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Nothing will ever beat the time you spend with your grandchildren. And the moments you spend reading together will probably stand out the most. Books allow you to give each other your undivided attention, share lots of laughs and bestow unlimited cuddles. Even if you have long-distance grandchildren or are unable to see them as often, thanks to technology, you can always enjoy a Zoom storytime session.

So, it only makes sense to gift them a tale or two. Here is a range of books your grandchildren are sure to treasure for years to come.

There's a Superhero in Your Book by Tom Fletcher & Greg Abbott (2020)

Who said storytime had to involve just sitting still? Dial up the fun during your grandparent reading time with this interactive tale from the bestselling Who’s in Your Book? series. On every page, little readers will be asked to tap, lift, spin, stretch – all kinds of different actions – to help the superhero save their book from the naughty Scribbler. This book is a great excuse for you to act as silly as you want.

Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones by Yvonne Battle-Felton & Chitra Soundar (2020)

If you’ve been on the lookout for a great bedtime book and your grandchild is a fan of myths and legends, look no further. Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones features six tales of kings, queens and warriors from all corners of the globe. Included are the stories of King Arthur and his humble beginnings; Princess and warrior Yennega of Burkina Faso who defied her father to find true happiness; and Persian hero Rostam, who tamed the untameable horse, Rakhsh. There’s definitely more to royalty than tiaras, glamourous events and royal waves.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson (2017)

It’s fair to say that grandparents are among the wisest out there. CJ and his Nana have just left their church and are taking the bus; however, CJ can’t help but feel a little resentful that they don’t have a car like his friends and that Market Street always looks so dirty. But his wise old nana shows CJ that there is beauty and joy to be found everywhere – you just have to look for it. Timely and touching, this book has a wonderful message for children and highlights the loving relationship between grandmother and grandson.

Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney & Kathryn Durst (2019)

If anyone thinks grandparents aren’t cool, they obviously haven’t met Grandude. Lucy, Bob, Tom and Em are round their grandad's for the weekend but it’s a grey, drizzly day and there’s nothing much to do. Luckily, Grandude has some beautiful postcards and a magic compass to shake things up. But where are they going to go? A tropical beach? The wild west? Or a wildflower-covered hilltop? Written by the legendary Paul McCartney, this is a charming story you and your grandchildren will enjoy reading together.

The Bear in the Stars by Alexis Snell (2020)

Another book that’s perfect for bedtime reading, The Bear in the Stars is a striking fable that follows a polar bear as she journeys to find a new home after her kingdom begins to melt. The bear finds that although the world is getting hotter, those who inhabit it have become colder – but one small act of kindness helps change things for the better. Illustrated using lino prints, this is an immersive and magical tale with an important message about climate change.

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake (1981)

Most grandparents are kind, warm and inviting – but not George Kranky’s grandma. She’s mean, irritable and quite possibly, a witch. So, to get back at his grandma for her unpleasantness, George makes her a special magic medicine… Not only is this a great book to read together but it will show your grandchildren how lucky they are to have such a nice grandma compared to George’s awful one.

Never Show A T-Rex A Book! by Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Diane Ewen (2020)

What would happen if you showed a T-Rex a book? Would they eat it? Wear it as a hat? Or read it and become so smart they become the Prime Minister? That’s what one little girl wonders in Rashmi Sirdeshpande’s love letter to libraries. This funny story about the power of imagination is sure to be loved by your grandchild. Plus, it will give you the perfect opportunity to show off your reading prowess.

Mabel and the Mountain by Kim Hillyard (2020)

Mabel is a fly – a small one at that. And she has big plans. One is to climb a mountain! Alas, her friends aren’t being very supportive. Luckily, Mabel knows the truth about big plans: you shouldn't listen to those who say you cannot. It’s going to be a tough journey, especially for a small fly, but Mabel knows she just needs to keep going. This inspiring tale is perfect for little ones with equally big dreams.

The Marvellous Moon Map by Teresa Heapy & David Litchfield (2017)

Mouse is adventurous, and makes a marvellous moon map to help him find and see the moon. His best friend Bear offers to help and go with him. But Mouse is resolute – he’s the moon map inventor and will be perfectly fine on his own, thank you very much. But when it gets dark, Mouse learns that there’s no shame in accepting help from others. This tender tale of friendship is sure to be a storytime favourite with little readers.

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman (2017)

One for the older grandkids, La Belle Sauvage is the first book in Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust series. Taking place 12 years before Northern Lights, 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon Asta find themselves thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when six-month-old Lyra Belacqua arrives at the priory next to Malcolm’s parents’ inn. She’s in danger, and it’s up to Malcolm to get her to London safely. Although your grandchild may be too grown up for you to read this to them, they’ll definitely want to discuss it after, so grab a copy for yourself too.

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