I’ve read a few social media posts lately about how there are not enough books featuring dads as the adult lead. I’m not sure I think that’s true, but I am all in favor of more books showing great dads (read last year’s post about 10 great books for dads to share with their kids). This new picture book celebrating dads, from Spanish author/illustrator Miguel Tanco, is wonderful for all parents to share with their kids.
You and Me, Me and You is a book in black and white. Almost. Each illustration includes a pleasing pop of yellow that leads the reader through this love note from a son to his father. The child tours his father around town: doing yoga in the park, meeting strangers on the bus, splashing in puddles gathering in a rainstorm. Each activity gives father and son a chance to learn from one another—but the father, perhaps, gains the most.
The message of this book is profound, but not so much so that young children can’t grasp it. It’s told with tongue in cheek, as the boy outlines all the ways in which his father learns from him. As we finished reading, Bean announced, “I think the boy is really learning from the dad.” All the while, I was thinking, “Yes, I learn from my children in all these ways.”
The book’s release on April 11 makes it a no-brainer Father’s Day gift for 2017. In addition to the touching message, everything about this book feels special, including its smaller 6 x 8 format, its cloth spine, and its limited palette.
I highly recommend it for outstanding dads on your gift list, but moms shouldn’t overlook this one at storytime either.
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