cover image 101 Ways to Be a Good Granny

101 Ways to Be a Good Granny

Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Katie Kath. Blue Apple (Consortium, dist.), $14.99 (

Lively grandmothers with a variety of skin tones, ages, and interests demonstrate 101 ways they play important roles in their grandchildren’s lives in this list-style offering. The 101 ideas referenced in the title are grouped into more than 30 sections, including “In the Garden” and “Feed Their Brains,” which offer a mix of activities (“45. Play miniature golf” “70. Walk a new neighborhood”) and more emotional means of support (a “Give Praise” section includes encouragements like “Awesome!” and “Nice hairdo!”). The grandmother-directed text should leave readers with lots of options the next time they tackle the final suggestion: “Have a sleepover!” Up to age 5. Illustrator’s agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Aug.)