Happy Father’s Day!
We would like to say thank you to all of the incredible fathers and father figures out there who have made a difference in so many lives. If you’re looking for some Father’s Day books to celebrate, we’ve got a list of some great titles featuring fathers, dads, and daddies.
by Kevin Luthardt
Papa, why can’t I fly? a boy asks his father. His father’s simple answer leads to another question, and then another, until the father playfully demonstrates to his son all the things the child can do. In the end the boy discovers that with a little imagination and some help from his dad he can fly—even without wings!
|Dad, Jackie, and Me
by Myron Uhlberg
It is the summer of 1947 and Jackie Robinson has just become the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers—and the first black player in major league baseball. A young boy shares his love of the game with his deaf father by listening to the games on the radio and then using sign language to tell his father about the games. Finally, his father has a big surprise for him: they are going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play!
|That’s Not How You Play Soccer, Daddy
by Sherry Shahan
After a tough practice, Mikey’s dad and dog Socks take him to lunch at the park, but super-competitive Mikey only wants to practice for the big game. Daddy offers to help, but to Mikey’s dismay Daddy doesn’t put in much of an athletic effort. He keeps bending the rules and telling his impatient son to “just have fun.” After an irresistible ticklefest, however, Mikey finally comes around to Daddy’s way of thinking—and joins him and Socks in the worst, best soccer game ever!
|Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?
by Julie Middleton
Dad takes Dave to the museum. As they walk through the dinosaur exhibit, Dave tries to get his father’s attention. Why is this one grinning and why is that one interested in Dave’s lunch? But Dad is too busy telling Dave all there is to know about these amazing creatures to notice that they’ve sprung to life! Dave gets the feeling that Dad has one hugely important fact very, very wrong…
Daddy says there’s nothing like going down home, but Lil Alan worries about attending the anniversary celebration without anything to share with his family. He finally turns to Daddy for help when he can think of nothing to present at celebration time. Lil Alan examines all the things at Granny’s house that hold a special place in his heart and realizes how he sees Daddy and his family in everything. Maybe Alan will find inspiration for his tribute in all his favorite memories…
|Pennies in a Jar
by Dori Chaconas
A young boy promises to be brave when his father goes off to fight in World War II. But it isn’t always easy, especially now that he and his mother are alone and the air is punctuated by sirens. Then one day a stranger with a small pony named Freedom offers the boy an opportunity to create the perfect birthday present for his father. But that means digging down deep inside to find a new and special kind of courage…
by Mary Batten
In the vast animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the birth and upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways. Among the featured fathers are the blue jay, the marmoset and the beaver, who share parenting responsibilities with the mother, as well as several animal daddies (such as the seahorse, the penguin, and Darwin’s frog) that perform more extraordinary roles. Finally, the human father is singled out for devoting the most time of all to raising his young until they can survive on their own.