As a grandparent, what are some classic books to have on hand for upper elementary, pre-teen, and teenaged grandchildren? When your grandchildren come to visit, it can be a great idea to have some age-appropriate, engaging literature in your home, particularly if they will be staying for any length of time. Here are a few of our suggestions:
- The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. This five book series is a fantastic way to introduce children to Greek mythology, and it is incredibly engaging from the very first page. Your grandchildren will love reading the adventurous stories about a group of very unique demi-god children.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This series is a classic – timeless – for children and adults alike. It would make a great read-aloud for your grandchildren, and it is a great series to have on your bookshelves (if you don’t already). These well-written fantasy adventure books are wonderful reads for both boys and girls.
- The Anne of Green Gables series (girls) by Lucy Maude Montgomery. Lucy Maude Montgomery’s series about Anne, a young girl adopted by a brother and sister who live on Prince Edward Island, details the joys and pains of growing up, raising children, and many important life lessons to teach your young granddaughters. Lots of fun and humorous stories pepper these books.
- A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle. This five book series is filled with well-written, interwoven stories. Each book is interesting and satisfying on its own, but together, they make a complete set that all of your grandchildren will enjoy. These science fiction books are timeless – ones that you and your grandchildren will enjoy for many years together.
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Much has been written about the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. They are an incredible set of fiction – the books increase in age-appropriateness with the characters (e.g. the first books are more appropriate for younger children, the last ones are more appropriate for older children, etc.). The books follow young wizards as they learn at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and as they work to overthrow a powerful, dark, evil wizard named Lord Voldemort. Your grandchildren have likely heard of these books, or have already read them, but regardless, they are a fantastic set to have available to your grandchildren when they come to visit you.
Select books that you enjoy, and seek to read what your grandchildren are reading! Reading is a great way to connect with your grandchildren, particularly as they grow and develop.