National Grandparents Day will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2010. This day of recognition for the elder members of society was started by Marian McQuade to bring recognition to the large number of elderly citizens living in nursing homes. She also hoped the day would help others recognize the value of older family members’ wisdom and life experiences. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day.
In honor of grandparents and the memories made with them, the San Francisco Zoo is giving grandparents everywhere the chance to be a kid again, as it celebrates National Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Grandparents who present a photo of them with one or more of their grandchildren will receive FREE admission.
The San Francisco Zoo has been around for more than 80 years and many grandparents of today may have visited the zoo in the past with their grandparents. Zoo staff believe “grandparents are often the heart of the family and hold the key to building life-long impressions.” Celebrate grandparents day with the whole family by visiting the zoo on Sunday, September 12, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – last entry at 4:30 p.m.
In preparation for Grandparents Day, read some or all of the following books on the different kinds of grandparents that make our families richer. These books can be found in libraries and independent bookstores around the country. Want to find an independent bookstore in your neighborhood? Visit Indie Bound’s store finder.
Birth – age 3
Grandpa Loves Me by Marianne Richmond
Heaven Is Having You by Giles Andreae and Vanessa Cabban
Joy! by Joyce Carol Thomas and Pamela Johnson
Grandma’s Ready – La Abuelita Ya Esta Lista (English and Spanish Edition) by Sharon Chess, Megan D. Wellman, and Carmen Pelham
Ages 4 – 8
Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla by Demetria Martinez, Rosalee Montoya-Read, and Lisa May Casaus
That’s Where God Is by Daniel Morrow, Alison Strobel Morrow, and Cory Godbey
My Mountain Song by Shutta Crum and Ted Rand
Ages 9 – 12
Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
Lana’s Lakota Moons by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Three Cave Mountain by Per Olov Enquist and Tiina Nunnally
The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer and Sujean Rim
What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson
Grand Fathers: Reminiscences, Poems, Recipes, and Photos of the Keepers of Our Traditions by Nikki Giovanni
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne M. LaFleur