Resources On Fathers
located in the Curriculum Lab
Asch, Frank. Goodnight horsey. A request for a bedtime glass of water results in a fantastic horsey ride with a surprise ending. c1981.
Asch, Frank. Just like Daddy. A very young bear describes all the activities he does during the day that are just like his daddy's. c1981.
Barrett, John M. Daniel discovers Daniel. Sure that he isn't loved because he receives so little attention from his father, Daniel determines to make a bond between them. c1980.
Bartone, Elisa. Peppe the lamplighte. Peppe's father is upset when he learns that Peppe has taken a job lighting the gas street lamps in his New York City neighborhood. c1993.
Best, Cari. Getting used to Harry. When her mother marries Harry, Cynthia finds that she has to adjust to changes in her life at home. c1996.
Bridges, Margaret Park. If I were your father. A boy tells his father all the special things he would do for him if their positions were reversed and he was the father. c1999.
Browne, Anthony. MY DAD. A child describes the many wonderful things about "my dad," who can jump over the moon, swim like a fish, and be as warm as toast. c2001
Bunting, Eve. Fly away home. A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom. c1991.
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Caines, Jeannette Franklin. Daddy. A child of separated parents describes the special activities she shares with her father on Saturdays. c1977.
Chaconas, Doris J. On a wintry morning. A father takes his infant daughter for a sleigh ride on a winter's morning. c2000.
Cole, Brock. Buttons. When their father eats so much that he pops the buttons off his britches, each of his three daughters tries a different plan to find replacements. c2000.
Collard, Sneed B. Animal dads. Illustrations and simple text describe how the males of different species help take care of their young. c1997.
Coy, John. Two old potatoes and me. After a young girl finds two old potatoes at her father's house, they plant and tend them to see if they will have new potatoes in September. c2003.
Daly, Niki. My dad: STORY AND PICTURES. A father's drinking causes pain and embarrassment to his family, until he begins to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. c1995.
Degen, Bruce. DADDY IS A DOODLEBUG. A young doodlebug describes how he and his father are alike and the things they enjoy doing together. c2000.
De Paola, Tomie. Days of the
blackbird: a tale of northern Italy. At the request of a kind
duke's loving daughter, La Colomba, a pure white bird, braves the bitter
winter of the northern Italian mountains to sing for the gravely ill man.
Dupasquier, Philippe. Dear
daddy-- .he top portion of each double page spread shows
Sophie's father on a long sea voyage, while the bottom portion shows her
activities at home as she is describing them in a series of letters.
Friedman, Aileen. A cloak for
the dreamer. When a tailor asks each of his three sons to make
a cloak for the archduke, the third son's design reveals his desire to
travel the world rather than follow in his father's footsteps. c1994.
Hanson, Regina. The tangerine
tree. When Papa announces that he must leave Jamaica to work in
America, Ida is heartbroken until he tells her a secret. c1995.
Haughton, Emma. RAINY DAY. Shortly after his parents have separated, Nick visits his father on a gray, rainy day and they take a long walk in the storm. c2000.
Hines, Anna Grossnickle. Sky all around . A father and daughter share a special time when they go out on a clear night to watch the stars.c1989.
Hines, Anna Grossnickle. When we married Gary. Beth still remembers the daddy who went away, although her younger sibling does not, but both of them accept Gary and call him Papa. c1996.
Hooks, William H. Moss gown. After failing to flatter her father as much as her two evil sisters do, Candace is banished from his plantation and only after much time and meeting her Prince Charming, is her father able to appreciate her love. c1987.
Hort, Lenny. How many stars in the sky? One night when Mama is away, Daddy and child seek a good place to count the stars in the night sky. c1991.
Johnson, Angela. I dream of trains. The son of a sharecropper dreams of leaving Mississippi on a train with the legendary engineer Casey Jones. c2003.
Jukes, Mavis. Like Jake and me. Alex feels that he does not have much in common with his stepfather Jake until a fuzzy spider brings them together. c1984.
Kraus, Robert. Daddy Long Ears' Halloween. Daddy Long Ears loves Halloween but this year he cannot Trick -or-Treating because Bunny Parker is ill and yet they have the best Halloween ever.a[c1990]
Kurtz, Jane. Faraway home. Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there. c2000.
Lakin, Pat. DAD AND ME IN THE MORNING. A deaf boy and his father share a special time as they watch the sun rise at the beach. c1994.
