Book Recommendations (June 2021)
I'm very late in posting my book recommendations this month! June is a tough month for me with two significant dates (Father's Day and anniversary of Dad passing). I was so close to giving up and not doing it, but it is the only thing I actually want to do out of everything else on my plate. So I thought, better late than never! I really wanted to include books about fathers to honour father figures this month, so here are a few really beautiful books that gave me so many warm and fuzzy feelings. The other books are pretty special and amazing too and full of wonderful surprises and lessons! Scroll down to read all about them and click on the covers or titles to find them on Amazon!
Daddy's Little Girl by Michael Gordon
Ages: 3 to 5
Who needs a superhero when you have your dad? Written in beautiful rhyme this is an excellent story that honours all fathers in the world. It explores the girls's bond with her dad and his incredible superpowers.
Why I like this book:
This is the cutest and sweetest book about a father and daughter relationship. The rhyming story is well-written and the illustrations are absolutely adorable! Each scene made me smile and warmed my heart. The little girl adores her daddy and sees all his wonderful qualities as superpowers. Dads are heroes for many of us, and this book shows such a beautiful, loving relationship and unbreakable bond between the father and daughter. It is a must have for daughters, and dads would definitely enjoy reading this to their daughters as a bedtime story.
The Night Before Father's Day by Natasha Wing (Author), Amy Wummer (Illustrator)
Ages: 3 to 8
It's Father's Day! Celebrate dads everywhere with bike rides, car washes, and more in this best-selling series.
It's the night before Father's Day, and Mom and the kids have a plan to surprise Dad with a special gift. When Dad goes for a bike ride, everyone gets to work. Dad wakes up the next day to find his garage newly organized and his car sparkly clean. So, of course, he celebrates by taking everyone for a spin!
Why I like this book:
This is another very sweet and beautiful rhyming story. I love the way the mother and children surprised the father and prepared for his special gift. It shows how much they all appreciate and adore him and wanted him to wake up to see everything sparkly clean and tidy. One of my love languages is Acts of Service and I really love it when people show their love by doing things to serve and help one another. It's an unspoken kind of love. It's not always easy to express our love verbally to our loved ones and simple acts like cleaning, tidying up a workspace or room for someone when they don't expect it can be a wonderful way to show our love. It's a must-read for any family, especially on Father's Day. I lost my dad a few years ago and I really wish I could have done more things like this to show him how much I love and appreciate him.
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
Ages: 3 to 6
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, from Academy-Award winning director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.
Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair -- happy.
Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair -- and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. A perfect gift for special occasions including Father’s Day, birthdays, baby showers, and more!
Why I like this book:
I first saw the short film of Hair Love and thought it was so beautifully made. I loved the sweet father-daughter relationship portrayed. The animation and illustrations are a work of art. I wanted to check out the book too. The story itself is very sweet. Though it is a very short story, written in a simple manner, in captures a lot of details and emotions in the scenes through the illustrations. There are certain details and background information that isn't written but shows through the illustrations. I love that it shows the father trying all sorts of things to help Zuri with a special hair style for a special occasion. We are not told what the special occasion is until the end when we see Mom coming home. They hug in the end which beautifully ends the story with an overall message of love. It is also a story about l