Days With Dad

Days With Dad


Written, illustrated, and translated from Korean by Nari Hong

A 2017 IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities

Based on experiences from author Nari Hong’s own childhood, Days With Dad is a heartwarming story of love and appreciation between a young girl and her dad, who uses a wheelchair. Narrated by the daughter, the story follows an ongoing conversation between the two about the father’s regret over what he is unable to do with his daughter because of his reliance on a wheelchair. But his daughter makes it clear that there’s nothing to feel badly about. Whether they’re sitting on the beach building a sandcastle or drinking hot cocoa and watching the rain, what she loves are the things they can do together.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-233-6
8" (W) x 10" (H) • 40 pages • HCJ

Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: Pre-K-4
Lexile Level: 520
Guided Reading Level: J

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A 2017 IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities
A 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner
A 2018 EUREKA! Honor Award Winner
On the 2017 Shortlist for The Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore (ABCA)

"Hong’s soft, childlike colored-pencil drawings convey a strong intimacy on each page. [...] Disabilities bring limitations, Hong indicates, but not when it comes to a parent’s love or to time well spent." ―Publishers Weekly

"Throughout [Days With Dad], the tone is positive and joyful, showing that life is about what people can do together and the time spent with those you love. Described on the jacket as semi-autobiographical, this book has been listed on IBBY’s 2017 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. This book’s illustrations add to the lightness of the story with their playful feel." ―Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells

“Hong's mellow childlike color-pencil illustrations perfectly complement the story's gentle tone and cheerful refrain of, ‘Don't worry, Dad.’ […] A touching portrayal of the love between parent and child.” —Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, School Library Journal


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