Daddy Books

I have mommies coming to me to sigh about how their spouses aren’t pitching in with spending time reading with / to the children. Like these daddies,  back then my hubs also had a million and one reasons to escape the "daily-tuck-me-in-with-a-story" routine.. 

Here are the few i recall him saying to me and sometimes to the girls! 

> I’m not good at reading these kiddie books to them unlike you… the girls complain i read without expression… so…….  ….

 > I had a long day at work and honestly, reading the books to them makes me  a lot and will put me to much earlier than i intend to… which means i won’t have time to spend with you, to watch tv, chit chat and you know what larr…  so…..

 > It’s always the same books they’re asking me to read, i can memorize them already! Some books i tell you… every word for word. 

 > I just wanna watch this show and you’re asking me to go in there? They’d keep me in there so long i’m gonna miss it….. again…. 

> Can you just do it? They prefer you to read to them anyway… 

> Whut? These are mommy books! Why can’t there be daddy books to read too? 

Ya guys get the drift dunch ya?  While some are pure   ….. come to think of it, there is some truth behind some of the reasons. Hence, in order not to provide the opportunity for my hubs to escape doing it with a deep heaving PHEW!  and an evil  of happiness the minute he turns his back…..  somethin’ definitely ought to be done!

Here are a few simple Daddy Books you can alternate with other genre of books. Since there are countless mommy books that can be easily found, i went on a hunt for Daddy Books as well…. these are books that i find could portray the kind of bond we want to have with our children…. yes, through the journey of the books’ story line. If the mommy books can have all huggies and kissies… cook and bake… provide comfort for those little kiddie boo-boos… then, with these Daddy Books… so can daddy.

 Enjoy! 

  MY DAD IS BRILLIANT by NICK BUTTERWORTH.            
                                                                                                                                               

         

 This lovely illustrated books shares a story of how a son appreciates his father and the cool stuff he can do. There is no mention of mommy in this book at all! So daddy is in the limelight! LOLz! If you like this one, you may want to read the rest of the books with similar genre but with other family members like mom and gramps.

ME AND MY DADDY

displays beautiful baby creatures with their fathers as well, doing different actions together or doing activities with their children each time you lift the flap. Young children enjoy the surprise element in Lift The Flap books.

          

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JUST LIKE DADDY

 JUST LIKE DADDY is a nice touchy-feely book that both my girls love to read over and over again….. and also get me or hubs to read to them repeatedly. Texture books like this offer sensorial exploration for young children and it is fun to see how they react and what they think/say about the different textures they touch with the sensitive skin on their fingers. It is also hilarious to read the similar actions and sounds the baby animals can do….. just like the daddy.  

   

 

These Little Simon books are hardcover and can be purchased for keeps as they can go a long way… with more "additions" to your family. *ie. more children added to your family…* 

DADDY’S GIRL

 

 Aaaaww… The title of the book itself makes me swoon.  DADDY’S GIRL tells a story of the very close bond a father has with his only child/daughter…  I love how the story line rhymes as well…

The cute illustrations is sure to make reading fun for daddy and baby! 

The daddy in this book brought his girl out to a friend’s wedding and shared with her the dance he did with mommy (his wife)…… and in a nostalgic moment, he just said what was in his heart…. that is for his little girl to think about him from time to time…

 

Below sums up how this book will appeal to our daddies. 

 

DADDY’S LULLABY

  DADDY’S LULLABY has one of the most beeeeaaauuutiful illustrations amongst the other daddy books. Realistic and so true to life. 

Daddy’s back late from work to find a wide-eyed baby looking up at him… Weary from work, daddy still finds the time to pick baby up and soothe her back to sleep with his own special lullaby, so as not to disturb mommy and brother…. (who were already asleep)…

But only to find….

…… that the lullaby worked not only for baby, but also for tired daddy….. …… and mommy and brother found both of them sleeping in each other’s embrace the next morning…  Sweet ain’t it? 

        

FARTHER tells a tale of a young boy reminiscing the times he had with his daddy as a child and also the other times that he didn’t….. 

   

While the young boy grew up remembering how absorbed his father often was with his dream to fly into the sky that didn’t materialize and the fact that his father left him behind to answer to the call of duty for the country….. he slowly began to try to help live his father’s dream, so that he could feel his father was near him & be proud of him and his achievement.

 

A touching tale of the circle / cycle of life… of an ambitious father and his young son who yearned for his affection and attention.

All these books and more can be found at the library. Look out for them! Let’s make reading to / with children a shared responsibility…… and wonderful activity……. yes, for both mommy AND daddy.  It is through reading together to / with your child….. in more ways than one, that helps foster the bond of a parent & child and also definitely helps to build up language for when the child is ready to speak…. (if parents start from baby years)….. plus the often overlooked quotient, that it does help to stimulate our children’s ability to develop better attention span as they grow into more interesting books, as they learn to select preferred genre of books, as they learn to appreciate book reading with your guidance, support and encouragement. So, daddies out there….. no more excuses hor. 

