“Dad, Daddy, Pop …”
No matter what you call him, June is the month in which we celebrate our fathers and fatherhood. Believe it or not, Father’s Day wasn’t made an official holiday until 1972 even though celebrations of fathers date back to the early 1900’s. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held on July 5, 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. Then in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, one of six children raised by a widower, began a campaign for a national Father’s Day after having heard a Mother’s Day sermon at church. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers, and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful. Washington celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Many events honoring fathers were held in the years that followed, but it took a struggle of over five decades for its designation as a national holiday to become a reality. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Father’s Day will be celebrated this year on June 21, 2020.
A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Dads and Father’s Day
Dad and Me Fun in the Kitchen by Danielle Kartes
This is a cookbook made just for dads and little chefs which celebrates the joy of just being together. This is the first in a new series entitled, “Little Chef.”
Dad Jokes for Kids by Jimmy Niro
In this hilarious new joke book filled with over 350 silly and jokes about school, sports, animals, and more, kids can out-dad-joke their dads and even learn how to write some of their own!
Daddy-Sitting by Eve Coy
Ideal for Father’s Day, this book features a role reversal in which a child plays parent to her father. The watercolor and colored pencil artwork is charming and illustrates the loving relationship between father and daughter.
Dads by John Coy, photos by Wing Young Huie
Through photographs, this book explores the many roles that fathers play in their families. The photos show a great range of diversity, both socio-economic and racial, and offer a real-life view of fatherhood.
Dandy by Ame Dyckman, illus. by Charles Santoso
Like the other daddies in the neighborhood, a daddy lion keeps a perfectly manicured lawn, until a solitary dandelion weed appears, one that his daughter loves. He’s torn between the mockery of his friends and his parental love for his daughter, Sweetie.
A Father’s Love by Hannah Hold, illus. By Yee Von Chan
This is a tribute to fathers throughout the animal kingdom, describing the special bonds that fathers share with their children. Written in verse with accompanying warm illustrations!
Good Dad Diego by Brenna Maloney
Photographs of Diego, a pug, demonstrate many of the jobs that fathers might do. Diego dons many costumes and is surrounded by props signifying different jobs. These fun photos show fatherhood in action!
Great Job, Dad! by Holman Wang
This unique picture book celebrates the many jobs of being a dad, from architect (designing blanket forts) to chauffeur (pushing a stroller) to judge (determining who’s in the wrong). The needle-felted illustrations, though, are what set this book apart. The characters were hand-sculpted in wool, placed in various settings, and then photographed. The result is stunning!
Hush, Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein
The lullaby, “Hush, Little Baby,” is redone featuring a papa bunny and his little one. Written and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winning Stein, the story reveals the love and friendship between father and child.
I Love You, Daddy by Beatrix Potter
Fans of Peter Rabbit are sure to enjoy this charming tale celebrating the perfect way in which to tell dad “I love you!”
Lion Needs a Haircut by Hyewon Yum
Little Lion needs a haircut, but he is resistant to do so because he wants a wild mane just like his father’s. The two finally agree to get haircuts together. It’s a humorous story perfect for Father’s Day or any day for that matter!
My Papi has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña
When Papi gets home from work, his daughter is ready for their nightly motorcycle ride through their Los Angeles neighborhood. This is a beautiful story about a special father-daughter bonding moment which also highlights their changing and evolving Latino community. This book recently received the Pura Belpré Illustration Honor Award and was named a 2020 American Library Association Notable Children’s Book.
Raj and the Best Day Ever! by Sebastien Braun
A young tiger cub plans an adventure filled day with his dad. First on his list is the library! A forgotten wallet means modifications to the day’s list. Colorful illustrations embrace the cheery mood.
Wild About Dads by Diana Murray, illus. by Amber Alvarez
This rhyming story explores fatherhood among animals. Back matter includes facts about the animals featured.
You Made Me a Dad by Laurenne Sala, illus. by Mike Malbrough
This book is the perfect celebration of fatherhood. The gentle text and watercolor illustrations create a warm and tender look at the special bond between father and child.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Master of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”