APRIL ’13 – Daddy Books

BY JANA VELDHEER

Mommy & daughter books are easy to find.  Daddy & daughter books?  Not so much.  Daddy books in general seem to be a diamond in the rough amongst the many little girl books that line the shelf at the local bookstore.

So, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites.  As always, feel free to share you thoughts and your favorite daddy daughter books too!

TITLE: Daddy’s Girl
AUTHOR: Garrison Keillor
AGE: 1+ years
DESCRIPTION:  From the familiar pleasures of baby’s favorite food to the joy of dancing together, this collection of three songs celebrates the special relationship between a daddy and his little girl.

TITLE: Daddy Hugs
AUTHOR: Karen Katz
AGE: 1+ years
DESCRIPTION:  How many daddy hugs does it take to say I love you?  Cuddle and count with this hug & read book!
*OUR TAKE:  A really cute board book.  Not necessarily a “daddy daughter” book, but the child in the book is pretty much gender neutral.  Also, your daughter will have a great time “finding the kitty” on the different pages!

TITLE: Daddy Kisses
AUTHOR: Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben
AGE: 1+ years
DESCRIPTION:  What could be sweeter than adorable baby animals snuggling with their daddies?  This simple board book with warm illustrations feature a variety of animals and celebrate the affection between fathers and children.  Cuddles and kisses will surely abound when reading this aloud!

TITLE: My Dad Loves Me!
AUTHOR: Marianne Richmond
AGE: 2+ years
DESCRIPTION:  Now children can relive fun times with their Dad every day.  Children enjoy playing with Dad, swimming and napping with Dad – this charming book depicts all of these beloved activities being done by cuddly animals!

TITLE: Because I am Your Daddy
AUTHOR: Sherry North
AGE: 1+ years
DESCRIPTION:  How much do fathers love their children?  Enough to fly them to school in a plane?  Enough to dig for the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known?  From exploring dark caves to leading a marching band to even being a space alien, a father’s love is unconditional, and he will do anything to make sure all of his child’s dreams come true.

TITLE: Because Your Daddy Loves You
AUTHOR: Andrew Clements
AGE: 4 – 8 years
DESCRIPTION:  A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas—a lost shoe, a ball that floats too far out into the water, a drippy ice-cream cone.  These can be frustrating events for both child and parent, but the daddy in this book finds a way to fix each problem, lovingly and patiently.  Why?  Because he loves his little girl, of course!  This spot-on pairing of words and images is a warm, reassuring, and humorous tribute to dads everywhere.

TITLE: Daddy Loves His Little Girl
AUTHOR: John Carter Cash
AGE: 4+ years
DESCRIPTION:  John Carter Cash flies readers to magical castles by the sea as one little girl shares an adventure with her daddy by her side.  The special bond between father and daughter protect them from pirates and alligators and guide them on the backs of eagles on which they return to their own home where Daddy tucks his little girl safely in her bed.  Daddy reminds his little girl that however far they might roam and however high they fly, his love for his little girl will always keep them safe and strong.

TITLE: I Love My Daddy
AUTHOR: Sebastian Braun
AGE: 4 – 8 years
DESCRIPTION:  Sometimes daddies are loud and playful.  Other times they are quiet and compassionate.  And they are always loving.  Sebastien Braun’s appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.

TITLE: It’s The Best Day Ever, Dad!
AUTHOR: Brooke Shields AGE: 4+ years
DESCRIPTION:  Wake up, Dad!  We’ve got a big day ahead!  Frankie and her little sister, Violet, are excited to be out and about with Dad!  From pancakes to puppies to a super-duper surprise, the order of the day is F-U-N.  The gifted actress, author, and mother Brooke Shields pairs with the delightful Cori Doerrfeld for this joyful book about dads and daughters and the love they share.

TITLE: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
AUTHOR: Eric Carle
AGE: 5+
DESCRIPTION:  In this unique and delightful picture book, the story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, 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 up to the moon, but he finally succeeds — only to find that the moon is too big to carry home!  The way in which this problem is solved is a joyful surprise.
*OUR TAKE:  Such a sweet story about the lengths a father will go to make his little girl happy!  With gorgeous illustrations by Eric Carle, and amazing pop out pages, this will become a staple in your little girl’s library.

TITLE: Daddy, Will You Dance With Me?
AUTHOR: Sandra Schoger Foster
AGE: 8 – 12 years
DESCRIPTION:  Nothing in life compares to the bond of love between father and daughter.  Daddy, Will You Dance with Me? celebrates traditions and momentous occasions throughout a daughter’s life during times when a father’s love is extraordinarily impressionable. Relationships will be strengthened and renewed by this heartwarming, timeless, and endearing message.

**TITLE: The Napping House
AUTHOR: Audrey Wood
AGE: 2+ years
DESCRIPTION:  Delightful cumulative rhyme leads up to the consequences of piling too many sleepy people and animals in a cozy bed.  In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.
*OUR TAKE: Ok, so this is not a “daddy daughter book,” BUT Todd’s daughter Grace loves it so much we just had to include it.  This was one of my favorites growing up too!  The illustrations are beautiful, the story is adorable, and your little girl will be reading along with you in no time.  Grace calls it the “Child Book,” and the bedtime routine just isn’t complete with out a trip through “the napping house, where everyone is sleeping.”

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