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Favorite Dads in Children’s Books

on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 13:44


Who are your favorite dads in children’s books?  
One of mine is Trixie’s dad in Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. Trixie and her dad take a trip to the Laundromat. All goes well until they leave and Trixie realizes they left her beloved bunny behind. Pre-verbal Trixie tries to communicate what’s bothering her and expresses herself the only way she can - by going “boneless” and crying.  Eventually her dad realizes that Trixie’s beloved knuffle bunny is missing and he returns to the Laundromat, searching until he finds it.  Parents and children will recognize themselves in this very real story.  Even though dad doesn’t want Trixie to get fussy what he wants most is to understand what’s upset her so much.  
Tell us about your favorite dads below.


I've got to vote for the dad in Robert McClosky's One Morning in Maine. He listens to his children and pays attention to their needs, while simultaneously involving them actively (in age-appropriate ways) in the needs of the family, letting them participate in and help with the everday tasks of life (which seem like adventures to children). Taking those everyday moments and making them special and important... that looks like good parenting to me :) --Jarrod Green,

Daddy Is a Doodlebug by Bruce Degen.  The book is a fun loving book about a dad and his son having a great time together doing lots of their favorite things.  We read the book until the cover fell off.  

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