There’s nothing better to do on a rainy day than curl up with a book, right mamas? Kids who have fostered a love of reading feel the same way too – it’s the perfect indoor activity as they discover lands unknown in the depths of their imaginations. Check out some of our favourite books for kids in our July roundup below. Enjoy!
Daddy is My Hero
Written by: Dawn Richards
Illustrated by: Jane Massey
Although Dad may look ordinary in every way, he is more than extraordinary through the eyes of his son. Daddy can cook, clean, bathe and play with him, but with a little imagination can do so much more. He’s a Sheriff locking up outlaws, a Knight battling dragons, and an Alien-fighter warding off extraterrestrials in his spaceship. There really is nothing Daddy cannot do! But not only is daddy a super hero in every way, he makes sure to read his son a story every night, makes him laugh when he feels sad and will always be there to love him, look after him and care. A sweet and heartwarming book about everyone’s first hero, their father.
Find it: Available online at Bookazine for $112.
Written by: Joanne O’Callaghan
Illustrated by: Kori Song
Henry and his dad love to swim all over Hong Kong. The Swimmers is a beautiful story about a father and son who share a love and passion for swimming. Henry admires his dad’s hard work and dedication to the sport and cheers him on at the big race in Deep Water Bay. The duo explore all the swimming outposts Hong Kong has to offer, but take time out to have a bit of fun while doing so. They camp in Long Ke Wan, build sand castles at Shek O Beach and even visit the public pools for a ride on the slides. Most importantly, Henry feels happy and free swimming with his father and that’s where he wants to be.
Find it: Available online at Bookazine for $168.
Tea Time for Pirates
Written by: Richard Dungworth
Illustrated by: Sharon Harmer
Having a hard time getting your toddler to eat their dinner? Try reading this book to encourage a well-balanced diet! Tea Time for Pirates makes eating your meat and veggies fun and adventurous. The Captain Cutlass of Skullabones Island explains to his crew in order to be “strong and fit, and brave and bright” or if you ever want to sail the sea like a rough tough noisy pirate, you better gobble down your plate! Peas, carrots, mash and sausages never looked so good.
Find it: Available online at Amazon.com for $41.
Leap & Hop: Cambodia
Written by: Isabelle Demenge
Illustrations by: Emilie Sarnel
Summer vacations are here and Leap & Hop has created a wonderful interactive and comprehensive travel series for pint-sized explorers. This part travel log, part travel guide is perfect for jet-setting families who want their children to have the full travel experience. The guide is filled with information on the country, pictures, games and creative ways to teach kids about the culture, cuisine, currency, language and more. Little travellers can document their trip in so many clever ways, including mapping out the landmarks visited, comparing what differences the new country has compared to their own, identifying different food dishes and the list goes on! It creates a terrific keepsake of the trip after the vacation is long over. Flipping through the pages will transport you and your family right back to your travels so the memories will last a lifetime.
Find it: Available online at Bookazine for $170.
Peppa Pig: Daddy and Me (Sticker Colouring Book)
A fun interactive sticker and colouring book perfect for bonding with fathers. Your little ones and Dad can work together to create a scrapbook all about Daddy. Draw, colour and use stickers to decorate each page, making a fun memory book to last.
Find it: Available online at Amazon.com for $17.