How to Babysit a Grandpa - Reading List

How to Babysit a Grandpa

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I remember spending lots of evenings, afternoons, even weekends with my grandparents when I was young.  It was great fun, usually more fun than the average babysitter.  I can't really say why, or give many concrete answers... I remember going to playgrounds, making candy and cookies, playing mini-golf... but they are mostly broken bits of memories...

My kids are extremely blessed to spend lots of time with both sets of grandparents (one lives close by and the other, not so close...) I am hopeful that when they are grown up they will have fond memories of the time they spent with their grandparents.

That being said, I had to share this wonderful kids story we came across recently:

How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan


Seriously, it is so much fun my oldest has stayed awake way past bedtime many nights this past week looking through this book and giggling at the pictures. (The struggle for a parent who wants her kids to love reading: how long should I allow him to stay away if he is in bed reading? I know it's tough!)

This is not your traditional children's story.  The story is told by the little boy, in a narrative that broken with how-to style lists. The illustrations does a perfect job of explaining every how-to, which greatly helps my not quite reading children.

My personal favorite pages include the naptime section of the day.  Of course the boy is the one doing the babysitting remember, so Grandpa will need to take a nap. And by asking Grandpa to read the same book "over and over and over..." the job will be complete. And the how-to would not be complete with a list of drawing to make while Grandpa is sleeping and then a list of how to wake Grandpa back up.  (Honestly, this book will make you actually laugh out loud)

The whole story is heartfelt and touching. Yet it remains easy to read and follow and full of funny moments that will keep kids involved.  Besides, what little kid doesn't want to babysit Grandpa?

Reading List Rating:

I highly recommend this book. It is a great addition to every home library!  If you've read this one, please let me know what you thought, I'd love to hear from you!

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