Sunday, January 27, 2008

Story Time with Daddy

Young children thrive on security, love, and routine. One wonderful way to give these things to your little one is a regular story time with dad!

For warm-fuzzy stories, try these titles:

Daddy All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas, illustrated by Priscilla Burris (Harper Collins, 2004).

Owen pig and his daddy count the ways they love each other from one to ten and a million zillion more and all day long.

Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino (Henry Holt and Company, 2006).

Yaccarino's bright, distinctive art style and sweet, simple story about father-son bonding make this fun look at a weekly tradition an all-around crowd-pleaser and an ideal title for sharing on Father's Day. (Or any day!)

My Dad by Anthony Browne (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001).

A child describes the many wonderful things about "my dad," who can jump over the moon, swim like a fish, and be as warm as toast.

Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Stephen Michael King (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007).

When Piglet's beloved father chases her away after she plays too rough, all of the barnyard animals try to make her feel better, but Piglet is still afraid that her father no longer loves her.

Daddy's Song by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Karen Ritz (Henry Holt, 2007).

At bedtime, a father conjures up images of all sorts of strange things that could happen--from ice cream cones faling from the sky to penguins jumping on trampolines--but no matter what, he and his love will be there.

For humorous stories, try these titles:

Day Out with Daddy by Stephen Cook (Walker, 2006).

A young boy tells his own version of the day he spends with Daddy while Mommy is out of town, and Mommy vows never to miss all the "fun" ever again.

If My Dad Were a Dog by Annabel Tellis (Chicken House/Scholastic, 2007).

With refreshingly direct, unfussy photos of a black Lab set against cheerful, simple, primary-colored backgrounds, this fun book playfully explores, in rhyming text, just what would happen a young child's wish came true.

My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press, 2006).

A young girl suspects that her father is really a dog because he performs such acts as fetching the newspaper and chasing balls.

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