Three Aussie dads share why they love reading with their kids

Three Aussie dads share why they love reading with their kids

Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s a great time to reflect on the relationships we have with our kids. We asked three of our bestselling Penguin authors – Tristan Bancks, Josh Pyke and Andrew Daddo – why they love reading aloud to their children.

‘My sons are 14 and 16. One’s a voracious reader. The other loves audiobooks and being read to. When they were little, the best time of the day for me was reading them books before bed. They were (mostly) calm, happy and quiet! It was a good way for us all to repair after the hurly-burly of the day. It’s the best job a dad can have in the family.’ – Tristan Bancks, author of Detention, Two Wolves and Nit Boy.

‘Apart from the myriad scientifically proven benefits of dads reading to their kids, it’s also a beautiful way to engage in creativity with your child, together, as a team. Not as a parent telling or encouraging their kids to read, but actually being there inside the story with them, sharing that imaginative space like bears in a safe, warm cave.’ – Josh Pyke, author of Lights Out, Leonard and A Banana is a Banana.

‘We all know in our hearts how good it is for fathers to read to their kids – maybe best of all, its sharing some peaceful time up close and together: Sneak in a cuddle and some accents and a bit of reminiscing as well. The story is a bonus.’ – Andrew Daddo, author of Atticus Van Tasticus, Stuff Happens and Just Breathe.

Celebrate the father-figure in your life with a fun book from our Father’s Day 2020 book list such as My Dad is Fantastic by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake or Bluey: My Dad is Awesome . . . OR give him a not-so-subtle hint with My Dad Snores by John Williamson and Peter Carnavas. Find any of these Puffin picks at your local bookstore.

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Synopsis

This beautiful little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say 'I love you, Dad!'This gorgeous little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say, 'I Love You, Dad!'Dad . . . you're easy to talk to . . . even when I am feeling prickly . . . you are always there . . . that's why I love you, Dad!Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell your dad how much you care. This lovely little book features Eric Carle's colourful artwork of animal dads and babies, with the Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. The perfect gift for Father's Day, or any day you want to say . . . I love you, Dad!

Synopsis

Peppa and George go on an exciting 'dadventure' with Daddy Pig.It's just another normal day for Peppa and George. Daddy Pig takes them to the supermarket, then for lunch with Granny and Grandpa Pig, before popping in to work for a while. But super Daddy Pig makes their day anything but ordinary by adding lots of fun and excitement to everything they do.Daddy Pig makes every day an adventure in this delightful picture book with a sparkly cover. Perfect for little piggies and their daddies on Father's Day and all year round.

Publisher details

Peppa Pig: My Daddy
Publisher
Puffin Books
Genre
Children’s Picture Book
Released
01 August, 2011

Synopsis

Peppa and George love their daddy... and your daddy will love this delightful book, too!This adorable book is brought to you by the best-loved characters from the number one award-winning preschool children's TV show shown on ABC4Kids - Peppa Pig! The perfect present for Daddy Pig's and children everywhere, this cute book talks about how much Peppa and George love their daddy, with all his little quirks.

Publisher details

My Dad is Fantastic
Author
Roald Dahl
Publisher
Puffin Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
14 May, 2020

Synopsis

The perfect gift for your FANTASTIC dad this Father's Day! My Dad is FANTASTIC He's clever, kind and wise. You'll know he's really smiling By the twinkle in his eyes!A read-aloud rhyming board book that celebrates dads everywhere - from their most FANTASTIC moments to their most magnificent WHIZZPOPS!

Synopsis

From one of Australia's most iconic singer-songwirters, John Williamson, comes this hilarious family song, with a special new verse, brought to life by award-winning illustrator Peter Carnavas.What are we going to do? You dad, does he snore too? My dad snores so much that no one else can sleep . . . until we find a really clever solution!

Publisher details

Spot Loves His Dad
Author
Eric Hill
Publisher
Puffin Books
Genre
Children’s Picture Book
Released
31 July, 2017

Synopsis

This book is delightful for father and son to share together. And will make an especially lovely gift - for Father's Day, a birthday - or any other celebration day!Spot story books have been delighting children and parents for years with their gentle storylines and bright, colourful scenes. Spot is always the star of these books and his experiences with his family, friends and the wider world are those experienced by very young children.In this addition to the 'Spot Loves' titles, Spot is spending time with his Dad. They do lots of fun things together - from playing football to flying a kite to feeding ducks. Spot loves Dad, and Dad loves Spot.This book is delightful for father and son to share together. And will make an especially lovely gift - for Father's Day, a birthday - or any other celebration day!

Publisher details

Bluey: My Dad is Awesome
Publisher
Puffin Books
Genre
Children’s Picture Book
Released
04 August, 2020

Synopsis

Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!Everyone loves Bandit, especially Bluey and Bingo! Find out what makes this true blue dad so special in this hilarious and heartwarming book. A gorgeous hardback book that will make the perfect Father’s Day gift.Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in October 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans and hugely popular ranges of books, toys, clothes, games and more. It holds the coveted position of being the most watched program ever on ABC iView, with over 260 million plays for Series One, and is the winner of an International Emmy for Most Outstanding Children’s Programme.

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