I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.
Three generations, one road trip.
For kids, summer means dirt and sand and water and sun. It means shorts and swings and popsicles and peaches. But most of all, what summer means for kids is freedom. These books beautifully capture that.
Francine Prose returns to an island she fell in love with years ago.
You’ll need some olive oil, a good butcher, and this recipe for Neapolitan ragù.
What it’s like to join the Peace Corps at age 86.
I spent the final weeks of winter reading all the picture books I could find about spring. Here are my favorites. They’re simple, they’re deep, and they’re as gorgeous as the season.
In this extraordinary picture book, a girl’s grandfather inspires her to live well and do good.
After her husband died in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt traveled the world as a diplomat, speaker, and activist. But she was never too busy for her granddaughter.
As a boy, Allen Say barely knew his grandpa. As a man, he came to understand him. That’s why he created Grandfather’s Journey, a picture book for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 1994.
Would her grandma remember her? Jane Kim, 41, wasn’t sure. It had been 23 years since she’d last visited her in Korea, and she was nearly 100 years old.
“Imagine it: During the holidays, instead of using gadgets to ignore each other, we might use them as an excuse to look each other in the eye and listen.”
The legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead was homeschooled for most of her childhood by her grandmother, an iconoclast who rejected rote instruction as “stultifying” and emphasized learning by doing instead.
Mary Cassatt painted this portrait of her mother, nephew, and nieces on a family vacation near Paris in the summer of 1880.
Cathy Williams, 62, and her granddaughter, Chelsea Washington, both earned bachelor’s degrees this spring from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.
Whales need grandmas, too, it turns out.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.