The third Sunday in June is Father’s Day in the U.S., which is today! As I’m feeling grateful for my wonderful dad, I’m thinking about some of my favorite daddios in literature. There are many terrific ones, and I’ve listed five of my favorites! This is a repost from June 2013.
5 Favorite Dads in Books:
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
How can you not like this dad? He collects plugs! He is excited after his kids, without permission, give his flying car a trial run! I love it that he stays in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts position even though he’s been offered a promotion many times. His job makes him happy, and when dad is happy, so are the kids. A dad who is there for you is more important than money!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Atticus is the epitome of great dad role models. In addition to the importance he puts on reading and academic intelligence, he also emphasizes the other kinds of intelligence: wisdom, openmindedness, empathy, kindness, and striving to understand all people, the good ones and the bad ones. He is a strong, positive influence on his children and on his community.
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pa reminds me of Atticus in his willingness to support social outcasts and be a strong voice for those who aren’t heard. The Ingalls family experienced many difficult times, but Pa’s optimistic spirit kept the family going, and they made the most of everything they had.
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Many parents in Roald Dahl’s children’s books are nasty, but not Danny’s dad! William is enthusiastic, passionate, and wild. He tells fantastic stories every night (including a certain one about the BFG) and always answers Danny’s myriad questions. William may have some crazy schemes, but he’s a loving, capable dad, and he sure is fun!
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
It is Matthew’s sister Marilla who wants to adopt a boy to help Matthew, but after they accidentally receive Anne Shirley instead, it is Matthew who wants to keep her anyway. He is good and kind and loves Anne more than anyone.
These are only five incredible fathers in literature. I know there are many others! Who are some of your favorite literary dads?
HAVE A SUPER FATHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YOU AWESOME DADS!!!