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Best Grandparenting Book: About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012

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Winner! Child of My Child
Child of My Child explores the grandparenting experience through poems and essays for grandparents.

2010 anthology offers poems and essays for grandparents.

Photo © Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises

Title: Child of My Child
Subtitle: Poems and Stories for Grandparents
Editors: Sandi Gelles-Cole and Kenneth Salzmann
Publisher: Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises
Website: Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents

How the Book Came to Be: "Child of My Child was born in April, 2009, along with its flesh and blood twin, Josephine, 7 pounds, 6 ounces upon arrival. In truth, we didn't quite know at the time that a book had been born. All of our attention was focused instead on one small child who had just reshaped our lives and changed our identities in ways we are still discovering. But it was inevitable that, sooner or later, we would look for a literary response to Josie's life-changing presence, given our own backgrounds and sensibilities." (From "First Words," by Kenneth Salzmann)

Excerpt: "Jacob Brian was born last October. My son and his mother-in-law were in the delivery room while my husband and I waited outside. I am used to sitting. Mothers do a lot of sitting--at ballgames, doctors' offices, school open houses and Cub Scout meetings. Some of us sit in courtrooms and jail visiting rooms instead of on bleachers at graduation.

"That morning, I sat waiting for my first grandchild. I represented my mother, who had died when my son was eight. I was a witness for my ex-husband, who would never know this child. I represented my son's birth mother, whose magnanimous gesture entitled me to sit here in her stead.

"When my son held Jacob for the first time and raised him up to show me, I cried, remembering the first time I saw him through a nursery window. I was blessed once with a baby I never imagined I could have and now with a grandchild I had never envisioned in my life." (From "The Art of Sitting," by Mary Kolada Scott)

Read the full review or read some excerpted poems included in this selection of grandparent poems.

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