Updated: Sunday, 21 Jun 2009, 10:18 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 21 Jun 2009, 10:18 AM EDT
New Haven (WTNH) - Author and illustrator Katie Davis was back with us on Father's Day with some wonderful children's books featuring outstanding fathers and the bonds they have forged with their kids.
These books are perfect for dads to curl up on the coach and read with their children.
The following books were featured on the show:
Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamel Akib
This tender story is about Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters. Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate, and soon it looks as if his wish will come true. His parents are going to adopt a baby girl named Asha. She is coming all the way from India, where Arun's dad was born. Arun finds his own special ways to build a bond with his sister, who is still halfway around the world.
Dogs on the Bed by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
If both dad and kids both love canines, Dogs on the Bed is a rhyming, rompy picture book that they'll really enjoy. A family's bedtime preparations are interrupted by their determined dogs, who won't stay off the bed and won't give up easily. But they also offer affection and comfort, and parents, kids, and pooches finally settle down to sleep snugly at last.
Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman illustrated by Scott Magoon
Otto Grows Down is the story of a boy who becomes trapped in backwards time after making a birthday wish that his baby sister was never born. With stunning illustrations by Scott Magoon, this picture book will delight children and dads alike with its magic, suspense, and hilarity.
Hiromi's Hands by Lynne Barasch
This picture-book biography is the true story of a young Japanese girl's determination to follow her dreams to become a sushi chef with the help of her father, and the loving support of her family.
Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown
This bittersweet story of loss and revelation reveals the powerful and complex bond between fathers and daughters. Before her mom leaves, she tells Rachel that her dad is a rock, the good kind you can always count on. Now, left alone with her emotionally distant father, Rachel has more questions than answers. Over time she learns the truth about her mom. But it's only when she learns the truth about her dad - the rock - that she can move toward understanding.
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