This week my twitter feed alerted me to the fact that there’s a really interesting project that recently started on Pinterest, gathering examples of pictures books that show father’s (or father figures) reading books to children.
You’d think there would be quite a few examples, but apparently not.
The only example I personally could find was Daddy Pig (from a Peppa Pig book) reading a bedtime story to Peppa and George. Now, I know that I’m not a library, but I do have a decent selection of picture books, and I had thought it was relatively diverse. Yet, I still only managed to find the one example of a dad reading, and only two other books that had mothers reading. All three examples were non-human as well.
Part of this is going to be the prevalence of non-human characters in the picture books in my collection, but considering the influence that early reading may have on young minds, surely we need more examples of parents/caregivers reading to children?
Anyway, check out this collection that Zoe has put together, and let her know if you’ve found any other examples.