With Father’s Day fast approaching here’s a quick round-up of Dads in Books.
My first choice is a book that works well for a whole-school assembly on Dads – My Dad by Anthony Browne. This book is sufficiently accessible to avoid fidgety bottoms from YR and Y1 children and suitably humorous to uncurl the most pre-adolescent of lips in Y6. Try asking the children to draw a picture and write a few sentences about their dad, which you could then scan and make into a rolling PowerPoint for use during the assembly.
This blog from Dad Info lists several children’s books where dads play a prominent role. It’s organised by year group which makes it useful for thinking about books that will interest children in each year group. There are also some good suggestions in this list, including My Dad by Anthony Browne.
Grandads are important people to include in a celebration of Father’s Day particularly to those children whose dad may not be present in their life. Consider including My Two Grandad’s by Floella Benjamin in your Father’s Day collection.
Lots of Grandads grow fruit and vegetables but do many of them grow fruit and veg quite like the grandad in Babette Cole’s The Trouble with Grandad? This books offers a humorous connection for children with green-fingered grandads.
Not every child has a father or grandfather in their life but they may have someone who assumes that role for them. Two literary father figures that you may want to include in your Father’s Day celebrations are Albus Dumbledore who like so many teachers acts in loco parentis for Harry Potter and Tom Oakley for his fathering of Willie Beech in Goodnight, Mr Tom.
All the books and websites mentioned in this article have been included in this Pinterest board along with other resource suggestions for topics about People Who Help Us.
Rachel Clarke, Director – Primary English
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