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A Grandpa Joe Day!
WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY
BILL SHEA
Illustration of a woman running a ticket booth

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Cover of the book A Grandpa Joe Day! By Bill Shea

A Grandpa Joe Day!
by Bill Shea

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“A Grandpa Joe Day!” is OUT NOW!

Billy has been waiting for this day forever: His Grandpa Joe is taking him to his favorite amusement park. When Billy wakes up that morning, he looks out the window and sees that it is raining hard. He quickly turns on the news to get the weather report.  The weather person says, “Sorry Kids, but today looks like a washout.” Billy becomes worried that Grandpa Joe won’t come, and the day will be canceled because of the weather.

 

Will the day be a washout? Or one of the best days ever? Find out in this inspiring and whimsical illustrated picture book from first time author/illustrator Bill Shea. 

All the drawings are amazing and set the perfect tone for every scene—and that
Roller Coaster!!!

-Jimmy Fallon

FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!

A Grandpa Joe Day! is based on a true story about positivity and love that Bill experienced first-hand when he was a boy. Children of all ages will fall in love with this story and parents will also delight in this charming tale about sharing love and creating lasting memories. 

A Grandpa Joe Day! is a beautiful, bright and heartfelt book. Children and parents alike will fall in love with its message about positivity and love.

Grandpa Joe and Billy in a car
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A DAY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A WASHOUT...

BECAME THE

BEST DAY EVER!

WHO'S WHO

MEET THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

BILL SHEA

Bill Shea is the debut author and illustrator of A Grandpa Joe Day! In addition to being an artist, Bill is a former Madison Avenue creative director and was the original creative director at Autism Speaks, where he helped the organization become the leading autism charity in the country. Bill also produces videos for non-profits. A Grandpa Joe Day! is based on a true story about positivity and love that Bill experienced first-hand when he was a boy. Bill lives in Northern Westchester with his husband and their three dogs Sherlock, Dodger, and Jackson. 

 

This book is dedicated to Bill’s grandfather, Joe, who never gave up on a mission in the spirit of sharing love and creating lasting memories. One of Bill's favorite hobbies is riding rollercoasters. 

Photo of Bill Shea in a blue collared shirt.
Photo of Grandpa Joe sitting in a chair

MEET GRANDPA JOE

aka JOSEPH TUOTI

Grandpa Joe, aka Joseph Tuoti, was a U.S Postal Mailman and an artist.

 

My grandpa, Joe, taught me about unconditional love. This kind and gentle man gave me a gift that I would come to appreciate and cherish for all my life.

 

Our special and loving time together was brief, but time captured moments like my first roller coaster ride. 


A Grandpa Joe day was filled with memories that no weatherperson could dampen. Our visit(s) would sometimes start with rain, and we thought all outdoor plans would be canceled. We were assured that the rain would stop enough to let our plans work out. 

 

Grandpa Joe days were always filled with life, love, and sunny days.

KEEPING IT 
OLD SCHOOL

A Grandpa Joe Day! was made with love, care, and LOTS of colored pencils and markers. This book has been widely accepted and loved because it isn't perfect or computer-created; it's imperfect just like we are!

Learn more about Bill's philosophy and passions in this video taken at the recent event hosted by God's Love We Deliver, a community organization near and dear to this author's heart.

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WHAT READERS SAY

Our 5 year old son treasures this book, it’s one of the three books he travels with. Grandpa Joe is a great reminder that a healthy dose of optimism can wash away the grayest of days.

Bryan D’Alessandro
Father

Every time my boys (6 and 4 years old) read “A Grandpa Joe Day!” we smile and laugh because it reminds us that sometimes when the day doesn’t seem like it is going our way, we can always be pleasantly surprised! I love this story to read to them and remind myself that we can always make the best out of the day, no matter the circumstances.

Lauren Pregiato
Mom of 2 Boys

The first time I read “A Grandpa Joe Day!” I was overcome with emotion. This story is a day of miracles performed by the simple act of love. I want every child to feel what it’s like to have a Grandpa Joe day and every adult to learn what Grandpa Joe showed us. What a world it would be if it was filled with Grandpa Joes

Dee Tavares
Big Fan

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