Last month, we dedicated our School Library to mothers. Now, it’s the fathers’ turn. Being a father is not an easy task. The cliché of the father’s only role during child-birth is to pass out cigars and then later in life to become a detached figure wearing slippers and aloofly reading the newspaper is just that—cliché. In reality, men who take on the roles of fathers and father figures are very much active in their children’s lives and help them with some of life’s most important lessons. So in honor of these men, we want to wish you, our readers, a Happy Father’s Day and present the following special selection of children’s books.
“Father Bear’s Special Day”
by Else Holmelund Minarik
Publisher: HarperFestival (April 1, 2003)
It’s Father’s Day and Little Bear wants to have a special day with Father Bear. He’s so excited that he bounces on his parents’ bed that morning, but Father Bear needs a little more sleep first. Fortunately, it’s worth the extra wait because Father Bear suggests that they go fishing, and Little Bear couldn’t be happier. Yes, everything is perfect when they set off for their special day together – until all of Little Bear’s friends tag along. Now normally, Little Bear would love to spend time with his friends, but he wanted to have Father Bear all to himself. It looks like things are not going quite as he had hoped.