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And the day s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s like forever and ever and ever in front of me.
Sometimes its cuz theres a Daddy in the story were reading and hes twirling and spinning his baby girl and their mouths are wide open laughing.  And I wonder if my Daddy and I will ever do that.
And cuz hugs and cuddles never run out at home with Nonnie and Poppy.
Sometimes its cuz its cold and wintery outside and our house is warm and has cooking-supper smells.
Sometimes Buddy is with us and were on the big bed — Nonnie and Poppys bed talking puppy-talk and rubbing puppy ears, telling stories and reading stories turning pages and Nonnie says
And on the next page theres a Mommy and its nighttime and there are stars up in the sky and a skinny piece of moon.  And the Mommy is tucking her big girl in her big-girl bed, all pink and purple and I wonder why my Mommy doesnt do that.
Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas
Not Mommies and Daddies

Text by Gayle Byrne, Illustrations by Mary Haverfield

Size: 8 1/4" x 10", 
Hardcover, 32 pages
18 full-color illustrations
Published 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7892-1028-9
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Written from a child’s point of view, this touching picture book centers around a nontraditional family of grandparents raising their grandchild.

Age Range: 2-5-year-olds

"This is a wonderful story, with the right tone and message. It leaves one with a sense of calm, warmth and security, which is something many grandchildren desire." -- Deborah M. Whitley, Director, National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

"A warm and comforting children's book about grandfamilies." --, read more

"With beautiful illustrations and simple, yet warm and sincere, text... this book is a welcome addition to children's literature addressing diversity in family structure..." -- ACEI Journal (Association for Childhood Education International)

"This lovely story and attractive illustrations is a great way to introduce the concept of a different family to young readers. It's the perfect addition to any public or school library collection." -- Liz Duffy, Baker + Taylor CATS Sales Coordinator

"Strikes a warm, happy note..." -- Booklist

"A great way to introduce children to other family structures." -- New Haven Register

"Haverfield's watercolors give a softness to the illustrations, perfectly reflecting the tone of the story itself." -- The Hartford Courant

"A delightful children's book... warm and comforting." -- Together (a Generations United magazine)

"[This] book will likely fill a gap in many collections." -- School Library Journal

"Byrne's book will be a favorite of children in grandparent custody and can be a valuable learning tool for other children as well.... Books celebrating this particular type of happy family are in short supply." --

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas shares a child’s experience living with and being cared for by grandparents through the eyes of a cheerful and delightful little girl. Uplifting watercolor illustrations give extra warmth to this caring and loving story, to which a growing number of children can identify—over 4.5 million children in the United States are primarily cared for by a grandparent.

Poignant moments expressing the child’s curiosity and questions give way to comforting and playful exchanges at home with Nonnie and Poppy. Spending the day with this grandparent-led family, we see that it’s not always Mommies or Daddies that care for children, and that’s okay!

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas provides a great resource for children who seek reassurance about their particular experience. This unique book will appeal to any grandparent raising or providing long-term care for a grandchild, as well as any teacher who wants to educate children about nontraditional families. Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas sensitively addresses a topic that has been nearly absent in the children’s book market, until now.

SPECIAL UPDATE: Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas is the winner of the 2012 Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging in the primary reader category from the The K-12 Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)

Gayle Byrne can usually be found reading with little ones at Killingworth Library, where she has been the Children’s Librarian for ten years, or playing in the backyard with her granddaughter and their dog, Buddy. An award-winning educator, she previously taught English and Child Development. Byrne is an active member of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and lives happily with her granddaughter, Jasmine, and Jazzy’s Poppy in Connecticut.

Mary Haverfield has been illustrating children’s books for more than twenty years. Haverfield studied art at the University of Houston, Texas, and The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She has illustrated more than ten picture books for children, including Harriett the Homeless Raccoon. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Pat.

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