Books We Love: “My Dad is Big and Strong, But …,” “Inside Outside,” “Flight 1-2-3,” and “Extreme Oceans”

It’s June! School is winding down. My daughter has finished preschool for summer. It’s time for fresh air, sunshine, and our annual trip to the beach. And you can bet we’ll pack a selection of books just right for the season. For starters, while you’re helping your child pick out a father’s day gift, how about choosing a special book that would make a wonderful “backwards” gift, from dad to child?

This year, we’re giving our little girl My Dad is Big and Strong, But … A Bedtime Story by Coralie Saudo, illustrated by Kris DiGiacomo. In Saudo’s story, it’s dad who doesn’t want to go to bed and the son must convince dad to call it a night. The writing is clever. Every child (especially mine) will be able to recognize themselves in dad’s antics. And the illustrations are wonderfully child-centric, with collaged elements and hand-lettered type that make this book look like a clever kid’s art project. It’s definitely a “read to me” book, as some of the words are sophisticated, but rightly so. This is a book to be shared, parent to child, a real and heart-felt story and every family’s inside joke. It’s by Enchanted Lion Books, a very special press.

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Maggie Hames is the Editor-In-Chief of Media Darlings, a blog that features reviews of all types of kid's media and events, including cinema, tv, apps, books, and music. 


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