My Dad, My Rock, by Victor D.O. Santos/Illustrated by Anna Forlati, (Apr. 2022, Linguacious), $13.99, ISBN: 978-164962-122-1
“I never met my grandpa. / And my grandpa never met my dad.” Oliver spends time with his father and constructs a list of what he’d like to tell his grandfather, if he were ever to meet him, about his father: how he can climb on his shoulders and pretend he’s on top of the world; how he teaches him to do things on his own; how he always reads to him at bedtime, and how he comforts him when he cries. Father and son spend their time together, enjoying each other’s company, and My Dad, My Rock is a moving story about a dad who enjoys being a dad, with all the learning that goes with the territory. Oliver’s dad isn’t afraid to cry or be silly, and lavishes affection on his child; it’s a beautifully positive portrayal of fatherhood and manhood.
Inspired by the author’s family history, it’s a lovely tribute to father-child relationships, with soft and gentle artwork to accompany the quiet text. Perfect for lapsit, cuddle time reading.