Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fabulous Fathers in New Middle Grade Books

I'm starting a list of Fabulous Fathers in New Middle Grade Books.

I know Jen Robinson has some terrific lists, including 175 Cool Boys in Children's Literature, and 200 Cool Girls in Children's Literature. Memorable Mothers and Fathers is the name of Susan Taylor Brown's list. But those are mostly focused on classics and books that have been around for a long time. I am noticing this year, in reading for the Cybils Middle Grade panel, that there are a lot of really fabulous dads in this year's crop.

What say we work together on a list of the books with really great dads in books for the middle grades (age 8 - 12), that have been published in the past five years or so? I think it's an exciting trend. A lot of books for kids this age have missing or distracted parents, leaving the children to be the heroes in solving their own problems and directing their own adventures. That's fine and good for kids to imagine. But we all know the power of a strong, wise, loving mentor. And we all know how really phenominal and positive an impact is has on a young life when Dad is present and wonderful. So let's celebrate seeing that in the spotlight for a bit, shall we?

Here's the start of my list:

By M.H. Herlong

By Christopher Paul Curtis
Wendy Lamb Books

By R. J. Palacio
Knopf Books for Young Readers

By Carl Hiaasen
Knopf Books for Young Readers

By Amber McRee Turner
suggested by Kelly D. G.

Clementine and the Family Meeting
by Sara Pennypacker
suggested by Jen Robinson

By Barbara Wright
Random House Books for Young Readers

By Kristin Levine
Putnam Juvenile

Who would you add? Leave a comment and I will keep expanding the list.


Jen Robinson said...

What a neat idea. The age range skews a little young, but I ADORE the dad in Sara Pennypacker's Clementine books.

Kellie D.G. said...

The very cool dad (and his alter ego) in Amber Mcree Turner's SWAY.

Ali B said...

I would like to add the dad from The Lions of Little Rock. He stood up for his beliefs, made tough decisions and supported his daughters the best way he knew how.