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Happy Father’s Day 2019 from Family Reading

Happy Father’s Day (on Sunday) to those who celebrate! Here are some articles, books, and links to make Dad (and Pop and Papi and Granddad and all others of any gender who hold that place in a child’s life) feel loved and appreciated. “Picture Books for Father’s Day.” From our brand-new-and-improved Horn Book Guide Online. […]

Lift Every Voice: Dreams Never Realized

My mom and dad truly laid the foundation for my writing life by reading to me and my siblings every night — giving me a heart for stories. And there were many moments that followed that inspired my literary journey. Here is one. In February of 1991, my father showed me some poems he had […]

Picture Books for Father’s Day 2019

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you are celebrating, here are some picture books to make Dad’s or Granddad’s day. Also be sure not to miss one of our faves of the year, My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, and their Five Questions interview that kicked off our […]

Review of The Runaways

The Runaways by Ulf Stark; illus. by Kitty Crowther; trans. from the Swedish by Julia Marshall Primary, Intermediate    Gecko    134 pp. 4/19    978-1-77652-33-5    $17.99 Paper ed.  978-1-776572-34-2    $11.88 The portrait of old age and infirmity in this Swedish import is considerably more unvarnished than we’re used to in books for children. Grandpa is no lovable […]

Review of The Fisherman & the Whale

The Fisherman & the Whale by Jessica Lanan; illus. by the author Primary    Simon    48 pp. 5/19    978-1-5344-1574-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1575-1    $10.99 In this dramatic wordless tale, a commercial fisherman and what appears to be his son collect fish in the large net thrown from their boat. They sail on — that is, until […]

Father’s Day 2017

For Father’s Day, here are some recent books for preschoolers that celebrate the warmth between children and their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and father figures. (After reading these, revisit last year’s Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales!) After finishing his swimming lessons and passing his test, the star of Jabari Jumps is ready […]

Review of The Ring Bearer

The Ring Bearer by Floyd Cooper; illus. by the author Primary    Philomel    32 pp.    g 4/17    978-0-399-16740-9    $16.99 Mama is getting married, leaving Jackson to worry about his place in the new arrangement. What will he call Mama’s new husband? How will it work out with a new sister? But […]

Fathers, sons, and grandfathers

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 […]

Hoppy for Poppy

Perfect for Father’s Day read-alouds, these picture books show a variety of dads — from those on lily pads to those in eucalyptus forests, from fantasy kingdoms to suburban parks — raising, teaching, and loving their children. In David Ezra Stein’s Tad and Dad, little frog Tad loves his father so much that he can […]