Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Where are the Daddy books?

I noticed recently that almost all of the books we have feature maternal caregivers. Where are all the daddy books? We have classics like The Runaway Bunny, and adoption centered books like I wished for you and A Mother for Choco, and books that feature brown faces like I Love My Hair, and Please Baby Please, but of all of the books we have only one, Baby Dance, that features a loving and nurturing Daddy figure. I know that there must be some out there, but a quick search yielded either books for kids with no mother (i.e. two daddies or a single dad) or books that reinforce the Dad is away working all day but comes home for bedtime and is fun to "do" with rather than "cuddle and comfort" stereotype. I know that there isn't going to be a classic and wonderful book for every family situation, but still. I'm curious what is out there that reflects the daddy who is home more, and an equally viable option for comfort and nurture to the mommy.

Any ideas/suggestions internet?

13 comments:

  1. I agree! Two books that spring to mind for me are
    "Pizza Party"
    http://www.amazon.com/Pizza-Party-level-Hello-Reader/dp/0590475630/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1296740065&sr=1-1

    and More More More Said the Baby
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0688147364/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=121GCYC4N5M2T4QB65TJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

    I look forward to seeing other suggestions!

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  2. Daddy's Lullaby is the only one I have that I can think of. It's very sweet. Daddy gets home everyone is asleep and baby girl wakes up so daddy picks her up and walks her around the house checking on everyone and loving on her.

    Ends with Daddy's lullaby;
    Rock-a-bye baby, in daddy's arms, daddy will hold you safe from all harm.
    Daddy will love you and sing you to sleep, Love you forever a promise he'll keep.
    Rock-a-bye baby, in daddy's arms, daddy will hold you safe from all harm.
    Daddy is with you so don't make a peep. Rock-a-bye baby, let's both go to sleep.

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  3. Guess How Much I Love You features a dad. I guess he's a single dad (maybe mom's out at book club that night), but at least he's nurturing.

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  4. My little guy loves Knuffle Bunny! The first in the series features a dad taking his daughter to the laundromat while mom stays home. Very sweet books.

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  5. Jane Yolen's Owl Moon is about a father taking his daughter out to look for owls, and it's wonderful.

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  6. Not sure about home more, necessarily, but two great mom & dad books are Homemade Love by bell hooks and Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff.

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  7. And one more - Everywhere Babies. Lots of beautiful pictures of caregivers/parents/loved ones in a variety of roles.

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  8. thanks for all of the good book suggestions!

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  9. both of my recs are above.
    love love love "guess how much I love you" about a dada bunny with his baby. also knuffle bunny is cute for urban babies.

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  10. Kevin and his Dad by Jennifer Smalls - they actually clean the house!

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  11. I actually just bought a book today because it featured a daddy with his daughter...haven't actually read it yet, but the amazon preview looks good. Same author and illustrator duo as the "Who's Knees are These?" and "Who's Toes are Those?" The book is called "Girl of Mine." I'll let you know what I think! :)

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  12. what daddies do best by laura numeroff

    i love my daddy by sebastian braun

    daddy dance by ann taylor

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  13. http://www.toddparr.com/books/

    I love Todd Parr books and he has a Daddy book. Have fun!

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