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Celebrating Moms & Dads Through the Pages of Children’s Books

May 1st, 2015

By Jessie Levesque

There’s nothing like cuddling up with Mom or Dad and reading a good story. In honour of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, how about curling up with them and reading books that celebrate them? Here are some suggestions straight from the shelves of the Fort McMurray Public Library.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

This dreamy, cute book is a must–have for Father’s day. Little Nutbrown Hare asks his father to guess how much he loves him and what results is a lighthearted, loving banter as father and son try to describe their love for one another.

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

This absurd, hilarious book will have you smiling the whole way through. A boy would swap anything for two goldfish, even his father! The real fun happens after the trade when the boy’s mother comes home and finds how what he has done. The mixed media pictures reflect the silly story brilliantly.

Me and My Dad by Alison Ritchie

Little Bear and his father get to do wonderful things together, like climbing mountains, swimming in the rain and telling stories. This sweet story and its spirited illustrations will have your little ones bringing “Me and My Dad” to story time for a long stretch.

Daddy Hugs 123 by Karen Katz

Daddy hugs is a soft story that will have you and your baby counting, and cuddling along with this hug and read story. The bright, cheery illustrations show tenderness and love between a father and his baby throughout the day.

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

This is a simple, well loved, classic story time book that depicts a baby bird that has fallen out of his nest and sets out in search of his mother. This is a great read aloud for toddlers who will love the humor in baby bird asking everything he sees if it is his mother.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? By Eric Carle

This book portrays a variety of mother animals and their babies in their natural environments. This book is fantastic for story time because the repetition is easy for toddlers to pick up. It also has the signature illustrations of Eric Carle’s books that children love.

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

This is a seriously goofy book about a boy who banters with his mother about what it will take for her to not love him. She assures him that nothing could ever make her stop, even if he was stinky, dirty or ugly. The bright illustrations beautifully accompany the story of love and affection.

Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz

This companion book to “Daddy Hugs” tells a similar story about a Mother and her young child counting hugs throughout the day. This is a great counting book, but it is also a great bonding book for you and your little ones.

My Mom has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister

Matthew believes his mother has x-ray vision because she always knows what he's doing. So one day he decides to test his theory. This story is exciting for children because it discusses superheroes, which always seems to interest children. It also puts moms in the superhero role that we all know they were born to play.

Jessie Levesque is a Library Technician at the Fort McMurray Public Library. For more information visit

Tags: Books, Dads, Moms

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