Vietnamese Christmas Songs (with Rapping!)

After writing about our family’s favorite Christmas albums, I started thinking about Vietnamese Christmas carols. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to Vietnamese Christmas music. There’s plenty of Viet language versions of “Silent Night” and other more familiar western carols. So I dug around for some of the original nhạc giáng sinh (Christmas music).

Most of these are from Paris by Night, a variety type show originally produced in Paris (where many Vietnamese immigrated to during/after the civil war). Now it’s produced in Orange County, CA, which the largest concentration of Vietnamese Americans reside. Those who grew up in Vietnamese homes will have a love-hate relationship with the Paris by Night videos. They were constantly playing at my aunt’s home. While the shows had very high production values (look at those costumes!), the musical mash-ups and attempts at rapping made me feel embarrassed for my people. Typical teenager, I was.

Vietnamese rap, you ask? Yes. Did I mention that Vietnamese male singers are very metrosexual  stylish? Here’s a medley of Vietnamese music, including a rap number of Jingle Bells (starting at 3:27)

The new ones are not as cringe worthy as the ones from my childhood. But the older ones were clearly trying to emulate those 1990s MTV music video. Here’s one of my favorite childhood Vietnamese Christmas carols, Hang Bê Lem (Manger in Bethlehem). Skip to the minute mark:

Did I scare you? Or do you want more? I created a Vietnamese Christmas music playlist on YouTube for your viewing and aural pleasure.

I had to share this one with you. It’s not a Christmas video, but these were the types of Paris by Night numbers I was forced to watch as a teen:

Does your culture have its own holiday music? Share a link to a video in the comments.

Middle Grade Fantasy Books With Strong Female Characters

Middle Grade Fantasy Books with Strong Female Characters-I'm Not the Nanny

When it comes to book genres, Sophia is following in my fantasy loving footsteps.  As a parent, I find that middle grade fantasy is the middle child who’s been ignored by publishers. Fantasy YA has become so commercially successful, it’s become challenging for me to find fantasy books whose subject matter doesn’t veer into romantic teenagers, killing, and destruction. I’m not ready for my third grader to read those!

We’re lucky that our local library regularly receives new books because she reads fast and furious (like her mom). I figure if I’m having problems finding middle grade fantasy books, then others have too. I especially like these because they’re fantasy books with strong female characters. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Middle Grade Fantasy Books With Strong Female Characters

Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale written by Charles de Lint and illustrated by Charles Vess: I don’t know when Charles de Lint began writing children’s books, but I love his adult fantasy fiction. This illustrated book is about a girl who wishes to meet a fairy and unknowingly becomes ensnared in a longtime battle between rival magical clans after her six sisters are kidnapped.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest written by Charles de Lint and illustrated by Charles Vess: A companion to Seven Wild Sisters, this book introduces us to Tanglewood, a magical forest full of fairies-if you know where to look.  Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills–until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. She sets on a dangerous adventure in order to make everything right.

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures written by Kate diCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell: We haven’t read this 2014 Newberry  Winner yet but the synopsis is entertaining on its own. “It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him.” How can you go wrong with a squirrel, a smart girl, and a vacuum cleaner?

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff: My sister introduced Sophia to this fractured fairy tale and Sophia has reread it several times. Rump is the butt (get it?) of everyone’s joke until he discovers that he can spin straw into gold. His best friend Red Riding Hood warns him that magic can get him in trouble, but he doesn’t heed her caution. Soon, Rump spins himself into a curse. Can he and Red break the curse?

The Spirit Animal series (various authors): Sophia loves the entire series and eagerly awaits for the next installment. Written by masters of children’s fantasy (Shannon Hale, Garth Nix, Brandon Mull, Tui T. Sutherland), this fantasy series features a diverse team of children who are able to communicate with animals. Together with their spirit animals, they must save the world from danger. There are currently 5 books in the series and more to come.

If you want to try out the series, Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born is currently free for Kindle and Kindle app.

