. Sophia comes to understand the significance of the olive tree in Greek culture after her grandpa gives her one for her seventh birthday.
Bunting, Eve and Ted Rand illus. Night Tree. Voyager, 1994. As they share their own Christmas Eve tradition, a boy and his family decorate a tree in the woods as a present for the animals.
Bunting, Eve and Chris K. Soentpiet illus. So Far from the Sea. Clarion, 1998. Laura, a 7-year-old Japanese-American girl, tells how she and her family visit the WW II Japanese-American internment camp where her father was interned as a child in 1942 and where her grandfather died.
Bunting, Eve and Diane de Groat illus. Sunshine Home. Clarion, 1994. As Timmie and his parents make their first visit to Gram in the nursing home, the complex feelings of all three generations are poignantly revealed.
Bunting, Eve and Donald Carrick illus. The Wednesday Surprise. Houghton Mifflin, 1990. A loving story about a granddaughter's successful efforts to teach her grandmother to read.
Buscaglia, Leo. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982. A gentle, comforting story about the cycle of life through the eyes of a leaf.
Butterworth, Nick. My Grandma is Wonderful and My Grandpa is Amazing. Candlewick, 1992. A pair of books that celebrate how lively, interesting, and simply great grandparents can be.
Carlson, Nancy L. A Visit to Grandma's. Penguin, 1993. When Tina and her parents fly to Grandma's condo in Florida for Thanksgiving, they're looking forward to a traditional celebration. But instead, they find Grandma with a new sports car and store-bought pies because she's too busy with aerobics class to find time to bake.
Caseley, Judith. Dear Annie. Mulberry, 1994. Grandpa has been Annie's pen pal since the day she was born, and the written word has helped forge a special relationship between them.
Castle, Caroline. For Every Child. Penguin Putnam/Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2001. Based on the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an evocative text about the rights children throughout the world should have.
Cha, Dia and Chue and Nhia Thao Cha illus. Dia's Story Cloth. Lee & Low, 1998. Based on a traditional Hmong story cloth, this book follows the author's family history from their wartime displacement from Laos to their immigration to the US.
Chapman, Gillian and Peter Stevenson illus. Counting to Christmas. Little Simon, 2001. A delightful boxed set of twenty-four board books with ribbons to hang them on a Christmas tree.
Chocolate, Debbi. A Very Special Kwanzaa. Little Apple, 1996. Remembering how the kids made fun of him last year, Charlie is reluctant to participate in this year's Kwanzaa Festival at school.
Chocolate, Deborah M. Newton and Cal Massey illus. My First Kwanzaa Book. Cartwheel, 1992. During the last week of December, Grandma brings special things to eat, Grandpa lights the candles, and everyone in the family celebrates their heritage.
Christian, Frank P., Wendy Gelsanliter and Marjorie Priceman illus. Dancin' in the Kitchen. Putnam, 1998. While making dinner at Grandma's, all three generations of a family share dancing and fun.
Clifton, Lucille and Dale Payson illus. The Lucky Stone. Yearling, 1986. Tee's great-grandmother tells the little girl "good luck" stories of three generations in an African-American family, from slavery to freedom.
Cline-Ransome, Lesa and James Ransome illus. Quilt Alphabet. Holiday House, 2001. Eye-catching pictures accompanied by a short rhyme about each letter.
Combs, Ann. How Old is Old? Price Stern Sloan, 1988. Alistair isn't sure how old "old" really is until his grandfather shows him, in charming rhyme, that everything is relative.
Cooke, Trish and Sharon Wilson illus. The Grandad Tree. Candlewick, 2000. A tribute to the continuity of life, Leigh records what her older brother Vin tells her about the apple tree she played under with Grandad when he was alive.
Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius. Viking, 1985. A beautiful, inspiring book about an older woman who, as a young girl, vows to see faraway places, live beside the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. She does all of these things, with the last one being most important of all.
Cooper, Floyd. Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman. Puffin, 2000. From his boyhood days in the South African countryside, to the protests he led in school, his leadership of the African National Congress, and his 27 years in prison, Mandela always stood firm for what he believed was fair and right, and achieved great change through peaceful means.
cummings, e.e. and Chris Raschka illus. Little Tree. Hyperion, 2001. Inspired by a poem by e.e. cummings, this little story is about a little tree that a little family takes home and gives a big, special place as a Christmas tree.
Degross, Monalisa and Floyd Cooper illus. Granddaddy's Street Songs. Hyperion, 1999. Roddy loves to bring out the old family photo album and listen to his African-American grandfather tell stories about his long-ago days as an "arabber," a fruit and vegetable vendor.
Delton, Judy, Dorothy Tucker and Charles Robinson illus. My Grandma's in a Nursing Home. Albert Whitman, 1986. Jason hates his first visit to the nursing home, but as he visits more often he finds that he makes his grandmother and the other residents happy.
Demi. The Greatest Treasure. Scholastic, 1998. A traditional Chinese tale about a poor farmer who discovers that life's greatest treasure lies in his own heart.
dePaola, Tomie. Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs. Puffin, 2000. A classic tale of a boy's love of and then loss of his great-grandmother and grandmother.
dePaola, Tomie. Now One Foot, Now the Other. Putnam, 1988. When his grandfather has a stroke, Bobby helps him relearn many of the things that he taught Bobby as a toddler.
dePaola, Tomie. Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup. Prentice Hall, 1985. Joey is embarrassed by his Italian grandmother until his friend Eugene helps him see her with new eyes. Includes a recipe for bread.
