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6 beautiful stories about grandparents to share with kids

Kinderling News & Features

Ah, grandparents! What would we do without them?! They’re a source of sweet treats, impeccable music taste (which you can sample in our mixtape, Golden Oldies), and - let’s be honest - respite from the kids every now and then.

But seriously, the bond between grandparents and grandchildren is a special one - and it's one we've been reminded of by this week's Story of the Week

1. What's A Yia Yia? by Stella Stamatakis

Not only does this book celebrate how good grandmothers are, it celebrates the special things about grandmothers grom cultures all around the world. Eleni calls her grandma Yia Yia because she comes from Greece - and together they like to make avgolemono chicken soup. But Eleni soon discovers that everyone has their own special name for their grandma, and their own special treats, too!

Listen now here, or on the free Kinderling app:

If you love this book and being able to discuss various cultures from around the world with your child, be sure to check out our new podcast Mother Tongue. It teaches kids words, songs, foods and traditions from lots of different countries - and grown-ups will probably learn something as well.

But wait, there's more!

Of course there are lots of other wonderful stories about nanas and pops, and all the crazy adventures kids have with them. Here are five more of our favourites, and you can listen to a lot of them on the Kinderling app/

2. Miss Mae’s Saturday by Justine Flynn

Little Mae is disappointed about being indoors on a rainy day, but when Grandma brings out a huge cardboard box, the adventures begin! A wonderful tale of imagination written by Justine Flynn, illustrated by J. Yi.  

3. Grandpa’s Big Adventure by Paul Newman

This is a cute story about a little boy learning to swim while his grandpa tells tall tales. Written by Paul Newman, with hilarious illustrations by Tom Jellett.  

4. My Nanna is a Ninja by Damon Young

This book is a laugh-out-loud celebration of wonderful nannas everywhere! Created by the dynamic duo: philosopher and author Damon Young, and illustrator Peter Carnavas (also an author), who have both won awards for their respective feats. 

5. Grandpa’s Space Adventure by Paul Newman

Grandpa's Space Adventure is Kinderling Kids Radio’s new Story of the Week. It's a tribute to grandparents - and in particular - the special relationship grandparents have with their grandkids. Written by Irish-born author, illustrator and Sydney art teacher, Paul Newman, with gorgeous illustrations by Tom Jellett

6. My Pop is a Pirate by Damon Young

Hot on the heels of My Nanna is a Ninja comes this rollicking tale extolling the virtues of grandpas, pops and grandfathers in families around the world. Written by Damon Young with playfully creative illustrations by Peter Carnavas.