Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sweet New Books for Dad

Nothing beats a good snuggle on Father's Day. Here are just a few books to read in Daddy's lap.

Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug

By J.D. Lester, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

Random House, 2010

$7.99, ages baby-preschool

A rosy-cheeked girl joins baby animals in celebrating the nicknames daddies give them in this tender board book about the special moments daddies and daughters never forget.

On one page, the girl bounces on Daddy's shins, yelling, "Yippee!" as Daddy calls her, "Doodlebug," while later a porcupine girl perched on a toadstool with flowers threaded through her quills, smiles as her daddy calls her, "Prickly Pear."

The Fathers are Coming Home

By Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Stephen Savage

Simon & Schuster, 2010

$16.99, ages 2-5

As night falls, fathers return to their little ones: a big green fish swims to a gurgling brook to see his tiny fry while a sailor fresh off his ship runs down the dock to embrace his happy boy.

Brown, adored author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, celebrates the constancy of a father's affection in this spare, sweet picture book.

I Love My Dad

Written and illustrated by Anna Walker

Simon & Schuster, 2010

$9.99, ages 2-6

Ollie the zebra adores every moment he spends with his dad. He loves climbing trees up to the birds and best off all, getting a piggyback ride on Daddy's back to bed.

Walker's latest Ollie book will leave daddies and their smallest children feeling warm and squishy inside.

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