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Picture Books for Story Time with Dad to Celebrate Father's Day

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Two Fun Reads for Celebrating Dads on Father's Day

Celebrate Dad with remembering the very hungry caterpillar

Celebrate Dad with remembering the very hungry caterpillar

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1st Choice to Celebrate Dad's Special Day With Remembering Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar

Parents and teachers who have loved Eric Carle through the years will enjoy this special book to celebrate fathers on their special day. Reading with Dad on Father's Day can be a special activity for children during a quiet time after dinner.

The World of Eric Carle, an imprint of Penguin Random House celebrates dads with their I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Other favorite characters are featured in this colorful picture book by remembering Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and The Grouchy Ladybug. The well-known colors from Eric Carle's books are all here in I Love Dad. Dads come in all forms and this picture book features a polar bear dad, a parrot dad, a prickly porcupine dad, and a seahorse dad. The text for I Love Dad is written in short phrases and sentences to hold the attention of very young readers. All kinds of situations for loving Dad are considered. Dads are cool, silly, and easy to talk to. Dads are there to protect their children. There are any number of reasons for loving Dads.

The world of children's literature recently lost Eric Carle and this is a great time to pick up this picture book to remember him and read with children on Father's Day.

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar was published by Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 2-6. It has an ISBN of 978-1-5247-8589-5.

Second Fun Choice for Celebrating Dad on Father's Day

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Fun Read for Dad's Day Parodies The Night Before Christmas

Amy Wummer's The Night Before Father's Day is a creative picture book to celebrate Dad's special day and is written in a text form similar to a favorite at Christmas, The Night Before Christmas. Many young readers will recognize the parallel story lines.

"Twas the night before Father's Day" begins the story of how mom and the kids begin preparations for celebrating Dad on his special day. They have several ideas for surprising Dad . They decide to organize the garage. Painting, organizing Dad's favorite tools, and cleaning the messy oil spills will really be a great surprise for Dad. "Visions of Father's Day danced in our heads" after going to bed. The next morning Dad receives a card and the children get ready to show him the surprises that they worked so hard on the day before. They have one last surprise and it is the best of all. Dad has a Great Father's Day.

The Night Before Father's Day is recommended for ages 5-7 and has an ISBN of 978-0-448-45871-7.

Prepare Your Own Surprises for Dad on Father's Day

Give your children the opportunity to present their own ideas for celebrating Dad's special day. Allow them to express the reasons why they love their dad after reading I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. This fun picture book tells a variety of reasons why Dad is loved.

Make a list of ways that they can surprise Dad on his special day after reading The Night Before Father's Day.

*Prepare a special meal for Dad. Give children the opportunity to help prepare the meal. Give them simple tasks in the kitchen to help with the meal preparation.

*Prepare for a family outing on Father's Day. Many museums and tourists' attractions offer discounts or even free tickets to dads on Father's Day.

*Make paper, crayons, markers, and other art materials available for children to create a card for Dad.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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