Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshops, shares her favorites for the the month of June. For more of her picks, visit www.BlueWillowBookshops.com
The Life of Dad
by Jon Finkel
Adams Media, 2019
Many cultural icons, who are also fathers, share their thoughts on what may be the hardest – but most rewarding – job of their lives.
Middle Grade (10-12):
To Night Owl From Dogfish
by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Dial Books, 2019
Eleven-year-old Bett and Avery try to get their respective father’s back together after a break-up in this modern take on The Parent Trap.
The Great and the Grand
by Benjamin Fox
Fox uses simple words to explore themes of life and love as a new baby and an old grandfather prepare to meet each other for the first time.
In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Lee & Low Books, 2013
In this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace.
by Matthew Cherry
Kokila Books, 2019
It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.
Babies and Toddlers:
Tad and Dad
by David Ezra Stein
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015
Caldecott Honor winner Stein’s expressive tale about familial love on a lily pad is full of funny, tender family dynamics that will evoke laughs and nods of recognition.
You Made Me a Dad
by Laurene Sala
Harper Collins, 2019
The tranquil text and tender illustrations create a genuine look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years.
Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney
Candlewick Press, 1994
In this classic must for every library, Little Nutbrown Hare and his father show each other how much love they give and return.