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.
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…*
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 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.