Lotu, Denize. Father and son. A father and son in the low country of South Carolina share special feelings as they spend time together in a variety of activities. c1992.
Lewin, Hugh. Jafta--my father. While his father works in the city over the winter, a young boy thinks of some good times they've shared and looks forward to his return to their South African home in the spring. 1983, c1981.
Long, Earlene. Gone fishing. A father and son go fishing with a big fishing rod for daddy and a little one for the child. c1984.
Martin, Bill. White Dynamite & Curly Kidd. Lucky Kidd watches her father ride a mean bull at the rodeo and thinks about becoming a bull rider herself. c1986.
Mayer, Mercer. Just me and my dad . Father and son go camping, but who is really taking care of whom? c1977.
Meisel, Paul. Zara's hats. Selig, the hatmaker, creates beautiful hats with the help of his wife and daughter Zara. When he runs out of feathers, Selig travels all over the world looking for more feathers. Zara, looking at the empty display window in the shop, uses flowers and papier-mache animals and fruit to make hats that the customers love. c2003.
Polacco, Patricia. Some birthday! On her birthday Dad takes a young girl and her brother to see the Monster at Clay Pit Bottom. s, c1991.
Parker, Kristy. My dad the magnificent. Although Buddy might exaggerate a bit in bragging about his magnificent father, the good times they share demonstrate that his father really is great. c1987.
Ray, Mary Lyn. Basket moon. After hearing some men call his father and him hillbillies on his first trip into the nearby town of Hudson, a young boy is not so sure he still wants to become a basket maker. c1999.
Roy, Ron. Breakfast with my father. After his parents separate, David looks forward to outings with his father and wonders what has happened when he doesn't arrive for their customary Saturday breakfast. c1980.
Salus, Naomi Panush. My daddy's mustache. A little boy learns why his father won't shave off his mustache. c1979.
Say, Allen. The lost lake. A young boy and his father become closer friends during a camping trip in the mountains. c1989.
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. Mooch the messy. Only for love does a very messy young rat clean up his hole to make his father's visit happier. c1976.
Skofield, James. 'Round and around. A little boy and his father go for a walk and find circular shapes in everything they see and do. c1993.
Smith, Will. JUST THE TWO OF US. Celebrates the dignity, integrity, and honor of being a father. c2001.
Soto, Gary. Big bushy mustache . In order to look more like his father, Ricky borrows a mustache from a school costume, but when he loses it on the way home his father comes up with a replacement. c1998.
Spelman, Cornelia. After Charlotte's mom died. Because her mom's death causes six-year-old Charlotte to feel sad, mad, and scared, she and her dad visit a therapist who helps them acknowledge and express their feelings. c1996.
Steptoe, John. Daddy is a monster ... sometimes. Bweela and Javaka relate the incidents that make Daddy a monster in their eyes. c1980.
Tyler, Linda Wagner. When daddy comes home. A young hippo is delighted when his father, who doesn't usually get home until his son is asleep, decides to set aside special evenings for the two of them to work together on special projects. c1986.
Vigna, Judith. Daddy's new baby. .A near disaster helps a child of divorced parents soften her feelings toward her father's new baby. c1982.
Wandro, Mark. My daddy is a nurse. Describes the work of men with ten occupations traditionally reserved for women: nurse, flight attendant, homemaker, dental hygienist, weaver, children's librarian, telephone operator, ballet dancer, office worker, and preschool teacher. c1981.
Watanabe, Shigeo. Daddy, play with me. A young bear enjoys playing with his father. c1985.
Willhoite, Michael. Daddy's roommate. A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living. , c1990.
Wood, Douglas. WHAT DADS CAN'T DO. Describes how dads show love by explaining all the things that they cannot do, such as sleeping late, keeping their ties clean, and reading books by themselves.
Young, Ed. Mouse match: a Chinese folktale. When a father mouse goes to the sun, cloud, wind, and wall in search of the strongest husband for his daughter, he is surprised to find that a mouse is the best match. c1997.
Zolotow, Charlotte A father like that. A small boy tells his mother what he would like a father to be. 
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Heller, David. Fathers are like elephants because they're the biggest ones around: (but they still are pretty gentle underneath). This is a collection of humor and wisdom about fathers and sons and fathers and daughters, and a lively portrayal of fathering itself, all through the eyes of little experts who have much to say about their own fathers. c1993.
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Marone, Nicky. How to father a successful daughter . 1989, c1988.
