7 Books that Encourage Father-Child BondingHere’s a list of books that are perfect for cuddle and read-aloud time with Dad!
Fathers play special roles in their children’s lives. Discover and reinforce those specific roles by reading these books aloud to your kids!
1. Daddy Hugs
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
This classic board book is perfect for daddies to read aloud to bab ies and toddlers. With its simple text and beautiful illustrations, you can also use it to introduce simple counting as Daddy gives Baby hugs to say “I love you!”.
The board book can be bought for P280.00 at Fully Booked. Visit their website to check where it is available or to reserve your copy.
2. Just Me and My Dad
Written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer
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Featuring the well-loved Little Critter picture book characters, this book recounts the adventures of a father and son as they go on a camping trip. In spite of Little Critter’s boo-boos during the trip, he and his dad have fun putting up their tent, catching fish for dinner, and sleeping beneath the stars. Your kids will want Dad reading this over and over to them!
This book retails for P168.00 at Fully Booked. Find out where it is available or reserve your own copy by visiting the Fully Booked website.
3. My Daddy! My One and Only!
Written by Zarah Gagatiga, illustrated by Jomike Tejido
This well-illustrated book features a simple story about a boy who envies the toys and cool gadgets his classmate brags about, which are gifts from his classmate’s father. He wonders what gifts his own father has for him, and eventually realizes how precious they actually are — the gifts of time, laughter, and presence. Written by a teacher, school librarian, and reading and literacy advocate, this bilingual book would make a great addition to your child’s library!
This book’s text is in Filipino and English. It retails for P79.75 and is available at National Bookstore and Precious Pages outlets.
4. The Kiss That Missed
Written and illustrated by David Melling
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This well-illustrated book is a perfect bedtime storybook for dads to read aloud to little ones. It tells of how a young prince’s dad is almost always in a hurry — even when blowing his son a bedtime kiss, which “misses” and flies out the window! The king sends a knight out to bring it back, resulting in a fun and charming adventure, which ends with a reminder for fathers to “slow down” especially when it comes to making memories with their kids!
The hardcover version of this book is available, pre-loved, for P175.00 in “like new” condition in The Learning Basket’s online shop.
5. Guess How Much I Love You
Written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
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This classic picture book tells the story of how Little Nutbrown Hare asks his father, Big Nutbrown Hare, to guess how much he loves him. It becomes sort of like a “competition” between father and child, with Big Nutbrown Hare showing Little Nutbrown Hare just how high and far his love is. This is another must-have in your child’s library!
The board book version is available for P359.00 at Fully Booked. You may check its availability or reserve a copy online here.
6. Just In Case You Ever Wonder
Written by Max Lucado, illustrated by Toni Goffe
This beautifully illustrated book shows a father’s unconditional love for his child. Its heartwarming message of love, comfort and protection shows children that even though they will grow and change, their father will always be there for them. Since the illustrations show a father interacting with his daughter, this will be perfect for you if you have little girls!
The eBook version of this book is available for P281.19 on the National Bookstore website.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
7. Meet My Superdad
Written by Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, illustrated by Isa Natividad
This endearing book written by local celebrity mom Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan tells the story of how Donny tells his friends about how “super” his dad is — not because of any special “powers,” but because of all the special things he does for his family.
First published in 2010, there are only limited stocks of this book available locally — purchase your own paperback copy now via the OMF Literature website for only P70.00. You can also find the eBook version on Kobo for P88.93.