Once Upon a Time, There Was a Children’s Book About a Dad

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About Megan Cottrell

Megan Cottrell is a writer and a mom in Chicago. She won the 2013 Studs Terkel award for writers who excel at storytelling. You can find more of her work at Megan Cottrell


  1. Excellent, Megan! I do think the comment, ” If we want more fathers to fully engage with their children…” implies that most fathers are not actively and positively parenting, a common misconception in the U.S. However, that may not have been your intent. The rest of the piece is a beautiful reflection on the importance of both parents. Thank you for writing and publishing this post.

    • Hi Michael – That definitely wasn’t my intention, but thanks for pointing that out. I do think most fathers are actively parenting, although I think we don’t see it portrayed that way, either in TV or books or the way we talk about being a dad. I think our reflections of fatherhood haven’t caught up to the modern reality of what it means to be a father. My apologies!

  2. What a great piece and wonderful book idea. I cant wait until its published to get one for my 4 year old who loves to ‘read’ and be read to. Dads are truly undervalued. Here is a clip of me discussing the psychological importance of dads. http://watch.accesshollywood.com/video/dr.-donald-grant-on-the-challenges-of-modern-fathers/2503442080001?utm_source=accesshollywood.com&utm_medium=referral

  3. For young kids (toddlers)
    I Love my Daddy – Sebastien Braun


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