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Rappaport, Doreen. The new king. Young Prince Rakoto learns to cope with his father's death. c1995.
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Batten, Mary. Hey, daddy!: animal fathers and their babies. Introduces the important roles that some animal fathers play in the development of their offspring, with examples of specific kinds of birds, mammals, and other creatures that thrive under a father's care. c2002
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Steptoe, Javaka. In daddy's arms I am tall: African Americans celebrating fathers. A collection of poems celebrating African-American fathers by Angela Johnson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others. c1997.
Aiken, Joan. Dido and Pa. Dido becomes embroiled with villainous plotters against the king, including her own wicked father. c1986.
Bates, Betty. Call me Friday the Thirteenth. Gussie McIver is always getting into trouble, but it takes a series of major mishaps while her mother is out of town before her father begins to notice. 1985, c1983.
Bauer, Marion Dane. Face to face: a novel. Picked on at school by bullies, thirteen-year-old Michael confronts his fears during a trip to Colorado to see his father, who works as a whitewater rafting guide and whom Michael has not seen in eight years. c1991.
Berry, James. Ajeemah and his son . A father and his eighteen-year-old son are each affected differently by their experiences as slaves in Jamaica in the early nineteenth century. c1992.
Borden, Louise. The little ships: the heroic rescue at Dunkirk in World War II. A young English girl and her father take their sturdy fishing boat and join the scores of other civilian vessels crossing the English Channel in a daring attempt to rescue Allied and British troops trapped by Nazi soldiers at Dunkirk. c1997.
Bunting, Eve, Spying on Miss Muller. At Alveara boarding school in Belfast at the start of World War II, thirteen-year-old Jessie must deal with her suspicions about a teacher whose father was German and with her worries about her own father's drinking problem. c1995.
Butterworth, Oliver. A visit to the big house. Mother, Rose, and Willy go to prison to visit Daddy for the first time. c1993.
Corcoran, Barbara. Strike! A teachers' strike upsets the life of a high school student who has good friends among the teachers and a father on the school board. c1983.
Durbin, William. The broken blade. When an injury prevents his father from going into northern Canada with fur traders, thirteen-year-old Pierre decides to take his father's place as a voyageur. c1997.
Feuer, Elizabeth. Paper doll. Leslie's poignant struggle for independence makes Paper doll a dynamic and touching portrayal of the complex relationship between a young woman and her father. c1990.
Flake, Sharon. Begging for change. Teenaged Raspberry Hill tries to sort out her confused feelings of disgust, shame, and love for her homeless, drug addicted father and worries that she may have inherited his lying and stealing ways. c2003.
Fleischman, Paul. Seek. Rob becomes obsessed with searching the airwaves for his long-gone father, a radio announcer. c2001.
Fox, Paula. The moonlight man. Fifteen-year-old Catherine and her father take their first joint vacation in Nova Scotia and finally get to know each other. c1986.
Gifaldi, David. One thing for sure. Twelve-year-old Dylan can't bring himself to forgive his father who is serving time in an Oregon prison for illegally cutting timber. c1986.
Greenwood, Pamela D. I found Mouse. When Mom goes away for three weeks, Tessie, Dad, and their new kitten learn to take care of each other. c1994.
Hahn, Mary Downing. Following the mystery man. When Clint, a handsome, mysterious stranger, rents a room in Madigan's grandmother's house, Madigan becomes convinced that he is the father she's never met. c1988.
Halvorson, Marilyn. Cowboys don't cry. Still suffering from his mother's death and the subsequent alcoholism and estrangement of his father, a rodeo clown, Shane hopes things will be better when they go to live on a farm in Alberta. 1986, c1984.
Hamilton, Virginia. Plain City. Twelve-year-old Buhlaire, a "mixed" child who feels out of place in her community, struggles to unearth her past and her family history as she gradually discovers more and more about her long-missing father. c1993.
Hawks, Robert. This stranger, my father. Patty Meely's world is turned upside-down when her father is arrested for espionage he had committed twenty years beforehand. c1988.
Henkes, Kevin. Protecting Marie. Relates twelve-year-old Fanny's love-hate relationship with her father, a temperamental artist, who has given Fanny a new dog. c1995.
Herschler, Mildred Barger. The darkest corner. Her loving relationship with the black woman who works for her family and her friendship with two black neighbors in the small Mississippi town where she grows up in the 1950s and 1960s brings Teddy into conflict with her racist father, a member of the local Ku Klux Klan. c2000.
