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Absent Fathers

Since Dad Left / Caroline Binch

Sid lives with his mum and reluctantly agrees to visit his dad for a day. To his surprise, he enjoys his day with his unconventional father.
Age 4+

Danny and the Great White Bear / Anne Cottringer

Danny's father goes away to work and, in his place, a friendly polar bear comes to live with Danny. A sensitive look at a lonely child.
Age 3+

When Daddy's truck picks me up / Jana Novotny Hunter

A little boy goes through his day at nursery anticipating his Daddy picking him up at the end of the day in his truck.
It is not stated whether he lives with his Dad or not.
Age 3+

Leon and Bob / Simon James

The move to a new home leaves Leon feeling a little lonely, especially as his father works away from home.  
He copes by having an imaginary friend, Bob, until a new boy moves in next door.
Age 4+

My daddy's going away / Christopher MacGregor

A useful book for any child suffering the temporary absence of their father.
Age 4+

Daddy will you miss me? / Wendy McCormick

Evocative story about a Dad working abroad and how his son misses him and can't wait for his return.
Age 5+

Soldier Oli / Kirsty Marvell

A soldier leaves his family to go on a tour and then is welcomed back home at the end. A rhyming picture book.
Age 3+

Molly and her Dad / Jan Ormerod

Molly hasn’t seen her dad for ages.  Is she like him? A positive, light hearted story that captures Molly’s anxieties well.  Lively vibrant illustrations with good use of speech bubbles.
Age 5+

Little Bean / John Wallace

Little Bean only wants her father to read her a story but dad's hectic job gets in the way sometimes. A good book for working parents to share with a young child.
Ages 4+

My Daddy is a soldier / Gerry Waters

A little girl’s soldier Daddy goes away to Afghanistan. Photographs show them exchanging presents and letters and embracing when he finally comes home.  Very simple text that is perfect for young children.
Age 2+

 

When a book might help

Sharing stories about various situations can put a child’s mind at ease and make transitions and new experiences easier to cope with and more understandable.

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