Thursday, June 16, 2011

8 Kids' Books About Dads

by Hallie Durand, illustrated by Tony Fucile
2011 | 40 pages | Picture Book
Mitchell, who hates going to bed, is allowed to use his father as an imaginary vehicle in order to make bedtime more fun. (Read about my story time experience with this book here.)

by David Ezra Stein
2010 | 40 pages | Picture Book
Chicken, an enthusiastic little girl, can't contain her excitement when her father reads to her, and keeps interrupting with suggestions to help characters in danger. (Read my review of this book here.)

by Dr. Seuss
1963 | 72 pages | Easy Reader
Dr. Seuss teaches kids to read using wild and wonderful combinations of rhyming words, including that famous sentence, hop on pop, which encourages kids everywhere to jump on their fathers' stomachs.

 Alvin Ho series
by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
2008 - present | Chapter Books 
Alvin is afraid of many things, but his father still encourages him to always be a gentleman. (Read my review of Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes

 Mallory McDonald series
by Laurie Friedman
2004 - present | Chapter Books
When Mallory has problems, she visits the wish pond in her neighborhood to find comfort - Dad is usually the one who finds her there and helps her sort out whatever is wrong. (Read my review of Mallory's Guide to Boys, Brothers, Dads, and Dogs here.)

by Anne Warren Smith
2003; 2011 | 112 pages | Chapter Book
Katie worries that people will judge her for not having a mother, but her father turns out to make a wonderful single dad. (Read my review of this book here.)

by Kate DiCamillo
2001 | 192 pages | Middle Grade
With the help of a smiling stray dog, India Opal Buloni and her preacher father come to terms with the loss of Opal's mother, who abandoned the family.

by Susan Taylor Brown
2006 | 170 pages | Young Adult Novel in Verse
After her mother leaves her father, Rachel struggles to form a relationship with her dad, who has shut down in the absence of his wife.

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