Thursday, June 01, 2006

Father's Day Books

Just 18 more days. Are you ready?

Although Dad’s are just as important as Moms they seem to sometimes be neglected on their special day. I had previously put together a rather extensive list of Mother’s Day books earlier, but hadn’t put one together for Father’s Day. So, in my attempt to correct this, I have a short list here. Several on the list include ones that I have sought out for my own little one and her father. The books listed include both board books and picture books. I love finding new books for them to share during their time together. Hope you find something awesome to share with your child's Dad or even your own Dad may enjoy a fun book to remember with.

Hey, Daddy: Animal Fathers and Their Babies by Mary Batten

Summary: Introduces the important roles that some animal fathers play in the development of their offspring, with examples of specific kinds of birds, mammals, and other creatures that thrive under a father's care.
Daddy's Girl by Garrison Keillor

Summary: Colorful illustrations of four doting songs celebrate the loving relationship between a father and his daughter. Includes CD sung by the author.
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
Summary: After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse's belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.
The Very Best Daddy of All by Marion Dane Bauer

Summary: Pictures and rhyming text show how some fathers, animal, bird, and human, take care of their children by bringing them food, playing with them, and keeping them safe.
I Love My Daddy Because ... by Laurel Porter-Gaylord

Summary: Familiar phrases from a preschooler's world give a child's-eye view of being an animal baby. Many different animal fathers are shown caring for their young.
Daddy's Little Girl by Bobby Burke

Summary: An illustrated version of a song which describes how special a daughter is to her father. The song "Daddy's Little Girl" has been a favorite of fathers and daughters -- and mothers, too -- for more than fifty years. In this picture-book version, an adoring rabbit daddy and his little bunny bring the moving lyrics to life as they share special moments that demonstrate the special bond reserved for daddies and their little girls.
Daddy's Little Boy by Billy Collins

Summary: An illustrated version of a song which describes how special a son is to his father.
Hunting the Daddyosaurus by Teresa Bateman
Summary: Two young dinosaurs track their father around the house and finally tackle him in his easy chair.
Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson
Summary: Inspired by his family experiences and his father's paintings, a young boy creates four poems.
Daddy Will You Miss Me? by Wendy McCormick
Summary: A boy and his daddy come up with lots of different ways to stay close to one another while the daddy is in Africa for four weeks.
My Daddy and Me by Jerry Spinelli
Summary: A young boy describes the things he likes to do with his father, including making music, baking cookies, and fixing things.

Sleepy Me by Marni McGee
Summary: As everything in the house winds down, Daddy carries a sleepy child to bed.
Daddy and Me by Catherine Daly Weir
Summary: Pictures and text relate some of the many things that fathers do with their children, from teaching them to cook to taking them fishing.

An Octopus Followed Me Home by Dan Yaccarino
Summary: When a girl brings home an octopus and wants to keep him as a pet, her daddy reminds her of the crocodile, seals, and other inappropriate animals she has already brought into the house to create chaos.
Daddy Hugs 1 2 3 by Karen Katz
Summary: A loving father counts the number of hugs he gives his baby to say I love you.
Daddy and Me by Karen Katz
Summary: This is a flip book where Daddy is making a special project and the child helps him find the tools he needs by looking under the oversized flaps.
Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman
Summary: Warm illustrations feature a variety of animals and celebrate the affection between fathers and children.
Daddy Cuddles by Anne Gutman
Summary: In this celebration of parental love, each daddy shows how much he loves his baby in his own special way.


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Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

What a nice list! And published sufficiently ahead of the holiday to give people time to actually get ahold of the books. Excellent organization!

I also wanted to thank you for contributing to my "cool girls" list the other day. You were the only one to suggest Karana, but she is definitely the kind of girl I had in mind for the list. I was also pleased that you agreed with so many of my original choices! I'm going to come up with a shorter "coolest girls" list soon (after publishing the complete list of nominations today), and your feedback will definitely help in narrowing that down. Thanks!

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