Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, and some of the best gifts I’ve received are books (which came with the opportunity to read to our girls).
Children’s literature abounds with fathers of all kinds, from the gentle soul of Molly Bang’s “Ten, Nine, Eight,” to the wise Atticus Finch of “To Kill A Mockingbird” and fun-loving Arthur Weasley from the “Harry Potter” series.
Adam Shaffer, a fourth-grade teacher at Irene Reither Elementary School, says his favorite fathers from kid-lit are “Danny Champion of the World” by Roald Dahl, about a widowed father and his son; and the picture book “Bad Dad,” by Derek Munson.
Bethany Hoglund, head of children’s services at Bellingham Public Library, says she loves “The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher” by Dana Alison Levy.
“There are six main characters: the two dads and their four boys,” she says. “I also love ‘Just Like Daddy’ by Frank Asch — the unexpected twist is delightful!”
Me? I’m a fan of the Dr. Seuss classic “Hop on Pop,” and “What Dads Can’t Do” by Douglas Wood, a picture book featuring dinosaur characters that I received as a gift.
My absolute favorite? “Fortunately, the Milk,” a laugh-out-loud tale by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, hilariously illustrated by Marvel Comics’ Skottie Young.