The Best Memory Books for Grandparents to Give to Grandchildren of 2021

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You can give your grandchildren something that no one else can: a gift of your memories, recorded in a special keepsake book. It's important to select the book that fits your situation and life experiences, as well as the size of the 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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The Grandparent Book: A Keepsake Journal

This is a cute, modern take on the traditional grandparent journal. It is organized by sections, from childhood to grandparenthood. The questions are in easy completion format. This book is by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the author of numerous children's books, whose "You May Want to Marry My Husband" letter went viral just weeks before she died of cancer.

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Grandma, Do You Remember When?: Sharing a Lifetime of Loving Memories

Designed for a grandmother, this book features beautiful artwork by award-winning illustrator Jim Daly. In hardcover, this book comes in a generous size. This book is perfect for a grandmother in a traditional family of faith. It would not be as suitable for a divorced grandmother or someone with an unconventional lifestyle. One other drawback is that it does not have a spot for a family tree or designated areas for photographs.

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Grandpa, Do You Remember When?: Sharing a Lifetime of Loving Memories

Much like the grandmother journal reviewed above, this grandfather journal is best suited for a traditionalist. The illustrations are beautiful, but they often depict scenes that seem to be set a hundred or so years ago. In other words, they don't realistically depict what a modern grandfather's childhood was like. If that doesn't bother you, though, this book is a great choice.

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Memories for My Grandchild: Memories for My Grandchild: A Grandmother's Keepsake Journal

This book is one of the largest formats available, so if you are looking for a book that's easy to write in, consider this one. Specifically for a grandmother, it features a family tree and many places for photographs. The vintage-style illustrations are perfect for old-fashioned grandmothers.

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Questions to Bring You Closer to Grandma and Grandpa: 100+ Conversation Starters for Grandparents of Any Age

This unique take on a grandparent's journal is actually designed for a grandchild to fill out. It contains questions for both Grandma and Grandpa. It's a perfect choice for grandparents who aren't willing or able to fill out a journal on their own. There are no fancy illustrations or other extras.

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Reflections: Reflections: A Jewish Grandparent's Guide to Memories

Designed for a Jewish grandmother and grandfather, this journal is intended for grandparents who are willing to put a lot of effort into creating a valuable keepsake. The questions are very detailed, and there are spaces for documents, photos, and a family tree. It is perfect for Jewish grandparents who take their heritage seriously.

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A Grandparent's Memory Book: Grandparents' Memory Book: Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School?

If you are buying a journal for a grandparent with a sense of humor, you've come to the right place! This journal is designed for one grandparent of either gender. It features questions generated by real kids. It is illustrated with vintage photographs but has no space for grandparents to put in their own photographs. There's also no family tree. 

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A Grandparent's Legacy: A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words

This book takes a different approach to creating a keepsake. It is set up by months, with 12 questions per month. The idea is to cut up the task into bite-sized pieces so that the process doesn't seem overwhelming. Designed for one grandparent of either gender, the spiral-bound book has some room for photographs.

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Grandmother Remembers: Grandmother Remembers: A Written Heirloom for My Grandchild

This hardcover book with delicate vintage-style illustrations is designed for a grandmother. It features a family tree and many places for photographs. It's perfect for traditional, old-fashioned grandmothers but not particularly suitable for divorced grandmothers.

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I Want You To Know Me... Love, Grandma & Grandpa

This journal takes yet another approach as it is designed for both grandparents to fill out. There are, however, other editions for a grandma or a grandpa to fill out individually. Because questions avoid bringing up the past but focus instead on grandparents' personal characteristics and ideas, it would be suitable for grandparents with a painful past that they don't particularly want to share. There are places for one photograph of each grandparent.

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The Grandmother Book: The Grandmother Book: A Book About You for Your Grandchild

Lively language and sprightly illustrations make this grandmother book a winner. Specifically for a grandmother, it features a family tree and many places for photographs. A hardcover book with cheerful illustrations, it has a humorous tone, with some questions utilizing slang. Again, it is most suitable for traditional grandmothers and may not work for divorced grandmothers.

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Grandparent's Memory Book for Jewish Families

This memory book for Jewish families combines the usual questions with questions about Jewish education and celebrations. Designed for one grandparent of either gender, it has some room for photographs or mementos. A lay-flat binding makes it easy to write in. It's perfect for Jewish grandparents who want a book that's simple to fill out.

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Grandmother Remembers Holidays: Grandmother Remembers Holidays: An Album of Memories and Photos for My Grandchild

Holiday journals allow grandparents and grandchildren to experience special times over and over. Specifically for a grandmother, this journal focuses on family celebrations. As such, it makes a nice adjunct to other grandparent journals. "Winter holiday" and "spring holiday" allow flexibility for families that don't celebrate Christmas and Easter. It features a family tree and many places for photographs.

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Grandparents' Journal

This journal is meant for a grandmother and grandfather to fill out together. It's perfect for grandparents with large, close families. A good quality hardcover, this book also features pockets to hold photographs and keepsakes, but there is no family tree. 

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