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she has fallen and now she is awake
Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems – lovely and sweet and even overcome my intense dislike of collage style illustration. There’s no awkward focus on dad, it’s just another part of the story.
Girls Can Be Anything by Norma Klein
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bangs
Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Daddy Hug by Tim Warner – AWESOME. OH SO AWESOME. Has gone straight into our personal collection. Bunbun favours the gorilla daddy.
One Day, Daddy by Ross Collins
Emma’s Pet by David McPhail
Good Night Princess Pruney Toes by Lisa McCourt
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle – a little long, a little disjointed and I can’t help but be irritated by daddy fish ‘babysitting’. Hint: if you’re a parent, you are not a babysitter. There’s not all that much about dad being a primary caregiver either. It’s interesting and pretty, but not what I wanted.
Many Moons by Louis Slobodkin
Dancing with Daddy by Liza Woodruff
Daddy Mountain by Jules Feiffer
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild – very good. Lovely illustrations, nice story and great rhythm.
Daddy’s Girl by Garrison Keillor – hyeargh NO! Both Wolfman and I were made highly uncomfortable my several of the poems. I get that not everyone has a reaction to proprietary declarations about children (or loving songs about how chubby legs are the best for dancing) but neither of us liked it at all.
Man’s Work by Annie Kubler – textless and the baby is not overtly male and it shows a dad doing all sort of housework without any obnoxiousness. Bunbun seems to like it a fair bit.
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett – I love this woman’s illustrations and we both liked this story. It’s not very gendered and it’s very adorable.
Not daddy-daughter book mentions
Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett – again AWESOME. I love this book ever so much. The illustrations, the language, EVERYTHING. So awesome.
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett – again SO FREAKING AWESOME. I love this book ever so much. The illustrations, the rhythm, EVERYTHING. The little girl even bears somewhat of a resemblance. It’s rather fun for storytelling with actions too.
Piglet and Granny by Margaret Wild – much better than Piglet and Mama but both Wolfman and I were very concerned through most of the book about Granny’s health. It turns out she was making a totally wicked mudslide but we were worried.
Piglet and Mama by Margaret Wild – euch. We loved Piglet and Papa so I figured I’d buy this as well. Not nearly as good and Wolfman actually refuses to read it because “it’s so sad that none of the other animals care that she’s lost her Mama”.
Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman – slightly too old for her, but the sentiment is lovely. It’s one of the first books I ever read aloud to her.
Foodie Babies Wear Bibs by Nathalie Dion – really sweet illustrations and ever so appropriate for my gourmand of a child. Nicely short and has a great opening for cuddles and tickles at the end.
How do Lions say I Love You? by Diane Muldrow – this is so adorable I may keel over. Such cute illustrations and really adorable sentiment.
Just Like My Mum by David Melling – very cute and very much my life. I love the look on Mother Lion’s face and how cheeky the baby is.