Ever After High series by Shannon Hale: I had to add these to the list because it’s one of Sophia’s favorite series. Though based on the television series and line of dolls, I learned that Hale has creative license with the characters. Ever After High is a high school for the children of familiar fairy tale characters. Sophia’s (and Hale’s) favorite character is Maddie Hatter, the Mad Hatter’s daughter. Think of it as Once Upon a Time in book form for middle grade.

If you want to try out the series, several Ever After High novellas are free on Kindle and Kindle app: Ever After High: Raven Queen’s StoryEver After High: Apple White’s StoryEver After High: Briar Beauty’s Story.

 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin: I have lost count how many times Sophia has re-read. With the feel of a folk tale and the magic of a fantasy, the story follows Minli and her quest to find the Old Man on the Moon. Her adventures are peppered with folk tales about Chinese dragons that Minli heard from her father. Not only has Sophia read this book twice, she’s even read passages out loud to me.

READ MORE: Multicultural Children’s Fantasy & Science Fiction Books

We Met Shannon Hale and She’s Awesome!

Kids Meeting Shannon Hale-I'm Not the Nanny

Sophia is a huge bookworm. I couldn’t be prouder.

My heart burst with happiness to see Sophia meet Shannon Hale. Even better, Shannon Hale was amazing with all the children at her reading! She even dressed up as the character in her new book The Princess in Black (affiliate link).


Living in a the DC metro area means that lots of cool authors visit for author talks and signings. Shannon Hale spoke at the Takoma Park Library last week and we rushed to make the talk. I met Shannon Hale briefly during Book Expo America when signed two books from Sophia’s favorite fantasy series (book titles are affiliate links):

Spirit Animals: Book 4: Fire and Ice

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends

Sophia loves these books because fantasy is her favorite genre. I love these books because they feature diverse characters and strong female characters. I started to follow her on Twitter after meeting her and learned that she’s a huge supporter of We Need Diverse Books.

Shannon Hale was there to read from her newest book (beginner chapter book) The Princess in Black, which is about a princess super hero. She wears black and fights monsters.  I love this book! I wish we’d had it when Sophia was younger and in her princess phase. However, it’s also good for Jaxson to read too. Girls can be superheroes too! We bought a copy of The Princess in Black and Rapunzel’s Revenge, a fractured fairy tale graphic novel she co-wrote with her husband Dean Hale.

Sophia was thrilled to meet one of her favorite authors. She and Shannon chatted about the different characters in her Ever After series. It made me so happy to see the two of them chat. Shannon was amazing with every child she spoke to, whether they had read her book or not.

Thanks Shannon Hale for writing such great books for my kids!


Baltimore BookFest #WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel Recap

Baltimore Book Festival 2014-I'm Not the Nanny

Last week I volunteered to live tweet the We Need Diverse Books panel at the Baltimore Book Festival last Friday. I’m a huge supporter of the campaign as the topic is so important for my family–and for you, my readers. As you recall, I had the honor of representing the campaign at the Bloganthropy Awards this summer. I haven’t been to this festival in a few years because it usually coincided with the National Book Festival. This year the Bmore Book Fest was moved to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the weather was gah-geous! I thought it was a great location for the festivities.

Baltimore Inner Harbor #BBF2014-I'm Not the Nanny

The Baltimore Book Festival truly has a festival feel. There’s a bunch of booksellers, talks and panels on diverse topics, food tents (turkey leg, anyone?), food demos, and plenty of kid friendly activities. Not to mention people selling wine, beer, cocktails, and coffee. You an easily spend an entire day there.

Bmore Book Fest #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel-I'm Not the Nanny

(LtR) Ellen Oh, Karen Sandler, Caroline Richmond, Justina Ireland

I had briefly met Ellen Oh at Book Expo America but she was mobbed. I hope she doesn’t think I’m stalking her. I just love the We Need Diverse Books movement and want to help as much as I’m able. On the panel were:

It was a great discussion and my thumbs couldn’t tweet fast enough to catch all the tidbits! I’ll try to put together a Storify about the panel once the kids are in bed tonight. In the meantime, you can do a twitter search with both the #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BBF2014 hashtags.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Panelists at #BBF2014-I'm Not the Nanny

I found myself nodding at everything the panelists said. I grew up with a lack of diverse books and I’m doing my darndest to make sure my kids have access to diverse books. But not everyone is in an environment where that is possible or they don’t know where to find diverse books or understand why their community needs them.

