Library News | Junior School

Father’s Day

The modern era Father’s Day started in the United States of America around 1908. It began with a service to remember the 360 men and fathers that had tragically died in a mining accident. Sonora Smart Dodd organised for the group of churches around Washington State to celebrate the role of fathers on June 19 1910. Momentum built until it was established by government as a national holiday for the third Sunday of June in 1972.

In Australia, Father’s Day was first believed to have been celebrated in Newcastle in 1935, but it wasn’t until 1964 that it became a national day. It is believed that the reason why Australians celebrate Father’s Day in September is to help space out the buying of presents for Christmas in December, and Mother’s Day in May.

We have a range of books in the Library about fathers that will be great for the boys to borrow when they return. A new book that was published last year is my new favourite.

There’s Only One Dad Like You by Jess Racklyeft. The picture book begins with the words “There is only one dad like you, Dad. Caring, daring and wise.” The water coloured illustrations of animals with their offspring is delightful and engaging. The final lines of the story are touching and emotive. “There is only one dad like you, Dad. My hero, friend and guide. You teach me about this great big world…And how to enjoy the ride.”

StoryBox offers a great read for Father’s Day. Many families will enjoy the humour of My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein. Read by Chris Taylor.

Other books in the library celebrating Fathers include:

Enjoy Father’s Day this Sunday.

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian


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