Thanks for sharing :)

Thanks for sharing 🙂

I've started reading your Blogs again....

Hi Buds, Thanks for sharing valuable information. I might have a look at this book FArTHER  and other we have already ‘loved" them….

about " My Dad is brilliant"  yes I agree to that 100%. unfortunately my daughter’s is not mah…..

 

Thanks, this

Thanks, this is great! One of the best tips to date!! 

Must check the library or book store this weekend! My hubby is actually quite good at reading to our boy, quite expressive. It’s the drama side in him. He claims he won some best actor prize in primary school… hahaha. But sometimes he tries to siam too. Either lazy and he wants to nuah on the couch, or he wants to play computer/iphone games. Tsk tsk. So these books will come in handy for those occasions, cos they’re made for dads! 

 

 

No excuse

Quote markfch,"The picts are great."

Thanks, all taken with my handy and humble 8 megapixel camera that hubs bought.

"Thanks buds for the list. With your list, now dads will have lesser excuses to siam bedtime reading."

Do most dads try to siam bedtime stories?  

"Too bad ds most likely would have outgrown these stories. A couple of yrs earlier, then I’ll be able to make him think that I’m a greater dad by reading him these books." 

Still can 1 more wat? Hor, mark… hor… 

You’d have NO excuse then. 

 bÜds

The picts are great

Thanks buds for the list. With your list, now dads will have lesser excuses to siam bedtime reading. Too bad ds most likely would have outgrown these stories. A couple of yrs earlier, then I’ll be able to make him think that I’m a greater dad by reading him these books. 

Give em' a chance! ;-)

Quote chatelaine, "Hey buds, I love this."
Thank you, dearie..
"My hubby also read books w/o expression. "

My hubs under training from me over the years now more than okay liao.. 

"I have to tell him to read more expressively or else I’ll end up reading for my kids everyday."

That’s where we (spouses) lack the patience to tahan.. You see.. we hafta give them a chance to show their true prowess instead of jumping in ever so often. We also can tell our children to tahan.. .. or else daddies will forever be pushing this task to the mommies. You can ask the children to offer the extra sounds to his reading… like if it’s an animal book and daddy doesn’t sound out the animal moos and baas… the children can quickly chip in instead of waiting for daddy to sound them out.

He also says i either read too British accent-y or too American.. Blah!  Whatever..

I tell him, it’s not an accent… not a slang… It’s just proper English. 

Once my hubs got so fed up when the girls were repeating the sentences after him more expressively, he told them.. "You girls read so well… so much expression… tell you what… you girls take turns to read to me… so i can go to sleep…" 

Guess what?

They did! And i found hubs sound asleep with a silly smile on his face, DDs taking turns to either tap him or read the stories to him. 

 bÜds

More interesting that way..

Quote autumnbronze, "Hiya buds,
Thanks for sharing the books "

You’re welcome, sista! 

"I’ve got the exact book by Nick Butterworth too!!  and some other daddy books as well."

Hi-5!

Another case of great minds liking things alike? 

"But haiz, my DS still prefer me reading to him at the end od the day … ya know, with all the mama drama sound effects and all included in the reading session … unlike DH, who reads in a staccato like fashion "

Hubs "reading-to-children" expression has improved leaps. I suppose it’s not a case of dunno how to, but rather or either don’t want to or a case of shy to..  Aniwaes, he can do it so well now, that even a serious kinda story can end up becoming a goofy one.. 

He used to say, i exaggerate a lot when i read to the kiddies. He says haiyoh… it’s not exactly a story-telling competition or anything u noe. No need to read until liddat. 

My reply, "It’s more interesting that way, mah… Cheh." 


 bÜds

I love this!

Hey buds

I love this. My hubby also read books w/o expression. 

I have to tell him to read more expressively or else I’ll end up reading for my kids everyday.

HIya buds

Hiya buds,

Thanks for sharing the books

I’ve got the exact book by Nick Butterworth too!!  and some other daddy books as well.

But haiz, my DS still prefer me reading to him at the end od the day … ya know, with all the mama drama sound effects and all included in the reading session … unlike DH, who reads in a staccato like fashion


Daddie's Girl... ;-)

Luv ya too, yo RRMummy!  

Truth be told, i was personally attracted to the same book as well. I am after all daddie’s girl as you already know… hehee…  … That same two words were also hubs’ nick for when he sneers at me… Oh well, he’s just jealous he ain’t daddy’s boy perhaps.  Or that his daddy ain’t like mine..  

But hor, he’s definitely a mommy’s boy! 

Nuff said! 

PS : Good luck getting a hold of the books! 

 bÜds

Luv ya!!

Yo buds,

As usual, great review! Thanks much for sharing.

I personally am most attracted to Daddy’s Girl but I’m quite certain that the rest will be a great hit with the gals too.

Thinking of going to grab them at the library this weekend.. hmm..then again, after your recommendation here, I may have to wait for the next few weeks / months to get hold of one.. 

Wish me luck!! After that daddy got new assignment 

 

 

 

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