STORY BOOKS FOR FATHER’S DAY
This article is by Barbara Saylor, children’s literature specialist and author of THE STORY HOUR LIBRARY: DEVELOPING CHARACTER: Teaching Character Using Popular Children’s Story Books.
- This book provides summaries and activities for 50 popular children’s books that explore values and principles including honesty, kindness, responsibility, self-discipline, respect, courage, and many, many more. For example, “The Empty Pot” engages children in a discussion of honesty and integrity; and “Babushka’s Doll” and “Tooth Fairy’s First Night” invite a discussion about patience. All 50 selections are books written by well-known authors, and the books are easily accessible at local libraries. Each double-page spread in “Developing Character: Teaching Character Using Popular Children’s Story Books” includes a summary of one children’s book, discussion points, activity ideas with instructions, and an activity page. A text box next to the book title on each spread lists the character traits and life skills found in the story themes. This book is a resource and guide for selecting good children’s books and engaging children in discussion and activities that focus on developing and building character. It is a user-friendly resource to help parents, teachers, and homeschoolers teach moral lessons.
BECAUSE YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU by Andrew Clements
A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas, but Daddy lovingly finds a way to fix each problem. This book pays tribute to a father’s unconditional love and patience
CROW CALL by Lois Lowry
Lowry draws from her own childhood experiences in this story. Dad has been away fighting in World War II for longer than Liz can remember, and now they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, cherry pie, and the crow call.
FROGGY’S DAY WITH DAD by Jonathan London
Froggy had a special Father’s Day planned for his dad, but several mishaps occurred that were NOT planned. However, the day ends perfectly with a special gift Froggy had made for his dad.
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU ALL YEAR ROUND: Four Seasons, Four Stories by Sam McBratney
Father Nutbrown Hare teaches Little Nutbrown Hare all about growing up and discovering nature in these playful stories for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
I LOVE MY DADDY by Sebastian Braun
Brief text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a papa bear and his cub celebrating the bond between father and child.
IF: A FATHER’S ADVICE TO HIS SON by Rudyard Kipling
For more than one hundred years, this classic poem has inspired readers to reach for the best in themselves. Photographs of young people playing sports are coupled with verses of what every boy needs to know most.
JUST ME AND MY DAD by Mercer Mayer
Father and child go on a camping trip which becomes a humorous adventure. (In the illustrations, the child is dressed in blue overalls but could be either boy or girl.)
THE LITTLE BIG BOOK FOR DADS edited by Alice Wong and Hiro Clark WakabayashiBrimming with stories, poetry, songs, activities, and recipes, The Little Big Book for Dads includes songs, poetry, stories, activities, recipes, legends, wisdom, and jokes. (Have to see to appreciate.)
THE LITTLE BIG BOOK FOR GRANDFATHERS edited by Alice Wong and Hiro Clark WakabayashiBrimming with stories, poetry, songs, activities, and recipes, and designed with timeless vintage illustrations, The Little Big Book for Grandfathers will includes songs, poetry, stories, activities, recipes, legends, wisdom, and jokes. (Have to see these books to appreciate.)
MY DAD by Anthony BrowneA boy fondly describes his dad… who is strong as a gorilla, wise as an owl, is a great dancer and singer, and more. Dad is illustrated in a plaid bathrobe throughout in every situation…..dancing on stage (in a bathrobe)…..playing soccer (in a bathrobe)…..singing with two tenors (he’s the third….in a bathrobe). Great book!!!
MY FATHER’S HANDS by Joanne Ryder
A little girl’s father digs in the garden, finding and presenting to her for inspection such wonders as a round gold beetle and a leaf-green mantis. Beautiful full-page oil painted illustrations.
MY FATHER KNOWS THE NAMES OF THINGS by Jane Yolen
Love, love, love this book!!!! From each bird that sings, to every kind of cloud, to all of the planets, the father in this story knows the names of them all–and takes the time to impart his knowledge to his child This father knows it all…..which mosses are the fuzziest, which beetles are the smallest, etc. Yolen’s lyrical text combines perfectly with the artwork.
OWL MOON by Jane Yolen
This is a timeless classic about a little girl who goes owling with her father late one winter night. They share a close companionship as well as a love for nature.
PAPA, PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME by Eric Carle
The pages of this book unfold extending both outward and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn’t easy to climb all the way to the moon, but he finally succeeds–only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! But the moon gets smaller, and smaller, and…..small enough for papa to carry the moon home.
THE VERY BEST DADDY OF ALL by Marion Dane Bauer
Pictures and rhyming text show how some fathers, animal, bird, and human, take care of their children by bringing them food, playing with them, and keeping them safe.