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Father’s Day Books: New Books for Dads

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 7, 2012

Father’s Day is almost upon us. Why not celebrate by reading a few books about the proud papas who brighten our days? So snuggle up with your little ones and thank your lucky stars for the doting fathers in their lives.

Surfer Chick

By Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Henry Cole

This book is radical, dude. Seriously, Kristy Dempsey delivers a tidal wave of fun with this tale of a young would-be surfer chick yearning to rip the tides like her righteous dad. When she wipes out, she becomes more determined than ever. Cole’s sunny funny painted illustrations add humor yet a mellow yellow vibe.

Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc. | May 1, 2012

Darth Vader and Son

By Jeffrey Brown

If “Luke, I am your father,” is a familiar phrase and let’s face it, who hasn’t heard it, then you’ll love this hilarious sendup to single fathers trying desperately to be nurturing dads. The book poses the question if Darth Vader had been a real pop to Luke, what might have happened? Told in a comic way with light-hearted illustrations, you’ll laugh until you cry.

All Ages | Publisher: Chronicle Books | April 18, 2012

The Night Before Father’s Day 

By Natasha Wing; illustrated by Amy Wummer

Wing employs “’twas the night before” as a clever convention in this rhyming story of a family working together to surprise Dad on Father’s Day. I especially appreciated the handy mom who could check the oil while leading her kids as they clean up the garage and wash the car. You should check out the other “night before” books from this bestselling series.

Ages 3-5 | Publisher: Penguin Group | May 10, 2012

The Barefoot Book of Father and Daughter Tales

Retold by Josephine Evetts-Secker; illustrated by Helen Cann

This dreamy and eclectic collection of tales (in German, Dinka [Sudanese], Danish, French, Muskogee, English, Indian, Italian, and Arabian) explores the father-daughter bond. I love how Barefoot Books consistently presents imaginative short story collections with an original spin. This book also includes two audio CDs beautifully narrated by Allan Corduner.

Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Barefoot Books | June 28, 2012

Daddies Do It Different

By Alan Lawrence Sitomer; illustrated by Abby Carter

You know how daddies inevitably put on their children’s clothes a little bit amiss? Maybe the shirt is on backwards or the socks don’t match. That’s just one of many silly examples in this amusing take on how daddies like to do things differently from mommies. Mommies may sigh and nod their heads along in agreement at the daddies who just want to have fun!

Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children | April 17, 2012

Just Because You’re Mine 

By Sally Lloyd-Jones; illustrated by Frank Endersby

In this very sweet tale about the power of unconditional love, Little Red Squirrel peppers his father with questions about why he loves him. At the end of their exquisite water-colored journey through the woods, his father finally tells him, “I love you just because you’re mine.”

Ages 4-7 | Publisher: HarperCollins | December 27, 2012

If you’re looking for more grown-up options for the fathers in your life, may I suggest What I Would Tell Her (edited by yours truly), a touching anthology of father’s essays about their relationships with their daughters and the impact fatherhood has made on their lives. Don’t forget your hankie; it’s a tearjerker!

Nicki Richesin is the editor of four anthologies The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, Daily Candy, 7×7, Red Tricycle, and San Francisco Book Review. Nicki has been reading to her daughter every day since she was born. For more information, visit: www.nickirichesin.com.

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Nicki Richesin is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco. She writes personal essays and pieces on lifestyle, parenting, and pop culture for Sunset, DuJour, 7×7, Daily Candy, and The Huffington Post. She is also the author and editor of The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush. You can find her online at <a href="http://www.nickirichesin.com">http://www.nickirichesin.com</a>

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