Caroline Richmond #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BBF2014-I'm Not the Nanny

I was also thrilled to learn about Caroline Richmond’s new YA novel The Only Thing to Fear who has a biracial protagonist. She said she wanted to write books that her daughter (who is biracial) could identify with. Even though her daughter is only 7 months old, I’m glad that authors like Caroline are realizing the need for books featuring biracial characters. I can’t to read it and pass it along to Sophia when she’s old enough!

Thien-Kim with Ellen Oh at #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BBF2014-I'm Not the Nanny

I had to my selfie with Ellen Oh because my friend Pam of The Unconventional Librarian requested it. So happy now, PammyPam?

Have you read any of these authors’ books? I’m not usually a YA reader, but I’m going to get a copy of Caroline Richmond’s book.

7 Books About Mid-Autumn Moon Festival aka Tet Trung Thu

 7 Books About Mid-Autumn Moon Festival-I'm Not the Nanny

This year’s Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is September 8, 2014. It snuck up on me this year, but I have plenty of time to prepare. In Vietnamese, we call it Têt Trung Thu, which falls the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar (the full moon).

Even if you’re not Vietnamese or Chinese, your family can celebrate too! The festival begin during the Xia and Shang Dynasties (2000 BCE-1066CE) in China as a harvest celebration. Since Vietnam is heavily influenced by Chinese culture, my family celebrates Têt Trung Thu (prounounced “teht troong too”) as well.

Our family usually celebrates by reading folk tales about the moon festival, making or lighting lanterns, and we usually skip the moon cakes. (Find out why.) If you’re in the DC area, next week I’ll share some local Moon Festival celebrations you can take your family.

You can celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in your home too.

Books About The Moon Festival

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam (Harcourt) by Sherry Garland is a collection of Vietnamese folktales. In it is the story of Chu Cuoi (literally Uncle Laughter) who finds a magical banyan tree whose wife Nguyet Thien accidentally cut the trees roots. The magical banyan tree pulls out its roots and floats into the sky. Chu Cuoi grabs the tree to keep it on the ground but is pulled up to the moon instead. This is a great book to have in your collection.

The Moon Lady by Amy Tan is beautifully illustrated by Gretchen Schields. I’m a huge Amy Tan fan and this is the only book that she’s written for a younger audience. Adapted from The Joy Luck Club, the story is about Ying-Ying and how, as a little girl, she encounters the Moon Lady, who grants the secret wishes of those who ask.

Surprise Moon

Surprise Moon (Lee and Low) by Caroline Hatton is a perfect book for younger children. In this picture book, Nick who is Vietnamese American shares with his classmates about his favorite things about the the Mid-Autumn Festival. This book is a great introduction to the celebration.

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Knopf) by Grace Lin shows how a Chinese American family celebrates the Moon festival. Our family loves Lin’s picture books. Her illustrations are bright and full of color.

Lin Yi’s Lantern by Brenda Williams tells the story of Lin Yi, who is given money to buy items at the market for that evening’s Moon Festival. If he bargains well, he can buy himself a red rabbit lantern. But first he must purchase all the items his mom needs. Can he do it?

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz covers several Chinese holidays and festivals including the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Learn more about how Chinese culture celebrates the festival with a folktale, crafts and recipes.

A Full Moon Is Rising (Lee and Low) by Marilyn Singer is a collection of poems about different moon festivals around the world. It’s a good follow up after your family learns about the Mid-Autumn Festival.

One of my favorite things about Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is the FOOD! That deserves its own post.

9 Kids Picture Books About Louisiana

9 Kids Picture Books About Louisiana-I'm Not the Nanny

Even though my kids won’t return to Louisiana until next summer’s Grandparents Camp, I can still bring Louisiana to them. Because of its rich history, Louisiana is blend of many different culture. Luckily, there are a lot of fun picture books that share my birth state’s food, folklore, and even a Cajun twist on traditional stories.

