Saturday, 20 June 2015

Books for children for Fathers day, books for dads, and books about loss.

Children  love to treat their Fathers to small gifts of appreciation, homemade things are the best, and homemade cards and pictures are always top of the list. But a book to read together can be very special. Not only do they teach kids wonderful things about consideration and empathy and thinking of others, and the joy you give others when you are giving and not receiving. It can also teach Fathers to share story time more often and how enriching and important it is when embraced in their life. 
It can show children the importance of a male role model in their life. Each of these books features a Father figure in the story and is appropriate for small children, or you can read to them if they are under three. Some of the books are ideal for older children also. Use these stories as an introduction to your Father's Day activities or simply to show students the significance their father has in their life

Here is a compilation of 18 plus with links to many more brought to you by Kid Literature. 

1  A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting Why I love my Daddy

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Eve Bunting's lyrical text makes it the perfect read for Father's Day. A young child takes her father on a fun filled adventure for Father's Day. This is a cute read for kindergarteners through first grade. Perfect-Fathers-Day-Eve

2 Why I love my Daddy 

 heartwarming book featuring children’s own words and animal illustrations, this is the perfect book to say, “I love you, Daddy!”
A good read from birth up over. 

‘I love my daddy because… ‘
Everyone’s daddy is the best. And who better to tell the world than children themselves?
This charming book combines endearing things said by children about their fathers with gentle illustrations of familiar animals. The text is amusing and insightful, with reasons why daddies are loved by their children ranging from ‘because he tickles me’ to ‘because he is my best friend’.
With beautiful pictures and charming words from children all about daddies, it’s just right to give to Dad and to read together!

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3  The Night Before Father's Day by Natasha Wing

This story uses the same lyrical rhyme of the beloved "Night Before Christmas." A mother and her children surprise the dad by cleaning out the garage and washing the car. This story is an introduction to showing children the special things they can do.  Night-Before-Fathers-Day
read this with or to your child at any age.

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4  The Ten Best Things About My Dad by Christine Loomis 

The main character in this book talks about all the fun things that his dad does that makes him special. The father reads stories, scares away the monsters, tells jokes and teaches him right from wrong. It is the perfect book to read for Father's Day because the children can relate to the young narrator in the story. For ages 3-8 approx 10-Best-Things-about-Dad

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5  What Dads Can't Do by Douglas Wood

This fun and amusing picture book talks about the things that dad's cannot do that regular people can. Such as, they can push but cannot swing, they cannot cross the street without holding hands and they cannot sleep late. Kids will get a kick out of the illustrations and love coming up with their own ideas of what their dad cannot do. For ages 2-7 approx  What-Dads-Cant-do

6 My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen  

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This story is the perfect book to show children how a father knows it all. The father in this story shares his knowledge of the world with his child while they take a walk for ages 3-8 approx   My-Father-Knows-Names-Things

                            7 Just me and Dad

  This classic critter book shows the tale of a father and son camping   trip. Along the way the little critter makes some mistakes but manages to turn things around. It’s a delightful story that shows children their dad will always be there and things can get better.  for ages 3-8 approx Just-Dad-Golden-Look


8 The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman 

This delightful witty book tells the tale of how a young boy traded in his dad for two goldfish because all his dad did was sit and read the newspaper. When the boy's mother finds out what he did she tells him to go get him back, but it wasn't as easy as he thought it would be. The father gets traded all around town! This whimsical, yet sarcastic, book is a fun read for upper elementary children. Day-Swapped-Dad-Two-Goldfish for all ages. 

9 The Berenstain Bears and the Papa's Day Surprise by Stan Berenstain

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This classic Berenstain Bears book features Papa as a grumpy old bear that thinks that Father's Day is only a greeting card holiday. So when the day approaches and he doesn't receive anything, he is very upset. This is a great read for Father's Day and teaches children the importance of keeping secrets and lying. Berenstain-Bears-Papas-Surprise ages 3 -8 approx


                           10  Kisses for Daddy 

When a grumbly Baby Bear refuses to give his father a goodnight kiss, their bedtime routine is transformed into a delightful game, as Daddy imagines all the different sorts kisses that other animal babies give their dads. Ages 2-5. Or from birth up if you are reading to your child. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.  Kisses-Daddy

                              11  I love you Daddy 

No father could fail to be touched by this adorable, heart-warming book. It gently and lovingly affirms the unbreakable bond between a father and his child.
In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Daddy is always there to play, protect and comfort. Enter a world of strength and tenderness in this timeless book to keep and cherish. To read from birth up, or for children 2-6 years approx 

12 A Wild Fathers Day by Sean Callahan

After two young children give their dad a father's day card that says "Have a Wild Father's Day" on it, the dad insists that the children act like animals for the day. The illustrations are simple and the repetition in this story is great. It will help the children predict some of the things that are going to happen next in the story. Wild-Fathers-Day
children 4-9 years.

