Celebrated every third Sunday in June, Father’s Day was officially recognized by the United States government in 1972, under President Richard Nixon. Complementary to Mother’s Day, this holiday recognizes and celebrates fatherhood.
Father’s Day was thought up by a woman named Sonora Dodd in Spokane, Washington in 1909. Her father was a civil war veteran who raised her and her five siblings after her mother died in childbirth. Originally, there was a tradition of wearing roses to church: a red rose to honor a living father and a white rose to honor a deceased one. Today it is often celebrated with gifts (homemade and store bought) and by spending time together.
Father’s Day is an excellent opportunity to incorporate family reading. Browse through the following selections for stories to share with any fathers in your life.
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