For Father’s Day a few years back, my husband recommended his favorite golf books, not once but twice. He played golf in college for University of Hawaii and is an avid collector of golf stuff: Scotty Cameron putters, golf books, and other very specific items that I can’t keep track of.
This Father’s Day, we are getting him a golf bag with wheels for exercise on the golf course. Naturally, he had a very specific bag in mind. He sent me a link of what he wanted.
For past Father’s Days, my husband likes to do a family outing picking strawberries because the golf course is too crowded on a Sunday for a golf outing. It’s a fun family tradition. Our other (new) tradition is to make Flipagram videos for each other to celebrate holidays.
What does your family like to do to celebrate for Father’s Day?
3 Picture Books to Celebrate Dads on Father’s Day
Daddy Said a Word I Never Heard by Scott M. Cohn
Sometimes dads teach their kids colorful language. I know that my kids claim that their vocabulary is enhanced from driving with their father. In this case, daddy says words that his kids pick up on. No bad language is actually used; Swedish furniture names are used instead! This is a fun rhyming picture book for dads to read to their kids. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Dad’s tattoos tell a story and his little boy always want to hear about them as they recount the important events in his dad’s life. He has a tattoo of his favorite book his mother read to him. His father’s advice to be kind is on his arm. His bicep is adorned with a tattoo that reminds him of a pretty girl he met (and married). His dad is a veteran and one tattoo reminds him of that trip far away. His last tattoo is a small one of a special date. His little boy likes this one best of all. So does his dad.
For all the dads that read to their kids and tell them stories, this picture book is for you. No tattoos necessary! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu, illustrated by Christina Forshay
Celebrate Father’s Day with grandfathers too through this picture book. Mei Mei and her grandfather share multicultural exercise traditions. He teaches her a martial art called tai chi, and she does her own version of the moves which he pronounces as perfect. Then, it’s Mei Mei’s turn to show her grandfather yoga. She demonstrates and he does his own version. Mei Mei thinks her grandfather’s version is perfect too! This is a charming story to share with grandfathers everywhere. It also encourages kids to try new things! [picture book ages 4 and up]
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