Devlin, Wende and Harry. Cranberry Christmas. Aladdin, 1991. Part of a series, this book finds Mr. Whiskers facing a gloomy Christmas until Maggie and her grandmother help him out with both his sister Sarah and his grumpy neighbor old Cyrus Grape.
Dillon, Leo and Diane. To Every Thing There Is a Season. Scholastic, 1998. The timeless passages from Ecclesiastes have been a source of inspiration, hope, and comfort for millions of people around the world for generations. This book, beautifully illustrated in a variety of artistic styles from different cultures, is one young and old can share.
Dorros, Arthur and Elisa Kleven illus. Abuela. Puffin, 1997. Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, take a magical journey as they fly over the streets of Manhattan. The story is narrated in English sprinkled with Spanish phrases.
Dorros, Arthur and Elisa Kleven illus. Isla. Puffin, 1999. In this second book, Rosalba and her abuela go on an imaginary journey to the Carribbean island where her grandmother grew up. Includes a glossary and pronunciation guide for the Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text.
Dunbar, James and Martin Remphry illus. When I Was Young. Carolrhoda, 1999. A clever story that follows Josh's family back through the generations and 300 years.
Durell, Ann and Marilyn Sachs (eds). The Big Book for Peace. Dutton, 1990. Thoughtful and inspiring stories, poems, and artwork from 34 well-known authors and illustrators of children's books that look at peace, conflict, war, and resolution from a variety of perspectives.
Dwyer, Mindy. Quilt of Dreams. Alaska Northwest Books, 2000. As a way to feel close to and carry on the traditions of her recently deceased Gram, Katy learns the art of quilting when she discovers a stack of her grandmother's quilt patches with a note that reads "Kate's quilt."
English, Karen and Anna Rich illus. Just Right Stew. Boyds Mills Press, 1998. For her birthday, Big Mama's daughters want to surprise her by making her favorite dish -- oxtail stew. But they can't get the stew to taste right -- until Big Mama and her granddaughter Victoria add the secret ingredient.
Erlbach, Arlene. Christmas: Celebrating Life, Giving, and Kindness. Enslow, 2001. A look at the history of the holiday and how it is celebrated today.
Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt. Mulberry Books, 1992. When Sam Johnson inadvertently discovers how much fun sewing can be, he tries to join the Rosedale Women's Quilting Club.
Fishman, Cathy Goldberg and Melanie W. Hall illus. On Hanukkah. Aladdin, 2001. Through the voice of a young girl, this book introduces the history, beliefs, and rituals behind this eight-day Jewish celebration.
Flournoy, Valerie and Jerry Pinkney illus. The Patchwork Quilt. Dial, 1985. Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.
Flournoy, Valerie and Jerry Pinkney illus. Tanya's Reunion. Dial, 1995. In this sequel, Tanya visits the farm where her grandmother grew up to help prepare for a family reunion. Nothing lives up to her expectations, until she comes to see the place through her Grandma's eyes.
Fox, Mem and Patricia Mullins illus. Shoes from Grandpa. Orchard Books, 1992. In a cumulative rhyme, family members describe the clothes they intend to give Jessie to go with her shoes from Grandpa.
Fox, Mem and Leslie Staub illus. Whoever You Are. Voyager, 2001. Children around the world may be different, but they are also the same, and it is important to rejoice in both.
Fox, Mem and Julie Vivas illus. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Viking Kestrel, 1984. A young boy learns what memory is and helps an old woman remember times from her life.
Franklin, Kristine L. and Terea Shaffer illus. The Old, Old Man and the Very Little Boy. Atheneum, 1992. In an African village, an ancient storyteller passes on wonderful tales to a little boy who, one day, will carry on the storytelling tradition.
Garza, Carmen Lomas. Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia. Childrens Book Press, 1993. An award-winning bilingual memoir of one family's life -- all ages and generations -- in Texas near the Mexican border.
Garza, Carmen Lomas. In My Family/En mi familia. Childrens Book Press, 2000. A sequel to Family Pictures, many Mexican-American traditions, beliefs, and customs are reflected in portraits created in words and pictures of one family's life.
Ghazi, Suhaib Hamid and Omar Rayyan illus. Ramadan. Holiday House, 1996. Young Hakeem and his family observe Islam's holiest month through fasting, feasting, sharing, and prayer.
Gilman, Phoebe. Something from Nothing. Scholastic, 1992. Adapted from a Jewish folktale, this charming story begins as Joseph's mother wants to throw away his tattered, beloved blanket. But Grandpa will fix it!
Glaser, Linda and Nancy Cote illus. The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes. Albert Whitman, 1997. Rachel goes to her elderly neighbor Mrs. Greenberg to borrow potatoes to make Hanukkah latkes -- and cleverly convinces the "stubborn-as-an-ox" woman to join in the holiday celebration.
Goss, Linda, Clay Goss and Ashley Bryan et al illus. It's Kwanzaa Time! Putnam, 1995. The seven guiding principles are brought to life through artwork from a variety of award-winning illustrators accompanied by songs, recipes, stories, and games.
Graef, Renée. Rodgers & Hammerstein's My Favorite Things. HarperCollins, 2001. The popular song is given new meaning through illustrations of a loving family and their life through the course of a year. Score is included at the end.
Gray, Libba Moore and Jada Rowland illus. Miss Tizzy. Aladdin, 1998. All the neighborhood children love energetic, African-American Miss Tizzy and know just how to return her kindness when she becomes ill.
