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Celebrating Fathers in Life and Literature

Did you know that Father’s Day started in 1910 in Spokane, Washington, but didn’t become an official holiday until 1972? Whatever the reason, let’s give Dad his due, whether we are talking about biological dads, stepdads, granddads, foster dads, honorary dads, or any special dad in your life.

To-Kill-a-Mockingbird-Harper-Lee-HarperCollinsFabulous fathers can be found throughout literature including Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird; Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter series; Hans Hubermann in The Book Thief; Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Charles Ingalls in the Little House series; Otto Frank in Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl; and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Browse the Bookshare library to find these favorites and many more.

And let’s not forget nature’s best dads in the animal kingdom who take their parenting role very seriously. Learn more about Emperor penguins, seahorses, frogs and toads, wolves, and marmosets in this intriguing book: Animal Dads by Sneed B. Collard III.

animal dads cover

If DIY appeals to you, grab your favorite dad and tackle a project together. Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects by Mike Adamick has more than twenty-five unique and simple projects you can create with materials you probably already have at home. You can make superhero capes for Super Dad and Super Kid or even circus stilts or a rope swing. Your summer’s fun factor is officially heating up. Dad's Book of Awesome Projects cover

As Father’s Day approaches, the Bookshare team would like to recognize all the dads who advocate for the Bookshare members in their lives. Andrew Cooper, father of Ben Cooper who has dyslexia, shares how his family uses resources such as Bookshare and the National Center for Learning Disabilities to help Ben succeed.

Title screen for video about Ben Cooper, Bookshare member, and his parents

Still more ways to celebrate Father’s Day:

Turn It Up and Tell the World theme graphic with girl holding megaphone

Bookshare salutes fathers everywhere!

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