Father’s Day is on June 17th! And more than anything, the in-house monsters love spending time cuddling with their Father playing games or reading books! So here are a selection of our Favorite Father’s Day Books for little kids to read with their Dad!
FArTHER by Grahame Baker- Smith
This book tells the story of a father and son and a dream to fly. The father is possessed with an unrelenting desire to fly which he never achieves. When the father goes off to war and doesn’t return, the dream of flying passes on to his son.
This is a picture book for children of ages 8 and upwards. Although it doesn’t contain a lot of text, the words are beautifully woven into the pictures using different fonts and text sizes. The pictures themselves are intricate and detailed images put together in a unique way using photographs and illustration which in themselves tell a story. I found myself asking questions about the images and even making up a little more of the story in my head.
I would recommend this book for year 4 literacy classes and I would say it would be an excellent text to use in a creative writing class. Firstly I feel the images would generate interesting discussions in the class, around the characters’ emotions and feelings and also encouraging the students to use their imaginations when looking at the images. It could be used as a starting point for pieces of writing, either following on the story or by taking an image and creating a different story.
A Perfect Father’s Day by Eve Bunting, Sudasan Medugh
In this book, Susie is a young girl that takes her dad out to celebrate father’s day. They spend all day together, and their activities are actually Susie’s favorite things to do and the father happily joins her because it makes her happy and makes her feel like she is giving her dad the best day ever. This is so perfect for us because Anjie and her Dad are just like that. Seeing her happy – makes him happy <3The illustrations are really good
The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing
The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing is a great book for children to read. This book will inspire children to do something nice for their father for Father’s Day.
While dad was out, the family goes to the garage to clean it up. They made sure that every cords, hoses and wires were hung on the hooks. The kids cleaned up the cobwebs and scrubbed up oil spills. Then they washed and polished his car. And left him a new to-go coffee cup.
What a great Father’s Day gift any child can give their dad. I highly recommend this book for every child to read before Father’s Day.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
It is HILARIOUS! I haven’t been able to read this book without laughing even a single time :-)In Interrupting Chicken, the 2011 Caldecott Honor book by David Ezra Stein, a chicken and her Papa sit down to read a series of classic fairy tales before it’s time to go sleep. Chicken promises not to interrupt the stories, but then proceeds to do so time and again, unable to help herself. When she finally settles down, Papa reverses the roles by falling asleep and interrupting the last story with his snoring.
The Little Big Man by Rabindranath Tagore
It’s a Beautiful Book written by Rabindranath Tagore. And, every little kids dream is to grow up to be like their father and this potrays it beautifully.
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Mo Willems is an ABSOLUTE favorite in our home and I cannot count the number of times we have read and laughed each of his book. Knuffle Bunny is lost on a trip tp Laundraumart and catastrophe strikes! It is a true revelation of how toddlers act whrn their favorite thing is lost! When the kiddo goes Boneless, I always remember how my own kids used to do this when they were toddlers themselves! Buy Now
My Dad by Anthony Browne
A child lists out all the ways that his Dad is awesome. Similes are emphasized by putting the object in the same patterned robe as dad wears, creating a funny visual to look at and relate.Simple texts but amazing illustrations! Love the ending!
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My Dad is a Birdman by David Almond
My Dad’s a Birdman is beautiful. It’s about Lizzie and her Dad who wants to be a bird. It deal with loss in a light-hearted manner, so it actually becomes a story of a man wanting to fly. The issue of loss is not dealt with directly, yet it is inferred between conversations between the characters. As a result the Father has become detached from reality and yearns to be a bird, to be free and fly the great Northern skies, all to please and make his daughter Lizzie happy. The Author shows the role reversal of parent and child, Lizzie has responsibilities other than school, becoming a carer for her father by making sure that he is eating well. There is something Raw in the way, the author writes this book. I liked it a lot. For 8 years and up. Buy Now
The Daddy Book by Todd
With his trademark Bold colored illustrations, this book is a sweet reminder of the different things Dads do that are different. I love the illustrations and the simple texts!
Do you have a favorite book that the Kiddo loves to read with their Dad? Do tell me all about it in the comments!