Children’s Book Giveaway: I’d Know You Anywhere.
October 05, 2010

When I think about which books I want to share with you each week, I try to pick books that I really love.  Every week, it is a battle to select only one book.  Do I want to talk about the Elsa Beskow book my friend introduced me to?  Or do I want to mention the Eric Carle classic my child forced me to read seven hundred times this week?  Do I want to write about the library book I can’t put down?  Or should I focus on the story book I remember loving when I was little?

This week, I decided to share I’d Know You Anywhere, written by Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Ruth Ohi, with you.  It is a lesser-known title and one that is not exceedingly popular, but I want to introduce you to it because it’s sweet…and the parent in the story is a father.

The premise of I’d Know You Anywhere is pretty basic: a boy dreams up all sorts of disguises and his father reassures his son that he would always know him.  Be the boy sheep or monster or cloud, his father would recognize him.  The real reason that I love it is because the illustrations show the father affectionately interacting with his son; they hug, snuggle, talk, and laugh throughout the story.

So the truth is that this book is not as overwhelmingly awesome as some, but it is a reliably GOOD story.  Children love the repetition, the silly daydreams, and Charlotte will happily act out the parent-child interactions with me while I read it.  But the reason that I keep this in our library and choose it over some of the better-known titles we have is because I wish there were more books that illustrated a happy father-child relationship this way.

Pros: I love that the parent in the story is the boy’s father.  It is a sad fact of children’s picture books that fathers do not receive nearly enough attention.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this: what do you feel is under-represented in children’s literature?  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winners will be announced next Tuesday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to six entries.

For extra entries: This is on the honor system, so please be honest.  I will award you one extra entry if you vote for me at Top Baby Blogs.  Each day you vote, I will award you one additional entry.  I am hoping to move into the top ten so that we can slowly begin to reach more parents about the joys and importance of reading with children.

To purchase this book: You can buy I’d Know You Anywhere through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.

An announcement: The winner of last week’s book series giveaway was Alias Mother.  Congratulations, Alias Mother!


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  1. By beyond on October 05, 2010

    gay and lesbian parents are underrepresented in children’s literature. there are a few good books with two mommies or two daddies out there, but it’s definitely an underrepresented topic.

  2. By beyond on October 05, 2010

    voted for you!

  3. By Jodie on October 05, 2010

    This looks like a cute book and I love that it’s a father & son being affectionate - something very important!

  4. By Inspired Kathy on October 05, 2010

    More good role models are needed in much of children’s literature.  People who put others before themself.

  5. By Rebecca on October 05, 2010

    I agree with you that the father role is under-represented. We’re getting better about bringing diversity into literature, but what about that father-child connection? It’s something I’m passionate about because I never really had a great relationship with my father and one of the major things I’m going to look for in a husband is that he will be there for the children, that he’ll love them and care for them as I will.

    Oh! And, as a future teacher, I would love to know of all the other wonderful books you read but aren’t able to share with us. I don’t know if you could make a list of them somehow? No pressure, but I love knowing what others love to read!

  6. By on October 05, 2010

    Definitely agree that the father role is under-represented in children’s literature

  7. By on October 05, 2010

    Children and families of color are under-represented in children’s literature.

  8. By on October 05, 2010

    Voted for you at TBB.

  9. By Tracy Roberts on October 05, 2010

    I definitely agree that children’s literature is highly lacking in gay/lesbian as well as other skin colors besides the typical Caucasian families.  I have a few good father books, but they are definitely fewer and far between.
    Voted for you on both today!

  10. By on October 06, 2010

    The ones mentioned above mine are great examples, but I also don’t see many books that represent kids with disabilities or adopted children.

  11. By on October 06, 2010

    I voted on Top Baby Blogs

  12. By Tracy Roberts on October 06, 2010

    voted on both today too.

  13. By on October 06, 2010

    I am always trying to find children’s books that are set in African settings, especially East Africa.  And there aren’t very many.  (At least, there aren’t many published or available in the USA!)  The vast majority of those books on Africa are all about the animals or are renditions of folk stories.  Few depict contemporary children’s lives.  So African kids’ lives—definitely under-represented in children’s literature.

  14. By on October 06, 2010

    Voted!

  15. By Alias Mother on October 07, 2010

    Oh, hey! I won!  How cool!  What do I do now?  E-mail you? Send up smoke signals? Perform an elaborate tap dance routine and then put out a tip hat for the book?

    Do tell.

  16. By on October 07, 2010

    Children’s books are famous for their depictions of mammals of all kinds, often anthropomorphized (hope I spelled that right!).  But there’s one mammal who I feel is very under-represented: Bats!  And when bats do appear, they’re often made to seem scary and spooky.  I want to see some more cute, friendly anthropomorphized bats in children’s literature.  These creatures need more love in the human world!

  17. By on October 07, 2010

    Of course, I voted for you!

  18. By beyond on October 07, 2010

    just voted for you…

  19. By on October 08, 2010

    I think biblical stories are under-represented.

  20. By on October 08, 2010

    VOTED for u!

  21. By Tracy Roberts on October 08, 2010

    voted on both again today.

  22. By on October 08, 2010

    I like the comments that others have left on this post.  I’d also say that bilingual children’s books are very difficult to find.  This is a shame for bilingual families and for parents who want to raise bilingual kids.  There are a few Spanish-English books and French-English books, but once you move beyone those languages, the options are far and few between!  Consequently, bilingualism/trilingualism is under-represented in children’s books.

  23. By on October 08, 2010

    Of course, I voted for you again today!

  24. By on October 09, 2010

    Children living in apartments (as opposed to spacious single family homes) are under-represented in children’s books.  Densely populated urban settings are rare in children’s literature, though The Snowy Day is a great counter-example.

  25. By on October 09, 2010

    -I voted for you again today!

  26. By on October 10, 2010

    Children of divorced parents and with step-parents are also under-represented.

  27. By on October 10, 2010

    -I voted for you again today.


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