Happy Father’s Day in advance to all the fathers reading this blog! I am always truly happy to see my dad. He always makes me laugh. My dad is really into the outdoors. My favorite childhood memories are crazy adventures he took us on. It means so much to be a father because you have this far-reaching affect on your children. For your entire life, when someone asks about your history, you will mention your father and what he means to you in your life. To what extent does this relationship affect you? The answer changes for me as I get older. But a little bit of him is there in every part of my life.
In exploring what it means to be a father or to have a father, here are some books and movies you may be interested in:
Slam by Nick Hornby FIC HOR: This is in Hornby’s usual funny style. It’s about a teenage boy who becomes a father “by accident”. It’s sweet and there’s a little mysterious science fiction thrown in too.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer FIC FOE: This was an excellent book. It’s told from a young boy’s perspective, on his father’s death on September 11th. The story explores a few different father-son relationships. It’s obviously a little disturbing in parts but also funny and sweet. It’s not as heavy as you might expect. I definitely give this book 5 stars.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee FIC LEE: You probably have read this classic already, but I think it’s worth mentioning in this blog because it’s about a good father, and the relationship between him & his daughter.
The Expectant Father: facts, tips and advice for dads-to-be by Armin Brott: This is a funny & informative month-by-month book on pregnancy for the father. It’s the best I’ve come across for dads.
Fatherhood by Bill Cosby 306.8742 COS: This is basically a comedy stand-up routine about fathering. It’s enjoyable & funny, albeit a little negative about parenting.
Fatherhood: Poems about Fathers 811.6 FAT: This is an anthology of not only poetry but also prose taken from many different sources. It’s broken down into sections of daughters writing about fathers, fathers writing to newborns, etc.
There are several really sweet children’s books about fathers too:
I Meant to Tell You by James Stevenson JP STE: A letter from a father to a daughter reminiscing about memories from her childhood.
Knuffle Bunny : a cautionary tale by Mo Willems JP WIL: Trixie loses her bunny at the laundromat and her dad tries to figure out what she is saying. We also have this on Bookflix on our website. You can watch a cartoon rendition of the reading of this book. It’s really cute.
Papa Pride by Kathy Mallat JP MAL The loving wolf papa teaches his pups about life.
Daddy & Me by Karen Katz J BOARD KAT The daughter helps the father build a dog house.
Here are some good movies about the father-child relationship:
King of California (2007): This was really original and well done! It’s about a bipolar father played by Michael Douglas and his teenage daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). They have an adventure looking for buried treasure underneath a Costco.
How to Steal a Million (1966): Audrey Hepburn plays a daughter who tries to get someone to steal her father’s art so that her dad won’t be caught in his forgery.
Finding Nemo (2003): An animated film where a clown fish loses his son and goes on an adventure through the ocean to find him.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006): Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden Smith are the actors in this true story about a down-on-his-luck father.
Jesse Lee Harmon is the bookkeeper/library assistant at the Oliver Wolcott Library and is currently humming the song Oh Very Young by Cat Stevens… “like your daddy’s best jeans, denim blue, faded up to the sky…”