Klein, Norma. No more Saturday nights. A seventeen-year-old unmarried father wins the rights to custody of his son in court; goes off to college in New York City, where he finds an apartment with three girls as roommates; and improves his relationship with his own father, always knowing his baby is the most important thing in his life. c1988.
LaFaye, A. Worth . After breaking his leg, eleven-year-old Nate feels useless because he cannot work on the family farm in nineteenth-century Nebraska, so when his father brings home an orphan boy to help with the chores, Nate feels even worse. c2004.
Lawrence, Iain. LORD OF THE NUTCRACKER MEN. An English boy during World War I comes to believe that the battles he enacts with his toy soldiers control the war his father is fighting on the front. 2001.
Lee, Marie G. Necessary roughness. Sixteen-year-old Korean American Chan moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Minnesota, where he must cope not only with racism on the football team but also with the tensions in his relationship with his strict father. c1996.
Lindsay, Jeanne Warren. Do I have a daddy?: a story about a single-parent child with a special section for single mothers and fathers. A single mother explains to her son that his daddy left soon after he was born. Includes a section with suggestions for answering the question, "Do I have a daddy?" c2000.
Love, D. Anne. I remember the Alamo. Twelve-year-old Jessie resents her father's decision to move his family to San Antonio where they are caught up in the revolution of 1835-1836 including the siege of the Alamo. c1999.
Lupica, Mike. Travel team. After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory. Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court--but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured. c2004.
Moss, Marissa. Amelia's family ties. Ten-year-old Amelia records her thoughts and feelings about flying solo to Chicago to meet the father she has not seen since her parents divorced when she was an infant. c2000.
O'Connor, Barbara. ME AND RUPERT GOODY. Eleven-year-old Jennalee is jealous when a slow-thinking black man arrives in her Smoky Mountains community and claims to be the son of Uncle Beau, the owner of the general store and Jennalee's only friend. c1999.
Okimoto, Jean Davies. Norman Schnurman, average person . A sixth grader who doesn't like sports wishes he could find something to do that would make his dad, a former college football star, proud of him. 1984, c1982.
Oneal, Zibby. In summer light. With the help of an attractive graduate student, Kate endures a summer with her overpowering artist father and gains the courage to pursue her own artistic goals. c1985.
Philbrick, W. R. The young man and the sea. After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna. c2004.
Powell, Randy. RUN IF YOU DARE. Fourteen-year-old Gardner, trying to find some direction in his life, is shocked to discover that his unemployed father considers himself a failure. c2001.
Ransom, Candice F Jimmy Crack Corn. A nine-year-old boy and his father leave their farm in Virginia o join other veterans marching on Washington, D.C., to get the much-needed bonus money they had been promised after World War I.c1994.
Rinaldi, Ann. The secret of Sarah Revere. Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution. c1995.
Rodowsky, Colby F. Sydney, herself. As she writes in her self-awareness journal assigned in English class, fifteen-year-old Sydney tries to discover her true identity and comes to terms with her obsession about her absent father. c1989.
Rubalcaba, Jill. A place in the sun. In ancient Egypt, the gifted young son of a sculptor is taken into slavery when he attempts to save his father's life, and is himself almost killed before his exceptional talent leads Pharoah to name him Royal Sculptor. c1997.
Salisbury, Graham. Blue skin of the sea: a novel in stories. Growing up in Hawaii between 1953 and 1966, Sonny tries to come to terms with his feelings for his fisherman father and the vast sea that dominates his life. c1992.
Santucci, Barbara. Loon summer. While spending the summer with her father, Rainie wishes her parents would stay together, just like the family of loons she sees on the lake. c2001.
Seuling, Barbara. Robert and the back-to school special. The new school year gets off to a not-so-good start when Robert gets a bad haircut, but things improve when his father helps him plan a party for Halloween. c2002.
Simmons, Michael. Pool boy. When his father is arrested for insider trading and his family loses all their money, Brett Gerson takes a job as an assistant to a 70-something pool cleaner in his former wealthy California neighborhood and learns some valuable life lessons. c2003.
Yolen, Jane. The stone silenus. A year after her father, a poet who identified with fauns and satyrs, has been found dead in a motel swimming pool, a strange faun-boy appears to Melissa, seeming to be the reincarnation of her beloved father's spirit. c1984.
Created by Donna Wallach, June 2005, updated May 2007