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With Father's Day just around the corner, why not give him something more interesting than Slippers and Socks? See below for a selection of books to celebrate and share with Dads.
Alfie's dad is always there for Alfie and Annie Rose. He's there to reassure Alfie during a restless night; he's there to find Alfie's favourite toy Flumbo when he gets left on the bus; and most of all he loves spending time with his children and they love spending time with him!
Daddy Tiger and a tiger cub, Daddy Bear and a bear cub, Daddy dog and puppy, they all have fun playing together in the pages of this bright, lively and joyous picture book. The action starts at breakfast and then moves through the course of the day as father and child play, eat, do the housework and play some more before finally getting ready for bed. It’s told in uncomplicated rhyme while the lively illustrations are full of the warmth and love that daddies and children share. Each page is packed full of things to spot and discuss and this sweet story is told with real charm. ~ Andrea Reece
The characters may be green and dinosaur-shaped, but this is all about the special fun little children have with their daddies, and the particular love between father and child. A dino-dad, distinctive in his stripy tie and lace-up shoes, plays exuberantly with two little dino-tots, in the park, in the garden and even when he should be working (Dino Warning, reads the message on his computer, 3000 urgent emails)! Sam Lloyd’s illustrations are a hoot and catch all the energy and high spirits of the dino characters, while Mark Sperring’s rhyming text is great fun to read aloud. A must-have for dino-families everywhere! ~ Andrea Reece
We’re used to the Little Princess behaving badly, but this new story shows a different side to her, and is surprisingly tender. She’s proud of her dad, the king, but still wishes he could do things the other dads in the palace can, and, for example, teach her to ride and cook, and swim. Her maid takes it upon herself to instruct her little mistress in these things, but things don’t go well. Feeling fed up and a failure, there’s only one person the Little Princess wants, only one person who can make her smile again … The illustrations have the boundless energy that is the hallmark of Tony Ross, but are also full of warmth and affection.
They’re all here in this sometimes funny, sometimes touching, often surprising new collection: the Abracadabra Dad; the Jukebox Dad; the Pirate Dad and the Prison Dad; the Refugee Dad and the Rollercoaster Dad; right through to the Zen Dad and the Zzzz Dad. Using a wide variety of forms, Justin Coe parades 50 or more different fathers in front of his readers in poems that will make them laugh, smile, think or just nod in recognition. Not all of these dads are lovable, but there’s no doubt that they all feel real, and this is a collection that is well worth close reading. ~ Andrea Reece
May 2017 Debut of the Month This charming picture book delivers messages that children always need to hear: that daddy loves them no matter what they do; that grown-ups are playful and sometimes silly too; that everyone makes mistakes, and if things do go wrong, it’s not the end of the world. These invaluable bits of information are wrapped up in a heart-warming story that celebrates the love a child feels for Daddy, and the special fun they have together. It’s warm, tender and reassuring, and Lucy Freegard’s illustrations are full of life and vitality too. Perfect for Father’s Day, this will be fun to read on any day of the year. ~ Andrea Reece
Danny’s dad loves dressing up, and most of the time that’s great, but sometimes Danny wishes he’d dress like the other dads instead. So when his birthday comes round, even though there’s a bug theme, he asks his dad to come to the party as an ordinary dad. And because his dad loves him so much, he does. But it’s not much fun, at least until Danny’s friends ask his dad to put on his giant caterpillar costume ... This is a lovely story about accepting others for who they are, and a touching commentary on child/adult relationships. Danny and his dad’s delight in their costumes is contagious in Paul Howard’s characterful illustrations. ~ Andrea Reece
‘My daddy is a great big bear’ says a little girl, and he is bearlike in the mornings – grizzling, grouchy and yawning. Cleaning their teeth together she sees him as a naughty crocodile with a toothy grin; at breakfast he’s like an octopus, he’s got so many things to do; and when it’s time for bed he’s a galumphing monster, threatening to eat her up if she doesn’t tidy up and get ready. But at the end of the day, too tired to play, he’s just her lovely daddy. The story describes beautifully the fun the two have together and the love between them and it’s told brilliantly through words and Carol Thompson’s scratchy, lively and heart-warming illustrations. A wonderful way to get children thinking about what their daddy means to them. ~ Andrea Reece
A day of household chores turns into something much more exciting in this clever wordless picturebook. The first scenes show a dad and his son making pancakes – yum - and chatting non-stop over breakfast, but the mood changes when they see the long ‘Things to Do’ list on the fridge. Washing the dishes is quite fun, build the bookcase less so, and hoover the carpets is a real bore. That’s when the boy has a bright idea, changing the list to read ‘Things to do with Dad’. Making the beds is much more interesting when it’s done pirate style and the fun builds from there as ‘water the garden’ becomes explore the jungle! Indeed, anything can be enjoyable with a bit of imagination and especially when it’s done in the company of someone you love. ~ Andrea Reece
April 2016 Book of the Month The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should go to the river to cool down and dad agrees. Little Bear is determined to lead the way and show his dad just how brave and clever he is but, as all parents know, this kind of excitement leads to accidents. Sure enough, Little Bear slips but with Dad’s help they reach the river in the end and have a lovely time. The text perfectly catches some of those special interactions between parent and child, and illustrator Emily Hughes makes the bears particularly endearing. ~ Andrea Reece
Apparently, the national figure for families who remember Mother’s Day but fail to register Father’s Day is quite high!
At Lovereading4kids we want to change all that and have pulled together a number of special titles celebrating Dads.
They're also great to read with Dad...
So have a look at our selection, with free extracts to whet your appetite, and let Dads know what they mean to you.