Keepsake Books for Grandparents to Give to Grandchildren

Give a Gift That Money Can't Buy

You can give your grandchildren something that no one else can: a gift of your memories, recorded in a special keepsake book. If you're daunted by the task of creating such a book, these tips for completing a keepsake journal should help. It's also important to select the book that fits your situation and life experiences, as well as size of book that you are comfortable writing in. (Sizes are approximate.) Read on to find the one that's just right for you.

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    keepsake book for grandparents to give grandchildren
    Give Grandma a beautiful journal with old-fashioned illustrations by Jim Daly. Courtesy of Amazon.com
    • Designed for a grandmother
    • Grandfather version available
    • Beautiful artwork
    • No family tree or places for photographs
    • Large 8 X 9 format
    • 48 pages
    • Perfect for a grandmother in a traditional family of faith
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    Honor a grandfather with this nifty gift of a grandpa journal illustrated by Jim Daly.
    Honor a grandfather with this nifty gift of a grandpa journal illustrated by Jim Daly. Photo © Harvest House
    • Designed for a grandfather
    • Beautiful artwork
    • No places for photographs
    • Large 8 X 9 format
    • 48 pages
    • Perfect for a grandfather in a traditional family of faith
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    This lovely keepsake journal that just might become a grandchild's most prized possession.
    This lovely keepsake journal that just might become a grandchild's most prized possession. Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
      • Specifically for a grandmother
      • Family tree and many places for photographs
      • Beautiful book with enchanting vintage-style illustrations
      • Large 9 X 12 format
      • 80 pages
      • Perfect for old-fashioned grandmothers

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      The subtitle says it all:
      Interviewing Grandma and Grandpa will be a breeze with "100+ Conversation Starters for Grandchildren and Their Grandparents.". Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
      • Designed for a grandchild to fill out
      • Contains questions for both Grandma and Grandpa
      • No illustrations or extras
      • Small, 6 X 7 pocket size
      • 192 pages
      • Perfect for grandparents who aren't willing or able to fill out a journal on their own

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      This gift journal will make it easy for a Jewish grandparent to bestow the gift of memories.
      The gift of memories will be easy for a Jewish grandparent to bestow with this well-designed gift journal. Photo © KTAV Publishing House
      • Designed for a Jewish grandmother and grandfather
      • Very detailed
      • Spaces for documents, photos and family tree
      • 250 pp.
      • Large 9 X 11 size
      • Perfect for Jewish grandparents who take their heritage seriously
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      Grandparents' Memory Book uses real questions from real grandkids.
      Subtitled "Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School?" this memory book represents a loving collaboration between two generations. Photo © Teri Harrison
      • Designed for one grandparent of either gender
      • Questions generated by real kids
      • Illustrated with vintage photographs
      • No spaces for family tree or family photographs
      • Medium 8 X 8 format
      • 120 pp.
      • Perfect for a grandparent with a sense of humor
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      A month-by-month grandparent journal makes it easy to create a Grandparent's Legacy.
      A month-by-month grandparent journal makes it easy to create A Grandparent's Legacy.. Photo © Thomas Nelson, Inc.
      • For one grandparent of either gender
      • Set up by months, with 12 questions per month
      • Some room for photographs
      • Spiral-bound
      • Small 6 X 8 format
      • 192 pp.
      • Perfect for a grandparent who may be intimidated by filling out a journal all at once

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      This sweetly old-fashioned gift journal will be perfect for a sweetly old-fashioned grandmother.
      This sweetly old-fashioned gift journal will be perfect for a sweetly old-fashioned grandmother. Photo © Abrams Books
        • Specifically for a grandmother
        • Family tree and many places for photographs
        • Hard cover book with delicate vintage-style illustrations
        • Large 9 X 11 format
        • 64 pages
        • Perfect for old-fashioned grandmothers
        • Not suitable for divorced grandmothers
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        Vickie Mullins' legacy book series, I Want You to Know Me, includes versions for grandparents.
        Vickie Mullins' legacy book series, I Want You to Know Me, includes versions for grandparents. Photo © Vickie Mullins
        • Designed for both grandparents to fill out
        • Also available in versions for grandma or grandpa
        • Questions avoid bringing up the past
        • Questions focus instead of grandparents' personal characteristics
        • Places for one photograph of each grandparent
        • Medium 7 X 10 format
        • 152 pages
        • Perfect for grandparents who don't want to talk about the past
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        The Grandmother Book is subtitled,
        Lively language and sprightly illustrations make this grandmother book a winner. Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
        • Specifically for a grandmother
        • Family tree and many places for photographs
        • Hard cover book with cheerful illustrations
        • Humorous tone, with some questions utilizing slang
        • Large 9 X 11 format
        • 64 pages
        • Perfect for modern grandmothers who have lived traditional lives
        • Not suitable for divorced grandmothers
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        This memory book for Jewish families has spaces for Jewish education and celebrations.
        This memory book for Jewish families combines the usual questions with questions about Jewish education and celebrations. Photo © Congregation Beth El
        • Designed for one grandparent of either gender
        • Some room for photographs or mementos
        • Lay-flat binding
        • Medium 9 X 9 format
        • 72 pp.
        • Perfect for Jewish grandparents who want a book that's simple to fill out
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        Holiday journals allow grandparents and grandchildren to experience holidays over and over.
        Holiday journals allow grandparents and grandchildren to experience holidays over and over. Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
        • Specifically for a grandmother
        • Focuses on celebrations
        • Nice adjunct to other grandparent journals
        • "Winter holiday" and "spring holiday" allow flexibility
        • Family tree and many places for photographs
        • Hard cover book with festive illustrations
        • Large 9 X 11 format
        • 64 pages
        • Good for families with lots of holiday traditions
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        This grandparents' journal is designed for both a grandmother and grandfather to fill out.
        This grandparents' journal is designed for both a grandmother and grandfather to fill out. Photo © Ryland Peters
        • For a grandmother and grandfather to fill out
        • Pockets to hold photographs and keepsakes
        • No family tree
        • Hardcover book with lay-flat spiral binding
        • Medium  7 X 10 format
        • 144 pages
        • Perfect for grandparents with large, close families
        • Not suitable for single grandparents

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