Grandma, Have You Read…

Grandmother with granddaughter reading book in autumn park

Our Friday Fox asked, “Tell us about books that you have been introduced to by your children/grandchildren.”

One of my greatest blessings is knowing that my kids, grandkids, and two great-granddaughters  ALL love books. Specific titles often appear on Christmas lists, and when we shop at the mall together, they’ll often ask to stop at the bookstore. Because of this,  I’ve been exposed to a lot of titles I might not have noticed. 

When my daughters were young, we visited the library often and purchased paperbacks through the school’s book fairs and monthly Scholastic flyers. They each built up their collections, some of which I finally donated when we moved out of our house earlier this year. We had bags full of books from series such as  Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children, Magic Schoolbus, and Magic Treehouse. I used several in my classroom library, so that they were enjoyed by many children. A regular part of the school routine in my classroom was when I’d read aloud while they ate their snacks. Thanks to my daughters and their voracious reading appetites, I never had a shortage of books from which to read.

My son-in-law joined our family shortly after the release of Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. He happened to notice the book on my end table and recommended that I read an earlier book about the main character,  Angels and Demons. He (my son-in-law) and his wife (my second daughter) both tend to read current best-sellers. Their  home has always been filled with books, and now that they have two school aged kids, that includes children’s books. When they were young enough for me to read aloud to them, I loved finding new-to-me stories in their collections. Now that they’re older and prefer to read on their own, they’ll often tell me about the books they’re reading.

The same son-in-law and my youngest daughter shared a passion for the Harry Potter books, and even attended a local launch party together. Though I’ve never made the time to read this series (or watch the films), I was so glad to see that these events were so well attended.

When she was in high school, my second granddaughter (who’s now a mother herself), asked for a set of the Twilight books for her birthday. A few years later she asked for the Hunger Games books. When she told me a little bit about these series, I wasn’t eager to read them myself, but I was more than happy to support her reading habit.

I’m not certain if the intent of this week’s topic was for me to name books I’ve read that were recommended by my progeny, but there really aren’t many titles that would fit that criterion. But since my own TBR list is so long, I’m content to simply hear about books they enjoy.

Have your kids/grandkids/great-grandkids recommended any good books to you?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to Grandma, Have You Read…

  1. Diane Burton says:

    OMG, Patty, you have to read Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. Daughter (who teaches gifted middle school kids) introduced me to the Hunger Games. At first, I didn’t think I’d enjoy them. Once I did, I was so glad my daughter told me about them. When I was a teacher, I always got books for my classroom library. And I often read out loud to the kids. Just like I do for my grandkids. My youngest gr’kids introduced me to the Wonky Donkey. So much fun to read out loud.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    It’s a wonderful feeling for a life-long reader — like you and I — to see one or more of your kids also enjoy reading. And, certainly, it’s gratifying to see the next generation follow that path.
    As a career librarian, I’ve long encouraged reading — starting with those washable picture books for any child old enough to sit up by themselves.

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  3. The Harry Potter movies are wonderful, I love them, but they had to leave some very good subplots and humor out from the books. A few things needed to be changed to accommodate all of that. I recommend both.
    It did not occur to me to add ADULT books that our children introduced us to, but that works!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I love chatting with my adult children about books we’re reading! It’s like belonging to a book club, except that we’re all reading different books.

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  4. I love browsing through the book store and library with my kids. I get to hear all about the books that they love, I get a glimpse into the worlds that they enjoy. Most of the time I don’t read what they read but I love to hear about what they’re reading. I’m more than happy to buy them books that they are asking for. They have books on their Christmas lists every year too.
    I remember reading The Babysitters Club when I was little. Jessica and Quinlan loved The Boxcar Children.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Books have always been available in our home. We always hung out in book stores too. Thankfully are boys are still readers.

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