Studies have shown that dads reading to their children have unique benefits for children’s school readiness and behavior—so don’t miss your chance to bring together nature-loving dads and their kids over a book this Father’s Day.
He’s Your Daddy: Ducklings, Joeys, Kits, and More by Charline Profiri is one of our favorites for fathers to share with their young children. This picture book is a boisterous rhyming read-aloud about animal dads and their young. It’s scientifically accurate and adorable, with a cast of fascinating animals from around the world. Did you know that joey dads give their babies piggyback rides in Australia? How about the roles of cygnet swans, beavers, and seahorse fathers?
Andrea Gabriel’s art pops with a mix of traditional watercolor and digital technique. Plus there is a SURPRISE in the middle of the book that will keep kids crying out for re-readings.
If you’re excited about seeing animal dads with a primary role in caregiving, every book in Marianne Berkes’ Over series features at least one father taking care of his kids. Over on a Desert, Somewhere in the World shows a desert fox protecting his young. Over in the Ocean, In a Coral Reef has a seahorse dad who carries fertilized eggs till they hatch into adorable fry. And each book in the series is a rhythmic read-alouds set to the tune of ‘Over in the Meadow.’
Have a wonderful Father’s Day and don’t forget to take time for read alouds!