My dad writes a blog called Crap Dads Do and I’ve been his editor for years, reading over potential posts and kindly asking him to keep my embarrassing moments out. In fact, his first ever blog post was about the time the family gifted him a Father’s Day cat sixteen years ago when he’d not asked for one. We’ve bonded over the hilarious stories of David Sedaris. One previous Father’s Day gift of mine, when he first started transforming memories into a book, was The Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr. We had always respected each other’s work and I wanted to give him the best advice for memoir writing I knew.
There are always the classic gifts to get a dad on this day: a tie, a coffee mug, or grilling equipment. But I would suggest leaning a little literary this year. Books have the power to open up a conversation between parents and children and really connect them. Books teach you what your parents believe in, what makes them laugh, and what their passions are. And it does the same for them. So, if you are still wondering what to get the father figure in your life this June 17th, here are some ideas:
- For younger fathers, Jabari Jumps, written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall, and published by Candlewick Press on May 9, 2017. Tied for second place for children’s book at the 2018 New England Book Show, Jabari Jumps tells the story of a father’s ability to inspire courage in his children.
- For food loving dads, Captain Madbeard’s Cookbook written by Doug McLean, published by Lulu Publishing on September 11, 2017. If you want to make memories with your dad over some pirate-themed meals, check out this book.
- For mentoring young men, From Fatherless to Fatherhood written by Omar Epps, and published by Lulu Publishing on May 4, 2018. In this book, Epps describes his journey from growing up in Brooklyn without his biological father to becoming a world famous actor and a father himself.
Whether you get your dad one of these, or another book, remember to talk about it with him afterwards. What was your favorite part? What about his? What surprised him most about what he read? Through the long-lasting gift of literature, we are able to further cement the love between parents and children. Remember to spend time with your fathers. Have dinner together, go to a movie, or become their blog editors if that works for you. The written word has always connected me and my father. Find out what connects you to yours. Whatever it is, give thanks for the father figures in your life this year.
Colleen Risavy, Intern