Suggested Reading List for Fathers and Children
The following books are not intended to be a definitive selection of books for fathers to read with their children. It is a varied selection that shows the great diversity of books that are now available showing fathers and children together in a variety of situations. These books include selections for all ages and family situations.
Why Do You Love Me? by Martin Baynton, Greenwillow Publishers, 1990
This story follows a father and son on a walk through the woods. The child wants to know why his father loves him. Is it strength, speed, kindness, bravery? The answer is yes to all these qualities, and more. When the little boy falls out of a tree, he wants to now if his father still loves him, even when he is naughty. When assured he does, he wants to know why he should be good. Dad comes up with just the right answer.
A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting, Clarion Books, 1991
Susie has the perfect Father's Day planned and the perfect father to share it with. When she tells him she is taking him out to lunch, he lets her pick the place, offers to drive, and pays for their meal. To each offer she replies, "Certainly." They go on to the duck pond and park. Dad is a good sport about every activity, even keeping the secret Susie confides in him about his birthday cake. Will you love this book? Certainly.
Not Like That, Like This by Tony Bradman, Oxford University Press, 1988
Dad takes Thomas for a walk. As they pass an iron fence he cautions him not to get his head stuck and then proceeds to get stuck himself. The story becomes a counting book as one old lady, two men, three park keepers and so on try to help get dad out.
The Trouble With Dad by Babette Cole, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1989
Dad doesn't enjoy his boring job so he spends his free time inventing robots. The hilarious illustrations show Dad's unique grass cutter, hush-a-bye baby improver, and one to help old ladies across the street. When baby brother plays with the multi-laser-twister-operator and turns them all on at once it creates pandemonium.
Reprinted with the permission of Reading is Fundamental, Inc. ©2007 Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.
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