May 142019
 
 May 14, 2019  Book Reviews, Father's Day Comments Off on Multicultural Children’s Books About Fathers

As Father’s Day approaches, it is the perfect time to celebrate the fathers in our lives through pictures books. Yet many children do not see their own fathers reflected in the stories they read, and getting diverse books published – especially by diverse authors – is still an uphill battle. So it’s important to share those books that are available. Here are some of our favorite multicultural children’s books about fathers that we have found. Do you have a favorite?

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Disclosure: I received copies of My Papi Has a Motorcycle (English and Spanish versions) for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.

Multicultural Children’s Books About Fathers

Find below some of our favorite multicultural children’s books about fathers, from those for very early readers to those for older children.

Baby Dance is for very young readers who love to move with their caregivers. This is a sweet board book about a baby and her daddy dancing around the room while her mother sleeps. I adore the illustrations, which seems to be motion themselves, gently swaying across the pages.

My Papi Has a Motorcycle (also available in Spanish as Mi papi tiene una moto) is a vibrant story about a girl and her father. No matter how tired he is, he always has time to take his daughter out for a spin when he gets home from work. Their motorcycle ride zooms through marvelous illustrations of a city that hums with life. Everywhere they go on their motorcycle ride, they see people and sights beloved to them, like the taquería or a friend’s house, the librarian that nods to them as he leaves the market. But there are also signs of change, as a favorite store has closed, and new homes replace the last of the citrus groves.

Award-winning author Isabel Quintero is herself the child of Mexican immigrants and has sweet memories of riding on the back of her own papi’s motorcycle as a child. So it is fitting that this book is available in both English and Spanish, and that even in the English version, the dialogue is given in English and Spanish, and many of the signs throughout the city are in Spanish. This book is intended as a love letter not only to hard working fathers but also to the communities that nurture us and what endures through all the changes that may come.

It’s Great Being a Dad is a really fun tribute to dads who are always there to “fix” things for their children. Although not specifically multicultural, I love that a book that is not about diversity features an African-American daughter and her father. This is one girl with a big imagination! She thinks through what would be great about being different mythical creatures – from a unicorn to the Loch Ness Monster – but always seems to find the fatal flaw (like how sad it would feel to have everyone call you a “monster”). I love that the girl (a self-described fairy queen ballerina doctor) is able to fix all these creatures’ problems, by doing a happy dance for the Loch Ness Monster, for instance. Yet when she has a problem of her own, it is her father that is able to set things right and restore peace to the kingdom/backyard.

I loved finding Father’s Chinese Opera because it is one of those books that really gives you a window into something most of us would normally never have the chance to experience – behind the scenes of a Chinese opera. A young boy, whose father is the band leader and composer of the opera, watches from the wings, desperate to join in the opera himself. Through his eyes we see the rehearsals and hard work that go into these spectacular performances, and the magic they create onstage. The boy is impatient to become an acrobat in the opera, and humiliated when he is laughed at for such an idea. Just a few quiet words from his father help the boy see that he must have patience and be willing to work hard to fulfill his dream.

What really brings this book to life is the fact that author Rich Lo is himself the child of a famous musician of the Chinese opera and sat in on many rehearsals and performances as a little boy. His father was forced to abandon this career when the family immigrated to the United States, so in many ways this book is a tribute to him and what he sacrificed to provide a better life for his children.

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads is a lovely collection of poems about dads and what makes them so special. Each celebrates a special time spent together, such as dancing, playing catch, or learning to ride a bike. But it also explores the difficult moments, like writing a letter to a dad serving overseas or being punished. This book quietly explores diversity in its many facets – not just through the varying skin tones but also the dads that stay at home rather than go to an office, or the dads that live far away. But what shines through in each instance is the love and security that each child feels with their father.

My Father’s Shop is often recommended as a book about learning about other cultures. A young boy in Morocco loves spending time in his father’s carpet shop, but he gets bored when his father tries to teach him phrases in other languages, which is useful in their business. Instead, the boy runs out to play in the market, but as it turns out, he meets plenty of tourists there, who teach him how to make animal noises in other languages – and they give his father’s shop extra business!

Visiting Day, from multi-award winning Jacqueline Woodson, tackles a subject rarely covered in picture books: a little girl visiting her father in prison. Based on her own experiences with a favorite uncle who was incarcerated, this heartfelt book captures the conflicting emotions a girl feels as she and her grandmother get up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare food and make the long trip to visit her father. It is a beautiful way to explore a situation many children find themselves in, and to emphasize that parents aren’t perfect, but we can still have loving relationships with them.

