The Grandma Name Hunt

The amazing Jenny Hansen gave me some assistance on The Grandma Project this week. I got a fun, short list of Grandma names to try out on the babies:

  1. Gamby
  2. Nana
  3. Mamaw
  4. Gammy
  5. Meemaw
  6. Amma

But it’s probably a little soon to see how the babies (they arrived safely and have names!) like them…

This book was one of my son’s favorite books. In my day, all I got was seeing Dick and Jane run. Then stop. Then run some more. Sigh.

Best Board Books for Babies?

Because I love books, you know I’ll be getting the babies some books. I do realize they will need to start with board books, so that’s the next part of my Grandma Project. I did a Google search and came up with some promising titles, but let’s face it, the toughest critics are the babies (see above if you doubt me).

Here’s my top five contenders for the Grandma Project:

  • Goodnight Moon (it made almost every listI looked at)
  • Moo Baa La La La (I could easily fill this list and several more with Sandra Boynton, because I love her books. I also love reading them, but do the kids love them?)
  • Olivia (this gets high praise here.)
  • Trains Go (Because we got a boy in there and his dad loved trains and trucks. Found this book here.)
  • The Pigeon Loves Things That Go (because I’m kind of dark that way and apparently, this place is, too.)

Obviously this isn’t a final list, because I want to hear from you. And I’m ready to start reading to those darling babies yesterday. So, peeps? What needs to be added? Anything need to go? What do you think of the Grandma names? Should I start training them to call me one or wait to see what they come up with for me?

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Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously (and deliriously happily) yours,


When I’m not grinning like an idiot about the babies, I’m editing my upcoming release, Relatively Risky, my first romantic suspense novel in five years! I posted the first excerpt on my website at

Grandma Names 2 and What are the Best Board Books?

8 thoughts on “Grandma Names 2 and What are the Best Board Books?

  • February 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

    That’s a great list of books. Any of Sandra Boynton (I know I didn’t spell that right!) board books are great! You have a picture of Go, Dog, Go–Also fabulous.

    Board books with puppies, kittens, baby animals, and babies are also good.

    • February 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Oh, thanks, Diana! So excited to read to the grand babies. I used to love to read to my kids. And used to love it when my mom or dad read to me. Happy memories!

  • February 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    You have to get Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb. The book has a wonderful rhythm and very trippy 60s artwork. And yes, babies love Sandra Boynton, too.

    • February 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I’d forgotten about that one! We used to have some little golden books that were so painful to read! LOL I might have to do a post and what not to get if you don’t want to read it over and over again. LOL!

      • February 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

        I’d have to put Goodnight Moon on that list for me to avoid. We started making up our own version because we got tired of reading the same list night after night with one of our kids.

        • February 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

          I wondered about that. There is a Goodnight New Orleans version and other cities, I guess, but they’d still get old!

  • February 18, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Congrats on the soon to be arrivals. You have to be excited:)
    Sandra Boynton board books are great! They are fun to read; probably more toddler than baby but still.

    • February 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Many thanks, R.K.! I figure I need to start building that baby library now. The babies are a week old! I know I used to love reading the SB books to my kids back when. That’s huge, too. Books that are fun to read. πŸ™‚

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