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Father’s Day

By: Anne Rockwell
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

What’s the perfectgift for Dad? In Mrs. Madoff’s class, it’s a book made just for him. First the kids think about their special moments with their fathers. Sam’s dad is so strong, he can carry Sam on his shoulders. Eveline’s dad sings to her when Maman has to work at night. Jessica writes about her father in Texas … and her stepfather at home. And when it’s time to celebrate at school, both of her fathers give Jessica the best surprise of all.

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The 10 Best Things About My Dad

The 10 Best Things About My Dad

By: Christine Loomis
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 8-9

There are lots of wonderful things about Dad, as told by a young narrator in this rhyming 8 x 8 paperback. The father plays games, gives hugs, teaches right from wrong, cheers on his child, goes for rides in the car, reads bedtime stories over and over, scares monsters away, listens to problems, and tells jokes.

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My Little Girl

My Little Girl

By: Tim McGraw
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Level: 8-9

Dad and his little girl, along with their very large bloodhound, set off on an ordinary day and turn it into a wonderful adventure. From dancing by a duck pond to swinging on a tire swing, lots of laughs and love are shared in time spent together. The day ends with a sweet “Goodnight, I love you” from Dad. And a whisper, “I love you more” from his little girl.  This book is a delightful reminder that spending time together really matters. Simple moments, laughter and knowing you are loved …

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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By: Javaka Steptoe
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Level: 8-9

Fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace in this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African-American writers. The book testifies to the powerful bond between father and child, with a profound message to people everywhere that family is the greatest gift and that fathers are among the most influential heroes. Twelve outstanding poems come to life through the spirited artwork of Javaka Steptoe.

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Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

By: Mercer Mayer
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and Little Critter and Little Sister have decided to plan a big surprise for Dad and Grandpa. Join them as they make cards, cook a special breakfast together, and put on a magic show. Lift the flaps and find out what Father’s Day surprises are in store!

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For the Duration: The War Years

For the Duration: The War Years

By: Tomie dePaola
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 8-9

Tomie keeps hearing the phrase, “For the duration.” Gas is being rationed “for the duration.” The Fourth of July fireworks will be the last show “for the duration.” So many things will be different as long as the war goes on, but much of Tomie’s life goes on as usual. He’s excited about starring in a dance recital, taking the bus around town all by himself, and having his first Communion. But Tomie is also still getting over his cousin’s death in the war, and he has to say good-bye …

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with Champ, the Scamp

Celebrate the Fourth of July with Champ, the Scamp

By: Alma Flor Ada
Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
Level: 8-9

It is the 4th of July, and a family prepares to go for a picnic. Champ, the family dog, who does not want to miss the celebration, secretly hides inside the food basket. When they arrive at the park, Champ has a feast of his own with other dogs that have arrived with other families. In the end, the family is left without food so the families of the other dogs share their meals; and they all end up celebrating together. Contains an informative section on the Fourth of July.

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Jellybeans: A fourth of July Story

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Jellybeans: A fourth of July Story

By: Heather French Henry
Publisher: Cubbie Blue Publishing
Level: 8-9

Claire learns from Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers that the Fourth of July is more than just fireworks.

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Sleepytown Beagles: Oh Brother

Sleepytown Beagles: Oh Brother

By: Timothy Glass
Publisher: Wingspan Press
Level: 6-7

Sleepytown Beagles to learn about one of the most challenging and exciting times in any family – a new addition. A wonderful book to read together at bedtime, especially if there’s a new family member on the way.

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Sleepytown Beagles, Differences

Sleepytown Beagles, Differences

By: Timothy Glass
Publisher: Platinum Paw Press
Level: 10-11

The Sleepytown Beagles, take us on another incredible journey where children can learn to appreciate the differences and unique qualities in others. Set, as always, against the backdrop of a peaceful secure place called Sleepytown, the loveable Sleepytown Beagles will inspire young readers to value the beauty of the different qualities in us all.

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