Papa and Me is another bilingual book about a loving relationship between father and child. In this instance, the text is primarily in English, with Spanish phrases sprinkled in, easily understood from context. I love the illustrations, which glow with joy. The author and illustrator both wanted to convey their own experiences as fathers and sons, and it definitely comes through in the loving relationship portrayed here.

What are your favorite multicultural children’s books about fathers?

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This post is part of the My Papi Has a Motorcycle blog tour. Be sure to visit all the stops on the tour!

May 13 – Interpretations of a Bilingual Life – Rich linguistic, cultural background, and how teachers can use this book to talk about gentrification

May 14 – All Done Monkey – Multicultural Books for Father’s Days

May 15 – Breezy Bilingual – Classroom Activity

May 16 – Bilingual Speech Resources – Review + Personal Note

May 17 – Biracial Bookworms – Creative Instagram Picture

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Jun 142018
 
 June 14, 2018  Book Reviews, Father's Day Comments Off on New Children’s Books About Dads and Daughters

There is no doubt that the relationship between dads and daughters is a special one, and one that is formative to a girl’s growing sense of self and her future relationships. (No pressure, Dad!) So this Father’s Day, celebrate all that is beautiful and goofy about this relationship with these wonderful new picture books about fathers and their little girls.

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Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the books below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.

New Picture Books About Dads and Daughters

With My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family (Growing Hearts) is a lovely keepsake book from the author of All My Treasures: A Book of Joy, also part of the Growing Hearts series (read my full review). It is a celebration of all the ways that a girl can spend time with her father – riding bikes, swimming, or just relaxing. To me, the underlying message it about unconditional love, as her father’s unwavering support makes the main character feel safe and more sure of herself, and more able to deal with big emotions.

For a more silly take on dads and daughters, don’t miss Pet Dad! The cover alone already gives you a hint about where this book will take you! This book takes a familiar disagreement – a child who wants a pet, the parent who says no – to a hilarious extreme, as a girl explores all the ways her dad is (and isn’t) the perfect pet. Kids will love all the silliness as the main character tries to “train” her dad, and parents will notice that she is the one being trained, into asking her father for things nicely!

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May 082017
 

When our oldest son was little, and our bookshelves started to fill with colorful, engaging board books, my husband made an observation that has stuck with me ever since – nearly all of the books focused on the child’s relationship with the mother, but very few included the father. Thankfully this is not universally true, but I was surprised to see how widespread this pattern was. Ever since then, I’ve sought out books that also include the father and especially ones that celebrate their special relationship with their children. And so, in honor of Father’s Day next month, I’m happy to present to you some favorite children’s books that celebrate fathers, plus we have a giveaway for you, so be sure to scroll to the end of the post to enter!

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Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of some of the books below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Books that Celebrate Fathers

I love the adorable new book Daddy Honk Honk! Set in the Arctic, it is the tale of Aput the fox, who is thrust into fatherhood when an abandoned goose egg hatches and the little gosling mistakes Aput for its daddy. With each page we see Aput’s transformation as he learns to care for the baby but more importantly as his affection for it steadily grows. This is also a beautiful tale of the importance of community in supporting families, as Aput’s friends all help teach him what a baby needs and help surround them both with love. Very sweet tale to share with your little ones! My preschooler and toddler both really enjoy this story.

Charlie Rides: Planes, Trains, Bikes, and More! is a cute board book that your kids will love! Like so many young children, Charlie loves getting out and seeing the world using any means possible: trains, boats, bikes, soapbox derby cars, and more! While the main focus on the book is on different modes of transportation, a recurrent element is Charlie’s dad, who is with him every step of the way. This colorful book is a tribute to how fathers nurture children’s curiosity about the world and support them in all their adventures.

Be Glad Your Dad…(Is Not an Octopus!) was a lucky find at the library and has stayed in our regular rotation ever since. It is a funny book that not only teaches appreciation for dads (even when they sometimes get mad or are just totally gross!) but also teaches facts about animals in a really fun way. For example, be glad your dad is not an octopus, because he would always win at tag! My favorite, though, is the tortoise dad – who is so slow getting an ice cream cone that the ice cream actually melts before the kid can eat it! I love the illustrations, especially the kids’ reactions to the animal dads. Cute reminder about why human dads are so cool! More details about the animals can be found at the back of the book.

What are your favorite children’s books that celebrate fathers?

Daddy Honk Honk! Giveaway

I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway of Daddy Honk Honk! to one lucky winner! The winner will receive:

  • 1 set of four magnets
  • 1 button
  • 4 prints (2×9”)
  • 1 deluxe print (2×9”)
  • 1 book

Daddy Honk Honk Giveaway

To enter, simply comment on this post, telling us something you appreciate about a special father in your life. The contest goes until midnight PT on Sunday, May 14. US shipping only. Good luck!

