Gran Collection

This section of books is called my Gran Collection for one simple reason. Each book in this section is dedicated to and connected to one of my grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Many of these books were written before there was a single grandchild in this family. That does not mean their book was not chosen for and dedicated to each of them with pride and love. Oops, I just realized some of the books in this section might simply be about grandparents. No matter, the books found here are in some way connected to grandparents and family.

My aim is to finish all gran books by the end of 2024. Quite the challenge when great-grans keep a’comin’.   In 2023 we welcomed John Joshep V and Henry.  Watch for their books: No One Could See the Flea and A Horse for Henry.

Today I added Just Like My Dad, my first published book, to this section. It just seems fitting. No matter that none of them are a gran to me. What would this family be without them? All authors love the books they write—most of their books anyway. But Just Like My Dad will always be at the top of my list, not only because it is the first book I ever published (back in 1991), or because it tells the story of a father and son sharing a day of work on a ranch that has been in their family for generations, but because it’s the story of family period. In this case, it’s the story of three cowboys all named John Joseph. This book has been dedicated to all three of them for a very long time. Only one of my first three John Josephs survives. Surprisingly, his name is John. May their heritage live forever.

 

Grandma's Kitchen

In this coming-of-age story our young protagonist is told to bring her sister with her this year. She is not happy. It is HER special sharing time with Grandma.  But soon we see that canning tomatoes with Grandma is as much a step-by-step process as learning anything–especially learning to share with your little sister.

Not only is this a multigenerational story of family cooperation, but it’s a true farm-to-table adventure and a companion book to Grandpa’s Garden where much more than tomatoes is grown.

Jimmy's Jammies

Jimmy loves his jammies, mainly because they came from Grandma. But nothing lasts forever.

Because Jimmy wears his jammies so often, he begins to outgrow them. Then, they start to fall apart. Sometimes making a decision can be tough. Will Jimmy ever consider giving his jammies up?

Where's Gramma?

Where do you think? Up in a tree. Driving a backhoe. Chasing bugs. Checking out a snake. Gramma’s four grandsons never know where they might find her. All they know for sure is that it’s worth it when they do.

Garrett Gets the Wiggle Worms

Every time Garrett gets the wiggle worms, whatever his adventure, he has to leave before the event is over. Will he ever learn how to train those darn wiggle worms to behave? Then one day there is something special happening at school. Something Garrett wants to do not only for himself but for his entire class. Can Garrett this time control those darned wiggle worms long enough to make a dream come true?

Grandpa's Garden

In this companion book to Grandma’s Kitchen, we track back all sorts of tasty treats that come from Grandpa’s Garden. Not only are they tasty, but their blended colors, flavors and shapes turn a simple salad into a healthy and delicious family fiesta.

But Not Piper

Piper always dances to her own music which often makes her  seem different from the rest of the family. Her siblings love dogs. Piper loves her kitten. Her siblings love the dirt and rough-housing. Everything about Piper is much more genteel. But her family loves her for just the way she is–especially when she saves the day.

Brody Knows It's Time

What does Brody know? That’s the mystery. All those cowboys driving onto their ranch hints at something exciting coming soon. As do the cows gathered tightly in one place. As does all the food building up in both Grandma’s and Mom’s kitchens. The cowdogs are wrestless too.  What can it be causing this feeling of anticipation filling the air? Brody knows. And, finally, the awaited day arrives so that every reader knows what Brody knew all along.

Cow Knew How

There’s a problem down on the farm. It’s Goldie’s birthday and all the animals want to do something special to celebrate Goldie’s special day. But not one of them know how. Luckily, Cow Knew How and saves the day. A day every one of them can enjoy. Together

Grandpa Jack Put It Back

Looks like taking care of young CJ is more than Grampa bargained for. But it is CJ who finally recognizes the problem and saves the day.

Just Like My Dad

All authors love the books they write–most of their books anyway. But Just Like My Dad will always be at the top of my list, not only because it is the first book I ever published (back in 1991), or because it tells the story of a father and son sharing a day of work on a ranch that has been their family for generations, but because it’s the story of family period. In this case, it’s the story of three cowboys all named John Joseph. This book has been dedicated to all three of them for a very long time. Only one of my first three John Josehps survives. But may their heritage live forever.

 

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