Relatives: Board Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about relatives?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to relatives. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about relatives.

Our list includes board books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about relatives, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Spot’s Easter Surprise to popular sellers like How to Babysit a Grandpa to some of our favorite hidden gems like Baking Day at Grandma’s.

We hope this list of kids books about relatives can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Baking Day at Grandma's book
#1
Baking Day at Grandma's
Written by Anika Denise and illustrated by Christopher Denise
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can’t wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma’s! In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir-with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing-to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they’re shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents.”

Me with You book
#2
Me with You
Written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Christopher Denise
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Cute rhymes and tender sentiments share just how special the relationship between a grandpa and his grandchild can be, with mutual support and love. The bears in this story are beautifully illustrated and I love how expressive their features are as they interact together.

With simple rhymes and classic illustrations, this charming toddler gift celebrates the special bond between grandparents and their little ones.

We’re a pair beyond compare, a rare and special two, in all the ways that I am me and you’re completely you.

From tea time to game time, singing or swinging, in the good times and even the grumpy ones, a granddaughter knows her grandpa is always wonderfully himself, and she is wonderfully herself, and together they are unbeatable! A pair beyond compare, a rare and special two!

How to Babysit a Grandma book
#3
How to Babysit a Grandma
Written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandkids in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma…if just for one day.

A New York Times Bestseller

When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. (Be sure to check out the sections on: How to keep a grandma busy; Things to do at the park; Possible places to sleep, and what to do once you’re both tucked in for the night.)

How to Babysit a Grandpa book
#4
How to Babysit a Grandpa
Written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

When your grandad rings the doorbell, it’s babysitting time! This is a hilarious and accessible picture book about a child spending time with his grandad.

A New York Times bestselling picture book—from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series—about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

Grandpa's Wish List book
#5
Grandpa's Wish List
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Strengthens bonds & emotional security Reinforces use of language patterns Encourages understanding of unconditional love Grandpa Badger has so many wishes for his new grandbaby! With gorgeous artwork and a loving message, this keepsake board book makes the perfect gift for new grandfathers and their grandchildren.

  1. Grandma Wishes - Encourages together-time Reinforces the concept of unconditional love Introduces language patterns & rhyming Do you know there is a special star on which new grandmothers wish? This story lets grandchildren know how special they are to their grandparents. This beautiful keepsake board book makes a lovely gift for new grandmothers and grandchildren.

  2. Spot's Easter Surprise - Excited about the big Easter egg hunt at his grandparent’s house, Spot and his friends search for the hidden treats, but when he sees something special in the bushes, Spot knows that it is the perfect gift for his grandparents. On board pages.

  3. Grandpa and Me - Let’s make a pizza with Grandpa! You can help. Lift the large, sturdy flaps to find everything you need.

  4. Grandma and Me - Grandma is coming for a very special visit! Peek under the big, easy-to-lift flaps to see all of Grandma’s surprises!

Grandmas Are for Giving Tickles book
#10
Grandmas Are for Giving Tickles
Written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Spending time with Grandma is so much fun! She knows all about butterflies, snails, and computers. And she has great ideas for new adventures. Grandma will play dress-up with you, and she’ll show you pictures of your mom when she was a little girl. This adorable lift-the-flap book is perfect for young children to read with Grandma when she comes to visit.

Grandpas Are for Finding Worms book
#11
Grandpas Are for Finding Worms
Written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When you need worms for fishing, Grandpa knows just where to look. Grandpas are great at making things, like bookshelves, burgers, and funny faces. Some grandpas like to sing old songs, some like to play baseball, and all grandpas make you feel special. Young children and grandpas alike will love this sweet tribute to the special love between them

Auntie and Me book
#12
Auntie and Me
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Auntie comes for a special visit in this sweet lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Finally, a book for aunts, everywhere! Someone special is at the door! Who could it be? Baby is ready for a fun-filled day with Auntie in this new interactive lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Little ones will love lifting the sturdy flaps on every page to reveal all of Auntie’s surprises.

Big Bug Log book
#13
Big Bug Log
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Little Bugsy is going to visit his grandma in the Big Bug Log, but he’s not quite sure how to find his way through the log to her house. With the reader’s help, Bugsy must solve puzzles, follow mazes, and look behind flaps to follow the path all the way to the surprise ending! Packed with humor and detail, this brilliantly interactive board book will keep little ones entertained for hours.

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