Saturday, June 15, 2013

Five Diverse Picture Books for Father's Day

This upcoming Sunday is Father's Day in the U.S. and for once I am happy to present a list of book recommendations prior to the actual day of celebration! So, here are five diverse books that celebrate fathers and explore fatherhood. All summaries in quotes from IndieBound.

When Dads Don't Grow Up
written by Marjorie Blain Parker, illustrated by R.W. Alley

"[T]his playful book follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap and watching cartoons and taking part in shoppingcart races. These are dads who aren't worried about looking goofy or getting their hair wet - dads who still remember what it's like to be little. Don't be fooled. They may look like grown-ups on the outside, But underneath they're just like you . . . Kids!"

A Father Like That
written by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A great choice for children who don't have their father in their lives--or expanding the horizons of children who do--this book shows all the things the little boy protagonist knows about fathers without having his own present. Though it is clear the little boy feels a void is left by his father's absence, he has a loving, supportive mother and enjoys imagining an ideal father for himself.

My Father Is Taller Than a Tree
written by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin

"Meet thirteen unique father-and-son pairs who come from diverse backgrounds and live in different places. Even though they are not all the same, their relationships show us an important truth: Even the simplest and most familiar activities become special when dads and kids do them together." Also available in paperback.

Papa, Do You Love Me?
written by Barbara M. Joose, illustrated by Lavallee


"This follow-up to the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? (over one million copies sold in 15 languages!) captures the universal love between a father and child. Set in Africa and featuring the Maasai culture, the beautiful watercolor illustrations, lyrical text, and enduring message are sure to make this another instant classic." Also available in board.

And Tango Makes Three
written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole

"In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others."

Do you have any favorite diverse picture books that celebrate fathers? Let us know in the comments!

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