This Father’s Day, one of the best gifts your child can give Dad is a book that they can both read together. Books build babies’ brains and bonds, and storytime is also cuddle-time!
Nearly 40 years of research tells us that when fathers are involved in their children’s language and literacy development, a myriad of positive outcomes arise. Children demonstrate a greater interest in books when they see Dad modeling reading. They encounter more opportunities to have meaningful conversations about a wide range of topics, they develop stronger cognitive, emotional, and social skills; and they learn through play.
Above all, reading with Dad sends the message that reading is important.
The benefits of storytime are not limited to just children—even Dads benefit in numerous ways: by learning new things and picking up new skills—especially if they themselves struggle to read—by increased confidence and self-esteem, by being more engaged in their children’s learning, and by having an opportunity to de-stress.
Father’s Day doesn’t have to come only once a year. Every day can be a celebration of the bonds between fathers and their children when Dad makes time to read to his children—no matter how old they are.
If you’re looking for ideas on what to read this weekend, here are some of our favourite books that feature dads:
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
- Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
3 Newer Titles:
- A Perfect Father’s Day by Eve Bunting
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
- My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley
Five Reasons Why Dads Should Read to Their Children More: The Telegraph, 2015
The Benefits of Fathers Reading to Their Children: National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, 2015
Why Fathers Matter to Their Children’s Literacy: Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust, 2009