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Article  •  18 October 2023

 

Celebrate Grandparents' Day with these classic picture books

6 of the best classic picture books to delight readers of all ages.

Grandparents' Day is coming up soon, and we can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than by returning to your favourite classic picture books. Whether you’re celebrating with your own grandchildren or simply coordinating activities in honour of Grandparents' Day, these books will delight readers from every generation.

The special day falls on 29 October this year, so you have plenty of time to check out these books before then.

Classic picture books for Grandparents' Day

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle

The beloved hungry caterpillar has been searching for snacks since 1969, making it the perfect book for grandparents and grandchildren to read together. Grandparents can revisit the book they might have read to their own children, while young readers can delight in the tale for the first time. The colourful illustrations and story of metamorphosis make this book a truly timeless classic.

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Where is The Green Sheep? Mem Fox, Judy Horacek

Where is the Green Sheep was first published in 2004, making it a slightly more modern classic than some other books on this list. Despite its more recent publication, this picture book has nevertheless sold over a million copies. Guiding readers on a search for the elusive green sheep, this interactive story is a quintessentially Australian pick.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit Picture Book Beatrix Potter

This year marks the 120th birthday of Peter Rabbit, and Grandparents' Day offers the perfect excuse to celebrate the iconic character. Grandparents likely read about Peter’s adventures as children, so taking time to revisit the story with grandchildren can make for a truly memorable reading experience. More than a century later, the tale of Peter Rabbit is as heart-warming as ever, making it a must-read.

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Where's Spot? Eric Hill

Where’s Spot  first came out in 1980, and since then, it’s delighted and entertained readers of all ages. While lift-the-flap books are commonplace for young readers today, Where’s Spot was the first book that brought this playful element to the pages. Grandparents will enjoy watching their grandchildren joyously search for Spot all day long.

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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy Lynley Dodd

No list of classics would ever be complete without mention of Hairy Maclary and his furry friends. This durable board book edition is ideal for even the youngest of readers, with sturdy pages that can withstand rough handling. The first book in the Hairy Maclary collection, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy introduces the whole crew and is sure to leave readers keen for more.  

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Kissed by the Moon Alison Lester

Looking for a sweet read this Grandparents' Day? Kissed by the Moon is the perfect pick. This gorgeous book is as timeless as it is enchanting, with soothing illustrations and poetic prose. By a local Australian author, the book tells the story of a young baby’s wonder of the beautiful world, a lovely message for kids and grown-ups alike.

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