June 15th is Father's Day!

Anacostia Library

June 15th is Father's Day!

Picture Book Recommendations

Father's Day is June 15 this year, and the library has lots of books that families can read together to celebrate this special day and the important relationships between fathers and their children.

Father's DayI know I bring Anne Rockwell's holiday picture books up all the time, but I just can't stop myself: they're so cute! Father's Day, which describes a class's efforts to write stories about their dads, is no exception. Steven Kroll's Happy Father's Day is a similarly sweet depiction of all the members of a family working together to surprise dad.

Father's Day CraftsIf you want to do something to remember this year's special fathers day, the library also has lots of books with relevant craft activities. Father's Day Crafts by Fay Robinson has some simple craft activities children can do on their own to present as gifts on father's day. Similarly, Kathy Ross has written children's craft books for practically every occasion, and All New Crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day fills this holiday's niche nicely.

In Daddy's Arms I am TallWe also have books celebrating dads more generally, not just one day a year. One I really like is In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, a Coretta Scott King award winner filled with poems and beautiful paintings and collage illustrations.

A slightly more old-fashioned paternal-themed poem is "If" by Rudyard Kipling, but I think his 1943 poem of advice to his son holds up nicely.

What will you be reading to celebrate this Father's Day? Come to the library and let us know!
-Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian