I am kicking off National Library Week with author Lezlie Evans. She dropped by to chat with me about the book trailer for Daddies Do, story, and school libraries. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Lezlie!
The book trailer for Daddies Do is a shout out to daddies and the many ways they interact with their little ones – a virtual hug to all the amazing fathers out there! The music encapsulates the lively spirit of the illustrations. (Be warned, you may find yourself clapping and whistling right along with it).
Picking which illustrations to use in the trailer was the hardest part – I have so many favorites. I knew the anteater daddy serving up a syrupy, sticky stack of pancakes definitely had to be included. It’s probably my favorite, truth be told!
Elisa Ferro’s illustrations are everything I imagined when I wrote the words. Each spread is filled with adorable, vibrant animal daddies who look like they are having the best time with their little ones. I can feel the joy jumping off each page.
Did you know marmoset fathers, which are tiny monkeys that live in South America, take care of their babies from birth. When the marmoset is born, the father cleans it and cares for it. He carries it to the mother only when it needs to be nursed. Today’s dads are much more involved in child care than they were 50 years ago. Pew Research found fathers spend about three times as much time with their children now-a-days.
School libraries are magical places where journeys are taken, dreams are formed, and discoveries are made.
Story is a way to share special moments and build strong bonds. Reading is something my husband and I did with our six children every night without fail…, and during breakfast, and bath time. I even recall potty training being a great time for a story. We never had less than 60 books checked out at a time from our local library – thankfully, they had no limit on the number of books you could take home.
Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what was your favorite thing to do with your daddy when you were growing up? I purposely asked if Elisa could make the little bear who is fishing with her daddy a girl because my daddy took me fishing a lot and, yes, he was constantly untangling our lines. That particular illustration is definitely personal. I also loved dancing with my daddy. He is a great dancer and he taught me how swing and waltz. Daddy daughter dances with him were the best!
Look for Daddies Do on May 1, 2018.