We’re Celebrating Dads and Grads in Newly Released Picture Books!

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the month of June than by sharing a new picture book.

How to Surprise a Dad


Written by Jean Reagan

Illustrated by Lee Wildish

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

March 24, 2015

Age range: 5-8 years

32 pages

Another winner from the How To… series told thru the innocence of a child’s eye. You’ll laugh at the antics of the children as they offer tips on becoming a super surpriser. What dad wouldn’t feel loved by the efforts that this family goes to to make his celebration extra special? Sweet illustrations with fun detail describe each page.

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Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad



Written and illustrated by Liz Climo

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

May 5, 2015

Age range: 3-6 years

40 pages

Rory, a dinosaur, goes on a solo adventure, or so he thinks. Rory’s dad is with him every step of the way, unbeknownst to the little dino. The illustrator’s style is simple and eye-catching with ample white space so little ones will focus on the action. A charming story, that reminds children the importance of a father’s love.

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Why I Love My Dad

Written by Alison Reynolds

Illustrated by Serena Geddes

Published by Little Bee Books

April 7, 2015

Age range: 3-6 years pages

22 pages 

There are many reasons why a child loves their dad and this book depicts several special ones.  What a sweet gift this would make for a dad if their child were to personalize the final pages, as offered in the book.

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And for the graduate in your life…

I Wish You More

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Published by Chronicle Books

March 31, 2015

Age range: 5-8 years

40 pages

Another delightful collaboration between a dynamic duo. Sparse text and stellar illustrations fill this uplifting book from cover to cover. Its positive message gives hope in discovery and delivers a sentimental end.  My youngest son is graduating this month from the University of Oregon. Yahoo! I purchased I Wish You More for him as a gift card because it conveys, most certainly, what every parent wants for their child…the best and more.

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Here’s wishing you all a fantastic new season, with endless wishes and… more! ~Cathy



12 thoughts on “We’re Celebrating Dads and Grads in Newly Released Picture Books!

  1. Perfect choices just in time for Father’s Day! I’m familiar with “I Wish Your More” and “How to suprise Dad,” but will have to check out the others. Have two on order for grand kids.


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