Griffith, Helen V. and James Stevenson illus. Grandaddy and Janetta Together: The Three Stories in One Book. Greenwillow, 2001. Three great picture books about a strong and loving connection between a "country" grandfather and his "city" granddaughter -- Grandaddy's Place (1987), Grandaddy and Janetta (1993) and Grandaddy's Stars (1995) -- are collected into one chapter book with the illustrations converted to black and white.
Guback, Georgia. Luka's Quilt. Greenwillow, 1994. Luka is disappointed when, instead of the multicolor quilt she expects, her grandmother "Tutu" makes her a traditional two-color Hawaiian quilt. The conflict is cleverly resolved as each generation comes to better appreciate the other.
Hawkes, Kevin. A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 2001. Best-loved Christmas tales, poems, carols come to life through glowing paintings.
Hawxhurst, Joan C. and Jane K. Bynum illus. Bubbe & Gram. Dovetail Publishing, 1996. A child learns about Christianity and Judaism from her two very different grandmothers.
Heal, Gillian. Grandpa Bear's Fantastic Scarf. Beyond Words Publishing, 1997. Each day, Grandpa Bear's weaving grows longer and more colorful, reflecting pieces of his life.
Hegg, Tom and Warren Hanson illus. A Cup of Christmas Tea. Waldman, 1982. A story for young and old about a man's special Christmas visit with his elderly Great Aunt.
Henkes, Kevin and Marisabina Russo illus. Good-bye, Curtis. Greenwillow, 1995. Curtis is retiring from 42 years of delivering mail; on his last day we see the changes he's witnessed and the contributions he's made to the community.
Hest, Amy and Amy Schwartz illus. Nana's Birthday Party. William Morrow, 1993. Every year Nana throws herself a birthday party with very specific rules: "No jeans. No gum... No fighting and no whining... No presents, except the kind you make yourself." Maggie and her cousin Brette sleep over at their grandmother's and, while sharing some vivid birthday traditions, get a little competitive about making their gift.
Hest, Amy and Amy Schwartz illus. The Purple Coat. Four Winds Press, 1986. Mama wants her to get a practical navy blue coat, but Gabby's Grandpa understands why Gabby wants a purple coat.
Hest, Amy and Amy Schwartz illus. Gabby Growing Up. Simon & Schuster, 1998. A sequel to The Purple Coat, Gabby and her Grandpa plan to celebrate his birthday by going ice-skating, but Gabby is worried about whether he'll like her homemade gift and her new, "grown-up" haircut.
Hickcox, Ruth and David Soman illus. Great-Grandmother's Treasure. Dial, 1998. Great-Grandmother puts all her treasured life experiences into her apron and carries them with her.
Hines, Anna Grossnickle. Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts. Greenwillow, 2001. A book the whole family can share, it combines the intricacies of quilting with the wonders of the changing seasons.
Hobbie, Holly. Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas. Little, Brown, 2001. Who can resist this popular duo in this Christmas story that has Santa giving Toot a lift home.
Hoffman, Mary and Caroline Binch illus. Amazing Grace. Dial, 1991. Nana helps her African-American granddaughter Grace understand that she can be anything, "if you put your mind to it."
Honigsberg, Peter Jan. Armful of Memories. RDR Books, 2001. Newberry Mole wants to sell his grandparent's heirlooms to get rich quickly.
Howard, Ellen and Ronald Himler illus. The Log Cabin Quilt. Holiday House, 1997. In a book that brings the past to life, Elvirey and her family move to a log cabin in the Michigan woods and Granny's quilt pieces play an unusual role in making the cabin a real home.
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane and Lawrence Migdale illus. Celebrating Ramadan. Holiday House, 2001. Text and photographs combine to introduce Ibraheem and his family, along with information about Islam and the special month of Ramadan.
Hurwitz, Hilda Abramson, Hope Wasburn and Mara H. Wasburn (ed). Dear Hope... Love Grandma. Alef, 1995. In this collection of authentic letters, Hope's grandmother reveals the richness of her life in the early 1900s, her participation in the Jewish community, and her life wisdom.
Igus, Toyomi and Daryl Wells illus. Two Mrs. Gibsons. Childrens Book Press, 2001. A young girl pays tribute to the two most important women in her life -- her Japanese mother and her African-American grandmother.
Ishii, Takayuki. One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue. Laureleaf, 2001. The moving, true story of Sadako Sasaki, who was two when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and died of leukemia at age 12 as a result of the bomb. Includes information on the Children's Peace Statue, how to fold a paper crane, and the song. Visit www.sadako.org.
Jenkins, Emily and Tomek Bogacki illus. Five Creatures. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001. Three people and two cats form a cozy quintet in this story that has a girl doing some clever comparisons between the family members.
Johnson, Angela and David Soman illus. When I Am Old With You. Orchard, 1993. An affectionate tale of an African-American child who looks forward to getting old and doing the same things with his grandfather that he does now.
Johnston, Tony and Harvey Stevenson illus. Little Rabbit Goes to Sleep. HarperCollins, 1994. Grandpa helps little bunny understand the night in this delightful story for helping little ones sleep.
Joosse, Barbara and Giselle Potter illus. Ghost Wings. Chronicle, 2001. With the message that when you love someone "they never really leave," this moving tale weaves together the special relationship between a girl and her grandmother and the annual migration of the monarch butterflies to a place in Mexico called the Magic Circle.
Joosse, Barbara and Betsy Lewin illus. Houseful of Christmas. Henry Holt, 2001. Even during a blizzard, there's no place better than Granny's house for Christmas.
