Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids — Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up and in my opinion there’s no better Father’s Day gift than a good book to read with your dad. This week’s recommendations feature dads who show their love for their children through various activities, from baking pies to reading stories to sharing the names of things. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 978-1416912408


This tale uses a cumulative narrative to tell the reader about the apple pie that Papa baked for his young daughter. From the pie, warm and sweet, to the tree that grew the apples and the rain and sun that nurtured the tree, the gently rhyming text and stylized three-color illustrations create a story of a wonderful father-daughter relationship in the tradition of This is the House that Jack Built.





Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Candlewick, 978-0763641689


Papa is putting his daughter, the little red chicken, to bed when she insists on a bedtime story. Papa agrees but only if she promises not to interrupt the story. She does, but every time Papa starts a story, whether it’s Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood, the little red chicken just can’t keep her thoughts to herself! The illustrations are lively and incorporate the use of speech bubbles. This is a fun story for kids who always ask, “why?”





My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 978-1416948957


The boy in this book has the best father. He knows the names of things, from dogs and planets, clouds and cats, to seven words that all mean blue and which dinosaurs are the meanest. And as father and son explore the world, “He points out everything we see / And teaches all the names to me.” The minimal text combined with imaginative ink and watercolor illustrations show the wonder of discovering and exploring your world with a caring, sharing dad.