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13 My Dad's a Hero by Rebecca Christiansen

Trying to explain to children about the war is not an easy subject to pull off. The author takes this tender subject, and has found a warm and endearing way to show children how to be proud of their father for serving in the military. My-Dads-Hero
4-9 years approx 

                     14 How to Babysit a Grandad  

When your grandad rings the doorbell, it's babysitting time! This is a hilarious and accessible picture book about a child spending time with his grandad. The perfect Father's day gift!

Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for 'babysitting' a grandad, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream), what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandad (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

A cunning study in role reversal, with Lee Wildish's over-the-top illustrations well in keeping with a jaunty text. children 3-8 years approx.

                            15 Daddy's promise 


A story to bring comfort and hope to children who have experienced the death of a loved one.
To read yourself and decide what age best to read to your child. 


                           16 God gave us Heaven 

“What is heaven like?”

With tender words, her Papa describes a wonderful place, free of sadness and tears, where God warmly welcomes his loved ones after their life on earth is over. Little Cub and Papa spend the day wandering their beautiful, invigorating arctic world while she asks all about God’s home: How do we get to heaven? Will we eat there? Will I get to see you in heaven? Papa patiently answers each question, assuring her that…

This gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child’s most difficult questions about what happens after this life, inviting “little cubs” to find comfort in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.

For children of all ages. 

                17 My Dad still thinks he's funny!

A sequel to My Dad Thinks He's Funny, and a great Father's Day gift, dad is back by popular demand with more hilarious material in this witty celebration of dad humour. Dad still thinks he's funny... and says silly things like,"I've told you fifty million times, don't exaggerate." By turns funny and sweet, and with exciting art from award-winning illustrator Tom Jellett, this is the perfect read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh - and the occasional eye roll!  
For children of all ages. 

This next one below is a page-turning story about a normally boisterous youngster with a fear of being alone in the dark...until a magical quest results in a good night's sleep all round. Extraordinary artwork provides a fantastical backdrop for a winning text set in a nonsensical invented environment. This is a terrific dad-and-son adventure tale, involving monsters, seafaring and wormcake! It is brilliant for reading aloud at bedtime when the sun slips down behind the scrintalberry trees

18 The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger

From the illustrator of the multiple award-winning The Tale of Despereaux, comes the endearing tale of Hamilton Squidlegger - a boisterous youngster with a huge fear of the dark. During the day Hamilton is fearless! He can triumph over all the frackensnappers, skelecragons and bracklesneeds in the swamp. But at night? Well, he quakes in terror... Will his dad be able to help him remain fearless in his own mud all night long? The perfect bedtime read, this terrific dad-and-son adventure tale involving monsters, seafaring and wormcake is brought to life by Timothy Basil Ering's colourful, energetic signature artwork and hugely imaginative language.
For children 4 - 8 years approx 

And for the Father's? some good books and links that every Father should read. Fathers-Day-eight-books-every-dad-should-read

These books are amazing, and will lead on to many more about that special relationships in the lives of little children. A soft and gentle take on family life and relationships that perfectly captures the humour and impulsive nature of family life, and those people. Also books of a delicate nature that can help children understand about life and loss and death as a natural process, but how to deal with it and not hide it away or pretend it didn't happen. Some parents feel that if they do not talk about grief or loss with their children they are protecting them, but alas to protect them we must allow them to discover about life by approaching difficult subjects in the easiest helpful way, and allowing children to be able to come to us with questions, books are ideal to help in these areas. 
These  brilliant story books also capture the unbreakable bond between father and his children. Dad might not be a superhero, but he can always make a superhero mask or wear his pants outside his trousers, even if he does super snores or think he's funny! Dad can still make monsters go away at bedtime, because he is going to read to me again tonight yehh!! 
Yeh for Dads Happy Fathers Day everyone, to all Fathers and all remembered!

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Written and compiled together by Karen Emma Hall