June brings sun and summer, as well as Father’s Day. To celebrate, here are three books about dads:
I ♥ Dad
By Eric Carle
(For readers in Preschool–Kindergarten)
Eric Carle brings back his classic Very Hungry Caterpillar in the bestselling I ♥ Dad. The simple story follows the Very Hungry Caterpillar through the animal kingdom aided by clever puns and Carle’s vibrant, well-known collage images. In one example, a drawing of a father polar bear and his cub walking in the snow with the text reading “… you’re still cool.” I ♥ Dad, is the perfect read for the preschooler and their Dad on Father’s Day.
By Jimmy Fallon
(For readers in Preschool +)
Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, set a goal for his child’s first word to be dada. In his book Fallon shows various daddy animals attempting —and failing — to get their babies to say, “dada,” which explores the universality of his selfish desire. If any mothers are feeling left out with this review, Fallon has another children’s book Everything Is Mama so they can get in on the fun!
Dad By My Side
(For readers in Preschool – Third Grade)
Self-taught illustrator Soosh created Dad by My Side, in watercolors, her chosen medium. Her palette delivers soft warmth to the eye and her drawings convey sweet humor. In the tale, a young, small daughter shares her love and respect for her larger than life father, and details all the things they do together. Soosh explains, “(The father) is deliberately big, much bigger than the figure of the little girl, his daughter, because this is how she sees him – and this is how many of us seer our heroes or parents.” Soosh’s story is a great father-daughter read, especially on June 16th!