Kidsmomo Podcast #51: “Yo, Daddy-o!”

June 29th, 2011 by

From Crush the Turtle to Mr. Quimby, fathers come in lots of shapes and sizes.

And today, on the heels of Father’s Day, we honor them all in our latest podcast, all about books about dads!


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  • “Father-daughter make-over time!” — aka our mystery book (AND special guest) revealed!
  • Our Books About Dads picks (Amalee and Danny, the Champion of the World)
  • A dad-son book review from YOU (Peak)
  • Disney animal dads
  • We praise our awesomeness

Also, don’t forget: we’re kicking off our special month-long Summer Grab Bag theme! So send us a review of any of your favorite books, or any new books you’re reading this summer. And check out our Summer Grab Bag picks — all books that we’ve never recommended on Kidsmomo before!

— Karen and Nancy

Photo by flickr user Jim, the Photographer

Book Trailer: Ramona and Her Father

June 22nd, 2011 by

This book trailer for Ramona and Her Father was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Books About Dads theme. For more on Ramona and Her Father, check out our “Yo, Daddy-o!” podcast.

People say you have to suffer for fashion, but withstanding hair-pulling for hours? That’s just unnecessary… Unfortunately, that’s what happens to the heroine in Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Her Father! After she wears a homemade crown of burs, it’s up to her dad to save the day.

PS – We’ve got a special guest actor for this video. Can you guess who it is? Here’s a hint: he recorded with us when he was in town for Father’s Day. Got an idea of his identity? Listen to our podcast to see if you’re right!

Books About Dads

June 14th, 2011 by

It’s almost Father’s Day, and you know what that means… time to pick out another tie for the collection! OR you could celebrate by reading one of these books about dads. You may think that’s not much of a gift, but believe you me, every dad appreciates some quiet time!

So check out these books about fathers in all shapes and sizes — from always there to long-gone to everything in between (in no particular order):

  1. Amalee by Dar Williams (Karen’s pick)
  2. Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clements
  4. Travel Team by Mike Lupica
  5. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  6. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
  7. Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
  8. Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  10. Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes
  11. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  12. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Books About Dads booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or leave lying around where your dad will see it and think you’re just the cutest thing in the world, and hopefully increase your allowance in gratitude or something.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about a dad.

UPDATE 6/29/11: We revealed the answer to our Books About Dads Mystery Book Theater in the “Yo, Daddy-o!” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear us talk about how extremely amazing we are. For serious.