By Elizabeth Willen, cmlibrary.com
Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year, Father’s Day takes on a new meaning for me. You see, I recently lost my father to Alzheimer’s disease. This blog is in memory of him and is a tribute to all the hard-working dads and father figures out there.
Here are some terrific books from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library to enjoy for Father’s Day! If you are a kiddo, show off your reading skills by being the storyteller. Or try some partner reading. Or ham it up and act out some reader’s theater with your dad or try to stump him with jokes and riddles. You could also try some interactive activities with your dad – like tackling a new recipe or a new craft (which still involve some reading.) Time together is the best gift of all!
Here are some suggested reads to check out this Father’s Day:
1. Father’s Day by Ann Heinrichs
This book discusses the origins of Father’s Day and explains how songs, poems, and food can prove useful in showing our appreciation.
2. Father’s Day by Anne Rockwell
For Father’s Day, the students in Mrs. Madoff’s class write and illustrate books about their dads. A classic written by a classic!
3. We Love Our Dad! by Jan Berenstain
Papa Bear is the best dad that a cub could ask for. For Father’s Day, the cubs decide to do all of Papa Bear’s work for him. What a special treat!
4. Father’s Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain
Papa Bear and Gramps are the best dads in Bear Country and the cubs want to show their love. Working together with Mama and Gran, a special fishing trip and picnic are planned for Father’s Day. Will Papa and Gramps bring in a big catch of fish … or will they catch something else even better?
5. A Perfect Father’s Day by Eve Bunting
Four-year-old Susie wants to take her dad to all his favorite places on Father’s Day.
6. All New Crafts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day by Kathy Ross
Provides instructions for creating a variety of crafts for Mother’s and Father’s Days, including a pet tape dispenser, a necktie bookmark, a wreath for all seasons, jewelry, cards, and other gifts.
7. A Father’s Day Thank You by Janet Nolan
Harvey the bear searches for the perfect Father’s Day present and decides that thanking his dad is the best gift of all.
8. Llama Llama Daddy’s Day by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama helps Nelly Gnu make the perfect Father’s Day gift for Daddy Gnu! Your little llamas will love relating to their favorite picture book character as he faces new and challenging situations.
9. Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
If it is Dad’s first Father’s Day, this might be the book to check out, especially if he is trying to teach his little baby to say “Dada!” (before the baby says “Mama!”) Filled with cute illustrations of daddy animals and their babies, the book shows a variety of dads trying to get their respective babies to say “Dada”—and instead, all they get is “Baa!” or a “Quack.”