Joseph, Lynn and Catherine Stock illus. An Island Christmas. Clarion, 1996. Speaking in a lyrical patois, Rosie describes how she helps her mother and Tantie prepare for a traditional Christmas on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Kalman, Bobbie and Barbara Bedell illus. Victorian Christmas. Crabtree, 1996. A lively and fascinating historical look at how the traditions of decorating the evergreen tree, gift-giving, Christmas caroling, and even jolly old St. Nick were started during the Victorian era.
Keens-Douglas, Richardo and Frances Clancy illus. Grandpa's Visit. Annick Press, 1996. When Grandpa comes to visit from the Caribbean, Jeremy is too busy for much besides TV and video games, until Grandpa gives the whole family a simple gift.
Kesselman, Wendy and Barbara Cooney illus. Emma. Picture Yearling, 1993. On Emma's 72nd birthday her four children, seven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren give her a painting that prompts her to begin to paint and opens a whole new life for her.
Kindersley, Barnabas and Anabel. Children Just Like Me. DK Publishing, 1995. Published for UNICEF's 50th anniversary, share the lives, hopes, and dreams of children from around the world.
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther. I Have a Dream. Scholastic, 1997. A beautifully illustrated edition of Dr. King's famous, inspiring speech of peace and justice. It reminds young and old that the dream must be kept alive.
Knight, Margy Burns and Anne Sibley O'Brien illus. Talking Walls. Tilbury House, 1992. An illustrated description of walls around the world and their significance, from the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall. An excellent Teacher's Guide is also available.
Koralek, Jenny and James Mayhew illus. The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams. Candlewick, 1996. A lyrical tale about a special quilt made by grandma that helps a boy overcome his fears.
Kurtz, Shirley and Cheryl Benner illus. The Boy and the Quilt. Good Books, 1991. Using a rhyming structure, this book follows a boy who shows an interest in quilting and joins in with other members of his family.
Lankford, Mary D. and Karen Dugan illus. Christmas Around the World. Morrow, 1995. A look at everything from weather to customs, decorations, foods, and traditional celebrations in twelve countries.
Laury, Jean Ray with Ritva Laury and Lizabeth Laury. No Dragons on My Quilt. American Quilters Society, 2000. A great idea for grandmother quilters, this book combines a story with information on making your grandchild a quilt that will last.
Leighton, Audrey O. and Rhonda Kyrias illus. A Window of Time. Nadja, 1995. Using the metaphor of a time machine, young Shawn comes to accept Grandpa's Alzheimer's.
Levinson, Riki and Diane Goode illus. Watch the Stars Come Out. Puffin, 1985. A little red-haired girl curls up by her grandmother to hear how, long ago, another little girl (her grandmother) crossed the Atlantic to come to America.
Lincoln, Abraham and Michael McCurdy illus. The Gettysburg Address. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. The important words of America's sixteenth president are brought to life for a new generation of children trying to make sense of violence and war.
Lindbergh, Reeve and R. Isadora illus. Grandfather's Lovesong. Viking, 1993. A poetic description of a grandfather's love for his grandson, using nature metaphors through the seasons.
Lindbergh, Reeve and Stephen Lambert illus. What Is The Sun? Candlewick, 1994. In delightful rhyming text, a grandmother answers all of her grandson's questions about the world as he gets ready for bed.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About. Linnet, 1992. A collection of three dozen short stories and numerous proverbs to prompt discussion on war, peace, conflict, and cooperation.
MacLachlan, Patricia and Mike Wimmer illus. All the Places to Love. HarperCollins, 1994. A young boy describes his favorite places on his grandparents' farm and their connection to his family legacy.
MacLachlan, Patricia and Deborah Ray illus. Through Grandpa's Eyes. Harper & Row, 1980. John learns a rich and detailed way of seeing the world from his blind grandfather.
Maloney, Peter and Felicia Zekauskas illus. His Mother's Nose. Dial, 2001. In this perceptive and humorous story, Percival gets tired of being told he has his mother's nose, his father's eyes, his uncle's head for numbers, and other traits from different family members. But when he runs away to his grandparent's house, he comes to realize that there is no one quite like him.
Marsden, John. Prayer for the Twenty-First Century. Star Bright Books, 1998. Brilliantly illustrated with paintings, photos, and collages, this compelling call from the heart contains a message of hope that is a legacy we would wish for all our loved ones. Part of the Something to Remember Me By Legacy Project Intergenerational Peace Chain. Visit www.somethingtoremembermeby.org.
Martin Jr., Bill, John Archambault and Ted Rand illus. Knots on a Counting Rope. Henry Holt, 1997. The story of a Native American grandfather and grandson sharing family stories that give the boy love, courage, and hope.
Mathis, Sharon Bell and Leo and Diane Dillon illus. The Hundred Penny Box. Viking, 1986. Great-great-aunt Dew has an ongoing tradition in which she keeps a penny for each of the hundred years of her life.
Matze, Claire Sidhom and Bill Farnsworth illus. The Stars in My Geddoh's Sky. Albert Whitman, 1999. When Alex's grandfather visits from the Middle East they get to know each other and exchange cultural lessons.
McDonald, Megan and Peter Catalanotto illus. My House Has Stars. Orchard, 1996. A book that shows how all cultures are alike. We all have houses that share a common house, the Earth.
Medearis, Angela Shelf and Daniel Minter illus. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story. Albert Whitman, 2000. An original folktale about seven brothers that introduces children to the holiday's seven principles.
