The other day there was a father and small daughter snuggled up in the puppet playhouse, heads bent together over a book as he read aloud softly. It’s a scene to warm any book-lover’s heart, and a co-worker and I cooed over it. Later she said, “Why do we think it’s so great when fathers come to the library? When we see a mom and her kids, we don’t say ‘Oh, how great to see a mom bringing her kids to the library.’”
I’m still thinking that one over.
Social commentary aside, it’s still great when dads support reading. Here’s a nifty resource from Geekdad.com called “67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10.” There’s a great variety of books for different ages; click on a book to read a summary. You have to scroll all the way down underneath the book covers to see the summary.