Fierce Fathers: An Addition to a Single-Parent Family Picture Book Collection

After publishing my previous post, I realized that my list did not feature picture books that focused solely on the experience of fatherhood.  Although this is not a book explicitly addressing single-parenting, it is a tribute to the love, work, and strength of fathers.


My Father is Taller than a Tree by Joseph Bruchac with pictures by Wendy Anderson Halperin: Halperin’s pencil and crayon images unite with Bruchac’s rhyming text to celebrate the bond between fathers and sons.  This stunning and poignant picture book features fathers and sons who are racially, geographically, and ethnically diverse.  The book includes a father who is visually impaired, drawn with a guide dog, long cane, and dark glasses.  The book also uses different terms for fathers, which enhances the richness of the diversity: father, dad, pop, papá, pa, papa.  My Father is Taller than a Tree is an highly recommended treasure to add to a home library if a son lives with his father, a school library collection, and a teacher’s library.


“My father is taller than a tree, but sometimes he looks up at me.”