Medina, Tony and Chandra Cox illus. Christmas Makes Me Think. Lee & Low, 2001. In a story about community and caring, a young boy thinks about the real meaning of Christmas.
Mellonie, Bryan and Robert Ingpen illus. Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between. Paper Tiger, 1983. A beautiful, moving book that explains the cycle of life.
Miles, Miska and Peter Parnall illus. Annie and the Old One. Little, Brown, 1971. Annie's Navajo world is good -- until she recognizes that her grandmother is going to die and must learn to accept the cycle of life.
Millard, Anne and Steve Noon illus. A Street Through Time. DK Publishing, 1998. Have you ever wondered what your street was like 100 years ago? This fascinating book traces the development of one street from the Stone Age through 14 time periods to the present day, including information about how people lived and what they did all day.
Mills, Claudia and Catherine Stock illus. Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. Part of a series, this book follows Gus and Grandpa as they decide what to do with an abundance of cookies.
Mitchell, Rhonda. The Talking Cloth. Orchard, 2001. Amber loves her aunt Phoebe's apartment, full of "things and things and things." Her aunt teaches Amber about her heritage as she explains about the adinkra cloth from Ghana.
Monk, Isabell and Janice Lee Porter illus. Hope. Carolrhoda Books, 1999. During a visit with her great-aunt, a young girl learns the story behind her name and to feel proud of her "mixed" heritage.
Monk, Isabell and Janice Lee Porter illus. Family. Lerner, 2001. A sequel to Hope, there's fun in store when Hope visits her country relatives for a family reunion.
Moore, Clement Clarke and Raquel Jaramillo illus. The Night Before Christmas. Atheneum, 2001. Photos illustrate this scrapbook-like telling of the famous poem.
Moorman, Margaret. Light the Lights!: A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. Scholastic, 1999. Every December, Emma and her family celebrate two special holidays, first with candles in the menorah and then with lights on the Christmas tree.
Mora, Pat and Cecily Lang illus. A Birthday Basket for Tia. Aladdin, 1997. To celebrate her great-aunt's 90th birthday, Mexican-American Cecilia gathers together a basket full of cherished memories.
Morck, Irene, Ken Setterington and Muriel Wood illus. Apples and Angel Ladders: A Collection of Pioneer Christmas Stories. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001. Holiday tales about homesteading life in the West.
Morninghouse, Sundaira and Jody Kim illus. Habari Gani? What's the News?: A Kwanzaa Story. Open Hand, 1992. Explanations of Kwanzaa and its seven guiding principles are woven into the story of seven-year-old Kia and her family, emphasizing that cooperation, community service, and family are important every day of the year.
Murdoch, Patricia and Kellie Jobson illus. Deep Thinker And The Stars. Three Trees Press, 1987. A gentle story reflecting native cultures, Deep Thinker remembers her grandfather when her baby brother arrives.
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux and Kimanne Uhler illus. Always Gramma. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1988. A young girl describes what it's like when Gramma becomes increasingly confused and forgetful, and how she helps her.
Nye, Naomi Shihab and Nancy Carpenter illus. Sitti's Secrets. Aladdin, 1997. Mona comes to love Sitti (grandmother in Arabic) when she visits the elder in a Palestinian village and, on her return home to America, writes a heartfelt plea for peace to the President.
Oberman, Sheldon and Ted Lewin illus. The Always Prayer Shawl. Boyds Mills Press, 1994. A prayer shawl is handed down from grandfather to grandson in a story of Jewish tradition and the passing of generations.
Older, Effin and Nancy Hayashi illus. My Two Grandmothers. Harcourt Brace, 2000. Lily especially loves the holidays -- Christmas with Grammy and Hanukkah with Bubbe -- but she wishes she could share a tradition with both of them.
Osborne, Mary Pope and Ned Bittinger illus. Rocking Horse Christmas. Scholastic, 1997. A boy gets a rocking horse for Christmas that takes him to faraway places, but as the years pass the keepsake is forgotten -- until a new generation discovers it.
Parish, Peggy and Lynn Sweat illus. Amelia Bedelia's Family Album. Camelot, 1997. Part of the popular series, this book offers a tour through the wacky family album of the literal-minded Amelia.
Paul, Ann Whitford and Maggie Smith illus. Everything to Spend the Night from A to Z. DK Publishing, 1999. A humorous tale about a girl who visits her grandfather and packs items for every letter in the alphabet.
Payne, Lauren Murphy and Claudia Rohling illus. We Can Get Along: A Child's Book of Choices. Free Spirit, 1997. A great book for use with children 3 years and up that promotes peaceful behaviors and positive conflict resolution. It teaches essential skills like thinking before you speak or act and treating others the way you want to be treated.
Pin, Isabel. The Seed. North-South Books, 2001. A cherry stone drops from the sky right on the border between two territories and, as two tribes declare war in their desire to claim it, an unexpected resolution evolves.
Polacco, Patricia. Betty Doll. Philomel, 2001. A moving story about family keepsakes and legacies, it begins as the author finds her mother's old cloth doll, Betty Doll, with a note written by her mother before her death.
Polacco, Patricia. Mrs. Katz and Tush. Picture Yearling, 1994. An African-American boy becomes good friends with his neighbor, an elderly Jewish widow, when he gives her a kitten to adopt.
Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say. Philomel Books, 1994. A moving, true story about an interracial friendship between two 15-year-old Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Polacco, Patricia. The Keeping Quilt. Simon & Schuster, 1998. A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of a Jewish family.
Polacco, Patricia. Thunder Cake. Paper Star, 1997. A grandmother helps her young granddaughter overcome her fear of thunderstorms by baking a cake together; includes a recipe to bake a Thunder Cake.