After reading these books to your kids, try cooking some shrimp etouffee or cajun red beans together. Better yet, make mini king cakes (who cares if it’s not Mardi Gras season?).

Here’s 8 picture books about Louisiana culture:

P is for Pelican: A Louisiana Alphabet by Anita C. Prieto is a great introduction Louisiana’s diverse wildlife and culture. Written in rhyme, this book will be fun to read aloud.

Today Is Monday In Louisiana by Johnette Downing is based off her song by the same title. This fun book illustrates and shares the best of Cajun, Creole, African and French foods. You’ll definitely be hungry after reading this book. Check out a video of the song after you read it.

In my grade school days, field trips to the New Orleans Audubon Zoo were my favorite. Even if you can’t visit in person any time soon, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo by Grace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy is a great way to armchair travel. Renee’s father spins a tale of why the animals are always asleep when the visit the zoo. Only you can decide if there’s any truth to his story.

Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of the New Orleans and the Louisiana coast is an integral part of the state’s history.  A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson tells the story from the eyes of four young friends and how the disaster changed their live forever. While the subject matter might feel dark, the book captures the resiliency of New Orleans and of its children.

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell is a twist on a well-known classic, except that our wolf is really an alligator named Claude and Petite Rouge (Little Red in French) is a duck. Told in rhyme, this retelling is full of Cajun expressions and words.

Mike Artell retells another classic in Three Little Cajun Pigs. Our three pigs Trosclair, Thibodeaux, and Ulysse have been kicked out of the house and must make sure good ole Claude the Gator doesn’t eat them!

As a toddler, Sophia’s favorite story was The Little Red Hen. I have no doubt she’d enjoy it with a Cajun twist like in Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming. Monsieur Gator is growing old and can’t no longer catch his dinner. So he devises a plan with a huge pot of gumbo.

Sure Louisiana is full of fun food and music, but we can’t ignore its history of racism and segregation. The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles addresses the topic of school desegregation in a way young readers can relate to. Ruby Bridges, at a six-years-old, became the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.

I have fond memories of my elementary school teacher reading us Cajun Night Before Christmas by Trosclair. This version has Papa Noel’s “sleigh” pulled by flying alligators. Told in rhyme like the original story, the Cajun dialect bring Louisiana right into your home.

7 Children’s Books About Food Around the World

7 Children's Books About Food Around the World-I'm Not the Nanny

Summer is the time for road trips and family vacations.  Some of our friends are traveling all over the world and I can’t help but feel jealous when I see their beach photos or shots of exotic landscapes. My kids enjoy traveling as much as I do, so when we can’t hop in the car or a plane, we travel via food. Cooking food from different cuisines and countries is a fun and hands on way to learning about other cultures. Why not read some books for inspiration?

The folks at Tuttle Publishing sent me some fun books about food from Asian, plus I’ve added a few I’ve discovered. (All links below are affiliate links.)

Are you ready to travel and eat around the world with these children’s books about food around the world?

When our box of books arrived, the first one Sophia grabbed was Fun with Asian Food: A Kids’ Cookbook by Mirijke Den Ouden and Devagi Sanmugam (Tuttle). After checking out all recipes, she settled on making Indian Fruit Lassi. Each recipe is easy to read with hand drawn illustrations for each step, making it perfect for even little kids to “read.” Both kids helped to make our strawberry lassis. We froze the extra and made lassi popsicles, which were a hit! The kids and I are looking forward to making the other recipes in the book. The cookbook contains recipes from India, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines.

Everybody Eats Lunch by Cricket Azima (Glitterati Inc) is an interactive board book that shows what other kids around the world eat for lunch. Learn what time lunch is eaten and what it’s called in different languages. There’s removeable pieces that explain the different foods. It’s super cute! I wish I’d seen this when my kids were younger.

Let’s Eat!/A Comer! (My Family: Mi Familia) by Pat Mora (Rayo) is a Spanish/English bilingual book that will introduce your kids to Mexican foods and what their Spanish names. This is a fun book to read if you want to start a Taco Tuesday tradition with your family. A great book for preschoolers.

Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia and Ken Min (Lee & Low) deserve another mention because I love reading this book out loud. It’s a fun read and shows how traditional food is incorporated into American life. Plus Dada-ji is pretty awesome!

Ok, so Louisiana isn’t really international but the cuisine there is a melting pot of many different cultures–just like the people who live there. Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) is a Cajun take on the classic The Little Red Hen. After you’re done reading it, you  might be inspired to make your own gumbo.

Travel to Morocco with The Butter Man by Elizabeth Alalou (Charlesbridge) as Nora’s father tells her about his childhood. While the mouthwatering pot of couscous simmers, Nora learns about her grandfather’s patience and perseverance as he works to bring food to his family during a famine.

If your kids are squeamish about trying new foods, read them Do Mice Eat Rice? by Al Write and Roger Clarke (Tuttle). Told in rhyme with hilarious illustrations, this book wonders how different animals would react when they try new foods.

Returning to Camp Grandparents aka Vietnamese Immersion Camp

Kids at Park-I'm Not the Nanny

Once again, I’m packing up the kids and sending them my parents for the summer. Or as I joking call it Camp Grandparents. I’m heading to Louisiana with the kids tomorrow and will return next week without kids in tow. While I’m down there I plan on consuming some beignets and stocking up on Community Coffee. Plus I’ll get to hang out with my family and see a good friend.

It’s our third summer doing this and the kids are very excited to stay with my parents for several weeks. It’s become a tradition. This summer they’ve already requested to learn how to cook pho, make steam buns and other Vietnamese dishes. I know their grandmother will have fun passing down our food traditions and family recipes to them, even if I haven’t managed to teach the kids how to speak Vietnamese fluently.  My parents don’t see the kids very often throughout the year (except through Skype) so they love having them in the summer.

Hubby and I are looking forward to cramming in as many date nights as possible before he flies down to pick up the kids. I know it’s a luxury to be able to send my kids to their grandparents for so long and I won’t be wasting the opportunity either!

Vietnamese Language Books

Another project I hope to start when I return next week is to work on my Vietnamese. Tuttle Publishing sent me a stack of Vietnamese language resources and I plan on cracking open Elementary Vietnamese, Third Edition: Moi ban noi tieng Viet. Let’s Speak Vietnamese. It’s a college textbook, but I’m going to use it as a self-study. It comes with a mp3 CD, which is super important because Vietnamese is a tonal language and the tones can be subtle to untrained ears. My goal is to be able to read children’s books in Vietnamese to my kids so we can all hear the language as much as possible while we’re away from my family. I’ll report back to you on this textbook after I’ve tried a few lessons.

Tuttle also sent me Making Out in Vietnamese and Instant Vietnamese: How to Express 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases!  which I will use to help teach my husband more Vietnamese phrases. THe Making Out in Vietnamese is pretty funny. It teaches you how to say, “I am a virgin” and “I wanna kiss you” which seems very culturally forward. But I have no idea how the young singles in Vietnam flirt. Take these with a grain of salt as “I am a virgin” is only translated as a woman telling a man that and offers no translation for the reverse.

Of course I don’t mind teaching my husband to say in Vietnamese, “You have a beautiful voice.”

I received copies of the above books for review. Book links are affiliate links.

18 Diverse Children’s Chapter Book Series for Summer Reading

18 Diverse Children's Chapter Books Series for Summer Reading-I'm Not the Nanny

adapted from original image by Simon Cocks

As parents we all know how important summer reading is for our kids. The challenge is finding books that our kids will read. My personal challenge is making sure there enough interesting books for Sophia to read. She flies through books during the summer. I’m always looking for chapter book series for Sophia to read because if she likes the first one, there’s more of the series! I’ve mentioned before the importance of exposing our children to books that show diverse characters (without being stereotypical). Finding diverse chapter book series for elementary students can be difficult.

I searched Book Expo America and my local library’s stacks to find these diverse chapter book series. We haven’t read them all, but hopefully they give you and your children a starting point. Age recommendations are from the publishers, but if you’re unsure that your child is ready for the subject matter, ask your local librarian.

