Fun New Books to Put Some Pizzazz in Your Grandkids’ Days

In this time when many children have been housebound, we’re hearing that they need some healthy, active challenges to keep them busy. Here are five books to capture their imagination and get them engaged in fun activities.

Personalized ‘Become the Chef’ Series for Kids from Story Antics 

If your grandkids enjoy being the star of their own books, they will enjoy the You Become the Chef series by Amy Whiteford and Britney Fong. These books are part of the Healthy Little Foodie series and the first one is entitled,  ____(your grandchild’s name) Makes Cheesy Quinoa Crackers.

To personalize the book you’ll choose the gender, name, plus hair, skin and eye color of the two main characters: the main helper and the adult helper. This is both a recipe book and a storybook. With help, your little chef will make a healthy snack to enjoy. This is a great series for kids who love to cook and it’s educational as well.

Another Book from Story Antics

Another offering from Story Antics is Charlotte Washes Her Hands. This one is for youngsters who need a little boost in the hand-washing department. Personalize the book for your grandchildren and rest easy that they will know how to properly wash their hands in this time of Covid 19.

Grandpa Magic

If you’re looking for a way to amaze your grandchildren, you’ll love Grandpa Magic: 116 Easy Tricks, Amazing Brainteasers and Simple Stunts to Wow the Grandchildren. This book, by Allan Zola Kronzek, a professional magician is filled with ways to engage your grandkids and have a ton of fun together. The clear explanations for each trick or puzzle are illustrated by diagrams or other graphics to make the tricks easy to do. 

100 Crafts

For kids who love to craft, try this book which is chock-full of ideas for easy projects. 100 Seriously Fun Super-easy Projects for Kids by Jamie Dorobek will be a hit with your crafty youngsters and doesn’t require expensive craft materials. Most of the projects will use things you already have on hand. 

Ed Emberly Drawing Books

Ed Emberly’s Drawing Book of Animals is a great book to kick-start your grandchild’s interest in drawing. His step by step pictures help children gain confidence as they draw clear, interesting pictures. Check out his other titles which include Make a World, Go Away, Big Green Monster and Ed Emberly’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book.

“My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!”

News release of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee

9 April 2020 News release

A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

During the early stages of the project, more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

In order to reach as many children as possible, the book will be widely translated, with six language versions released today and more than 30 others in the pipeline. It is being released as both an online product and audio book.

Download the book here

My Hero is You: all language versions