Bedtime was always my Papa's time. He was usually up early and out the door for work, so night time, was our time. Each night he would tuck me into bed, and like all little kids, I would beg him to read me a story. Once in a while, I even got him to make one up! It was my favorite time with my Papa, and it also cemented a lifelong love of reading.
So in honor of all the bedtime stories and all the Papa's out there, I've put together a little Father's Day Reading assortment. Just a few books to keep the magic going.
- Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead. This book has been out for a bit, but its worth a re-visit. This delightful book reconciles the world of the geek with the world of the dad. It's the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any time frame or budget.
- Handy Dad in the Outdoors by Todd Davis: With more than 30 amazing projects to choose from, Handy Dad in the Great Outdoors is the perfect go-to book for all things outdoor project related. Want to make your own slackline? No problem. Craving some wave time but the beach is too far away? Tarp surfing is your answer. From these great backyard activities to which bugs are okay to eat, this book will keep parents and kids alike, outside and entertained for hours. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions and color photographs make impromptu outdoor projects a breeze no matter your experience or ability.
- Kites by David Pelham: An
object of endless allure since ancient times, the kite still has an
enchanting quality recognized by young and old alike. Beginning with a
fascinating and complete history of kites and kite flying, Pelham
recounts how kites have not only provided endless hours of fun,
relaxation, and exercise but were also used for signalling over vast
distances, fishing, measuring, and divining the secrets of the
atmosphere (not to mention the kite's greatest role, as precursor to the
Includes over 100 how-to diagrams, from the simple to the challenging, from paper to fabric, with all the information necessary for building kites from scratch.
- Coyotes Guide to Connecting Kids with Nature by Jon Young, Evan McGown and Ellen Haas-: Written by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Even McGown, this new book offers powerful mentoring strategies for building lasting connections with nature. Joseph Cornell, world-renowned author and environmental educator, says of Coyote's Guide, "This book has the power to change lives..."This 2nd edition features 150 additional pages, full color photographs, improved cross-referencing, indexing of routines and activities and additional Affiliate resources.
- The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney: Sometimes the best stories have no words... that is definitely the case with this classic fable beautifully illustrated by the author. In this wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables by an award-winning artist, an unlikely pair learns that no act of kindness is ever wasted. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling.
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as "The Little Prince." Richard Howard's new translation of the beloved classic--published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's birth--beautifully reflects Saint-Exupery's unique and gifted style. Howard has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this new edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupery's original artwork.
From our family to yours, Happy Father's Day!
* Last time in Books and Stories: Summer Reading List