What are you planning for Father's Day this weekend?
Celebrating the dad in our house, aka my mister, often means giving him time away from dad duties. But when he's back on again he's quite fond of reading to the littles, often letting them choose a quick story before he scoots off to work in the morning.
Our resident book expert, Erin from The Kids' Bookshop has some lovely suggestions for celebrating dad at reading time.
"Reading with their kids is one of the best things that dads can do. And what better way to celebrate dad’s special day than by reading a book all about the special relationship between fathers and children? Here are some of our favourites:
Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts
This gorgeous picture book is about a toddler we’ve all probably encountered – one that does not want to go to bed. Daddy Bear asks for a kiss but Baby Bear is grumpy and refuses. We follow them as Daddy Bear entices Baby Bear to have a bath, clean his teeth and hop in to bed and by the end, Baby Bear is chuckling and offering hugs and kisses. Very, very sweet.
My Two Super Dads by Bronny Fallens
This is a personal favourite. A little girl introduces her family, which consists of two dads. She talks about their home and their weekends and how they like to spend their time – all complemented with fantastically bright illustrations. A wonderful celebration of unconventional families.
I Love My Dad by Anna Walker (pictured at top)
Part of Anna Walker’s ‘I Love My…’ series, this one follows Ollie the zebra as he tells us all the things he loves about his dad. Walker’s illustrations are divine and this one makes a lovely gift.
I Love My Daddy by Emma Dodd
This one has lovely rhyming text and humour, perfect for the very young.
Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins
Cousins is the creator of Maisy and she is a master of creating colourful and fun books for babies and toddlers. This one follows a baby woodpecker whose daddy is teaching him how to peck. Cut out holes in the cover and pages show where baby woodpecker has been and will delight small children.
Daddy Is My Hero by Dawn Richards
A child plays dress-ups with dad and together they go on amazing adventures. Celebrating the joys of imaginative play.
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny and My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein
You’d be hard pressed to find a dad who doesn’t like to pull out a “dad joke” every now and then. These books are hilarious and celebrate all those dads who think they're comedians.
My Superhero by Chris Owen
Dads have lots of superhero attributes but they may not always be as obvious as you think. A charming look at all the things dads have to offer.
For more books about dads, and all kinds of families, take a look at our 'Families' theme. You can refine by age to find the perfect book for your child…and dad."
Thanks for these fabulous choices Erin! Which book do you think the dad-type in your wee one's life would like? I'd love to hear!