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Stories for Preschool-Grade 3
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What's Happening to Grandpa?

Maria Shriver
Published in 2004 by Little, Brown, New York, New York

Kate's grandpa has Alzheimer's disease. She has a lot of questions - What will happen to grandpa? Will my mom get it? How will I explain to friends? Her questions are answered as she learns more about the disease. Kate is also determined to cherish his life. With a box of photographs and his still-intact memories, they create a scrapbook.

Singing with Momma Lou

Linda Jacobs Altman
Published in 2002 by Lee and Low Books, Inc., New York, New York

In this story, nine-year-old Tamika is sad when she visits her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s disease. But Tamika shows her grandmother photographs, school yearbooks, movie ticket stubs and other mementos to jog her memory and remind her of good times.

The Stranger I Call Grandma: A Story about Alzheimer’s Disease

Swanee Ballman
Published in 2001 by Jawbone Publishing Corporation, St. Cloud, Florida

After Andrew’s grandmother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease she comes to live with his family. Andrew tells the story of how his family learns to adjust to his grandmother’s illness and having her live with them.

Grandma's Cobwebs

Ann Frantti
Published in 2002 by Dagney Publishing, Clifton Park, New York

When Claire’s grandmother develops Alzheimer’s disease Claire’s parents explain facts about the illness. But they don't pay attention to how Claire is feeling about the changes that Alzheimer’s disease causes in her grandmother's behavior. The book introduces the concept of the three R's of Alzheimer's disease: relax, remember and respect.

Remember Me? Alzheimer's through the Eyes of a Child
(Te Acuerdas de Mi?)

Sue Glass
Published in 2002 by Raven Tree Press LLC, Green Bay, Wisconsin

A little girl thinks that her grandfather cannot or doesn't want to remember her. She knows her mother is upset. It must be something she did or didn't do. But what? She mistakenly blames herself, not only for her grandfather's lack of memory but also for her mom's sadness. Bilingual picture book in English and Spanish. Full text translation and bilingual vocabulary page.

Allie Learns about Alzheimer’s Disease: A Family Story about Love, Patience and Acceptance

Kim Gosselin
Published in 2002 by JayJo Books, Plainview, New York

When Allie’s grandmother is late for the family’s monthly outing, Allie’s mother goes to check on her at her home. Readers share the family’s journey from noticing early symptoms of forgetfulness to diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, understanding what Alzheimer’s disease is, treatment and acceptance.

Thank You for the Thistle

Dorie Thurston
Published in 2001 by Dorie Books, White Stone, Virginia

This is the story of Great Aunt Nellie, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Her nephew helps her fill her bird feeder with special thistle seed that attracts goldfinches. Together Aunt Nellie and her nephew watch the beautiful birds. Free teacher’s instructions on classroom use of the book are included.

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