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National Grandparents Day

Monday, September 14th, 2020

From this website: I learned that:

  •  National Grandparents Day officially became a holiday in 1979
  • It is, however, not a public holiday
  • It is observed by giving gifts and cards to the grandparents

If you are already are grandparent, you know that the benefits are many. You don’t have the same 24/7 responsibilities you had with your own children, so you can be “softer” in your relationship. If you want to read about other grandparents’ experiences, you might want to pick up a copy of Grandparents from Chicken Soup for the Soul, a series by editor-in-chief Amy Newmark.

What’s great about this book is the way the grandparents who write their experiences write from their hearts. There may be no literary geniuses among the authors, but there is plenty of what the subtitle says:  101 Stories of Love, Laughs and Lessons Across the Generations.

I plan to call my grandson, who just celebrated his birthday on 9/11, which makes that day a day of sadness and gladness for me, and tell him he can wish me Happy Grandparents Day!  Enjoy the day, even if you can’t  visit in person, you can visit by phone,email, or via the Internet.

P.S. One of our local librarians, Roz Warren, is also a prolific freelance writer. Oneof her stories is in this book ans she has authored about seven of these stories for the series. Yay! Roz.

National Grandparents Day: Reading Harold to Your Grandkid)s)

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Sunday, September 10th is National Grandparents Day. If you go to, you will find resources for celebrating this day. But one of the best ways to celebrate is to read to your grandchildren. One book I would recommend for children 7-10 years of age or perhaps a bit younger, if you are reading aloud to them, is a new book called Harold by Sharon Rues and illustrated by Dwain Esper.

In this delightful book about a little girl and her teddy bear, we learn how the teddy bear becomes the little girl’s favorite companion, taking him everywhere, including trips to Paris, France, as well as Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, and also just to the market with her mom to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables.

One day, when back home chasing her sister Kimberly and Kimberly’s friend, she trips and hits her head hard and is rushed to the hospital, where the doctor puts four stitches on her forehead. The doctor also notices that Harold’s right ear is loose, because the little girl always carries him by his ear. With the little girl’s timid permission, the doctor also stitches Harold’s ear.

Hugging Harold after his ear is stitched with his soft body next to hers is a great comfort and  helps wipe away the little girl’s tears from her accident. Now she and Harold are both mended and on their way to many more adventures.

The drawings by artist Dwain Esper are adorable, and combined with the short tale, the story is a perfect read aloud book for young children by aunts, uncles, teachers, parents, older siblings, and of course, grandparents!

Harold (24 pages, 9 in. x11 in.) is published by Author House and is available on as hard cover, soft cover, and kindle.
Check the website for buying offers.