Just like a crane lifts heavy items and sets them at a higher level, we have special ones in our lives who act as mentors, helping us break stereotypes and realize our potential. These devoted heroes often come in the form of our beloved grandfathers. 

Loved for their stories, wisdom, and sense of humor, our grandfathers paint the world with a broader brush for little minds, helping them develop a wider and more colorful perspective, especially in a society where age, gender, and background dictate what they can and cannot be. By showing our children that life is boundless, we can open countless doors of opportunities for them to soar high.   

And so, one internationally recognized icon in the Kidlit community is reminding us to celebrate the people who raise us higher than we think we can reach and keep believing in our capabilities. 

Award-Winning and Best-Selling Children’s Author and Illustrator, Dan Yaccarino  joins our John Masiulionis and Little Forrest for his fourth trolley stop in Episode #182 of PR From The Heart’s Children’s Books Spotlight Series to give a giant virtual hug to all grandparents out there. John and Dan share a heartwarming conversation about the importance of nurturing and strengthening our relationships with our grandparents, how helping our kids develop a close bond with their elders can shape their perspective about life, the value of treasuring every moment in time with our loved ones, empowering little girls and helping them visualize what’s possible for them through Dan’s upcoming projects with renowned Children’s Author Andrea Zimmerman, the role of consistency in achieving our goals, and much more.  

We encourage you, our fellow neighbors, to support Dan by purchasing your copies of One, Two, Grandpa Loves You and Crane Jane!, and enjoying this empowering read with your little ones:   

👴🏽One, Two, Grandpa Loves You: https://bit.ly/3Em1Wwh  📖 

One, Two, Grandpa Loves You Text copyright © 2023 by Shelly Becker • Illustrations copyright © 2023 by Dan Yaccarino. Courtesy of Abrams Kids. All Rights Reserved.

🏗️Crane Jane!: https://bit.ly/3PlphEI  📖 

Crane Jane! Text copyright © 2023 by Andrea Zimmerman • Illustrations copyright © 2023 by Dan Yaccarino. Courtesy of Holiday House Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

We also invite you to tune in to Dan’s previous trolley stops on The Children’s Books Spotlight Series: 


🏙️ Episode 164: City Under The City: https://bit.ly/45zsPZC  


⛈️  Episode 130: The Longest Storm: https://bit.ly/3XuGXQk 


Episode 4: Morris Mole: https://bit.ly/3F2mLyd 


🖥️ Stay connected with Dan:

📖 Official Website: https://bit.ly/3DXP4KT

👴🏽 Facebook: https://bit.ly/3FQRAEr

🏗️ Twitter: https://bit.ly/3mUhezi

👴🏽 Instagram: https://bit.ly/3FN8T9k


Children’s Books Spotlight Series Episode #182: Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator) | One, Two, Grandpa Loves You & Crane Jane!