Grandson Secretly Publishes Grandma’s Rejected 1972 Book on Christmas, and It Becomes an Amazon Bestseller

A grandmother’s long-held dream became reality this Christmas, thanks to her grandson’s heartwarming surprise.

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Back in 1972, Barbara Rieco wrote a children’s book, full of her dreams. Sadly, no publisher accepted it, and over time, Barbara stopped hoping to see her book in print.

Fast forward to this Christmas, and Barbara’s grandson, Chad Cooper, made something special happen. Chad, who works in design and production in New York City, found his grandmother’s old manuscript. He secretly turned it into a real book, complete with the original illustrations.

On Christmas morning, Barbara opened her gift from Chad. It was her book, finally printed. The moment was so special that Chad shared it on TikTok, where it touched many hearts around the world.

Watch the touching surprise below.


grandma wrote this book in 1972 and never finished it so we published it for her!

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Barbara was overwhelmed with joy. She said it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for her. But Chad’s kindness didn’t stop there. He also put the book on Amazon for others to buy. To everyone’s surprise, the book that no one wanted years ago became a #1 bestseller!

@moosbehavin all of your comments have been even more special than finally finishing the book. She / we are all so incredibly overwhelmed with all of your heartwarming messages. Thank you to everyone for taking this little project to a #1 ♬ Hey Look Ma, I Made It – Panic! At The Disco

People everywhere were moved by Barbara’s story. Many commented on TikTok, sharing how they were inspired by her experience. Some even said they’d buy the book, even though they didn’t have kids.

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