Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Father's Day Picture Books

The UK will be celebrating Father's Day on the 15th June, so there is sure to be ties, socks, mugs and beer galore in every shop we walk in. Much like Valentine's Day, I am sceptical about the commercial aspects of Father's Day but it is hard to be too cynical about a day that encourages love and thanks. I am sure that my daughter will be looking to the much more simple and fun aspects of Father's Day, like breakfast in bed and a trip to the park with Daddy.Spending time together on Father's Day can mean a nice walk in the park, treating the family to lunch out or simply enjoying a cuddly story time session together. Here are our favourite Father's Day inspired stories, that offer a different Father's Day gift idea

The Barefoot Books of Father and Daughter Stories

A lively collection of tales about the daughters of kings, merchants, warriors and peasants, and their relationships with their fathers, drawn from different traditions around the world. Discover how fathers learn to love wisely and well, and how daughters achieve independence. The anthology includes such folklore favourite's as ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Frog Prince’, as well as introducing less familiar titles.

Shopping With Dad

We love this fun tale from Barefoot Books. It is great for reading aloud to large or small groups and is ideal all year round, not just for Father's Day.Venture to the supermarket with this father-daughter duo on a very lively shopping trip. As their trolley swings down the aisles, a minor calamity occurs. The rhyming, bouncy text teaches an important lesson about accidents and responsibility, all with a healthy dose of humour.

My Daddy is a Pretzel

A book that is for all of the family really but always seems to get a smile out of the Dads that spot it on our shelves.Twist your way into this story that introduces both yoga and professions. The nine yoga poses show how the practise of yoga relates to everyday life, and encourages readers to stretch both their bodies and their minds. There are tips about practise and preparation, yoga life, and having the right attitude. A great book to inspire ongoing child/parent interaction and a unique way to introduce family exercise.

Daddy, Papa and Me

Some children are lucky enough to have not one but two dads and this book celebrates the special bonds within a family with same sex parents. With simple text and engaging illustrations, this book will be great for children with same sex parents or for any families or educators to share stories of diverse family dynamics.

For those children who may not live with a person that they recognise as daddy, Picnic in the Park is a great book that celebrates the wonderful diversity of families. Take a trip with a group of children who all meet up for one big, friendly picnic and see them have fun together, regardless of their family set up.

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