I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work (Doyin Richards)

Hello, friends! Our book today is I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work by Doyin Richards, a look at modern-day daddies and the way they care for and love their little ones.

While childrens’ lives are filled with wonderings, they may be surprised to find that their daddies wonder lots of things too! Daddies wonder if their children like the things they do together, or the photos they take, or the ponytail they put in their kiddo’s hair. They wonder if their babies understand why they may be firm or strict, or why they want to teach them to do new things and never stop dreaming or trying. But most of all, they wonder if their little ones understand just how must they are loved – but when they see a brilliant smile on their child’s face, they thank goodness that they get to be their children’s very own daddy.

Very sweet. Inspired by Richards’s blog, Daddy Doin’ Work, and filled with real photos of Richards and his followers with their children, the book features a fairly comprehensive look at modern dads, namely the affections and responsibilities of fatherhood. The text comes from a place of devotion, feeling, and hope, and isn’t afraid to show real emotion. I also respect that a few of the included examples of fatherly responsibilities bucked gender norm expectations, such as noting that daddies do hair, cook meals, and show empathy and comfort. In fact, I would have loved to see more of these, such as daddies playing tea party or dolls, but the examples that were there were refreshing. The photos also feature a healthy range of skintones, body types, and ethnicities, which is always welcome. The length is fine, and JJ enjoyed the photos very much. Overall, a cute look at fatherhood in the 21st century, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved.

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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