Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes KNOCK KNOCK on my door, and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And, my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”
So begins Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier, illustrator. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for 2014, the book is the story of a young boy who wakes up one morning to find his father gone. The boy feels loss because of the separation from his father.
This is a most unfortunate circumstance that happens often in American society. Although this separation is due to the father’s incarceration, there are many men who are separated from their children due to divorce or for reasons of making a livelihood for the family.
This book is particularly appropriate for military fathers who because of their service requirements are often away from their children.
Loss is felt due to the separation of the father figure. The book can give a father some ideas of what he can do to minimize this separation anxiety. Other books illustrated by Bryan Collier are: Dave the potter: artist, poet, slave; Lift every voice and sing; Lincoln and Douglass: an American friendship, and Martin’s big words: the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. There are additional titles as well at CARL.
Come soon and see them all.