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It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, that is the 18th June 2017. Here are 14 children’s books and 1 adult book about dads. The children’s books are a mix of picture books and board books.


1              I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

2              My Dad Is Brilliant5 by Nick Butterworth

3              My Dad by Anthony Browne

4              I Love My Daddy: Board Book Board book  by Giles Andreae (Author),    Emma Dodd      (Illustrator)

5              Daddy is My Hero Board book  – by Dawn Richards (Author),    Jane Massey (Illustrator)

6              I Love My Daddy Because...Board Book Board book  by Laurel Porter Gaylord   (Author)

7              Just Me and My Dad (Golden Look-Look Books) Paperback  by Mercer Mayer   (Author)

8              The Dinosaur That Pooped Daddy! Board book  by Tom Fletcher (Author),    Dougie Poynter (Author)

9              I Love My Daddy Paperback  by Sebastien Braun   (Author)

10           Mr Men: My Daddy (Mr. Men and Little Miss Picture Books) Paperback by Roger Hargreaves   (Author)

11           Spot Loves His Daddy (Spot (Board Books)) Board book  by Eric Hill   (Author, Illustrator)

12           Daddy Pig's Words of Wisdom (Peppa Pig) by Peppa Pig

13           Daddy's Sandwich (A Ruby Roo Story) Paperback  by Pip Jones   (Author),    Laura Hughes   (Illustrator)

14           Daddy's Little Star by Janet Bingham and Rosalind Beardshaw

15           Five Lose Dad in the Garden Centre (Enid Blyton for Grown Ups) Hardcover  by Bruno Vincent (Author)


15th June 2017


Why do we spend less on Father's Day than Mother's Day?


If you are buying your dad a present for Father's Day on Sunday, I bet you don't spend as much as you did on your mum for Mother's Day.


With Father's Day due to be celebrated on 18 June in the UK, US and more than 70 other countries from Argentina to Zambia, retailers around the world are set to enjoy a significant boost.


But while the amount of money we all spend on Father's Day continues to go up every year, it still trails far behind Mother's Day.


In the US, the average amount spent on gifts per dad this weekend is expected to be $135 (£106), says the National Retail Federation (NRF), with total spending expected to reach $15.5bn.


By contrast, Americans spent an average of $186 on Mother's Day presents this year, for a total $23.6bn, says the NRF. This is a third more and the figures for the UK paint the same picture.


So why do we spend more on our mums?


Alcoholic drinks may be a rare example of when Father's Day presents are more generous than Mother's Day


Dr Lars Perner, a consumer psychologist at the University of Southern California, says that most of us simply think our mothers deserve better or bigger presents.


"To some extent, wrong or right, mothers are often considered to be the biggest contributor to the home life.


"People tend to understand the sacrifices they make, that's what you see. Moms have a special place in people's hearts - there's a special idea of what they offer the family."


Dr Perner adds that perhaps dads are also "less interested in tangible tokens of appreciation".


"I think fathers think they don't really need expensive, showy trinkets, or anything like mom's bouquet of flowers." he says. "They're not typically gift oriented. They generally don't expect anyone to feel an obligation to buy material items for them."


But before millions of dads complain that they really would like some generous gifts this weekend, Prof Kyle Murray, of the Alberta School of Business in Canada, says figures show that every year more money is being spent on Father's Day.


"Retailers have long made a big push on Mother's Day because demand for gift-giving was strong, and Father's Day more of an afterthought," he says.


With traditional gender roles continue to break down, and fathers are doing more housework and hands-on parenting "it is not surprising to see more emphasis on Father's Day," says Prof Murray.


Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, adds that as today's fathers have a "more emotional" relationship with their children than past generations, it makes it "a whole lot easier to buy presents for him, because his kids know him on a deeper level".



The modern Father's Day is an American invention, with the first widespread celebration taking place on 1910, two year's after the first Mother's Day celebration.


While Mother's Day was officially recognised by the US government in 1913, Father's Day had to wait until 1972


Unlike Mother's Day, Father's Day is celebrated on the same day in the US and the UK - the third Sunday in June


Portugal, Spain and Italy are rare exceptions, celebrating Father's Day on 19 March, which is also St Joseph's Day - the date chosen to celebrate Joseph, the husband of Jesus' mother


Father's Day started to be marked in the UK after World War Two


But what presents should you buy your dad for Sunday?


