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Books about Fathers

By Joan Richoz,

Whistler Public Library

Sunday is a special day to recognize and appreciate our fathers even more than we usually do. The library has some great books that you can read and share with your Dad.

Adult Non-Fiction:

Come on Dad ! 75 things for fathers and sons to do together by Ed Avis

This book describes 75 fun activities and outings for fathers and sons. It offers everyday ways to nurture the parent-child bond, such as exploring nature at night and building a fort from fallen leaves, making toy boats or making breakfast in bed for Mom. Activities are easy to do and require only materials already found in the home.

The wonder of girls: Understanding the hidden nature of our daughters by Michael Gurian

The father of two girls, the author provides crucial information which helps to understand the basic nature of girls: up-to-date scientific research on female biology, hormones, and brain development and how they shape girls' interests, behaviour, and relationships. He also offers insight into our society’s competition between traditionalism and feminism.

Don’t make me stop this car!: adventures in fatherhood by Al Roker

Roker’s book is a heart warming, honest, and funny look into his experiences as an expecting parent. Along the way, he comes to a deeper understanding of his own parents' love for him and a whole new appreciation of them as grandparents.

Rookie Dad: Adventures in fatherhood by Rick Epstein

Here is a charming book from the author of the syndicated column Dad's Eye View. His story begins with the birth of his first child, daughter Marie, and records the dramatic changes she makes in the couple's lives.

Patrimony: a true stor y by Philip Roth

Roth is at his most humane as he pens a tribute to his recently deceased father. He examines his role as a son and becomes aware of his connectedness to his forebears. He does not idealize the father figure, but rather comes to accept him as a flawed and genuine person.

Throwaway dads: The myths and barriers that keep men from being the fathers they want to be by Ross D. Parke

This book offers a comprehensive look at how our entire society can experience the benefits and joys of active fatherhood.

Picture books to read together:

My Daddy and me by Jerry Spinelli

A young boy describes the things he likes to do with his father, including making music, baking cookies, and fixing things

The perfect spot by Robert J. Blake

A father and his son take great care searching the woods for the perfect spot for the father to paint a picture and the boy to catch insects and frogs

A perfect Father’s Day by Eve Bunting

Daughter Susie offers to take Dad out to eat for "a perfect Father's Day," then to the duck pond, then to the park. This is a charming family portrait and a winning tribute to Dad.

I’m not sleepy by Denys Cazet

A bedtime story told by a father and starring his wide-eyed son on a moon voyage that is too exciting (and funny) to have quite the desired effect.

Daddies by Adele Greenspun

Text and photographs depict all the special things fathers do

Down the dragon’s tongue by Margaret Mahy

When twins Harry and Miranda bring their buttoned-down father to the playground, he discovers that he does not want to stop sliding down the dragon's tongue slide


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