Polacco, Patricia. Welcome Comfort. Philomel, 1999. Welcome Comfort is a lonely foster child who becomes friends with the school custodian and, as a legacy is passed down, finds the answer to the eternal question, "Who is Santa Claus?"
Rattigan, Jama Kim and Lillian Hsu-Flanders illus. Dumpling Soup. Little, Brown, 1998. Marisa makes dumpling soup with all the other women in the family and gets some special encouragement from grandma.
Robb, Laura and Debra Lill illus. Music and Drum: Voices of War and Peace, Hope and Dreams. Philomel, 1997. A thought-provoking, discussion-inspiring international collection of poetry by children, war survivors, and such renowned authors as Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and Eve Merriam. It reflects on the horrors, fears, hardships, and loss of war and the hope, determination, and wonder of peace.
Rocklin, Joanne and Catharine O'Neill illus. The Very Best Hanukkah Gift. Yearling, 2001. Written with warmth, humor, and a chapter for each night of the celebration, this is a story about a boy's fears, a supportive family, and a celebration that reflects tradition and values.
Romain, Trevor. What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? Free Spirit, 1999. A compassionate, straightforward book for children who are dealing with a loss.
Rosales, Melodye Benson (illus) and Clement C. Moore. Twas the Night B'Fore Christmas: An African-American Version. Cartwheel, 1996. A retelling of the classic holiday poem with lavish illustrations of an African-American family at the turn of the century.
Rosen, Michael J. and Melissa Iwai illus. Chanukah Lights Everywhere. Harcourt Brace, 2001. On each magical night of Chanukah, a young boy and his sister count more lights shining all around them.
Roth, Susan L. Happy Birthday Mr. Kang. National Geographic, 2001. An affectionate tale about a Chinese-American grandfather and his grandson that explores themes of freedom, choice, and happiness.
Rothenberg, Joan. Inside-Out Grandma. Disney Press, 1997. Rosie's grandmother conveys the spirit of Hanukkah and the family traditions surrounding the holiday when she explains to her granddaughter how she reminds herself to buy enough oil for making latkes.
Russo, Marisabina. A Visit to Oma. Greenwillow, 1991. Celeste's great-grandmother Oma doesn't speak English, but during their weekly visits together Celeste makes up stories to fit Oma's facial expressions as she speaks. A perceptive, imaginative glimpse into a loving relationship.
Rylant, Cynthia and Kathryn Brown illus. The Old Woman Who Named Things. Voyager, 2000. A feisty old woman who has outlived all her friends starts naming only things that will outlive her, until a homeless pup enters the scene.
Rylant, Cynthia and Stephen Gammell illus. The Relatives Came. Aladdin, 1993. A lively description of a visit by a large family that celebrates family connections and affection.
Rylant, Cynthia and Diane Goode illus. When I Was Young in the Mountains. E.P. Dutton, 1982. A gentle story about a girl growing up in the Appalachian mountains with her grandparents.
Say, Allen. Stranger in the Mirror. Walter Lorraine, 1998. When Sam goes to bed he's a normal young boy, but when he wakes up he's an old man.
Schachner, Judith Byron. The Grannyman. Dutton, 1999. Simon is a very old cat who's just about ready to give up after a long and fulfilling life, until a new kitten enters the picture and an intergenerational bond develops.
Scheffler, Ursel and Ruth Scholte Van Mast illus. Grandpa's Amazing Computer. North South Books, 1997. When Ollie visits his grandfather, he discovers that although the man doesn't have a clue about Ollie's computer, he has an amazing computer of his own.
Schertle, Alice and Ted Rand illus. Keepers. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1996. Poems and paintings about those personal mementoes that bring to mind special moments and feelings.
Schimmel, Schim. The Family of Earth. Northword, 2001. Mother Earth gently explains the cycle of life to a gathering of her animal family, the family of Earth we are all a part of.
Scholes, Katherine and Robert Ingpen illus. Peace Begins With You. Time Warner, 1994. Explains in simple terms the concept of peace, why conflict occurs, and how conflict can be resolved in positive ways to protect peace.
Scholey, Arthur and Helen Cann illus. Baboushka: A Christmas Folktale from Russia. Candlewick, 2001. Baboushka declines the three kings' offer to join them on their journey, a decision she later regrets when she arrives too late to see the newborn king.
Schulman, Janet (ed). The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury. Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Holidays are a great time to cuddle up and read. This collection of 44 read-aloud classics from Goodnight Moon to Stellaluna is perfect for sharing with young children.
Schulman, Janet (ed). You Read to Me & I'll Read to You: 20th Century Stories to Share. Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. If your children are too old for the collection above, this one offers you much to share together (because children are never too old to be read to!). 26 read-aloud classics from The Piggy in the Puddle to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Schwartz, David M. and Bert Dodson illus. Supergrandpa. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991. The true story of a 66-year-old cyclist who rode in the tour of Sweden and challenged all the stereotypes.
Schwartz, Harriet Berg and Thomas B. Allen illus. When Artie Was Little. Knopf, 1996. Artie is an old man who remembers what it was like when he was little and tells the neighborhood children stories about those times. Based on the life of the author's neighbor, the endpapers have photos of the real Artie.
Scieszka, Jon and Lane Smith illus. The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs. Puffin, 1996. The wolf gives his own version of what happened with the pigs. Everyone has their own perspective, and this is a good story for exploring differences in conflicts.
