A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail...
They are a part of all we are… our thoughts and our actions.
They show commitment… to give us stability and security.
They freely give of their time and intellect… the building blocks of that treasured storehouse of memories.
Their vision is expansive, high minded and honorable.
Their influence uplifts.
They model patience, tolerance and forgiveness.
We depend on their honesty.
They love us no matter what, understanding we will always slip and fall.
This love is our rock, fostering our resilience.
They are a guiding light… this gift is timeless.
Read With Dad
I Love Dad With The Very Hungry Caterpillar (ages 3 - 5 years)
by Eric Carle
Join the very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through this celebration of love and all the ways to tell your dad how much you care about him.
Dad By My Side (ages 4 - 8 years)
Dads are always there when you need them, playing make-believe, making you smile, or fighting off monsters beneath your bed. This book celebrates the special bond between a dad and his daughter.
Hero Dad (ages Pre K - 2)
by Melinda Hardin
A little boy tells the story of his dad who is a superhero. Not quite the type we see in the movies, but about his dad in the military who wears "cool" night vision glasses and camouflage clothing. This is a sweet story about a father and his son that respectfully addresses military families that are so much a part of today's American life.
Following In His Footsteps
As Father's Day approaches with those long warm days outdoors, here's a “card” that your child can make that will last for years. Using a few simple materials from your local craft store, you can create an artistic garden stepping stone that shows your appreciation for Dad.
All year round, you can let Dad know that you're literally “following” in his footsteps! If your Dad is no longer here, it makes a wonderful memorial stone for your garden.
Afghani Lamb Marinade
One of my husband's favorite recipes is a marinade I got from a friend of mine for lamb. She got it from her ex-sister-in-law who got it from former Afghan rebels that stayed in her house. Originally for lamb, I've found that it's good for any cut of red meat. If the meat is tender then only marinate for 2-3 hours. If it's a tougher cut of meat, stab the meat with a fork or knife before marinating for 24 hours. Over the years I've fiddled with it until I got something I think is even better than the original!
It would be good to shish kebab and grill it for Father's Day.~ Maria
My Papa Rides a Motorcycle … (ages 4 - 7 years)
by Isabel Quintera and Illustrations by Zeke Pena
We love this story because it simply, but most meaningfully is about the uniquely special relationship between fathers and their children. Little Daisy can’t wait for her papa to come home because then she gets to ride with him on his motorcycle. They don’t go anywhere special, but just being with him and together sharing an activity he so loves to do, does it for Daisy. This award winning author’s words draw us in and the vibrant illustrations are the perfect accompaniment.
Dad By My Side .. (ages 3 and up)
Here is another book that celebrates that most important relationship, the one between father and child. This little girl has a dad who is larger-than-life, or so it seems to the little girl. His shirts don’t quite cover his large belly, but he is so gentle and attentive. They love one another’s company whether they are playing make believe or warding off monsters under the bed. They teach each other. They are there for each other.
Soosh’s drawings attracted 2 million views on Instagram and so this book was born.