Apr 232015
 
 April 23, 2015  Father's Day Comments Off on Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Techie Dads

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Do you have a techie dad on your shopping list this year?  Here are some great Father’s Day gifts for them!

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Techie Dads

DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue - Motorola

DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue - MotorolaAt the top of my list is the stunning DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue from Motorola.  Its display is super sharp, and it has the newest, most powerful processor.  And if you are like me and hate having to stop and recharge, the DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue has a 48-hour battery!

And because there are little hands around, it’s comforting to know that the phone has water-repellent nano-coating plus Corning Gorilla Glass to help protect it from those inevitable spills and scratches.  Oh, and did I mention that underneath the woven materials there is a layer of Kevlar??  Talk about protection!

I love how lightweight it is and that it doesn’t look like all the other smart phones:  The exterior is made of cutting-edge materials in a rich blue color that will set your phone apart from the rest!

So for superior display, speed, and look, go for the DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue from Motorola!

Of course, that amazing phone needs an amazing charger to go with it!  Try the Motorola HD Station with Wall Charger for Motorola Smartphones and Tablets.  It looks great and will keep all your Motorola devices ready to go!  (Of course, keep in mind that the Motorola’s DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue with the largest smart phone battery can go two full days without recharging!)

And while you’re at it, why not get this high quality Cradle Mount Holder  for Motorola Droid Turbo w/ New Turn-Lock Mechanism for your car, designed specifically for the Motorola Droid Turbo?  I love that it has a new turn-lock mechanism.  No more phones bouncing around your car (that has happened to me before!)

Another cool accessory for your phone or camera is this JOBY Gorillapod Flexible Tripod, which comes with a Bonus IVATION Universal Smartphone Tripod Mount Adapter.  We have an earlier version, and it is GREAT.  It holds your camera or smartphone in just the right position to snap exactly the photo you want.  The grip is really strong, so you don’t have to worry about your camera or phone falling out, and the tripod really does attach to any surface!  Plus it is so small and lightweight it is easy to throw into your luggage before your next trip!

Do you want to make your home more environmentally friendly but don’t know where to begin? Try the Philips Connected Home LED Starter Kit.  It’s a great, easy to to save some money (up to 80% energy savings!) and do your part for the planet.  Plus, it lets you control the lighting from your smart phone or tablet – even when you’re not home!

One gadget that everyone’s talking about is the Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband, Black, Large. It is a lightweight, easy to use device to track all of your fitness activity.  Easy access to real time stats, plus it syncs up wirelessly with your phone and/or computer.  Remember, every step counts!

And finally, for the dad who has never really grown up, here are some super fun high-tech toys!

What dad wouldn’t love to play with this Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo??  Designed to do spins, jumps, and extreme turns, it even comes with a wide angle camera to give a real pilot’s view of the action.  And of course, you can even control it from your computer or smart phone!

If a helicopter is more his thing, try this BLADE Nano QX BNF Quadcopter. It’s even small enough to fly around the office!

This drone is the way to go to really impress his buddies: The UDI U818A 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter is easy to install and repair, plus it is very stable and easy to operate though it looks super serious! 

Happy Father’s Day!  How are you celebrating with the big guy in your life?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Apr 102014
 

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As many of you know, we just returned from a wonderful trip to visit family in Costa Rica.  While we were there, we were able to take our little volcano lover to visit two of the active volcanoes in that country, Poás and Irazú.

As a result, I thought this would be a good time to share a fun volcano craft we did a few months ago.  The Monkeys and I actually did it for my husband’s birthday, but it would also work perfectly for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  It’s easy to do with one child but also makes a great keepsake for siblings, as shown here.

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We used red and yellow paint for the lava.  Red had the best effect, although yellow turned out okay on the white paper.  If you are doing two or more kids, be aware that the yellow will not show up very well on top of the red, so it is better to either separate the hand prints a bit or do both in red.

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While Baby was napping, Monkey and I sat down to do step one.  I painted his hand red then made his hand print in the upper half of the paper.  (We did two versions just in case, since this was an experiment!)

Later in the day I painted Baby’s little hand and did my best to do a hand print with them.  He really had fun with the paints!

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Finally, I added the mountain below so that the hand prints look like lava exploding out of the volcano.  An older child could also do this step.  (Monkey was “too busy working” with his legos at this point so suggested that I do it).

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Hand Print Volcano Card - Alldonemonkey.com

I was the only one who thought my humor was funny, but since I had the pen it didn’t really matter lol 😉

Have an explosive day and always remember that we lava you!

