Stories of Grandparents for Listeners of All Ages

There are hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the influential relationship between parents and children, but what about grandparents? Oftentimes, grandparents have equally lasting effects on grandchildren. They may be stepping into a parenting role when needed, or just providing wisdom and comfort.

From picture books to adult books, we’ve selected some audiobooks that explore those ever-important grandparent-grandchild relationships for listeners of all ages.

For adults:

A Fifty-Year Silence

Miranda Richmond Mouillot journeys to France to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife’s name aloud after she left him.

Listen to an excerpt A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE

Maine

As three generations of Kelleher women descend on their Maine property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears.

Listen to an excerpt MAINE

Tending Roses
Author: Lisa Wingate
Read By: Allyson Ryan

Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son in order to convince her ailing Grandma Rose to move into a nursing home. But when she discovers a journal, Kate see her life—and her grandmother—in a completely new way.

Listen to an excerpt TENDING ROSES

For young listeners:

Bird

Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Then one night, Jewel meets a strange boy in a tree, and she decides to break through the silence of the past.

Listen to an excerpt BIRD

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality…

Listen to an excerpt The Fourteenth Goldfish

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa
Author: Anna Dewdney
Read By: Anna Dewdney

It’s an exciting day for Llama Llama; he’s going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! It’s his first night away from home….and from Mama.

Listen to an excerpt LLAMA LLAMA GRAM AND GRANDPA

A Long Way From Chicago
Author: Richard Peck
Read By: Ron McLarty

Joey and his sister, Mary Alice–two city slickers from Chicago–make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel’s seemingly sleepy Illinois town, each one funnier and more surprising than the year before.

Listen to an excerpt A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO

When I Was Young in the Mountains

This Caldecott Honor Book is about Cynthia Rylant and her grandparents’s lives in the Appalachian Mountains of her childhood.

Listen to an excerpt WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS

The Witches

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. There’s nothing real witches hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

Listen to an excerpt THE WITCHES