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The Cat in the Hat on a Bus with Us

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On the bus home yesterday, a young father and toddler son sat down next to me, and the dad asked the boy if he wanted to read a book. I’ve seen these two before, always reading; in fact, a few weeks ago I handed Dad a Horn Book, suggesting it as a source for finding […]

Fathers, sons, and grandfathers

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The bonds between a son and his father or grandfather can be strong yet complicated. The following books offer middle schoolers a glimpse into some tricky, loving family relationships. In Kwame Alexander‘s verse novel Booked (a companion in structure and theme to his 2015 Newbery Award–winning The Crossover), eighth grader Nick Hall is quite a […]

Thanks a lot, Trixie’s Dad

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…and the great Mo Willems, on Fathers’ Day, for creating dad characters who take care of their kids in a non-bumbling, matter-of-fact (if realistically exhausted and strung-out) sort of way. But, hey, also? As Megan Dowd Lambert points out: Cut it out with the nighttime bunny exchanges. You’re making the rest of us look bad. […]

Picture book father-son reading recommendations

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a good picture book! Here are our recommendations for fathers and their sons — or daughters — to read together. What picture book would you recommend for a father-son read? (See our YA mother-daughter reading list here.) Katie: One of my own fond childhood memories is listening to my dad read […]