 

 

 

Jun 172012
 

I am blessed to have amazing fathers in my life, chief among them my husband and my own father.Girl Getting Piggyback Ride from Father  In their honor and in honor of all the other amazing fathers among my family and friends (you know who you are!), I have collected below my favorite quotations about fatherhood (some funny, some serious).  Enjoy!

(Quotes from friends and family have been made somewhat anonymous to protect their reputations :))

Also, a special Happy Father’s Day to a good friend celebrating his very first Father’s Day this year!

On Fatherhood and Fathers

JB – You can tell I have kids, because after cutting myself cooking I’m now sporting a Strawberry Shortcake band-aid.

JG [after convincing his toddler to finally lie down and go to sleep] – I should be a politician.Father with crying baby

CD [telling his sister that he and his wife are having a baby] – She’s got something in the oven… / Sis – Dinner? / CD – No… / Sis – Dessert? / CD – No…

JG [when asked to hold a friend’s baby] – I have no milk! … I have to put on deodorant now.

Friend [about her small son’s enthusiasm] – You gotta love three year olds. / JG – Yeah…From far away.

CD [realizing that he hadn’t been watching his toddler] – Absentee parenting while in the room.

PL [to her daughter, who has laughed at the father’s bad joke] – Don’t encourage him.  Otherwise I’ll have to deal with this for the next six months.  (Sighs)  I need to have a training course on how to interact with your father.

JK [to her little girl] – You have your daddy’s toes. / Girl – Does that mean they’re going to stink like his?Little girl kissing father

DM – You should dress the baby in a plastic cape – decorative but also functional.

Bill Cosby – Fatherhood is pretending the present you love the most is soap-on-a-rope.

[If you want a real treat this Father’s Day, find some old recordings of Bill Cosby’s standup comedy.  If you only know him through the “Cosby Show,” you owe it to yourself to listen to these.  And be sure to turn out the lights during “Chicken Heart!” dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum…]

Mark Twain – When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Jean Paul Richter – What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard for posterity.

Robert C. Whitten – The child had every toy his father wanted.Father Kissing Baby

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh – The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Charles Wadsworth – By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

Richard Shattuck – They didn’t believe their father had ever been young; surely even in the cradle he had been a very, very small man in a gray suit, with a little dark mustache and flat, incurious eyes.  [Reminds me of how my father told us he was born wearing a tie!]

I will end with a link to what I think is one of the most moving tributes to the often unappreciated acts of service in which fathers tend to excel: “Those Winter Sundays,” as read by its author, the poet Robert Hayden.

The source for many of the above quotes is a comprehensive list of quotations about fatherhood from Fathers.net.

Father Relaxing with Son

This post has been shared at Crazy Mama’s Monday Blog Hop and Milk and Cuddles Mommy Club.

Jun 142012
 

Finished Father's Day Hand Print CraftFather’s Day is almost here!  If you are looking for a way to celebrate the special man in your life (and your child’s life!), here is a unique and memorable gift that you can easily make in time for the big day!

*Note to my husband: Don’t keep reading unless you want to spoil the surprise!  Of course, by now you’ve already seen the picture … Oh well 🙂

My husband is a wonderful father to our little Monkey.  He is attentive and thoughtful and will do anything to put a smile on his little boy’s face.  Such an amazing man deserves something special for his big day, even if he is too humble to expect anything.

I knew my husband would love anything made by his little Monkey, and I love the idea of presents that mark the special moments in our child’s life.  He is growing so quickly that I wanted to capture this precious time when he is still our little boy.

So when I ran across this amazing hand print craft, I knew I had found a winner.  (I also love this similar hand print craft, which I will probably do once we have another little monkey running around the house).

The trickiest part, of course, was getting a good hand print from my active toddler.  He loves to have us “draw” his hands, but he is usually so excited that he wiggles a lot, making our drawings at best estimations.  But by a stroke of luck, one day he was in just the right mood and allowed me to do a fairly accurate outline of his precious little hand.Father's Day Hand Print Craft with Monkey

I cut this out and traced it on the back of some wrapping paper.  (Next time I will probably choose a solid color or a small pattern. The wide stripes of this paper made it difficult to get exactly the look I was going for, although I was happy with the final version).

I then glued this wrapping paper hand print onto a piece of poster board I had already trimmed to fit inside a picture frame.  As for the frame, you can go as fancy or simple as you like.  I opted for the simple – let’s call it “classic” – because I didn’t want anything that would detract from what was inside the frame.

I made sure to mark the hand print with the date and later will add my little Monkey’s name.  See how simple?  Now we’re all ready for Father’s Day!

What do you have planned for this Father’s Day?

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