A New Dad Shares his Plans for Father's Day
One of the unexpected pleasures of becoming a new dad is Father’s Day. When my wife, Beth, reminded me a couple of weeks ago that Father's Day was coming, my first instinct was to think, ”Oh no, what can I get my dad this year?” But when she followed that with, ‘and what do you want?’ I suddenly realised it was my Father’s Day too.
I had no real idea what to ask for, but a good book is one of my default presents when I can’t think of anything else, and as I look back over the first six months of Charlie’s life, I’ve loved sharing books with him too.
I’m so lucky I can (just about) get home from work in time to read Charlie a bedtime story. At the moment we’re both liking One Sleepy Night by Sebastian Braun, about a baby bear and his daddy bear going home and settling down for the night. For me it’s great to get that part of his day. Although I have to go to work, reading Charlie his bedtime story makes me feel that I’m still an important part of his day.
Although I have to go to work, reading Charlie his bedtime story makes me feel that I’m still an important part of his day
Depending on his mood, we might read a couple of different stories, both picture books for his age or a slightly random selection of other stories that we like. I’m pretty sure Charlie is quite a few years too young for Neil Gaiman’s Sleeper and the Spindle (actually it might be disturbing his sleep) but he likes the rhythm of the language and the beautiful black and white line drawings. I actually read that to him before he was born, so it feels like a bridge between our life before Charlie and now - it feels nice to know he heard those words before he came out and saw us. Or we might just do our favourite book a couple of times, once slowly, talking through the illustrations - the bears, the snoring hedgehogs, the fishes - and then again, quickly, so he hears the rhyme.
So to answer Beth’s question, I think we’ll take a trip to the local library together for Father's Day to see if we can add to our list of bedtime favourites. Maybe another picture book. Maybe we'll see if we can get something else with bears, but maybe this time bears in space? Or pirate bears… or space pirates…
Watch this lovely film of Andy and Charlie sharing One, Two, Three ... Run! by Carol Thompson, currently included in our Bookbug Baby Bag.
You can watch more families sharing books together on our Bookbug Bag Videos pages.
Main image from Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) by Keith Negley