“This is a great story. @ekbooksforkids puts out so many thoughtful books like this. And I honestly think it fills a very important gap among all the wonderful books celebrating moms and dads that we pull out around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I truly think you can put this one on your shelf for either holiday.”
One More Page Podcast
“ Very relatable with an ending that I think might have a few people welling up.” Click here to listen
Swings and Roundabouts Magazine
With many children only living with a single parent, this book is a great reminder to all that families come in all shapes and sizes.
Reading With A Chance of Tacos – Ken Williams
“The book resonated with me. I am an only child, I was brought up with my mother, I guess playing mum and dad … very similar story to Leo. When i was at school people would say ‘where is your Dad?’, and my mum was my dad. I would have loved a book like this when I was going through primary school, I would have said, ‘Hey look Leo is me!”
“A unique and touching way to deal with having a single parent during Show and Tell. Pastel illustrations echo the mood.”
Emma Grey, award-winning author of “I Don’t Have Time’
Leo has never known his father, so ‘This is my Dad’ day at school has his stomach tied in knots. While working out what to do about it, he discovers he already has a parent with all the heroic qualities he imagines his absent father to hold.
This gorgeous picture book by Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston celebrates single-parent families. I wish I’d had this book when I was widowed at 42 with a 5-year-old. Whether they’re subjected to card-making for Father’s or Mother’s day, or just the endless references to ‘mum and dad’ in the classroom, children from sole-parent families face a barrage of reminders at school that they are ‘different’.
This book serves as a prompt for important discussions about the varied shapes of modern families. It’s a reminder that parents raising children alone due to death, divorce or choice can be superheroes. It encourages children to focus less on what they lack and more on what they have. And it gives a certain type of family long-overdue representation.
I love that this story covers such a sensitive topic: What do children who are being raised in a single-caregiver family do with assignments that ask them to talk about the other carer?
The Bottom Shelf
“a great heads-up for teachers but also a book which appears to be for littlies but which can enable older students to examine their own perspectives at arm’s length, perhaps even reflect on their own situations and how that has shaped them.”
“The story explores this family dynamic experienced by millions of children, in a positive and creative way. It tells the story of Leo, whose normal love of show and tell turns to dread when he is asked to talk about his father, who he has never known. ‘How can I celebrate someone I’ve never met?’ he worries.”
Kids’ Book Review
“Busts through typical family stereotypes and conventions in all of the best ways.”
This is My Dad is a sweet celebration of solo parenting.
What book next?
Many children have one parent or caregiver who has lots of loved ones rolled into one. Mum/Dad or Dad/Mum. Grandma/Mum/Dad or a plethora of other possibilities. Leo’s realisation is wonderful.
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In The Good Books
“ This book acknowledges single parents and the important roles they play to their children. It celebrates families of every shape and size, and highlights the fact that whilst the presence of a male role model is helpful to a child’s upbringing and well-being, it is not always possible or realistic, and there are many other carers that are equally as worthy of celebrating”
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Your Kids Next Read Podcast
Teacher librarian and reviewer Megan Daley notes there are many children, including her own, who do not have the ‘normal’ family structure. She says “the story is a really lovely exploration of family dynamics”, telling as it does the tale of Leo, who finds an ingenious solution to “bring your dad to school day”, even though he has never known his father. Click here to listen
The Book Witch
“The important thing is to have someone. It doesn’t matter who they are, as long as they are somebody to you.”
Head of Library and Research, The Lakes College, North Lakes
In a world filled with worries, this book shows that you must sometimes think outside the box to help make sense of what’s around you. Leo, the young protagonist in “This is my dad” LOVES show and tell, but the latest topic is making him worried. The excitement of “Tell us about your Dad Day!” caused heightened emotions and anxious feelings for Leo, who lives with his mum in a single parent family. “This is my dad” needs to be in every library, to support our young people making sense of their world.”