Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas

Not Mommies and Daddies

By Gayle Byrne, Mary Haverfield

Illustrator Mary Haverfield

Release Date
Format Hardcover 32 pages 8.25 x 10 inches 18 full-color illustrations
Category Kids
ISBN-13 978-0-78921-028-9 SKU 1042381

Written from a child’s point of view, this touching picture book centers around a nontraditional family of grandparents raising their grandchild.

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.

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).


"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." -- Grandparents.comread 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