Scott, Ann Herbert and Meg Kelleher Aubrey illus. Grandmother's Chair. Clarion, 1991. Katie and her grandmother turn the pages of a photo album and share the history of a chair passed down from generation to generation.
Sendak, Maurice. Maurice Sendak's Christmas Mystery. Harpercollins, 1995. A charming picture book, full of clues, with an accompanying puzzle for young children.
Seuss, Dr. and Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher illus. My Many Colored Days. Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. A rhyming story that describes each day in terms of a particular color and emotion. Great for prompting an intergenerational discussion about emotions.
Seuss, Dr. The Butter Battle Book. Random House, 1984. As Grandpa reveals to his grandchild one day, there's a very serious difference between the Zooks and the Yooks: the Zooks eat their bread with the butter side down! A cautionary tale about the foolishness of the escalation of war.
Shannon, George and David Soman illus. This Is the Bird. Houghton Mifflin, 1997. A cumulative tale about a wooden bird carved by a girl's maternal ancestor and lovingly passed down from mother to daughter through the generations.
Shaw, Eve. Grandmother's Alphabet. Scholastic, 2001. The message of this empowering alphabet book is simple: Grandma can be a zoologist, artist, banker, carpenter, doctor, engineer... and so can I.
Shelby, Anne and Wendy Anderson Halperin illus. Homeplace. Orchard, 2000. A grandmother tells her granddaughter about the family's history in the same house over a period of six generations, beginning with their ancestor who cleared the land and built a log cabin.
Shields, Carol Diggory and Hiroe Nakata illus. Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate. Dutton, 2000. A little boy and his grandfather share a special weekend doing things they both like to do. This story seems to be told by the child -- but on the last page we realize Grandpa has been the one telling it!
Shulevitz, Uri. Dawn. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974. Inspired by a Chinese poem, this beautiful book tells of an old man and his grandson sharing the beauty of daybreak.
Smith, Robert Kimmel and Richard Lauter illus. The War With Grandpa. Yearling, 1984. A longer story, it starts when Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with the family -- until Grandpa moves into Peter's room and Peter has no choice but to declare war!
Smucker, Barbara and Janet Wilson illus. Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt. Stoddart, 1995. A story about the Mennonites during the Civil War, Selina and her family move far away, but Selina will always have the quilt her grandmother made and the memories that are part of it.
Solheim, James and Eric Brace illus. It's Disgusting and We Ate It!: True Food Facts from Around the World -- and Throughout History. Aladdin, 2001. Holidays are a time for food, and this fun food book lives up to its title's rich promise.
Spier, Peter. People. Doubleday, 1980. There are differences among the billions of people on Earth, and these differences are what makes each person unique and the world an interesting place.
Spinelli, Eileen and Maryann Cocca-Leffler illus. Thanksgiving at the Tappletons'. Harpercollins, 1992. A series of mishaps makes it look like a pretty bleak holiday, until grandmother reminds everyone that there's more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and trimmings.
Stillerman, Marci and Pesach Gerber illus. Nine Spoons: A Chanukah Story. Hachai, 1998. Oma tells her grandchildren the true story of the treasured little "Children's Menorah" miraculously created out of self-sacrifice by the women in a Nazi concentration camp.
Thomassie, Tynia and Jan Spivey Gilchrist illus. Mimi's Tutu. Scholastic, 1996. Longing for a special tutu for an upcoming recital, Mimi gets some help from her mother, aunts, and grandmother who make her a "lapa" skirt and teach her about part of her African-American heritage.
Torres, Leyla. Liliana's Grandmothers. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1998. One of Liliana's grandmothers, Mima, lives in New England while the other, Mama Gabina, lives in tropical Colombia. Liliana loves them both and does different things with each.
Tsubakiyama, Margaret Holloway, and Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu illus. Mei-Mei Loves the Morning. Albert Whitman, 1999. Set in contemporary China, this story tells of a typical morning in the life of young Mei-Mei and her grandfather.
Tusa, Tricia. Maebelle's Suitcase. Aladdin, 1991. One of the few books where the main character is a centenarian (108 years old to be exact!), Maebelle and her little bird friend enter a special hat in the annual town contest.
Udry, Janice May and Maurice Sendak illus. Let's Be Enemies. HarperTrophy, 1988. John and James, who have always been friends, have a fight when John gets tired of James' bossy ways. But a funny thing happens -- as soon as they agree to be enemies, they become friends again.
Van Leeuwen, Jean and Brad Sneed illus. Sorry. Penguin Putnam/Fogelman, 2001. In a poignant tale about the power of a single word, two brothers who cannot apologize to each other extend their feud down through the generations to their great-grandchildren.
Varley, Susan. Badger's Parting Gifts. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1984. Badger's animal friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he has left them.
Vaugelade, Anais. The War. Carolrhoda, 2001. As Prince Fabien matures from apathy to wisdom, he uses an ingenious trick to end the war between the Reds and Blues without violence.
Velasquez, Eric. Grandma's Records. Walker & Co, 2001. A boy spends each summer with his grandmother in her apartment in Spanish Harlem. Grandma introduces him to her record collection and the sounds of merengue and conga, dances with him, and tells stories of growing up in Puerto Rico.
Vigna, Judith. Grandma Without Me. Albert Whitman, 1984. A young boy finds ways to keep in touch with grandma despite his parents' divorce.
Walker, Alice and Catherine Deeter illus. To Hell With Dying. Harcourt Brace, 1988. A rich, unique, and tender portrayal of the special relationship between old Mr. Sweet and the children down the road.