In no particular order (book titles are affiliate links):

EllRay Jakes series by Sally Warner (recommended for ages 6-8)

Katie Woo series by Fran Manushkin (recommended for ages 5-7)

Zapato Power series (featuring Freddie Ramos) by Jacqueline Jules (recommended for ages 6-8)

Keena Ford series by Melissa Thompson (recommended for ages 6-8)

Spirit Animal series by various authors (recommended for ages 8-12)

Girls of Many Lands series (recommended for ages 10 and up) Many of these are out of print but used copies are very inexpensive.

The Ever Afters series by Shelby Bach (recommended for ages 8-12). Not to be confused with the Ever After High series.

Technically not a series but Lisa Yee has 3 companions books: Stanford Wong Flunks Big-timeMillicent Min, Girl Genius and So Totally Emily Ebers with diverse characters (recommended for ages 8-12).

Willimena Rules! series by Valerie Wilson Wesley (recommended for ages 7-10). Also out of print but my library had it and plenty of used copies on Amazon.

Better Nate than Ever and Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle (recommended for ages 10-14)

Ruby Lu series by Lenore Look (recommended for ages 6-10)

Ruby and the Booker Boys series by Derrick Barnes (recommended for ages 7-10)

Calvin Coconut series by Graham Salisbury (recommended for ages 8-12)

The Royal Diary series (recommended for ages 9-12)

Dear America series about boys (recommended for ages 7-10)

Dear America series about girls (recommended for ages 7-10)

Lulu series by Hilary McKay and Priscilla Lamont (recommended for ages 7-10)

Pacy Lin series by Grace Lin (recommended for ages 8-12)

Know of other diverse children’s chapter book series? Leave them in the comments!

9 Multicultural Children’s Books About Fathers

 9 Multicultural Books About Fathers-I'm Not the Nanny

Father’s Day is this weekend, but we don’t have to wait until Sunday to celebrate our dads! Here’s a selection of multicultural children’s books about fathers that you can add to your library. That way we can celebrate how amazing our fathers are everyday! (Book links are affiliate links.)

Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros

The Pura Belpre Honor Book Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros is a English-Spanish bilingual picture book that celebrates the love between a father and son with lush illustrations.

Kitchen Dance by Maurie J Manning

In Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning, a young girl and her brother wakes up in the middle of the night and catches their parents dancing and singing in the kitchen. After joining their parents in the revelry, the songs turn into a lullabies. A perfect bedtime book.

Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng

Featured on Reading Rainbow, Grandfather Counts  by Andrea Cheng is about a biracial girl who bonds with her Chinese grandfather as the two learn to count together. The book also includes a glossary so you and your child can learn too!

Let's Go See Papa by Lawrence Schimel

In Let’s Go See Papá!, a girl relishes her Sundays because that’s when her father calls home! He has left their family to work far away in the United States, but this Sunday, he has a huge surprise for the family!

Peek!: A Thai Hide and Seek by Minfong Ho

Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho is a fun book about a father and daughter playing “Jut-Ay” or hide-and-seek. Told in verse with bright illustrations, this will be a hit with your little ones.

Daddy Poems selected by John Micklos

In Daddy Poems, John Micklos, Jr. has gather a diverse collection of poems that celebrate dads and children. Selections include poems by Nikki Grimes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Karama Fufuka, and Micklos himself.

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall

Celebrate African American fathers with intergenerational poems from In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers and its artful illustrations by Javaka Steptoe.

Ghosts For Breakfast by Stanley Todd Terasaki

Set in 1920s, Ghost for Breakfast by Stanley Todd Terasaki tells the story of how a father aims to teach his Japanese American son how to face his fears as they investigate the ghosts in a local farmer’s field.

Abuelo by Arthur Dorros

Grandfathers are dads too as Arthur Dorros reminds us in Abuelo where a young boy and his grandfather bond through their adventures in the countryside.

Visit your library to find these books or you can easily add them to your personal collection. Sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial for free 2 Day shipping (among other perks).

Whether you’re celebrating Father’s Day this Sunday or another day, make sure to tell dad (or granddad) how much we love them!