Say Daddy! (Picture Books)

Mother shares a book about love while Brother shares a book about friendship. Next Aunt Grace shares a book about adventure. Everyone in this family is eager to share books and have the newest member's affection and attention. But all kidding aside, this family knows the bond that is created when reading aloud with someone you love. When Daddy closed the last page, he smiled at me for hours and said, 'Say Daddy! Say Daddy!' He hoped that would be my first word! But wait. Did we hear correctly? 'Book,' I said. 'Book!' Educator Michael Shoulders, who has devoted his career and life to spreading the word that "reading is magic," offers a gentle tale reinforcing the bonding power of a good book and the importance of developing lifelong reading skills. Having been involved in education in many different roles for more than years, Dr. Michael Shoulders travels extensively, visiting schools and speaking conferences across the country. He has written several books for Sleeping Press including D is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet. Mike lives Clarksville, Tennessee. Teri Weidner is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her previous children's picture books include Give Yourself to the Rain and Look Both Ways: A Cautionary Tale. Teri lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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By Monica (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · December 04, 2011
Little Bear was born into a family filled with READERS! Mother Bear read him a book about kindness, caring, and love when he was still in the hospital. She hoped his first word would be "Mommy!" Daddy Bear read him a book about dreaming. He hope Baby Bear's first word would be "Daddy." An... ...more
By Terry · April 14, 2015
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter listened closely and oohed and aahed over the baby bear. She laughed at the responses baby bear gave each person, and asked about her first words.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story, with a wonderful ending. I love how baby bear shares all the kinds of... ...more
By J.F. (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · July 13, 2011
Everyone wants the baby to say their name first as they spend time reading stories, and teaching the new baby about the world- but the baby just coos and gurgles. This is a wonderful story about family, and the importance of reading to children. Told from the perspective of a toddler, this story... ...more
By Beverly (The United States) · ★★★★★ · June 26, 2011
This book is sweet and humorous. It depicts the way we try to teach children their first words. It also is a fabulous advertisement for reading and the importance of reading. The story is a wonderful one but truly came to life with the author reading it aloud to me this week - nothing like that v... ...more
By Aimee (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★★★ · November 18, 2011
A book about book love. What's not to love?! I wish the title were clearer as to what this book is about--nurturing the love of books and reading in little ones, with the supporting them of a loving family and showing by example. The book is so much more than the title. And the artwork is adorabl... ...more
By Tania (Wainuiomata, New Zealand, New Zealand) · ★★★★★ · December 23, 2008
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When Daddy brought me home from the hospital, he read me a book. He said, "This is a book about dreaming - and how our wishes wrap themselves inside tomorrows and wait for us. Unfolding them day by day can be fun."

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By Wendy (Westerville, OH) · ★★★★★ · December 17, 2008
What a wonderful book!!!! Visually beautiful with such a loving theme throughout. This will be a book that I buy and save for my grandchildren. ...more
By Stella (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★☆ · October 06, 2008
Such a sweet picture book! I got chills just reading and thinking about how much this child is loved just as (s)he is. Ages 3-6 ...more
By Carol (Hershey, PA) · ★★★★★ · March 25, 2012
Everyone loves baby and hopes that s/he will be saying their name first. ...more
By Susan (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · June 12, 2009
How lucky to be born into a book-loving family :) ...more