Father’s Day books
I am so behind on Father’s Day this year , well to tell you the truth it always sneaks up on me. I have some great new books to share and some of our favorite crafts from Father’s Days past. I hope you find something wonderful to make or inspire your own Father’s Day craft creations! If you want to see how we are celebrating Father’s Day I wrote a post about it on my FamilyEducation.com blog ( if you are my husband do not click your surprise will be ruined! ).
This year I found a bunch of new ( to me) books that all celebrate the relationship between father’s and kids ( mostly sons) but you can also check out our previously reviewed Father’s Day Books .
Daddy and I… by Eloise Greenfield is a great little board book about the every day things that a toddler son may help his dad with. From painting, to shopping to stopping for some hugs this book is great for toddlers to see all the things that make up being a dad and caring for your family. It also has a great lesson about children pitching in to help keep a family going too.
Daddy Hug by Tim Warnes got a great yes vote from my 11 month old who enthusiastically signed ” more” after I turned the last page. Using a bunch of animals to illustrate all the things daddies are like strong, scruffy, hungry, tender… the author with the help of illustrator Jane Chapman create a nice read aloud that walks the line between silly and touching very very well. I like this book and like how no matter what your daddy may be you will find him in this book.
Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Ulburg is a touching look at father’s and son’s and the complex relationship that develops at the same time as tackling bigger themes like discrimination and baseball. A father and son share a love of baseball and specifically of Jackie Robinson. This book handles these multiple themes very well and will likely create a few lumps in your throat as you read the sometimes achingly honest text. I really liked this book and how it linked different kinds of discrimination, adversity and the way the human spirit can triumph over both.
This is a compilation of previously reviewed books that don’t focus on Father’s Day so much as have good representations of dads in them. From the natural world of seahorses and penguins, to something that has become Daddy’s job at our house; bedtime and cleaning out the car, all these books offer positive portrayals of fatherhood.
Looking for Sleepy by Maribeth Boelts is a perfect bedtime book. I really think it’s brilliant. I was gifted it and it probably wouldn’t have jumped off the book shelf to me if I had been browsing at the book store but I am so glad it ended up in our hands. The book is about a little bear and his papa bear getting ready for bed. They go through their bedtime routine, starting by looking for sleepy hiding under toys, in the bath , in his pjs, in the bedtime stories etc… I love the dad in this book. I love how he’s patient and kind and the illustration on the page where they are reading in bed and his toddler’s hand is awkwardly on his head cracks me up. My favorite part though is that when the toddler asks Papa to stay a little longer while he falls asleep Papa does. I enjoy books that are reassuring and provide a sense of security for young children at bedtime and this does that with ease. Awesome book!
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle is a story about the more involved fish fathers in the sea. Mister seahorse isn’t the only fish that takes care of his eggs until they hatch , in the book we meet other dads that do too. I didn’t realize how many people don’t like this book until I read some reviews on amazon when ordering the book a few months ago. Many parents are off put by the father fish who announces he is “babysitting” his own baby fish. It never really bugged me even though when a parent says that in real life it irks me. All the positive daddy fish outweighs that one comment for me.
This Is the Van That Dad Cleaned by Lisa Campbell Ernst gave me a good chuckle, I only have one child and my car seems to multiply sippy cups, cheddar bunny crumbs and a mess on it’s own! This book is about a dad with a van, a clean van and 3 kids who ruin that very quickly. The siblings act like siblings teasing and fighting while making a growing mess in their poor dad’s clean van. The book is a poem that keeps growing and growing like the mess. In the end the kids are the ones that clean up the mess and I like that, in our house like the book even the baby helps clean up.
The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins is a good non fiction book written like a story about penguins and more specifically about how the father penguin cares for the egg. The illustrations in the book are wonderful and will likely appeal to younger children as well as the target 4-6 year olds audience that the text is geared towards. I have used this in a Pre K class and by the end of the year the children were ready and able to sit and pay attention to the whole book.
Molly and Her Dad by Jan Ormerod was a great find. Molly doesn’t see her dad often because he lives a plane ride away and when he comes to take care of her things aren’t perfect at first. There are so many little things about this book I like. I like that there are details like baby photos of Molly and both her parents together, I like that Molly tells her dad how he is doing things wrong and doesn’t warm up to him immediately and I like how he doesn’t get mad. I think this is a pretty realistic portrayal of children’s emotions when spending time with a parent they don’t see often but still have a great relationship with.
I am notorious for forgetting Father’s Day, two years in a row while teaching preschool I quickly grabbed art supplies during pick up time and through together cards for dads! This one isn’t quite so rushed but it is easy!
- Gather your materials. You will need two pieces of some sturdy paper or 2 blank cards, some crayons, a marker, glue and a heart paper punch. Oh and your child’s hand!
- Have your child color one piece of paper/ one card. I am using crayons because that is what I have on hand but you can decorate it how you see fit. If you are going to do something like paint do step number 5 before this one.
- Trace your child’s hand
- Cut out, if you want you can add sparkles, or other decorations too!
- Using a paper punch punch a heart out of the middle of the card. If you don’t have a pper punch, you can draw a heart and carefully cut it out.
- Glue the cut out hand to the inside of the card , so when it’s closed the heart is filled with the hand .
- Add your message and you are done!
Giving Dad a book that he can share with your little one is a great gift, here are 3 you might want to check out!
” The 10 Best Things About My Dad” by Christine Loomis didn’t leave much of an impression with me until I hit #8, which says ” When I am sad he hugs me close . He never says “Don’t cry”. That page won me over, and made this book stand out for me. I love that it’s promoting sensitivity in both the dad and little boy! I think anything that shows such care is worth a look.
“My Daddy and Me” by Amy E. Skalansky is a simple cute book with a repetitive text, and illustrations of various daddy and child pairs. There isn’t much to this book but it still left me with a happy feeling reading it and my son enjoyed it too.