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June 04, 2017 : Father’s Day-themed StoryWalk held for OUL library director’s children’s book

by Meghan Morris

 

storywalkWhat Daddies Like, written by Judy Carey Nevin, director of the Hannah V. McCauley Library, will be featured in a special Father’s Day weekend StoryWalk that’s complete with a book reading and a craft.

 

The StoryWalk will take place on June 10 at 10 a.m. behind the Ohio University Lancaster bike path and welcomes all family members.

 

Nevin and her husband started reading picture books to their daughter when she was an infant. She noticed how few books depicted sweet dads and the idea for What Daddies Like was born.

 

“It’s just like dads don’t exist, and it’s really sad when a dad is there in the picture,” she said.

 

Her book details the adventures of a father bear and his cub spending an entire day together. They wake up and eat blueberry pancakes, visit the park and read a story before bedtime.

 

Nevin said she was pleasantly surprised by how well the book’s illustrator interpreted her words and made additions within the art. The illustrator hid a stuffed bunny on every page for a reader challenge.

 

“I only wrote the text and I didn’t create the mini story that’s in it that the illustrator created,” she said. “When you see the art, to me it’s like being a first-time reader.”

 

She wanted to have a StoryWalk for her book after hearing about the concept from an illustrator she followed on Facebook who did one.

 

“I thought it would be a good activity for young kids because they’re really the target for the book,” she said. “Because it’s a daddy’s story, we thought we would do it close to Father’s Day so it could be a family event where they could get outside and move around.”

 

The StoryWalk will end with a craft that can be gifted to fathers. The children will cut and color triangle banners that spell out “I love daddy” and “We love daddy.” The book’s illustrator even drew a new design so kids can create book-related Father’s Day cards.

 

What Daddies Like can be found at most online retailers and the OUL bookstore. It can also be checked out of the Hannah V. McCauley Library.