A loving story about dementia for young children.
I Smile for Grandpa cover


Discover the heartwarming relationship between Grandpa and his Little Buddy in this touching book. When Grandpa is diagnosed with a dementia disease, Little Buddy realizes playing soccer together won’t quite be the same. But while the activities that Grandpa can do are changing, there is still much fun to be had. In fact, spending time with each other is as special as ever!

Using delightful and tender illustrations, dementia is compassionately explored through the innocent eyes of a child to create a greater understanding of the disease. Tips for speaking with your child as well as a useful Q&A are also included to enhance learning.

Written by Registered Social Worker and Dementia Care Expert, Jaclyn Guenette / Edited and Illustrated by Award-winning Author & Illustrator, Kathryn Harrison.


I Smile For Grandpa received the First Place Award in the Health Category and an Honourable Mention in the Family Matters Category from the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards. It also placed as a Finalist for Children’s Literature in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards

*A portion of profits from this book will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Thank you for making a difference.

Where to Buy?

This tender book is currently available in paperback and on ebook at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk and Barnesandnoble.com. It is also available by order from your favorite local book store.

Just ask for ISBN 9780994946768.

Available in other languages:

I Smile For Grandpa Multi-lingual

German / DeustcheIch Lächle Für Opa

French / Français Grand-Papa aura toujours mes sourires

Danish / DanskJeg Smiler for farfar

What the experts say?

Teresa Cheung, MD, CCFP.

“An endearing story, starting with tender moments between a grandchild and grandpa. Well done in captivating the different emotions and behaviour one with dementia can exhibit. The story and illustrations show how the grandchild can support grandpa as dementia progresses; using reminders and distractions…The book also aptly includes valuable answers to common questions following the story.”

Kim Pollard, RSW.

“This book is so warmly written and illustrated…children who have loved ones touched by dementia will be able to relate to it in a meaningful way, feeling hope and reassurance.”

Crystal de Jong, RN, GNC(C).

“This book provides a wonderful explanation for young children to assist in understanding the dementia journey that their loved one is on. It will help with answering questions for ‘little buddies’ everywhere.”

Jennifer Pearson, MACP, Family Therapist.

“The authors have done beautiful work in this poignant children’s story about dementia, love, and family. One of the things I really appreciate is how relatable I think it is for children, even if they are not directly affected by dementia in their family, as it speaks to a number of themes that young children can understand. I would highly recommend this wonderfully illustrated book to both parents and helping professionals.”

Take A Look Inside!

Our Contributors

Jaclyn Gunette

Jaclyn Gunette


Canadian Writer, Jaclyn Guenette, is a mother of three young children. She is a Registered Social Worker and Designated Capacity Assessor. Jaclyn is dedicated to working with families living with dementia and creating awareness and understanding of the disease.

Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison


Canadian Artist, Kathryn Harrison, holds a BSc, an MBA and a Fine Art Diploma. She brings together these diverse skills in every book she creates. Stirred by her experince with her mother’s dementia., Kathryn is committed to developing books to support familites living with the disease.

Our Publisher

If you are interested in reaching out about this book, please send an email to: info@flipturnpublishing.com

We would love to hear from you! Thank you.