Male grooming products remain a hardy perennial, with firms in that sector looking forward to a significant rise in sales.


In London, Truefitt & Hill, the world's oldest barber shop, says that sales of its shaving, hair care and aftershaves go up significantly this week.


Joanna Broughton, managing director of the business, which also has outlets around the world, and an online operation, says: "We do find that our Father's Day offers are exceptionally popular, and we do find ourselves exceptionally busy on this very special occasion."


Meanwhile, US shaving giant Gillette is for the second year in a row running a promotional campaign. The "Go Ask Dad" initiative encourages sons to ask their fathers for advice rather than look things up on the internet.


"We've always been a champion of Father's Day, and passing on shaving traditions," says Barbara Diecker, North American communication manager for Gillette.


For dads who might be hoping for something more fun than a new razor this weekend, a number of surveys on both sides of the Atlantic are a useful guide to what you may receive.


In the US, the most popular Father's Day presents, in descending order are - dinner or brunch, clothes, gift cards, power tools, personal care products, sports goods, and car related items.


Meanwhile, the best-selling gifts in the UK are chocolate, alcohol, books, gadgets and aftershave. And the total UK spend in 2015 was £684m, up from £658m in 2014.


If you are going to buy your dad a present you'll probably buy a card, too. But yet again, you are unlikely to spend as much on the card as you did for your mother.


Last year the average amount spent on a Father's Day card in the UK was £1.85, says the Greeting Card Association of the UK, comparer to £2.09 for a Mother's Day card.


Miles Robinson, co-founder of UK card-shop chain House of Cards, agrees that "dads don't get quite the same recognition" as mums.


Children can of course choose to make their own Father's Day cards instead of buying one


UK wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd says that its figures suggest that customers are spending more on wine and spirits for Father's Day than for Mother's Day.


While it hasn't revealed its underlying sales figures, it says that last year the value of products bought for Father's Day soared by 240%, compared with an increase of just 13% for Mother's Day.


Best-sellers for Father's Day include its own-label gin, whiskies and "Good Ordinary Claret", its popular red wine from Bordeaux in France.


From BBC website  By Dave Gordon



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17th June 2017












As 18th June is Father’s Day the Stunning Tracklist  features tracks about FATHERS

1950s                                     Papa Loves Mambo -Perry Como (1954)

1960s                                     Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley (1969)

1970s                                     Papa Was A rolling Stone - Temptations (1972)

1980s                                     Papa Don't Preach - Madonna (1985)

1990s                                     My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton (1998)

21st                                        That's What Daddy's Do by Billy Ray Cyrus (2012)

Soul Track                            Papas Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown

Power Ballad                        My Father's House - Bruce Springsteen (1982)

Instrumental                         Oh Mein Papa _ Eddie Calvert (1953)

C&W                                      Your Daddy's Boots by Dustin Lynch  (2014)

Novelty Track                      Don't Jump off the Roof Dad - Tommy Cooper (1961)

Bonus Track                         Daddy Cool - Boney M  (1976)

Album of the Week             How It Works: The Dad: The Album- Various Artistes 3 CD Box set 60 Tracks

                                                The picture is the CD cover and not the book

As the Albunm of the Week is 3 CDs with 60 tracks I have listed 14 Bonus tracks instead

1              Daddy Sang Bass by Johnny Cash (1968)

2              Daddy by Emeli Sandé (2011)

3              Daddy by Beyonce (2003)

4              Daddy by Tom Odell (2016)

5              The Greatest Man I Ever Knew by Reba McEntire's (C&W 1992)

6              Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home) – Usher featuring Plies (2000)

7              Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast by Daniel Boone (1971)

8              Who’s Your Daddy – Toby Keith (2002)

9              Father and Daughter - Paul Simon (2006)

10           Dance On Daddy´s Feet by Dennis Locorriere (2010)

11           Father & Son - Cat Stevens

12           To Daddy - Emmylou Harris

13           Daddy's Song - Monkees (1968)

14           Oh Daddy - Fleetwood Mac (1977)


When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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