Walsh, Jill Paton and Stephen Lambert illus. When I Was Little Like You. Viking, 1997. Simple now-and-then comparisons as Rosie and Gran go for a stroll are ideal for inviting children to question their own elders.
Warner, Sunny. The Moon Quilt. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. An old woman stitches the fabric of her life -- past and present -- into a quilt in this reflective story.
Watts, Jeri Hanel and Felicia Marshall illus. Keepers. Lee & Low, 2000. Kenyon has been saving to buy his grandmother, Little Dolly, an extra special gift for her 90th birthday. When he spends the money on a baseball glove, he comes up with a creative gift that is also a way to preserve the family stories his grandmother tells him.
Wayland, April Halprin and George Booth illus. It's Not My Turn To Look for Grandma! Knopf, 1995. A farm family takes turns keeping track of their mischievous grandmother, who joins in with the farm animals in a riotous display of joke telling, haystack sliding, card shuffling, and banjo playing.
Weiss, George David, Bob Thiele, and Ashley Bryan illus. What a Wonderful World. Sundance, 1994. Inspired by Louis Armstrong's wonderful old song, this book is a great way to share a timeless message that can bring young and old together.
Wells, Rosemary and Greg Shed illus. The Language of Doves. Dial, 1996. On her sixth birthday, Julietta receives a dove and a story from her Italian grandfather and comes to learn the "language of the doves" in a way that links the girl to her grandfather forever.
Wheeler, Lisa and Frank Ansley illus. Wool Gathering: A Sheep Family Reunion. Atheneum, 2001. Holidays are when families get together, and this delightfully wooly tale about a family reunion celebrates all the different characters that make up any family.
Wiesner, David. The Three Pigs. Clarion, 2001. You might think you know the story of the three little pigs, but in this version the pigs step outside the story and create their own adventure.
Wilcox, Brian (illus) and Lawrence David. Full Moon. Doubleday, 2001. A young boy, falling asleep in sight of his new crystal globe from Grandma, takes a magical night flight over New York City.
Wild, Margaret and Ron Brooks illus. Old Pig. Dial, 1996. Old Pig and Granddaughter have lived together for a long time, and they take one last, long walk together to savor the beauty of life around them.
Wild, Margaret and Julie Vivas illus. Our Granny. Houghton Mifflin, 1994. From the intimacy of one family to the rich diversity of all kinds of people, this exuberant book, told from the perspective of a small child, celebrates grandmothers.
Williams, Linda and Megan Lloyd illus. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. HarperTrophy, 1988. A strong portrait of an older person with a fearless attitude and a clever solution to using the items she collects during a night walk in the woods.
Williams, Vera B. A Chair for My Mother. Greenwillow, 1984. After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and her grandmother save their money to buy a big, comfortable chair they can all share.
Willing, Karen B., Julie B. Dock, and Sarah Morse illus. Quilting Now & Then. Now & Then Publications, 1994. With a combination of real quilt photos and hand-drawn images, this book gives a clear, rhyming explanation of the history of quilting and how it has changed.
Wilson, Janet. Imagine That! Stoddart Kids, 2000. On her hundredth birthday, Auntie Violet reminisces with her great grandniece, and wonders at all the changes that have taken place over her lifetime.
Winston's Wish (Diana Crossley with Kate Sheppard illus). Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine: Your Activity Book to Help When Someone Has Died. Hawthorn Press, 2000. An activity book that offers practical and sensitive support for bereaved children (such as a child who has lost a grandparent) and that can become a keepsake in the years to come.
Wood, Douglas and Yoshi and Hibiki Miyazaki illus. Making the World. Simon & Schuster, 1998. The world isn't finished yet, and it is up to everyone, including you, to play their part -- because everything is interconnected.
Yolen, Jane and Melissa Bay Mathis illus. Grandad Bill's Song. Paper Star, 1998. As a little boy tries to understand his grandfather's death, he sees his grandfather through the eyes of each member of the family.
Yolen, Jane and Floyd Cooper illus. Miz Berlin Walks. Puffin, 2000. At first, Mary Louise is afraid of old Miz Berlin, until one day she realizes all the wonderful stories the woman has to tell. A tender tale about an intergenerational, interracial friendship.
Zagwyn, Deborah Turney. The Winter Gift. Tricycle Press, 2000. Clee and her little brother feel sad because Gramma is moving out of her house and selling her beloved piano. After the three of them have one last musical romp together, Gramma changes her mind and gives the piano to the children as a Christmas gift.
Zalben, Jane Breskin and Donna Diamond illus. The Magic Menorah: A Modern Chanukah Tale. Simon & Schuster, 2001. Stanley dreads Chanukah -- including the noisy, nosy, pushy relatives -- until he discovers and starts rubbing a tarnished, antique menorah which produces a genie named Fishel.
Zolotow, Charlotte and James Stevenson illus. I Know a Lady. Puffin, 1984. A simple story about how simple kindnesses -- like a wave on the way to school and cookies sprinkled with red and green dots -- can bridge the generation gap.
Zolotow, Charlotte and Yan Nascimbene illus. The Beautiful Christmas Tree. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Mr. Crockett, described by his neighbors as "a peculiar man," nurtures a small little tree until it becomes a majestic pine, the glory of the neighborhood.
Zolotow, Charlotte and Arnold Lobel illus. The Quarreling Book. HarperTrophy, 1982. Gruffness and anger are passed along from person to person until a little dog starts a chain reaction that reverses the trend.
From Holiday Activity Kit by Susan V. Bosak ©2003