Fathers

A Day for Dad

Do you think that Father's Day is another Hallmark holiday, created just to sell greeting cards? Not so! In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, in Spokane, Washington, was listening to a lecture on Mother's Day, and thinking about her father's incredible accomplishment in raising his six children alone after the death of her mother. Sonora wanted to honor her father in the same way that mothers were already honored, and she worked with local clergy and the YMCA to host its Father's Day celebration on June 19, 1909.

Testing the ice : a true story about Jackie Robinson

By Sharon Robinson ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall : African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

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In this collection of poetry by new and established African-American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor and grace. J 811 In
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What Dads Can't Do

By Douglas Wood

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Describes how dads show love by explaining all the things that they cannot do, such as sleeping late, keeping their ties clean, and reading books by themselves. JE Fic Woo
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Daddy is a Doodlebug

By Bruce Degen

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A young doodlebug describes how he and his father are alike and the things they enjoy doing together. JE Fic Deg
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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By Javaka Steptoe, illustrator

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A collection of poems celebrating African American fathers by Angela Johnson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others. J811 In
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The Emperor's Egg

By Martin Jenkins

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Emperor penguins are very good at looking after their chicks. The father will keep his egg warm for two months. While he waits, setting the egg on his feet and warming it with his soft feathers, he eats nothing at all!

Suggested for ages 5 - 8
 

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Pie in the Sky

By Lois Ehlert

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A father and child watch the cherry tree in their back yard, waiting until there are ripe cherries to bake in a pie. Includes a recipe for cherry pie.

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Papa's Latkes

By Jane Breskin Zalben

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Papa and the little bears make latkes for Chanukah. Includes the song "O Chanukah" and a recipe for latkes.

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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By Javaka Steptoe

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A collection of poems celebrating African American fathers by Angela Johnson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others. for illustration.

Suggested for ages 6 - 11

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